Today's Gospel is challenging. It is the beginning of the Way section of Luke, where after people have heard Jesus preach and have seen the miracles they are called to respond to what they have seen and heard, by changing direction in life. The church today is in a Crisis. Many are leaving, and many good people who come seeking don't find. Why is that? Is it because Jesus did not rise from the dead? Is it because he really isn't God anymore? More so it is probably because most of us are not truly committed disciples of Jesus. This homily is a call to commit, to being a disciple, and to sharing in the Mission of Jesus, to make disciples.
Why do we Celebrate the Mass? Because Jesus said "Do this". What did Jesus mean by "Do this in remembrance of me?" This is to make present to us, the one saving act of Jesus. Like the Apostles in the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves to feed 15,000 - 20,000 we often feel overwhelmed. We too are called to trust in Jesus, to offer our 5 loaves and 2 fish, all of our insufficient selves, and Jesus will multiply it and direct us how to use it to feed others.
The Theology of the Trinity is beyond our understanding. However the implication of the doctrine has very concrete advice for our daily lives; namely God is a relationship of persons united in Love. We are created in the image of God, therefore we to reach our fullest potential in a loving community. Our relationships are important; in family, work, school, world, and church.
The division caused by humanities striving to advance on their own power without God (described in Genesis chapter 11 in the tower of Babel) is undone by the Holy Spirit. God seeks to unite us to one another, and to Himself, to share in His mission. Our call is not just to go to heaven, but to take others with us, by building up His community.
Homila del padre pablo. Pentecostes es la ruina de la Torre de Babel. Es lo contrario de ello. Cuando los humanos usan su propio poder para avanzar sin Dios, esto causa division. Pero Dios nos busca de nuevo con ustedes nueve a traves del Espiritu Santo y se unen a nosotros mismos para que podamos compartir su mision.
We may graduate school, but we never graduate from the Church. We are not students of academics for life, but we are students of Jesus for life. We are disciples, he is our teacher. The reason for the cap and gown is that students wanted to be like their teachers. (The gown is modeled on the Franciscan and Dominican habits.) That is our call in life, to bear the likeness of Christ to others. You are the light of the world, the salt of the earth.
This homily is a theological introduction to our parish wide pastoral planning process. In these days for than ever, our churches are called to excellence. We are beginning a pastoral planning process to access ourselves in the five key areas of a vibrant church; Sunday Worship, Sense of Welcome, Sense of Belonging, Sense of Witness, and Sense of Mission so we can build on our strengths and improve on our weaknesses. This homily is for the members of our church, or anyone who wishes to help make their church a better church.