Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Homily for 6 Oct 2016

6 Oct 2016
(School Mass)
Jesus said, “With God all things are possible.”  With God all things are possible . . . except for one.  There’s one thing that’s absolutely impossible.  It’s impossible for us to earn God’s love.  And that’s why Saint Paul was getting so upset with the Galatians; they thought they could earn God’s love by how they acted, and what they did.  They if they were just good enough, or followed the laws closely enough, God would like them.  But they were wrong.

They forgot that God loved them even before they were born.  And even when they were making mistakes or sinning, God still loved them.  They forgot that God’s loved them simply because God loved them—because that’s who God is. 

Think of your best friend.  And think: “Is there anything that friend could do to make you dislike him or her?”  I bet maybe the answer is yes.  What if your best friend talked about you behind your back?  Or what if your best friend was mean to you?  We might wonder if we want to keep that person as a friend.  But it’s different with God.

No matter what you do—no matter how good you are, no matter how bad you are—God always loves you.  “But what if I do this?  Or what if I do that?”  Nope.  God always love you just the same.  It’s impossible for us to earn God’s love.  God loves us simply because . . . he loves us.  Every person here is loved by God.  That’s pretty cool!  To know that I don’t have to do anything . . . and I’m loved!  And no matter what I do . . . I’ll still be loved!

With God all things are possible . . . except for that one thing: it’s impossible to earn God’s love.  So what do we do?  Well, we just let God love us.  And say, “Thank you, God, for loving me as I am.”     

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