33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

Any day is a great day when we are alive to complain about it. Today in the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, we are at the end of the Church Year. In these times, we see the Church focusing on the end times. One thing I really appreciate is the people who “know” the end of the world. I love them and am thankful for them because Jesus tells us that no one knows the end of the world, not even He or the angels know that time, only the Father. So, whenever someone has predicted the end of the world, I can know with certainty that it won’t happen at that time. That is why I am thankful for the ones that “know”. All these manifestations that Jesus talked about in today’s Gospel happened before the final destruction of Jerusalem. The Christians saw the signs and fled before the Romans destroyed Jerusalem and the temple, which was their world, and not one of them died because they listened to God. I am not saying the world is not going to end, only that no one knows when.

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32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

It is hard to know how God thinks unless we know Him. In today’s Gospel we can all think, “Well yes, of course Jesus isn’t saying if you are wealthy don’t give some of your money to the Church.”  But can we fathom that God delights more in a penny than in a million dollars? We may not be able to understand it but God can delight, and does delight and is more pleased over the donation of a penny than a million dollars. Since we are called to be perfect as our Heavenly Father is perfect, could we delight more in a penny than over a million dollars? Think of it right now - if you were offered a penny with much love or offered a million dollars with hatred, jealousy, resentment, stress, uncertainty, which would you choose?

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All Saints Day - November 1, 2015

We just celebrated Halloween where people dress up and become something they are not. Halloween is short for “All Hallow’s Eve” which is the Catholic vigil for All Saints Day.  With All Saints Day, we move into the month of November which has a focus on our beloved dead and our great hope in their triumphant victory. We want everyone to become a saint, that is our desire and hope because it is God’s desire for all of us. This world wants us to make a name for ourselves, however, as Catholics, we are here to let God make a name for us. That is what being a saint is - letting God work. We want to become saints because only saints are in heaven.  One time when I was a seminarian, Father Derrick was talking to us and one of the guys said, “I hope I make it to purgatory.”  Father Derrick told us that is a terrible attitude to have. We should never aim for purgatory because we might miss. We must aim for heaven and if we miss that we have some wiggle room. Snipers say, “Aim big, miss big.  Aim small, miss small.”  Our goal as Catholics cannot be, “I want to be a good Catholic.”  Our goal as Catholics must be, “ I want to be a saint.”

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30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

“I cannot believe it. I will not believe it,” said the soon to be king, Aragorn, in, “The Lord of the Rings,” when contesting with the lies at the Black Gate. This is what we encounter in the Gospel today with the blind man who cries out. He cries out I will be heard.  I will not give in to the people who are silencing me, saying not to come to the Lord. I will radically trust and God will hear me.

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