Saturday, November 29, 2014

We are part of the Story: Daily Mass Homily--Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

(Listen to this homily here).

            Every week I visit our students with the candy basket.  If they memorize a verse, they get a piece of candy.
            While I enjoy getting kids riled up with sugar, there is a deeper purpose to why I ask them to memorize verses—they need to know the Story of God.
            I liked show-and-tell last week, so I thought I would do it again.  I have with me today my first two Bibles I ever owned.  The first was given to me at first communion.  I was in second grade, and do you know what I did with it?  I read it!  A lot of the stories were over my head, but since I could read, I could understand important concepts at an early age.
            The second one is from a Bible camp I went to in third grade.  We had to memorize thirty Proverbs to win this Bible, and I was able to achieve this on our third day.  Actually, my friend and I memorized verses together (he finally got it on the last day of camp!)  In the back of this Bible was a list to read the whole Bible in a year.  You know what I did?  I started reading it!  I made it all the way to Leviticus before I stopped.
            You are not too young to read the Bible.  It has been said that the Bible is like a lake—it is deep enough for an elephant to swim in, yet shallow enough for a child to wade in. 
            The Bible is the best story ever—it’s much better than Harry Potter or the Hunger Games, because it is true!  The coolest part—we are actually part of the Story.  When we live out our faith, loving God and our neighbor, we live out the Story.
            Read your Bible, memorize your verses and take your place in the greatest Story ever!

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