2018.12.23 Homily

Gospel and readings at USCCB

“Blessed are you who believed, that what was spoken to you by the Lord, would be fulfilled.”

If only that could be said for each of us.

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But perhaps it can.

The question we must consider is are we doing what Mary did?

Are we doing, what God has asked of us?

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The criteria we need to answer that question is easy to find.

Jesus sprinkles it all throughout the Gospels.

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In Matthew, Jesus says that few follow Him on the way to life, while many enter by the wide gate on the path to destruction.

If we look at our lives, and they look just like the lives of everyone else in our secular culture, then we can know we are walking towards destruction.

But if we look at our lives, and they look like the lives of the saints, we know we are entering the narrow gate.

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In the Gospel of John, Jesus says unless we eat his flesh and drink his blood we will not have life within us.

Are we at mass as often as we can be?

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Finally, in Luke, Jesus tells us to take up our cross and follow him.

To follow him means to stay with him all the time.

When we watch tv, spend time on our phones, read, or whatever, we do it with Jesus.

When we talk to people, when we fight with our loved ones, when we cry, we do it with Jesus.

So that when we sin, Jesus is right there to guide us back to the narrow path.

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And this is the right place to end: with mercy.

The fact is, we have all sinned, we fall short of the mark Jesus has given us to aim for, and will continue to do so until the end of our days.

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But the beautiful thing we are celebrating at Christmas, is that the Son of God took on our humanity, freed us from sin, and helps us up each time we fall.

So as we approach our beloved savior in the Eucharist, thank him for his goodness to us, and ask his help in aiming again, for the difficult life he has called us to. Amen.

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