Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Our Father comforts the brokenhearted: Daily Mass Homily--Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

(Listen to this homily here).

            One of the humbling roles I have as a priest is to walk with people through suffering.  As someone entering an intense situation from the outside, I have often seen clearly the truth of a powerful line in the responsorial Psalm: “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.”  In the heat of trauma, pain or anger it may be difficult to see God.  As a priest, I see Him carrying these very men and women.
            One of the most powerful ways I have seen God repeatedly work is through the Lord’s Prayer—which we had for our Gospel this morning.  Almost universally this prayer draws people to comfort, peace, tears—an opening up to God—in the midst of human suffering.  This is true whether a person or family is a faithful Mass-goer or hasn’t graced a church in decades.  It is a powerful go-to prayer especially in times of calamity—while someone is on a death bed, terminally ill, facing mental illness, divorce, and the like.
            At Mass this morning, let’s really focus on the powerful prayer that Jesus gave us—especially if we are suffering in any way.

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