Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Face what you fear: 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Listen to the homily here.
Our readings this weekend have a wide theme: fear
Today, it is important to face your fears
· Here is one of mine when I was a young child
o We lived in a house kitty corner McGregor school
o I used to play at the playground
o Sometimes there was a dog and I sprinted back to our house and shut the fence door to beat it
o One time I did not
o I remember being tackled by this dog and then dogs feared me!
· What is your fear?
o Bats? Snakes? Robbers? Death? Public speaking?
§ Sins: addiction, pornography, stealing
§ Anxiety, depression, suicide, obsessive compulsive disorder, schizophrenia
Three thoughts this weekend
· First: our mind
o Not a psychologist!
o There are 20 million people in our country that have social anxiety
o Please check out the gifts that God has given for our mind, counseling, therapists or even medicine
· Second: God Himself
o Listen again some great verses in your back pocket
o Jeremiah: “But the LORD is with me, like a mighty champion…”
o Jesus Christ: "Fear no one.”
o Jesus Christ: “So do not be afraid;”
o God said and continues to say to you these words!
o “What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light;”
o Pray to God for your fear
o Do not keep what scares you: your loved ones, friends, teammates
o Bring your soul to the light: Mass, prayer, Confession, Eucharistic Adoration
2 Corinthians 12:7-10:
· And to keep me from being too elated by the abundance of revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan, to harass me, to keep me from being too elated. Three times I besought the Lord about this, that it should leave me; but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” I will all the more gladly boast of my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities; for when I am weak, then I am strong.