Sunday Homily (Full Text)

Sunday Homily


 Blessed Sacrament
> ParishOctober 20, 2013 —
> 29th Sunday in
> Ordinary Time, 10 AM ServiceGospel Homily: Father Mike
> Kuse  Gospel:  Luke 18:1-8

Jesus told his disciples a parable about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary.  He said,  "There was a judge in a certain town who neither feared God nor respected any human being. And

> a widow
> in that town used to come to him and say,'Render
> a
> just decision for me against my adversary.'For
> a long
> time the judge was unwilling, but eventually he
> thought,'While
> it is
> true that I neither fear God nor respect any human being,
> because
> this
> widow keeps bothering meI
> shall
> deliver a just decision for herlest
> she
> finally come and strike me.'" The
> Lord
> said, "Pay attention to what the dishonest judge says.
> Will
> not God
> then secure the rights of his chosen oneswho
> call out
> to him day and night? Will
> he be
> slow to answer them? I
> tell you,
> he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily.
> But
> when the
> Son of Man comes, will he find faith on
> earth?"

>  Homily:If I 
> asked
> the question this morning, Does everyone pray? every hand
> would go up.  But then to ask the
> next question: How has
> prayer changed your life? There would be a lot of different
> stories.  How often do you pray,
> and how do you trust
> in God and God’s promises in your life? 
> There might be a little hesitancy. 
> So often when we pray we’re turning to God in a
> moment, “I need
> you.  I need you to do this for
> me.”  God is saying, “I
> already took care of
> it.  I’m waiting for you to
> wake up and
> respond.”If all of us could look at
> our experiences with God,
> and know whenever prayer touches our lives, and whether we
> can really turn to
> God even if things don’t always turn out the way we want
> them to turn out, that’s
> part of the message. 
> I can imagine most people
> here have entered into the
> sacrament of marriage.  You may
> have one
> child. You may have several children. 
> I
> don’t know if you got your way — if you have one girl
> and one boy, two girls
> and two boys and everything is two years apart. 
> “I’ve got this all planned out. 
> I’m getting them through college and ‘God, you
> really need to be in tune
> with what I am telling you!’ ”I will share with you
> something about my family, my
> parents and my Mom’s parents. 
> My
> grandparents were married around 1915. 
> They had their first son who died shortly after
> birth.  They had a second son and
> he was born
> deaf.  They had a third son who
> also died
> shortly after birth.  Then came
> my mom,
> then came my aunt who was also born deaf. 
> Then came the two youngest children. 
> Out of seven children: two never saw life, and two
> never experienced
> hearing like you and I do. 
> Some people might say,
> “Well, God must not love
> me.  All I wanted was two
> children in
> perfect health, a girl and a boy three years apart.”  Why?  I
> grew up not seeing any difference between my aunts and my
> uncles who could hear,
> or not hear. They were still my aunts and uncles. The only
> one living out of
> the seven is an aunt who is my godmother. She is in a
> nursing home and so when
> I go there to visit I can only hold her hand. 
> She can’t hear me, she can’t see me. 
> She has dementia and doesn’t know who I am.  Does God still love
> us?  Has the prayer still been
> answered?  It gives us something
> to think about.  If you always
> think you pray and get what you
> want, it doesn’t work that way. 
> There
> are people in churches this morning on all the continents of
> the world, and
> this week they will receive the news that they are going to
> get the job of a
> lifetime.  Others will find out
> they
> won’t have work next week. 
> Others will have babies
> born very healthy, and some
> will not see the child live.  That’s the
> mixture of life.  That’s who we
> are.  That’s why you and I need
> to pray.  We don’t always
> understand God’s ways.  God’s
> experience in our life varies from
> person to person.So God says, 
> “Why don’t you sit down with me. 
> I’ll set the whole thing straight with you.  Because wherever you think I’ve
> failed you,
> I’m going to point out all the blessings that surrounded
> that event.  And when you tell me
> how wonderful I am
> because I gave you something you really wanted, I also know
> that surrounding
> that event are going to be challenges in your
> life.”Why do we pray? 
> Simply because we need that interaction. 
> That’s why in families — a kiss, saying “I love
> you.  I will hold you.”  Don’t do it once.  You keep on doing it.  That’s what generates the
> bond.  That’s why children grow
> up and they know,
> “This is mommy.  This is daddy.
> This is
> my brother.  This is my
> sister.”We come here week after
> week and we go through the
> rituals and it is a bonding experience. 
> We can all talk to each other and say, 
> “Good morning.  How are
> you.” We
> would be here until late at night if we went from pew to pew
> and said,  “Now tell me. 
> Really, how do you feel this morning?” 
> So often we expect God to
> do things and we do not
> have to respond.  But God says,
> “You need
> to respond.”  That’s why we
> present the
> cross to those who are being welcomed into our faith
> community. It’s the cross
> that makes all of us children. 
> It’s the
> difference between celebrating the first birthday of a
> child, and just when you
> have the table set for dinner that same child comes in and
> knocks milk all over
> the table.  And the child says,
> “You have
> to love me either way.”And God says the same
> thing.  He says, 
> “If you don’t understand, you and I probably need
> to sit down and talk.  And when
> we get finished talking I guarantee
> that you will know that I love you.”  ***Father Mike
> Kuse is the pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Quincy,
> Illinois.                               



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