Listen to Fr. Emmanuel’s homily given in Sacred Heart Church, located in Joliet, Illinois. (Note: The homily proper begins approx. halfway through the audio file; the file begins with readings and music from the Mass).
He takes a child and put the child in their midst. If the disciples were talking amongst themselves, Jesus now puts a child in their midst – and right there provides the first lesson: conversation must not only be amongst yourselves. It must include such one as this.You must not only talk about the child, you must talk to and with such one as this. A community that includes the child, the weak, the vulnerable.
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Through all these events and transitions, I have continued to experience the “infinitely far more” of God’s blessings and support. How about you my friends? When is the last time you experienced the “too much “ of God’s boundless love, friendship and forgiveness. Lent is the time in which God invites us to experience that too much through our journey back “home”.
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…As you learn this dance of marriage, be patient with each other; Do not be selfish. Look out for each other. Give your all to each other and to your life together. Walk together and talk to each other. But also laugh together and at yourselves. Do not take yourselves too seriously. It’s a dance! Enjoy each other as your communicate deeply not only about the big issues and decisions, but about the little, trivial nonsenses of everyday life. This is how you learn to dance together, but also to go far in your life together. An African proverb says, if you want to go fast walk alone, but if you want to go far, walk together.
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…That is why Paul frames the discussion of the different parts of the Body of Christ with the crucial verse: “Do not conform yourselves to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you make discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.”
That is what makes the Body of Christ unique and odd. It does not fit within the categories (the standards of this age) – that is what makes it odd. And yet, for Paul that is the only way that this body is able to seek what the will of God is – what is good and pleasing and perfect.
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