Originally delivered on February 5, 1989
Readings: Isaiah 6:1-2, 3-8; Corinthians 15:1-11 or 15:3-8,11; Luke 5:1-11
In this week’s Gospel, we hear Jesus tell us to push beyond our security to take a chance on Him and to enter into the work of the Gospel. For each person hearing this message, it is a unique experience. Perhaps god is speaking to us to tithe unto the Lord and to take seriously His challenge to let go of our need for security.
Originally delivered on February 10, 1991
Readings: Job 7:1-4, 6-7; Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23; Mark 1:29-39
In the first reading, Job represents our hopelessness. In the Gospel, however, Jesus sees people’s illnesses and heals them. Indeed, He brings us hope. We are therefore to called to come out of our despair and to see the possibilities that make us glad, even in the midst of our pain and misery. We are being called to bring the hope of Jesus in our world.