Sunday, July 24, 2016

Persistence and Persistent: 17th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Listen to the homily here.


Last weekend I preached about an important word for our family: hospitality
·      Kindness, generosity, welcoming, inviting
The readings this weekend gives a new nugget of one word: perseverance
·      I am excited for our 2016 Olympics in Rio de janeiro
·      I checked out a poll about the Olympics this summer           
o   Topend Sports Poll: the leading sport voted as the favorite Summer Olympics sport for Rio 2016 is gymnastics followed by track & field and swimming, the same as voted in 2012.  The least favorite Olympic sport is equestrian, though when listed separately, race walking is least favorite.”
·      Why share this for our Masses this weekend?
o   The Olympics show perseverance
o   You cannot make a world events without perseverance
This weekend we listened to perseverance in our readings
·      Abraham was persisted to speak with God for his people
o   50 innocent people…45?  40?  30?  20?  10?
o   Abraham was learning how to have perseverance for his people
·      Jesus taught a parable of persistence for how friends must be there for those who ask for help
·      Then Jesus taught all people: “And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
o   Ask…seek…knock on the door
I would like to share how perseverance is needed for our parishes
·      I listened to one of our parishioners: Livio Lucca.  He told me, “If you tell our parishioners, they will make it happen.”
·      This is what I would like to ask you for perseverance:
·      First, our family must be persevere
o   Your faith…your prayer…your relationship with God
o   Your family of our parishes as well as our family in the world
o   One quick way: come to Mass one hour a week
·      Second, our parishes must persevere for our churches
o   We have challenges in a difficult economy
o   We must focus on stewardship: time, talent and treasure
o   In every different churches in our country, they are simply closing…everywhere
o   How do we continue to grow?  We must ask, seek and knock on the door
§  Both to God, to each other
·      Third, I believe that we must grow in our missionary in our back yard: St. Thomas Aquinas School
o   This is not the only goal, but it is huge to work to our next generation in education, faith and following Jesus Christ
o   Our students, parents and families are by far the most hours—by far—to walk with our next generation
·      Four, we must walk together to the gifts God has given us
o   Right now, we need more gifts to pay of loans: our roof, our heat/air conditions, our UCA
o   As well as our yearly budget
Please pray today to persevere: faith, family, parishes, school, poor and sick

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