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11/6/16 God of the Living

THE 32ND SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME

Dear friends in Christ,
Sometimes in our daily lives, God becomes more of an idea than a real person. Jesus was very emphatic in his response to the Sadducees: God is God of the living, not of the dead. God is alive, He is the Living God, the All-Powerful Father who sustains all that exists. When God is not seen as the Living God, then He is perceived as an idea, a preference, something negotiable, at the same level of other ideas or opinions. Then, as it was the case for the Sadducees, we can ask interesting questions about God, but be far from Him. Then, as we see often today, God and his Word are not a source of authority, but only a matter of preference, as long as there is no other idea that we would rather choose. The God of the living calls us to know Him, love Him and follow Him. And, in difficult times, He assures us of his company and support. Even in times of trial and persecution, He offers heaven, and gives us everlasting encouragement and good hope, directing our hearts to the love of God and the endurance of Christ, as St. Paul said today. As we get ready for the presidential election, let us renew our faith in the living God, and receive from Him the endurance and hope we need to be faithful to Him at all times.

United in prayer,
Fr. Daniel

 


10/30/16 The Desire for Something More

THE 31ST SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME

Brothers and sisters, God’s power is seen in the wonder of his creation. But this power shines even more in God’s mercy. You have mercy on all, because you can do all things, we heard in the first reading. Of course, the power to create the world from nothing is impressive; but the power to forgive evil, to have mercy on those who choose to betray the goodness of love, is even more impressive, as that power is not only gratuitous but also undeserved. This power is what transformed the heart of Zacchaeus. Because he realized that he had done wrong, he was open to forgiveness and salvation, and so he changed his life. This is how things work: it would be naïve to expect someone to change just out of some formal duty; there has to be an encounter, there has to be conversion. And because God is powerful, his mercy can do all things.

This message brings hope, not only to our lives but also to our society. In times of challenges hope has to be more than optimism. Hope has to be rooted in the truth: the truth of our own weakness, and the truth of God’s mercy. Only in this way does mercy transform our hearts, and therefore, our society as well.

Let us pray for each other,
Fr. Daniel

 


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