Friday, February 9, 2018

Homily for 9 Feb 2018

9 Feb 2018

Can God create a rock so heavy that even he cannot lift it?  It’s a question meant to demonstrate what’s called the “omnipotence paradox.”  The paradox being: If God really is all-powerful, is there anything he cannot do?  Is there anything which God does not have ultimate power over?  And the answer is supposed to be No. 

But there might be one thing: the human heart.  We heard that after Jesus healed the deaf man, “he ordered [the people] not to tell anyone.  But...the more he ordered them not to, the more they proclaimed it.”  In the psalm we hear: “My people heard not my voice, and Israel obeyed me not...if only my people would hear me.” 

It’s a breathtaking thing—to realize that the human heart can easily overrule the will of God.  God’s voice can easily be pushed aside by our own voice.  It’s breathtaking, and it can be downright scary to realize we have that kind of power.  But God has entrusted that power—that freedom, to us.

May we use our freedom of heart...wisely.  May we use it for the good, being humble instruments and faithful friends of our God.

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