Homily from the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
“I love that St. Paul’s secret to joy in competition is ‘I am not playing the game.’ St. Paul is saying, ‘Listen, everyone out there is trying to be better, trying to be smarter, trying to be holier, whatever the thing is. I am not going to play the game.’ … People are saying, ‘Paul, you’ve got to stop these guys, they are preaching Jesus out of envy and rivalry! They’re getting more popular than you, they’re blasting you!’ St. Paul says this, ‘What difference does it make? As long as, in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Jesus Christ is being proclaimed? … As long as Jesus wins, we win.’ I don’t need to compete. Because why? Because Paul is saying, ‘I am not defined by my wins or my losses.'”
Mass Readings from September 28, 2014: