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27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily Transcript
At this point now, I’ve been a priest for a long time, 22 years. I have to say that I’ve never met anyone who has said to me, “Father, I’ve got this faith thing down. I’m all good.” Have you ever met anybody who said that? No. In fact, we say constantly that we are practicing our faith, right? We are practicing coming to know Jesus more deeply in our hearts. Really watching for the movement of the Holy Spirit or responding to it, and really being children of our generous God and Father, right? We’re continually on the journey of our faith. We all really can understand what the disciples are saying, what the apostles are saying to Jesus. When they say to Jesus, “Increase my faith. “Increase my faith.” We can really understand that, and we really resonate with the desire to have our faith increased. As I was thinking about our own faith journey, I came across a quote from Francis de Sales. It’s a great quote I’d like to share with you because it helps us in our very fast-paced world to slow down and remember Jesus’ love with us and for us. Here it goes. “Do not look forward to what might happen tomorrow. “The same everlasting Father “who cares for you today “will take care of you tomorrow and everyday. “Either he will shield you from suffering, “or… “he will give you the unfailing strength to bear it. “Be at peace then. “Put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.” I don’t know about you, but I can through lots of anxiety in my own mind and my own heart. I can think of all sorts of challenges and frustrations and what-ifs and what am I gonna forget to do or forget to say or forget to tend to. There’s something about our faith journey and something about this quote from St. Francis that invites us to really live in great peace and great comfort knowing that our generous God who sent his son Jesus to be with us at all times will always walk with us. In the challenging times, with strength and protecting us from the challenges of the evil one that are all around us. Friends, as we call upon the Lord to do the same thing, “increase our faith.” Let us really take comfort and consolation in the promise and the trust that we had that Jesus always supports us in our challenges. One more time, “Do not look forward to what will happen tomorrow. “The same everlasting Father who cares for you today “will take care of you tomorrow and everyday. “Either he will shield you from suffering “or he will give you the unfailing strength to bear it. “Be at peace then. “Put aside all anxious thought and imaginations.
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