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Homily 11/17/19 — Put to Death to Secure Your Life

Homily 11/17/19 — Put to Death to Secure Your Life

November 17, 2019

Based on Luke 21:16-19 and Roman 8:28

You will be delivered up even by parents and brothers and kinsmen and friends, and some of you they will put to death; 17 you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. 18 But not a hair of your head will perish. 19 By your endurance you will gain your lives.

Do you have unshakeable hope in the time of tribulation or trial?  This is what our Gospel reading encourages.  It's expended on by Romans 8:28 

We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose.

The eternal dimension of what Paul means by "good" connects the two together.  

 

Homily 11/10/2019 — 10am Mass, Live Well to Die Well

Homily 11/10/2019 — 10am Mass, Live Well to Die Well

November 15, 2019

2 Maccabees gives us an account of courageous martyrdom.  Would you be able to die so well?  That might sound like an unfair question, because you might think, "How could I know?"  But if you live well now, then you will die well.   No doubt, the martyrs in 2 Maccabees lived in such a way that heaven was more real to them than the world they were giving up.  They already had life from above.  If you and I can cultivate this kind of relationship with God now, then we will be able to die well when the time unexpectedly comes. 

From 2 Maccabees 7: 
After him the third suffered their cruel sport.
He put out his tongue at once when told to do so,
and bravely held out his hands, as he spoke these noble words:
"It was from Heaven that I received these;
for the sake of his laws I disdain them;
from him I hope to receive them again."
Even the king and his attendants marveled at the young man's courage,
because he regarded his sufferings as nothing.

Paired with Romans 8

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed every day. 17 For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 because we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
Homily 11/10/2019 — 8am Mass Live Well to Die Well
Homily 11/3/2019 — Ordinariate Jubilee Mass
Homily 11/2/2019 — All Souls Day - Purgatory, Paradise, and our Purification

Homily 11/2/2019 — All Souls Day - Purgatory, Paradise, and our Purification

November 15, 2019

We pray for the souls of the faithful departed even as we consider the fate of our own souls.  The Dream of Gerontius by Saint John Henry Newman provides a way to understand our purification as we move, by God's grace, towards our own final purification.  

Homily 11/1/2019 — All Saint’s Day, The Pantheon and transforming grace

Homily 11/1/2019 — All Saint’s Day, The Pantheon and transforming grace

November 15, 2019

The Pantheon was dedicated to 'all gods,' which the Venerable Bede rightly called demons.  Yet this building was transformed into a church for venerating all martyrs. May we likewise be transformed by God's grace. 

Announcements after Mass and concluding words.
Homily 10/20/19 — Send Up Scripture for Powerful Prayer

Homily 10/20/19 — Send Up Scripture for Powerful Prayer

October 20, 2019

You've heard the physical law: what goes up must come down.  But there's also a spiritual law: what goes down must come up.  Our Epistle (2 Tim 3:14-4:2) tells us about what comes down, which is God's Word, and our Gospel reading (Luke 18:1-8) encourages us to send it back up.  Isaiah 55 sets the background for this important dynamic in redemptive history as God accomplishes his work through our prayers.  

Nuptual Mass Homily 10/19/19 — Build Your House on the Rock
Homily 10/13/19 — Choose your chains with Newman