Thursday, March 22, 2018

Homily for 22 Mar 2018

22 Mar 2018
(School Mass)

If God were standing right in front of you…would you recognize him?  That’s a good question.  You know, last week I asked how many of you were Christians.  And everybody raised their hands.  Well, being a “Christian” is the same as saying, “I follow Christ.  I belong to Christ.”  And we do that as part of the Church—the community of believers all around the world, the “Catholic” Church.

So, we’re followers of Christ, disciples of Christ, but…if he were standing right of us, would we recognize him?  You know, it’s hard to be a Christian if we can’t recognize Christ.  It would be like saying, “I’m a basketball player, but I don’t really know the rules of the game.”  It’s one thing to know how to dribble and how put the ball through the hoop.  That’s good, but if I’m going to call myself a basketball “player,” then I also need to know the rules of the game.

If we’re going to call ourselves “Christian,” then we have to know Christ, because he’s the one we say we’re following.

So, if Jesus were standing right in front of us…would we recognize him?  What would we look for?  Well, somebody who’s truthful and honest.  Somebody who is kind, somebody who loves life and has an uplifting spirit.  Somebody who’s courageous and tells you the truth, even if it means you might not like them because of it.  There are lots of ways to recognize Jesus.  We could spend all day talking about that (but you have to go to school, so we won’t).

If Jesus were standing right in front of us—right in front of you and me—would we recognize him?  What would you be looking for?  That’s a good question.  And it’s a question we’ll spend our whole lives trying to answer: Jesus, who are you?  Help me to see you and to hear you…more clearly…every day.

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