Friday, July 7, 2017

Homily for 7 July 2017

7 July 2017

Not too many people like to go to the doctor.  Unless it’s just a regular checkup, if we’re at the doctor’s office it probably means that something isn’t right.  And, I suppose, as we sit here in church, it’s kind of like we’re sitting in the doctor’s office.  Only the doctor we’re coming to see is the best.

I mean, he has a way of telling us that we’re “sick,” but somehow it’s not depressing, but reassuring.  We’re sin-sick people, and we know it; thanks be to God.  It’s good to know the truth about ourselves; it’s good that Jesus reveals our weaknesses to us.  But, more importantly, he reveals the truth that we’re each lovable and acceptable to God. 

Jesus is the best of the best, when it comes to doctors.  He examines us, and tells us the truth about ourselves, and it’s wonderful to hear what he has to say.  He’s the kind of doctor we want to come back to again and again.  Other people “out there” may focus only on our faults and failures.  God sees all that in us, of course.  He knows full well that we’re imperfect sinners.  But God focuses more deeply on the reality that we’re his beloved sons and daughters in Christ.  That is most important to him. 

Here, as we sit in the divine doctor’s office, Jesus gives us the medicines of love and mercy.  He knows that’s what we need.  Thanks be to God we’re sitting in the doctor’s office.  It’s so very healing to know we’re in a place where there’s always a place for us at the table. 

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