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Posted on 04/14/2019 12:20 PM (Homilies of Father Paul Yi)
Posted on 04/10/2019 01:12 AM (Homilies of Father Paul Yi)
The pilgrim must have felt the same way as the Israelites who were grumbling to Moses and God as their patience was worn out from the long, arduous journey. The incident of the seraph serpents attacking the grumbling Israelites occurred near the end of their journey to the Promised Land. They would have rather turned back to the familiar slavery in Egypt than put up with uncertain path, hardships, and the future.
In many ways, we are like the Israelites. Each of us is called and chosen by God to be on a pilgrimage on this earth. At times we have to forego the familiar comforts and routine so that God may speak to our hearts in a new and surprising way. The goal of our pilgrimage is to encounter Jesus and and to follow his divine plan. Inevitably, temptations along our pilgrimage spoil God’s plan for us. We believe that by embracing the temptations we are enhancing or improving upon God’s plan rather than trying to appreciate the mystery of His plan. Unhappiness enters into our lives because we place obstacles between ourselves and God. We want to control or possess the plan rather than letting the mystery unfold in His time. While trying to control the outcome, anxiety is born and happiness disappears.
Jesus offers us a more excellent way by embracing the way of the cross. He said, "When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I AM, and that I do nothing on my own… The one who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, because I always do what is pleasing to him." Jesus totally aligned his thoughts and actions with that of his Father’s, thus there was peace and harmony between Jesus and the Father. Jesus shows us that true love of God consists in carrying out God’s will. If we want to align our daily lives closely to God’s will, we need to ask ourselves these questions, “What have I done for Christ? What am I doing for Christ? What ought I do for Christ?” If we want to show God our love in what we do, all our actions, even the smallest, must spring from our love of God.
Posted on 04/7/2019 02:15 AM (Homilies of Father Paul Yi)
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Do you ever wonder whatever happened to a person you met in the past? I often think of an 8 year old boy who came to confession to me about 10 years ago. Before he sat down to go to confession, he explained his life situation--his mom died a year prior and he had just learned that his dad was incarcerated out of state. I remember being speechless when he told me his circumstances. That little boy should be a young man, perhaps in college or working. Sometimes when I’m visiting our local jail, that little boy comes to my mind. I hope and pray that his father has been released.
Our Lord’s words, “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her,” along with whatever he wrote on the ground resulted in defusing the thirst for blood by the mob. It happens that other people show us a reflection of our own faults. And unfortunately, we project our frustration onto others. When the men gathered around the woman caught in adultery, they were secretly harboring their own inability to follow the law of God--to be chaste and pure of heart. When Jesus challenged them with his words and actions, their secret was unveiled; the woman’s adultery was their own potential adultery and infidelity to God. Does this not also happen with us? We judge others for things we fail to see in ourselves.
As we approach Palm Sunday and Holy Week, let us ponder how we can be more Christ-like in our attitude toward our family and neighbor. The woman who was defended and forgiven by Jesus represents each of us. Through his patience and mercy, Jesus offers an opportunity for conversion and a new beginning for each of us. Likewise, we should be an instrument of his patience and understanding with others.
Posted on 04/5/2019 02:58 AM (Homilies of Father Paul Yi)
Posted on 04/3/2019 02:45 AM (Homilies of Father Paul Yi)