22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

September 3, 2017


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)


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