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Lk 9:51-56 Guts and Glory. Lamb Tough.

Memorial of St. Jerome(Click here for readings)When the days for Jesus to be taken up were fulfilled, he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem… On the way they entered a Samaritan village…but they did not welcome him…  When the disci…

You’re Kind of a Big Deal!

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From the local paper: ah…the Middle Ages…

When court jesters were responsible for putting people in the rack!

Sep 30 – Homily: Overcoming Self

Sep 30 – Homily: Overcoming Self

Like the Apostles, we strive to overcome ourselves and our defects as we strive toward perfection. Ave Maria! Mass: Novena to St Francis – Day 5 – Devotional – Form: OF Readings: Tuesday in…

Sep 30 – Homily: Pray the Rosary for Peace

Father Maximilian comments on the Gospel, and tells us that we are not to call down curses on our enemies, but to call down God’s graces through prayer. And as Our Lady has asked repeatedly,…
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Sep 30 – Homily: Loving our Worst Enemy

Sep 30 – Homily: Loving our Worst Enemy

Fr. Joachim and the need to love our enemies to act as Christians. Ave Maria! Mass: St. Jerome – Mem – Form: OF Readings: Tuesday in the 26th Week in Ordinary Time 1st: job 3:1-3, 11-17, 20-23…

Sep 29 – Homily: God Wants the War!

Sep 29 – Homily: God Wants the War!

Deus vult! Deus vult! Deus vult! Ave Maria! Mass: Sts. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael (alt Reading) – Feast – Form: OF Readings: 1st: rev 12:7-12 Resp: psa 138:1-2, 2-3, 4-5 Gsp: joh 1:47-51.

If the Mass had "cooler music" then the youth would show up

This is put together by some Lutherans, but it is about time they converted!  They’re spot on!

Jon 1:47-51 The Child Under Every Fig Tree

Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel and St. Raphael, Archangels
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Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him,
“Here is a true child of Israel.
There is no duplicity in him.”
Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?”
Jesus answered and said to him,
“Before Philip called you, I saw you under the fig tree.”
Nathanael answered him,
“Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.”
Jesus answered and said to him,
“Do you believe
because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree?
You will see greater things than this.”
And he said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you,
you will see heaven opened
and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

 To me, Nathanael represents the perfect picture of childlike faith. If any of you have children or have spent time with children, you know that they are amazed by everything. They haven’t lost that sense of wonder that often fades away with age.
Every once in a while, my family and I pull out a box of old video cassette tapes (if that is even what they are called) and watch old home videos. My favorite video is from my older brother’s first Christmas in ‘91. Besides being able to see my mother with a perm and my dad with ridiculous glasses, the funniest part is when my brother comes downstairs to see his present in the morning. My mom was so psyched about what she got him– a plastic basketball hoop. She was sure that my brother would be so excited. But of course, my brother completely ignored the basketball hoop. The first thing that caught his attention was the cardboard box it came in. He was instantly absorbed by the box.
Or when my cousins were young, they used to come over and sit beside my piano bench while I played. I would play some ridiculous little song like chopsticks, and their eyes would light up, and they would get excited and bang on the piano with me. They didn’t want to hear some elaborate classical piece I had been working on. Chopsticks was the most incredible thing they had ever heard!
This is what I imagine our faith to be like. We get only little glimpses of the full glory of God, but yet we are consumed by them. What God is actually capable of—what God actually has in store for us—is beyond what we could ever imagine. When we encounter glimpses of God on earth, we are like little kids overjoyed with a cardboard box or a simple tune.
“You will see greater things than this.” How could there be something greater than what Jesus told Nathanael? Jesus, in essence, revealed to Nathanael that He miraculously had knowledge of his whereabouts. To Nathanael, that was clearly evidence that Jesus was God. That was all he needed. Of course, we know that Jesus had much more in store. Besides being all-knowing, He raised the dead, healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, and even defeated death. How could Nathanael have known?
“Amen, amen, I say to you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.” I think sometimes we have heard Scripture so much that we forget just how absurd some of it must have sounded to the people Jesus spoke to. Imagine having no knowledge of Christianity, and having somebody come up and say this to you. Heaven opened? Angels of God ascending and descending? What does that even mean???
Saint Augustine says in his Confessions, “What matters it to me if someone does not understand this? Let him too rejoice and say, ‘What is this?’ Let him rejoice even at this, and let him love to find you while not finding it out, rather than, while finding it out, not to find you.” We should rejoice in the fact that God’s ways are so high above our understanding.  It is because of this that we can find peace in the midst of chaos, and joy even when we do not understand a single thing happening in our lives.

God is a mystery.

HOMILY: Why We’re Using the Propers More

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