Monday, November 24, 2014

Do you have a personal relationship with God?: Daily Mass Homily--Monday, November 24th, 2014

(Listen to this homily here).

             As I have been reading through Sherry Widdell’s book Forming Intentional Disciples, I have been enlightened of many statistics regarding our Catholic population.  One of the most alarming was that relatively few of us believe in a personal God.  When asked, Catholics—less than other brothers and sisters in other Christian denominations—answer that they have a personal relationship with God.
            True enough, our faith should not be reduced to only “me and Jesus”.  Neither should we lose sight of the fact that God is all-powerful, all-knowing, ever-present and transcendent.  Yet in God’s providence and mystery, He desires a personal relationship with each of us.
            In the opening pages of the Bible, God takes clay to form and create a man.  What powerful imagery of our very beginnings.  Psalm 139 states, “You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother’s womb.”  God speaks through Isaiah, “I have called you by name, you are mine.”  Jesus tells us, “Every hair of your head is numbered.”
            One of the major ways in which God personally invites us to Himself is through the sacraments.  In three of these—baptism, confirmation and holy orders—He actually seals us for Himself.  We receive this sacred character on our souls which marks us for all eternity as God’s.  I’m guessing most, if not all of you here this morning, have been baptized and confirmed.  This means God has chosen you individually for His great work!
            God has a personal relationship with you.  Do you have one with Him?

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