Bottom line: The Proclamation of the Kingdom and the Call to Repentance is not something once and for all. We have to hear it each day.
This week I returned from Peru. I thank you for your prayers - and for your support for the Mary Bloom Center.
This is a good Sunday to return because we hear Jesus' basic message: "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
Some of you will recognize this a the Third Luminous Mystery: The Proclamation of the Kingdom and the Call to Repentance.
The five Luminous Mysteries are: Baptism of Jesus, Wedding at Cana, Proclamation of Kingdom, Transfiguration and Institution of the Eucharist.
These mysteries sum up the Christian life which begins with baptism, then moves to discoverings one's purpose or vocation. For most this involves marriage and founding a family, for some the priesthood or religious life. Others have a calling to a single vocation.
If you and I live our vocation it involves a daily call to repentance. I've been a priest 48 years. As I've admited to you, I've had good days and bad days lazy days and crazy days. For sure I've faced times of discouragement. I've had to ask the Lord help and have heard him say, "stand up, be a man, keep keeping on."
I recognize areas of my life where the rule of Christ is not complete. Each day I pray, "thy kingdom come, they will be done."
So the Proclamation of the Kingdom and the Call to Repentance is not something once and for all. We have to hear it each day. I'd like to now recommend a way of hearing and living that call. I referred to it at the beginning of the homily: the rosary. Next to the Mass, the Eucharist, it's the best prayer we have.
The rosary involves rhythmically repeating the Scripture verse that make up the Hail Mary. This helps quiet the mind to focus on the great mysteries - those events from Jesus' life that define our existence. Like many people I pray the Luminous Mysteries on Thursday and Saturday
2020 is a good year to take up the rosary. When you go to an eye doctor you may get a prescription to see things right - to have 20/20 vision. Praying the rosary is the prescription to see things as they really are: the joys and sorrows, the trials and tests really do have a purpose.
Next week we have the opportunity to celebrate one of theJoyful Mysteries. This year February 2 - Feast of the Presentation falls on Sunday. Joseph and Mary presented Jesus in the Temple 40 days after his birth. It happens February 2 is exactly 40 days after Christmas. Don't believe me? Get out a calendar and count for yourself.
Most important, next weekend we will see how to medidate on a mystery from Jesus' early life. It will help us live his basic message: "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." Amen
Homily Resisting Happiness Week 3: Delayed Gratification - with Catholic Community Service Testimony (Audio homily for Third Sunday of Advent, Year A 2016)
Faith & Truth (Audio homily for Third Sunday of Advent, Year A 2013)
From Archives (Third Ordinary Sunday, Year A):
Seapadre Homilies: Cycle A, Cycle B, Cycle C
Audio Files of Homilies (Simple Catholicism Blog)
Take the Plunge Bible Study (audio resources) *New episodes for Ordinary Time leading up to Lent*
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Other Priests' Homilies, Well Worth Listening:
Fr. Frank Schuster
Fr. Brad Hagelin
Fr. Jim Northrop
Fr. Michael White
Fr Pat Freitag (and deacons of St. Monica)
Bishop Robert Barron
Bulletin (St. Mary of Valley Parish)
Parish Picture Album
MBC - Mary Bloom Center, Puno, Peru