Monday, January 22, 2007

Deacon Mike's homily from Sunday

Maybe you folks didn’t hear me. I said that today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in you hearing. I imagine that Jesus pretty much got the same reaction when he said it in Nazareth. This assembly, in Silver Spring, the men and women and children who were old enough to understand, is looking at me just as the one in Nazareth looked at him. Like them, you’re saying to yourself “I know Deacon Mike isn’t telling us that he is Jesus Christ”. He’s been coming to St. Andrew’s almost twenty years. Many of you have seen me trying to sing in the choir, or with the Knights, or with the youth ministry, or serving as a Eucharist minister, in a prayer group, and hopefully, standing in line for confession.

But I say to you again; today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing. The spirit of the Lord is upon me, unworthy as I am, and upon each of you as well. Through the mystery of the Holy Eucharist, Jesus Christ, the anointed one is here, physically in this place. Did you not hear me say “As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many are one body, so also Christ?” Since Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life, our very presence as part of the body of Christ reaffirms and proclaims the sanctity of life.

Today, God reveals to us that everyone, born and unborn, is called to be one in Christ. Everyone, born and unborn, is created for a purpose. Every life is called to holiness. Now is the acceptable year of the Lord. What does scripture mean by “the acceptable year”? Some biblical scholars suggest that it refers to the year of Jubilee. Leviticus 25 says that after forty-nine years (a “week” of seven seven-year periods), the fiftieth year will be a year of glad tidings, atonement and forgiveness of sins, freedom from all debts. It also says that the year of jubilee will start on the tenth day of the seventh month of the fiftieth year. I will always remember that passage, because the first time that I ever read it was on my fiftieth birthday. My birthday is July 10, 1950. That’s right; the tenth day of the seventh month of the fiftieth year. God has never been subtle with me. That was the day that God laid it on my heart to discern the call to the Permanent Diaconate.

And here I am telling you that today’s Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing. I am telling you to proclaim the sanctity of life. Now is the acceptable time to liberate to those held physically, emotionally, and psychologically within a culture of death. Now is the acceptable time to bring glad tidings to the poor mothers of the unborn considering abortion so that they may choose life. Now is the acceptable time to protect those vulnerably residing captive and oppressed within the womb. Now is the acceptable time to be the voice and the advocate of the unborn and free them from sin of abortion. Now is the acceptable time to give sight to those seeking to help women through Pro-Choice organizations see that abortion hurts women, not help them.

Now is the acceptable time to pray and ask for the intercession of Our Blessed Mother, and all the angels and saints, to save from Hell all those souls responsible for the martyrdom of the unborn victims of abortion, who are most in need of God’s mercy. They regard life in the womb as a crime of residence. Now is the acceptable time, not to judge or condemn, but to give comfort and show compassion to those who have had abortion, as well as their friends and families affected by it and to bring them to a new life in Christ. Now is the acceptable time to make abortion unacceptable at anytime.

Paul reminds us that we are all one in the spirit of Jesus Christ. Not all will march or attend rallies. Some will write letters. Some will give of their time, their talent and their treasure. Some will hear the call to vocation. All will pray. If you truly believe that today’s Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing, come to the cross to be united in death with Christ and rise with him to new life, and when this mass is ended, proclaim and promote the sanctity of life and the good news of life everlasting in Christ.


At 7:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Kelly,

I finally found a place where I fit in where I won't make people uncomfortable. It is a bookclub where we discuss books (something I wanted to do for a while) on Buddhism. My first meeting will be at a members' home in the afternoon so I will rush there after school. I'll let you know how it goes. But one thing that kind of bothers me is that maybe I should wait until I am well founded in my faith. What do you think?

Incidentally I will be going to Mass at my parish this Sunday so if you happen to see an older lady with a crazy haircut that shall be me. Try not to laugh too hard! :0)

At 8:04 AM, Anonymous Kat said...


Thats great you are going to mass!

At 2:52 PM, Anonymous Kelly said...

But one thing that kind of bothers me is that maybe I should wait until I am well founded in my faith. What do you think?

Hi anon! Did you make an appt. with FG? I haven't been reading all the blog entries every day! Well, you asked me above .......I would suggest that you not join that book club for now (especially since you are longing to grow in your own faith). The Catholic Faith is truly a treasury which few of us ever fully explore.

I love to read books on our faith.
Years ago, my brother-in-law, a wonderful Baptist Christian, began to challenge my beliefs. He questions the Eucharist, thought we "worship," Mary. SOOOO I began to read , read, read, about Catholicism. I began to read the sciptures more, and learn about the early church fathers. Motivation: Defend the faith. Over the years,, he and I have had many discussions again where he questioned me. Thank God! Finally I was able to defend the faith and back it up with scriptures and church tradition/history.

This is truly funny. He almost fell out when I (a Catholic) started quoting scripture.

Sorry, so long winded, this preparation also helped me to teach my children(without just saying because that's the way we do it:)).

The book club will just take time away from where your true treasure - your faith in Jesus.

At 3:03 PM, Anonymous Kat said...

“We Believe” by Oscar Lukefahr, C.M.

"What Catholics Really Believe-Setting the Record Straight: 52 Answers to Common Misconceptions About the Catholic Faith" by Karl Keating

"Becoming Catholic: Even If You Happen to Be One" by Killgallon

I have read all the above books, and are pretty good. When you meet with FG he could probably reccomend some others.

At 8:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Kelly!

How did the march go? Anyone notice the hair? LOL!

Anyways thanks for answering my question I appreciate it. Yea, you are right I am going to forgo the bookclub as it was a bit confusing for me as the beliefs are so DIFFERENT. After discussing the book we all got little meditation mats to put on the floor and everyone started meditating. I wasn't sure what to do so I sat in the dark for a bit and then left. Interesting choice of words isn't it- "sat in the dark".

Someone once said that Catholics really don't know their faith or scriptures well enough to defend themselves to others, who challenge their beliefs so that is something I will definately do.
Study and learn enough to defend my faith. I have made a note of what you have studied along with the books Kat has recommended below. Thanks for taking the time with this wandering soul.
I know exactly what book I am going to start with! "What Catholics Believe" This is so sad. I am sure people in RCIA know more.

"Did you make an appt. with FG?"

Well I e-mailed him back saying that the 23rd or 24th of Feb at any time would be good. The reason I am waiting until those days is because I have appoints with my doctor, etc. in the next following weekends.

Kelly, thanks again for all your help! Don't color your hair JK!

At 8:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Kat,

Thanks for the list of book titles I am definately going to check them out-of the library! How is your cough? Lose any more lungs?

At 4:08 AM, Anonymous Kat said...

Things are a little better, thanks for asking. Still feeling a little crudy.

At 6:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What are you doing up at 4:00 am?

Haven't heard from FG maybe the meeting is off.

At 6:07 AM, Anonymous Kat said...

My cat decided it was time to play that and I had slept for 14 hours already my body decided it was time to get up.


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