Glimpse of God

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Originally delivered on August 30,1992

Readings: Sir 3:17-18, 20, 28-29; Heb 12:18-19, 22-24a; Luke 14:1, 7-14

We are reminded that if we want to be great, we should celebrate with and praise the least attended to among us.  If we want to strive for humility, then we should celebrate the reflection of God within ourselves and our sisters and brothers, despite our unworthiness.  It is the mystery of God’s love that makes each of us special and unique.  The challenge for each of us is to give thanks to God for our gifts  By giving constant thanks to God, we achieve humility. But we cannot stop there.  We must also reach out to all of God’s people and use the gifts given to us by God to enrich their lives.  In turn, our own lives will be enlightened by the beauty of Jesus in the face of those “outsiders” that we embrace. 

4th Sunday of Lent

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Originally delivered on March 10, 1991

Readings: Chronicles 36:14-17, 19-23; Ephesians 2:4-10; John 3:14-21

In today’s readings, we are reminded that God speaks to us in surprising ways and we must always be open to God’s speaking, especially when He speaks in strange or surprising ways.  In the first reading, we learn that the chosen people and the priests turned their backs on God.  In response, God got very angry and punishes them, until Cyrus, the King of the Persians and a pagan, persuades God’s people to repent. In the second reading, Paul tells us that when we do good deeds, it is God working through us achieving good in the human context.  Finally, in the Gospel, we are challenged by John to remember that we need Jesus to be lifted up and saved. Fr. Healy asks us to wonder if perhaps these readings today tell us that God often speaks through unlikely or unwelcome channels or people, and if so, whether or not we are really listening.


2nd Sunday of Lent

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Originally delivered on February 28, 1988

Readings: Genesis 22:12, 9, 10-13, 15-18; Romans 8:31-34; Mark 9:2-10

In today’s Gospel, we see a glimpse of God’s glory.  Like the three apostles with Jesus, we’re already believers and yet sometimes we need to be restored by God in order that we might continue carrying out the Good News. But today we are also reminded that in various challenges that face us, we can find glimpses of God there in our midst, especially as we reach out and help or console one another.