Monday, November 5, 2018

November 4th, 2018 - 31st Sunday of OT - Creed and Petitions - Mass Series #16

What do you believe?  At Mass we declare what we believe every time we recite the Creed.  Do we know what we are saying?  Do we know that that means?  Listen to my homily to learn more about the Creed and the Petitions.

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Readings:  DT 6:2-6; PS 18:2-3, 3-4, 47, 51; HEB 7:23-28; MK 12:28B-34

Additional homilies related to the Creed:
August 6th, 2017 - Transfiguration - Jesus is both God and Man
May 27th, 2018 - The Most Holy Trinity - One God, but Three Persons

This homily was the 16th in the series.  Click on the links below for the other homilies.

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Our creed sets us apart from the rest of the world.  Our culture today is one of relativism, which suggests that knowledge, truth, and morality are all relative to culture, society, historical context, or even relative to each individual person; but are not absolute in themselves. 
Relativism is wrong because if there isn’t truth beyond ourselves, then medicine and even science itself would be impossible.  Medicine and science require the belief in a universe that has an order to it, truth that is independent of our choices.
Our creed reveals a world that was created by God, who has a plan for our happiness and eternal life.  It reveals how that plan was played out so far and how it will be fulfilled.  That we were separated from God and in need of a Savior to forgive us of our sins and reconcile us with God.  There is a cosmic battle going on between good and evil.  How we live our lives determines the outcome for ourselves and affects those around us.  There is no neutrality in this battle.  We either take the side of God, or we will be on the side of Satan. 
The decisive blow to the enemy came when God became man in Jesus Christ.  This is such an important part of the battle that when we recite it in the creed we all bow.  Jesus Christ worked out our salvation through His passion, death, and resurrection, and in the end, He will come to judge the living and the dead.  Those who chose Him and fought on His side by following the way of life He showed us and helping others to do the same, will receive eternal life.  Those who chose anything else, including themselves, are in actuality opposed to God and will be in eternal damnation. 
When we profess the creed and mean what we are saying, then we are choosing God’s side.  We recite the creed every Sunday and Solemnity as a renewal of what we believe and a recommitment that we will live by this belief. 

Prayers of the Faithful / Petitions
After professing our faith, we then exercise it by praying the Prayers of the Faithful.  These are the petitions or intercessions.  If we didn’t believe in God and that He loves us, then we wouldn’t bother asking Him for help.  We are also exercising hope, since we are desiring that He fulfill His promises to answer our prayers. 
Interceding for ourselves and each other is supported by Sacred Scripture in the Acts of the Apostles (12:1-7), the first letter to Timothy (2:1-4), the first letter to the Thessalonians (1:2-3) and the second letter to the Corinthians (1:11).  Tradition also up holds the practice of praying for each other, even at Mass.  St. Justin Martyr described the Mass as it was celebrated in the 2nd century and in it he includes the petitions:  “Then we all rise together and offer prayers for ourselves… and for others, wherever they may be, so that we may be found righteous by our life and actions, and faithful to the commandments, so as to obtain eternal salvation.”  [CCC 1345] 
The intercessions are also helpful to us to overcome our tendency toward self-centeredness.  When we pray for others we are focusing on them and their well-being.  As such, we are also exercising charity, which is the love of God and love of others.  Love is willing what is truly good for the other.  As we pray for others we are loving them.  

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

November 1st, 2018 - All Saints Day - Communion of Saints - Mass Series #15

A prayerful man saw a vision during Mass and had to share it with the priest.  This true story happened within the last couple of years.  Listen to my homily to find out about what he saw and what it means for all of us!

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Readings:  RV 7:2-4, 9-14; PS 24:1BC-2, 3-4AB, 5-6; 1 JN 3:1-3; MT 5:1-12A

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This homily was the 15th in the series.  Click on the links below for the other homilies.

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In our first reading St. John saw in heaven many saints.  They were worshiping God the Father and the Lamb.  The Lamb of God is Jesus Christ, and we will refer to Him in the Eucharist as the Lamb of God, later in the Mass.  Their worship of God and the Lamb is the celebration of the Mass recorded in the Book of Revelations. 
Heaven and Earth are united through Jesus Christ as we celebrate Mass.  The whole Church worships God, whether her members are in the Church Triumphant in heaven, or in the Pilgrim Church here on earth.  The Gloria is the song of the angels to shepherds at the birth of Jesus, and the Holy, Holy, Holy is what the angels and saints were singing in heaven according to the Books of Isaiah and Revelations.  
How does heaven and earth meet at Mass?  Through, Jesus Christ, who is both God and man.  As God He is outside of time and as man He interacted with us in time.  He is one person though.  Through this union of His Divinity and His Sacred Humanity, His actions in time are taken up into eternity and so not bound by time.  As such, at every Mass, time and eternity, meet.  Jesus is forever offering Himself to God the Father in eternity.  The saints are with Him and so, they are participating in His eternal gift of Himself, which is made present to us at Mass.  Also, we are united to Jesus through Holy Communion and through Jesus Christ we are united to all the saints in heaven. 

November 4th, 2018 - 31st Sunday of OT - Creed and Petitions - Mass Series #16

What do you believe?  At Mass we declare what we believe every time we recite the Creed.  Do we know what we are saying?  Do we know that th...