Thursday, July 23, 2015

You know more about Jesus--Totus Tuus day #4: Daily Mass Homily--Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

(Listen to this homily here).

            It’s great to be back for Mass with you on our fourth day of Totus Tuus!
            So did we get another string today?  Yes, it’s blue!  Blue?  And what does blue stand for?  Tears?  Really?  Boy, that’s a bit of a shift from things like hope, purity and royalty.  And why do we think of tears today?  What’s the fourth Mystery of the Rosary?  The carrying of the cross.  Yes—and do you think Jesus cried when he carried his cross?  Probably—it must have hurt a lot.  Jesus shows us that it is okay to cry—and that even through tears he is with us.
            I want you to think about the last couple of lines from our Gospel today: “…blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear.  Amen, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”
            Think of this—tell me someone from the Old Testament—the beginning of the Bible.  Adam and Eve.  Ok, did Adam and Eve know Jesus?  No.  No, they didn’t!  They came way before Jesus!  Who else from the Old Testament.  I don’t even know what that is.  The Old Testament is the first part of the Bible.  Anyone else?  How about someone who survived in a den with lions?  Who was that?  Daniel!  Did Daniel know Jesus?  No.  Daniel survived the lions which is pretty cool, but he didn’t know Jesus either!  Anyone else?  God.  Sure, God is in the Old Testament, but what about humans?  Or how about someone with an ark?  Noah.  Did Noah know Jesus?  Nope. 
            Here’s my point—you know more about Jesus than anyone in the Old Testament!  There are some amazing people that did incredible things—yet they didn’t know Jesus Christ.
            We are so blessed to know God’s son—to know that Jesus died for our sins.  Be very thankful today for being able to know Christ!

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