Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Community Living: Daily Mass Homily--Friday, September 13th, 2013 (SS Sisters)

            Discernment to the priesthood, religious or married life can take some time.  But I knew after three days living in seminary that I was not called to religious life.  This is not to say I don’t admire sisters and brothers living in community, but the sharing of residence, bathrooms, showers and space—in short doing everything together—wasn’t for me.  What a gift to see you all who have given up everything—even your personal space—to follow the Lord.
            Our Gospel is a good one for you Sisters who live in community.  Some of you have lived, worked, ate and prayed together for decades.  You know each other very well and can readily see each other’s gifts and weaknesses.  Jesus words are especially important for you: “Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own?”
            Living in community brings with it the temptation to compare yourself to others or to judge others.  Here we must always remember that we are not perfect either.  We must look in the mirror and allow Christ to root out the log in our own eye before we can help our sister root out the splinter in hers.
            Praise God for your community and continue to let Christ’s words help you live well together.

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