Thursday, July 23, 2015
No complaining, bread from heaven--Totus Tuus day #3: Daily Mass Homily--Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015
(Listen to this homily here).
Welcome to Mass again on day number three of Totus Tuus! And it looks like you have new strings today! What color did we get? Purple. And who brought them to you? A moose with juice! Really? I didn’t know we had moose walking around here—and with juice?
So what does the color purple remind us of? A king. And which king do we remember. Jesus. Yep—that’s always a right answer here in Church!
And what was the third Sorrowful Mystery we learned about this morning? The crowning of thorns. Yes. You know, the soldiers were making fun of Jesus by calling him a king and they gave him a crown of thorns that hurt him. But all along, Jesus was really the King of the world!
Now a couple of thoughts for our readings today. Remember what happened in the readings yesterday? Moses led the people through the Red Sea—on dry land! Remember, we pretended our seminarian Beau led us through Rainy Lake? So the Israelites make it through the Red Sea safe and sound. And do you know one of the first things they do on the other side? They complain! They complained after seeing how powerful God was! A great lesson for us—we should never complain.
Now God answered the Israelites’ complaint by giving them some special food. Do you remember what it was? It was called bread from heaven…manna. I don’t know if you knew this, but did you know they had several cool recipes for the manna? They made ba-manna bread. And mannacotti. Come on, those are supposed to be funny!
Where do we receive special bread from heaven? When we go to Church! Indeed—every time we come to Mass God gives us Bread from heaven—Jesus’ body and blood.
As we come to Mass today, let’s remember not to complain, because God has given us so much. More than anything else, he feeds us with Jesus’ body and blood.