Saturday, July 20, 2013

The Better Part. 16th Sunday OT.

I wanted to write a homily about Martha and Mary this week, but I’m afraid I just didn’t have time. Too busy.

Just kidding.  Seriously, though, I mentioned the Gospel text to someone earlier this week, and they said “well that’s what’s going on in the world today.”  Busy busy busy.  Worried and anxious about many things. I’m afraid some people could have that engraved on their tombstone: “worried and anxious about many things.”

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Atheists Can Be Saved! Breaking News From 33AD! 15th Sunday OT.

Back in May, the Holy Father Pope Francis was giving a sermon. He has daily Mass in a chapel where he lives. They aren’t recorded or broadcast, and he generally doesn’t preach from a prepared text. It’s more informal, much like our weekday Masses here. But it seems people often take notes to quote the Pope’s sermons in the Vatican newspaper or something, and that's how it came to pass that a pretty informal, ordinary sermon from May caught the world’s attention. Maybe you saw the headlines: “Pope declares that atheists can go to Heaven!”

Sunday, July 7, 2013

14th Sunday in OT: Instructions for Evangelists

A good friend from a different Christian background, the kind I like to have midnight religious discussions with, once asked me “Does the Catholic Church care at all about evangelization?” I know where this guy went to college, but I don’t know whether he took any history classes. If he did he should ask for his money back. But he was asking sincerely. He had, apparently, advanced a few decades into life without seeing any proof that Catholics, at least today, care about evangelization.

I know a lot of Catholics who are passionate about sharing the Gospel. Probably most of you care pretty deeply about it. But I also think we can be hesitant or even cowardly about it sometimes. There are lots of reasons for that, and that’s a different sermon. Just one of the reasons, I think, is that we’ve seen evangelization done badly so often that we’re wary of associating ourselves with that sort of thing. Basically, we aren’t always sure how to go about it.