Friday, August 5, 2016

Homily for 5 Aug 2016

5 Aug 2016

Christianity is a pretty radical way of life.  We have to “deny ourselves, take up our crosses, and follow Jesus.”  And that’s both appealing and scary at the same time.  I mean, the idea of throwing ourselves into something, giving it our all, and being radically committed can be exciting.  It’s what makes men and women think about vocations to religious life or priesthood or being a deacon.  And, in a way, it’s also what makes people think about marriage as well.

But, at the same time, the idea of denying ourselves, taking up our crosses, and following Jesus can also be a little threatening.  And that’s because it requires us to “lose our life for the sake of Jesus.”  And nobody wants to “lose their life.” 

Christianity is a pretty radical way of life; it requires us to put our love for God ahead of ourselves.  And that impacts our everyday life: our activities, the time we give to prayer, our priorities, what we do for entertainment, the way we interact with others, and so on.  And that can be a little scary.  What will Christ ask of us if we really follow him?

It boils down, perhaps, to our trust in the Lord.  Do we trust him with our life?  Do we trust that he’s right . . . that “whoever loses his life for my sake will find it?”  Maybe instead of jumping into the deep end of the pool, we could stick in a toe in and see what it feels like.  What’s an area of life that you can begin to turn over to the Lord?  Just put a toe out there into the living water of God’s love and mercy . . . and see what happens.    

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