10/29/17 Enough: Never Enough

Homily from the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

So many people feel like they can never do enough. In life, in relationships, in their faith. Because of this, people try to do everything and then beat themselves up over the fact that they are not able to do everything. But doing everything was never the goal. The goal, given by Jesus, is to love God with all. The question we are left with is therefore not “How can I do everything?”, but “How can I do the one thing that will grow love?”

Mass Readings from October 29, 2017:
Exodus 22:20-26
Psalm 18:2-3, 3-4, 47, 51
1 Thessalonians 1:5C-10
Matthew 22:34-40

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10/22/17 Enough: I Am Not Enough

What is beneath a feeling of helplessness?

Homily from the Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

There are times in life when a person is so overwhelmed that they feel like they cannot move. They need more information or they need more strength. But often, what we need is more courage. Facing fear and surviving, regardless of success or failure, instills courage. We recognize that we know enough and are enough to move. But life is still bigger than any of us. In those moments, we realize that we are not enough and need something SomeOne…more than us.

Mass Readings from October 22, 2017:
Isaiah 45:1, 4-6
Psalm 96:1, 3, 4-5, 7-8, 9-10
1 Thessalonians 1:1-5
Matthew 22:15-21

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10/15/17 Enough

You can never have enough of what you don’t need.

Homily from the Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

A culture of excess is an unhappy culture. A person of excess is a person driven by fear. But with Christ, a person can find joy even when they do not have what they need. Because with Christ, they know that they have enough.

Mass Readings from October 15, 2017:
Isaiah 25:6-10
Psalm 23:1-3, 3B-4, 5, 6
Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20
Matthew 22:1-14

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