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What Are You Doing Down There?

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Run Time: approximately 15 minutes.

Gospel: Mt 25:14-30.

My parents had a room in the basement that was the play room. And that’s the room where all the toys were put and where the worst of the chaos was wrought…. And occasionally we’d be sent to this place, not to play, but to clean up… but after 2 or 3 hours of “cleaning up” ah, at which point we had clearly forgotten what we were there for… Somebody would step on somebody else’s toes or something of that sort… and a fight would break out. A voice would come from upstairs: “What are you doing down there?” And the worst answer was: “Nothin!” because that was not the purpose. We were not put to this to do ‘nothin’ and I think of that in our daily examine how often, when we ask the question “what are you doing?” what are you doing in there? What are you doing with your time? What are you doing with this precious gift of life that you’ve been given? What are you doing with your attention, your patience, your charity? What a thing to answer back: “Nothin!” “Not getting into any trouble.” We’re here to do more than just not get into any trouble…. Jesus Christ did not take upon flesh and suffer and die for us simply to get us out of hell.

God Is Not Indifferent

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Run Time: 09:36. Gospel: Mk 6:30-34.

And so this reality, which we contemplate from time to time, should give us in the midst of life – strength; in the midst of struggle – courage, because it is a reminder, just as the way that Christ is present to us when we read the Scriptures, when we celebrate the Eucharist – that He dwells day and night in our tabernacle – that Jesus Christ has not abandoned us and He never will. We are precious to Him. We are His redeemed, His friends, His fellow soldiers and the battle that each one of us fights in our lives through struggles, through difficulty, through addiction – even if these things may seem small in the eyes of the world, they are big in Christ’s eyes; because and only because we matter to Him.

Essentially Good

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Run Time: 14:58.

Gospel: Mt 28:16-20

How grateful, dear friends, should we be to God? That we have the knowledge though Christ that has saved us from falling into either one of these extremes. We are human beings, created in the image and likeness of God, we are not a blight upon this planet and nor is the earth void of meaning. Rather, this physicality is part of God’s revelation and what does it say to us? That we, because we are created in His image, because we are redeemed by the Blood of the cross, that we are essentially good. It can be difficult for us as Catholics to believe that. We are good. That when our sins are forgiven, they are forgiven and they are forgotten and we are essentially good because we are the image of God on earth.

Recognizing Our Lord

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Run Time: 4:51.  Gospel: Lk 24:35-48.

We search for what God has made eternally present to us – His Son, Jesus Christ. Yet, often, we do not recognize Him. It is as if a veil, or haze, has been brought down over our vision. That veil, of course, being our sin. Our choosing other than God, other than neighbor. God never gives up on us. He continually, in his mercy and love, makes His very self present to us.

It Is In the Resurrection That We Find Our Hope

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Gospel: Mk 16:1-7.

How, then, can we let this power of the resurrection seep into the depths of our minds and hearts? And there is one simple thing that we can do that will make all the difference. And I hope if you remember nothing else from this homily (I hope you don’t [only] remember the story of Michelangelo – it is a beautiful sculpture) but this is the point: Keep the Lord’s Day holy. Every Sunday. Every Sunday we recall the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. This is why we are told by the Church that Mass is obligatory. To make sure that we don’t forget what goes on tonight. We need to be reminded; we need to make sure that we remember, where we are going – if you are not going to weekly Mass you have to ask yourself what do you really believe, what do you hold important? Because religion is not just about Christmas and Easter, it is about the day to day living out of our lives. Christmas and Easter are important, but so is every other day. What I’m saying is this: that we need to do our part as well in order to grow in faith. That, yes, coming to Mass is essential, but if we want to live our Sundays to the full, if we want to live our lives to the full and take on that rhythm of the resurrection, that kind of idea that we have been preparing for all through Lent, we’ve got to also use our creativity and imagination to make this day the first of days, the holiest of days, different from all the rest.

And The Greatest Of These Is Charity

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Gospel: Jn 18:1—19:42.

All this week we’ve heard from the Gospel of John, “Father, if it be Your will, take this away from me.” You see Christ in the garden so agonized that he’s sweating blood and that this act of supreme love, of charity caused Him, in His humanity, even to suffer. And because we are conformed into that image of Christ through baptism, death, and resurrection, then that is the example we follow – the hard work of growing into that image. Of learning to love as God Himself has loved us. Be not mistaken, and it’s a good thing that we celebrate this year after year because we learn so many different lessons and we’re given an opportunity to reflect on the last year: how have I grown in this image and likeness of God? Or how … do I need to grow even more?

Love One Another…

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Run Time: 6:47.  Gospel: Jn 13:1-15.

Another part of tonight’s richness is the traditional name for tonight, ‘Maundy Thursday’. It finds its roots in the Latin, mandatum novum: ‘the new commandment’. “I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.”

Not Just Jesus and Me

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Run Time: 12:41.  Gospel: Jn 2:13-25.

The Psalm Father mentioned was Psalm 19.

…God desires that we develop our own talents. That we try to improve our relationship with Him, with one another and build up society for good. Because our relationship with God is not just this way, but it is also this way. And that is part of the unique thing about Christianity, it’s not just ‘Jesus and me’ – it’s Jesus and me and the Church and building up the world. That’s why the command of Christ is so radical. Not only love God, but love neighbor – Neighbor as yourself. That is God’s will. Most of the time it’s perfectly clear if we just think about it.

And so, today we are given this opportunity then as we are almost, we are a third of the way through Lent – to contemplate this great truth: that … or one of the concepts of Lent is that Christ desires this relationship with us and it’s been made perfectly clear by the way, not only [how] he lived his life, but that He went to His passion for our sake. And that when we celebrate Easter, we celebrate not only His victory over death, but that great love that He has shown for us that is given to us as the promise for what is to come. What is to come? Promise of eternal happiness and joy and bliss with Him, in eternal communion with Him, in heaven.

Preparation is Necessary

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Run Time: 10:57.  Gospel: Mk 1:1-8.

…to enjoy the fullness of receiving the Gift.

All of the preparation that goes into anything, prepares our hearts to receiving the gift. That which we are preparing, that which we are making ready, are our hearts to receive God’s grace at Christmas. God has not forgotten about us, and He never will – how could He? And this is the source of our comfort and courage this year. He wants to come to us, He will come to us on Christmas morning with fresh blessings, grace and joy and peace…

God Lives Amongst Us

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Run Time: 10:36.  Gospel: Jn 6:51-58.

This mind boggling mystery in its utter simplicity, that God says something and it happens, reveals to us how much Jesus loves us.  It is that prolongation of God’s presence in the world that demonstrates to us His care, concern and love for us.  The fact that He loves us so much that He wants His own life to flow through our veins.  To accompany us always and everywhere until we see Him unveiled, truly in His body in heaven.  But for the time being He is present to us in this mystery, no less real, than what we will participate in, in eternity.  And so it is then, this incomprehensible, apparently contradictory, mystery.  That the fulfillment of the ancient prophecy that the Savoir would be called Emanuel … which means “God is with us”, has come to fulfillment.  That though we have sinned, Christ still loves us so much that He will not abandon us.  He lives amongst us even now. … No longer in sign and symbol, but in reality – God lives amongst us.  He stays with us, He walks with us to share and redeem and give meaning to every detail of our lives.  That is the example of love.