Monday, December 1, 2014

Inviting modern Gentiles: Daily Mass Homily--Monday, December 1st, 2014

(Listen to this homily here).

            “Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.”
            We praise God that, as we begin this season of Advent, we continue to come to the house of the Lord.  Many of you do this every day, coming to the Lord’s house with rejoicing.
            The Lord makes a promise in this touching story of a Gentile’s faith: “Amen, I say to you, in no one is Israel have I found such faith.  I say to you, many will come from the east and the west, and will recline with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the banquet in the Kingdom of heaven.”
            There’s a hidden message in this Gospel about ministry to the Gentiles—non Jews.  We can apply this to our own experience today.  Right now there are many men and women, children and families, who are starving for God’s love.  Many of them don’t know this is what they long for, but they do nonetheless.
            Our mission is to continually invite these souls to come and see Jesus.  You know who they are.  Like a good hockey team who keeps throwing shots on net, consistently invite people to Church, hear the Good News and hear how God has impacted your own life.  In a special way, be sure to let people know about our mission this week.
            Please God, may we help many more people in our community go rejoicing to the house of the Lord. 

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