Archive for September, 2017

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24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

September 17, 2017

PATIENT FORGIVENESS

You cannot rush forgiveness.  It is a process and so if you want to know why it is so difficult to forgive each other, it is because it is synonymous with being patient with each other.

Henri Nouwen writes that, “The great challenge is living your wounds through instead of thinking through them.”

It is better to cry than to worry; better to feel your wounds deeply, than to understand them; better to let them enter into your silence than to talk about them.

The choice you constantly face is whether you are taking your hurts to your head or to your heart.

In your head, you can analyze them, find their causes and consequences, and coin words to speak and write about them.  But no final healing is likely to come from that source.   You have to let your wounds enter your heart.[i]

[i] Jonas, Robert A.  Henri Nouwen.  New York:  Orbis Books, 1998., pg. 39

CLICK HERE for the readings for the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Sirach 27:30-28:7; Psalm 103; Romans 14:7-9; Matthew 18:21-35)

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22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

September 3, 2017

THINKING, NOT AS HUMANS DO, BUT AS GOD DOES

This Homily was delivered at the George R. Brown Convention Center the Sunday after Hurricane Harvey flooded Houston, Texas.  It was delivered to victims and first responders alike.  

“You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.”  For so many reasons, this line is scripture resonates with me this weekend.  It is impossible to be here and not ask why God would allow for such suffering to happen?  It would be inhuman not to ask such a question in response to the devastation that has occurred.

However, our readings invite us to ask a deeper question about our lives:  where do we find our meaning?  What will define us?  What or who is really of value?

I asked a volunteer a few days ago, “When you go back to your family and friends, what is the story you will tell about all that you have seen and heard here?”  I am paraphrasing, but essentially, she responded that we don’t need near as much as we think we need.  So much of the stuff that has been lost just didn’t matter.

CLICK HERE for the readings for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Jeremiah 20:7-9; Psalm 63; Romans 12:1-2; Matthew 16:21-27)