Saturday, October 8, 2011

Homily for the 28th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Dear brothers and sisters, we are now only a few short weeks away before introducing the new translation of the Mass. This week we have turned our focus to the phrase, “and with your spirit.” The phrase “And with your spirit” is an accurate translation from the Latin of the phrase, “et cum spiritu tuo.”

Within the Sacred Liturgy when the priest or deacon during the proclamation of the Gospel says, “the Lord be with you,” you will now say “and with your spirit.” This dialogue is expressed four times within the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The first time is at the greeting, as we already mentioned at the proclamation of the Gospel, the beginning of the Preface of the Eucharistic Prayer, and finally at the conclusion of Mass. This phrase is meant to remind you the faithful that Christ is ever present in this Eucharistic assembly, and is meant to remind us the members of the clergy that we stand in persona Christi.

Now the phrase “the Lord be with you” and “with your spirit” has its roots in Sacred Scripture. It stems from St. Paul. For example, in Galatians St. Paul says, “the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.” Then in the Second Letter to Timothy closes with “the Lord be with your Spirit. Although this phrase might sound a bit unfamiliar at first, it “directly reflects the biblical understanding that, through Baptism, the Spirit of God dwells in us and unites us as one Body in Christ.

My brothers and sisters as we begin using this new translation and especially the phrase “and with your spirit,” may we be ever reminded of the Lord’s spirit among us. As we heard in the first reading, “On this mountain the Lord of hosts will provide for all peoples.” The Lord continues to provide for our needs, He is here right now at this very moment! Today as we prepare to embrace these changes may we take this great opportunity to renew our hearts and to deepen our understanding of these Holy Mysteries that we celebrate!

Homily for the 26th Sunday of Ordinary Time

“Have in you the same attitude that is also in Christ Jesus. He emptied Himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled Himself, becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on the cross.” My brothers and sisters we are called to imitate and model the example of our Lord Jesus Christ.

What does this mean? It means we let go of our desires and wants! Also it means that we are to be ready to lay down our lives for one another. Finally it means turning away from sin! In today’s Gospel the first son said no to his father’s request to go into the vineyard but then later changed His mind and decided to go. The second son said yes but didn’t. When it comes to our faith it is not merely words, but more importantly action. Many of us can talk the talk, but can we truly walk the walk. It’s not always easy but we have a good example in the person of Jesus Christ! Follow His example closely; He will not lead us astray. Like Jesus the heavenly Father, will exult all those who in the end do His will.

May we pray for the grace to humble ourselves letting go of those things we may want to do for the sake of building up His kingdom!