2018.11.18 Homily

Readings and Gospel at USCCB


I ask you to keep in mind 3 pieces of art, 3 pieces of media:

The first, is the song “It’s the End Of The World As We Know It” by R.E.M., released in 1987.

The second is the film “Dr Strangelove” directed by Stanley Kubrick, from 1964.

And the third is a book, “The Odessey” by Homer.


We are at an interesting point in the liturgical year. A type of liminal state before the new year begins, and the old fades away.

A time when our readings and Gospels point to the end. When Christ will return in glory, to judge the living and the dead.

Oh, how we long for that day!


That’s where the song comes in, because in a way, the world is constantly ending.

The beauty of organic life is its transitory nature.

Nothing lasts, everything is constantly dying. From the moment a thing is conceived, it begins it’s march toward death, whether it be slow or fast.


That’s where the movie comes in, a film of feverish activity to forestall the nuclear end of the world; which fails, as all such attempts will.

Heaven and earth will pass away, but to us Christians, this is not a grim reality: because the Word of God will not pass away.

God will remain.


And so we finally come round to The Odyssey.

There is a scene, where Odysseus takes a raft from Calypso’s island, and just as he sees land a storm bears down on him and destroys his raft. As he’s tossed around by the storm, he’s able to cling to a reef, safe from the waves.


That’s the image of us:

Clinging to God, the only constant in a chaotic world.

The only deathless thing in a universe that is constantly dying.


May we hold on to him, and let everything else, wash away.






Estamos en un punto interesante en el año litúrgico. Unas pocas semanas antes de que comience el nuevo año, y lo viejo se desvanece.

Un momento en que nuestras lecturas y evangelios apuntan al final. Cuando Cristo vuelva en gloria, para juzgar a los vivos ya los muertos.

¡Y esperamos que ese día llegue pronto!


En cierto modo, el mundo está terminando constantemente.

Nada dura, todo se está muriendo. Desde el momento en que se concibe una cosa, comienza su marcha hacia la muerte, sea lenta o rápida.


El cielo y la tierra pasarán, pero para nosotros los cristianos, esto no es algo triste, porque la Palabra de Dios no pasará.

Dios se quedará.


Imagine a un marinero que ha destruido un barco en una tormenta, que ha podido atrapar una roca y que está a salvo de las olas.

Esa es la imagen de nosotros:

Aferrarse a Dios, la única constante en un mundo caótico.

La única cosa inmortal en un universo que está muriendo constantemente.


Que nos aferremos a él y dejemos que todo lo demás no signifique nada para nosotros

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