Monday, January 21, 2013

Daily Mass Homily: Monday, January 21, 2013

           Our reading from Hebrews was one of the most comforting passages from Scripture while I was in seminary: “Every high priest is taken from among men and made their representative before God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.  He is able to deal patiently with the ignorant and erring, for he himself is beset by weakness and so, for this reason, must make sin offerings for himself as well as for the people.”
            In seminary I learned more than ever that I am a sinner, have vices and weaknesses.  As a priest I must pray for forgiveness and go to Confession before I can forgive others.
            This applies to everyone.  Each of us struggles with sin, vices and weaknesses.  We experience physical and mental ailments, some of which we may be afraid to share with others.  Here we can take comfort because Jesus experienced the same.  He “learned obedience from what he suffered; and when he was made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.”
            Jesus enters into our weakness and sin.  He comes to bring freedom and life in our fallenness.  For this we must praise God.

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