What Do We Have To Offer God?

(Homily for Palm Sunday, Passion Sunday, Year C)

Bottom line: What do we have to offer to God? Only what we unite with the perfect sacrifice of Christ.

Welcome to Holy Week! We just listened to the account of Our Lord’s Passion according to Luke. It begins and concludes with an offering. At the beginning of the Passion Account, Jesus offers bread and wine: "This is my Body. This is my Blood." At the end he offers his entire self: "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit."

What do you and I have to offer to God? A seventy-six year-old priest gave an insightful answer. He was celebrating his fiftieth anniversary and various people gave testimonies: How he had helped during a time of crisis. A beautiful celebration of a baptism or wedding. A homily which made a lasting impression. After listening to the testimonies, the priest stood up and thanked the people. "I have had good life," he said. "I am thankful for the blessing I have received. But, you know, when all is said and done, I have only one thing to offer God. What I offer God is God himself." He then explained how at each Mass he lifts up the Body and Blood of Christ and offers them to the Father. He concluded by saying how much he loves the Divine Mercy prayer:

"Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world."

Tomorrow is the second anniversary of death of Pope John Paul II. In 2005 Easter came early and April 2 was the eve of Divine Mercy Sunday. Perhaps no man in the last century had more to offer God in terms of accomplishments. Yet he died saying the Divine Mercy prayer. Please consider making the Divine Mercy Novena. I have placed copies at the entrances of the church. The novena begins on Good Friday and continues until the Sunday after Easter, which is now known as Divine Mercy Sunday.

What do we have to offer to God? Only what we unite with the perfect sacrifice of Christ: "Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world."

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Spanish Version

From Archives (Palm Sunday Homilies):

2016, Year B: First Things: Jesus Suffering Today
2015, Year B: New Mind and Heart Week 6
2014, Year A: Prayer and Spiritual Combat Week 6
2013, Year C: Strengthen Your Brothers
2012, Year B: A Loud Cry
2011, Year A: The Blood of Martyrs and of Jesus
2010, Year C: The Good Thief
2009, Year B: God's Justice
2008, Year A: Your Will Be Done
2007, Year C: What Do We Have To Offer God?
2006, Year B: Body and Blood
2005, Year A: A Week to Remember
2004, Year C: The Passion of the Christ
2003, Year B: He Breathed His Last
2002, Year A: Human Guilt & Divine Mercy
2001, Year C: An Honest Thief
2000, Year B: Why This Waste?
1999, Year A: His Blood Be Upon Us
1998, Year C: The First Letter of God's Alphabet

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From Bill Donohue

On Ash Wednesday, February 21, a Catholic female student at White County High School in Cleveland, Georgia had her ashes wiped off her forehead by a substitute teacher in her Honors Trigonometry class. When the girl’s classmates protested, the teacher laced into the girl making patently untrue and derisive statements about Catholicism.

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Q&A about Planned Parenthood


Another sting by Live Action: Planned Parenthood CEO’s False Mammogram Claim Exposed

Reasons Young People Leave Their Faith - Presentation for Monroe Christian Pastor. (For pdf format click here)

Background for presentation on "Reasons Young People Leave Their Faith": High School Course – World Civilization - Section on origins of Christianity. (For pdf format click here)

Parish Picture Album

Laetare Sunday: the old & the new (March 2012)

Al Kresta at Rally for Religious Freedom: "We want this to be an enduring victory for American religious liberty...The way we ensure this does not become a political tempest in a teapot: Psalm 51 'Create in me a clean heart, O God..."

Please take time to read what our bishops are saying about Religious Liberty & Conscience Protection

The Archdiocese of Seattle also has helpful resources regarding the defense of marriage and family

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