Monday, September 9, 2013

It's all about Christ: Daily Mass Homily--Friday, September 6th, 2013

           Last Wednesday I was caught in the excitement of our first day of school at St. John’s.  I had just made lunch and was walking over to the teacher’s lounge when I looked at my watch.  Immediate panic set in as I realized I had eight minutes to get to Mass with you!  I threw down my lunch, grabbed my truck keys and was lucky I didn’t get a ticket on the way.  And after all this, Sr. Jean Anne called and said Fr. Lee had Mass.
            As a priest, my calendar runs my life.  I look at it in the morning, before I go to bed and frequently throughout the day.  When I forget about my schedule chaos ensues.
            I mention this, because chaos comes when we are not focused on Christ throughout our day.  Sin is the worst example of this as we take eyes off God and choose something else.  Frequently in Confession I hear people say, “I was doing so well and then I messed up and I’ve been off track ever since.” 
            But even when we are doing well we can go through a day without looking to Christ.  We may do good things throughout the day—go to Mass, pray the Office and serve our neighbor—without remembering our Lord.
            We must remember it’s all about Christ: “Christ Jesus is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation…he is before all things…”  Throughout our day we ought to pause and raise our eyes to heaven to remember what we should be living for.

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