Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Daily Mass Homily: Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 (Given at CSS to students)

            First, a Catholic trivia answer for you.  We are told that Jesus had brothers and sisters and our Gospel, and we may wonder, “How can this be?  Wasn’t Mary a virgin?”  Some will cite a verse like this in attempt to show that we are foolish for believing in the perpetual virginity of our Blessed Mother.  Yes, the Scriptures report Jesus’ brothers and sisters.  Yes, also, do we maintain Mary’s virginity.  These can be reconciled by recognizing the original languages of the Scripture had no word for cousin.  The same is true in some places today.  When I was in Ghana, Africa, they didn’t have cousin in their vocabulary either.  Thus, what we consider cousins they do in fact call brothers and sisters.  The men and identified by the evangelist were not blood brothers or sisters but His cousins.
            Now for a homily…
            The Scriptures repeat the importance of God’s will in our lives.  At the most basic level God wills two experiences for us: to be happy and to be holy.  God wants us to be happy here on earth and forever in heaven.  He doesn’t want us to eek through life or find constant distractions that blur our true desire for happiness.
            Yet to be happy we must be holy.  We may hear the word holy quite a bit and may be tempted to think it is a quality reserved to priests and nuns.  Yet holiness is nothing more than being in a relationship with our God.  God wants to be our best friend. 
            Think about the ways you communicate with a friend—pictagram, facebook, texts, phones and more.  Granted, you can’t text God, but He wants us to communicate with Him in a variety of ways in our lives.  Whether this is vocal or mental prayer, reading the Scriptures, offering up a game or workout or enjoying His beautiful creation in nature.
            The more we give to God, the more we receive from Him, and that is the stuff of which holiness is made.  Then we may dare say with the Psalmist, “Here am I, Lord, I have come to do your will.”  And when we do His will, we will be happy.

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