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Posted on 02/23/2018 12:37 PM (Homilies of Father Paul Yi)
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Posted on 02/19/2018 12:19 PM (Homilies of Father Paul Yi)
Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’ And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’ (Matt 25:31-46)
Love to the Point of Folly
The works of mercy are a wonderful stimulus to our growth in faith as well as in love. Our faith is taxed to the utmost and so grows through this strain put upon it. It is pruned again and again, and springs up bearing much fruit. For anyone starting to live literally the words of the Fathers of the Church, “the bread you retain belongs to the hungry, the dress you lock up is the property of the naked” . . . “Our faith, more precious than gold, must be tried as though by fire.” Here is a letter we received today:
“I took a gentleman seemingly in need of spiritual and temporal guidance into my home on a Sunday afternoon. Let him have a nap on my bed, went through the want ads with him, made coffee and sandwiches for him, and when he left, I found my wallet had gone also.”
I can only say that the Saints would only bow their heads and not try to understand or judge. They received no thanks—well then, God had to repay them. They forbore to judge, and it was as though they took off their cloak besides their coat to give away. This is expecting heroic charity of course. But these things happen for our discouragement, for our testing.
We are sowing the seed of love, and we are not living in the harvest time so that we can expect a crop. We must love to the point of folly, and we are indeed fools, as our Lord Himself was who died for such a one as this. . . . It is agony to go through such bitter experiences, because we all want to love, we desire with a great longing to love our fellows, and our hearts are often crushed at such rejections. But, as a Carmelite nun said to me last week, “It is the crushed heart which is the soft heart, the tender heart.”
- By Dorothy Day (1897-1980), “The Scandal of the Works of Mercy”
Posted on 02/18/2018 11:25 AM (Homilies of Father Paul Yi)
If there is one image for me that stands out from this beginning week of Lent, it is that of a photograph of a woman with ashes on her forehead this past Ash Wednesday. The photographer captured the moment when two moms embraced one another with profound sorrow and broken hearts. Two moms were waiting outside the Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. A scripture verse that in some way captures this photograph is from Prophet Jeremiah, “In Ramah is heard the sound of sobbing, bitter weeping! Rachel mourns for her children, she refuses to be consoled for her children—they are no more!” This scripture is quoted again in the Gospel of Matthew when innocent children of Bethlehem were slaughtered by King Herod’s soldiers. This stirring photograph was emblazoned all across the world this week as a sober reminder to all of humanity that if we give into Satan’s temptation, we cease to be heralds of the gospel of life.
Satan’s temptation is nothing new. Ever since the time of Adam and Eve, the father of lies has attempted to alienate man from his community and alienate man from God, His Creator. He tempted the Israelites in the desert, and he tempted Jesus when he went into the desert for 40 days and 40 nights. For 40 years, the Israelites journeyed through the desert under the guidance of Moses. Along the way, they were tempted to grumble, complain, and worship false gods, but they were not left in the desert to wander and die. God appointed Moses as their shepherd, quenched their thirst with water from the rock, heard them from fatal bites of vipers, and fed them with Manna from heaven. Our own journey on this earth mirrors their journey in the desert. God gave us Jesus as our Good Shepherd on our earthly desert journey, quenching our thirst for love with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, healing us through Divine Mercy, and satisfying our spiritual hunger with Eucharist, his very own body and blood.
St. Peter cautioned us to, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8) The goal of Satan in his tempting humanity is simple: steer us to death. The temptations of the evil one are subtle and often sound like our own voice. His temptations are often pleasing, delightful, and always focused on self--selfishness, self-absorption, and self-importance. His tactics are pride, anger, lust, gluttony, envy, sloth, and greed. We need to imitate how Our Lord won victory over the devil in the desert by fasting, prayer, and sacrificial giving. We need to allow our prayers and the Word of God to penetrate and change our hearts so that our actions emulate that of Christ.
If we genuinely want to heal as a nation from this recent tragedy and if we truly want to make this the last mass shooting our nation has to go through, we need to fast, pray, and make difficult sacrifices to do something concrete to counter our culture of death. This means rolling up our sleeves and voicing our concerns to our civil leaders of the need for change. Like St. Joseph the men of our time need to exercise genuine masculinity that is to protect, provide, and lead as spiritual fathers. The women of our time need to emulate Blessed Mother’s virtues of faith, purity, humility, service, patience, and long suffering and walk in her footsteps to share in her glory. She is the model of all Christians, and we need to invite Blessed Mother into our lives through prayer so that she will intercede for us as we model to others our Catholic Christian belief in the sanctity of all life. Children absorb the attitudes and bias of their parents and their culture. Our children need to grow up knowing that obedience and self-control take precedence over self-gratification. They need to grow up having respect for all life--no matter the race, social status, and ethnicity.
As Our Lord proclaimed, this is the time of fulfillment of the Kingdom of God. The reign of evil one is over, and we are to repent and to proclaim the good news with our witness. Are we standing for the Kingdom of God?
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