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!
·      Spiritually
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.

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