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Just imagine this man, a stranger, coming into church this morning. As he is walking in the door he asks himself,  “Should I really go in?  The people inside may not accept me.  I’m from Mexico and I just have a card.  I wasn’t born and raised here.  I really don’t speak their language. Right now I’m out of work.  Probably all those people in that church are citizens and right now I don’t have a job. Will I really fit in?”

 

That’s when Jesus says,  “Open those doors and walk in, because if those people know the Gospel they have no choice but to welcome you.” 

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Another issue going on not only in the Catholic Church, but also in all churches, is the issue of same-sex unions. In the past, traditionally marriage has been between a man and a woman.  So how do we reconcile this?  How do we know?  If half of this church was gay, and this other half was straight, and Jesus is standing here in front of you and we ask him — “Well, who are you going to like, and who are you going to love?”

 

Jesus cuts through that so fast and says, “Didn’t I give all of you life?” 


 


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09

Jesus says, “I just want to watch you live your life.  I want you to grow, I want you to find happiness.  But you won’t discover that growth and happiness unless you first empty yourself and let go of the things that are not necessary in your life.  Then let me bring into your life everything that you need.”


 


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09

The parables are asking us today, “Are we good people?  Are we fruitful people?  Are we good stewards?  Are we making a difference in the world today?” 


 


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His example of the people going out into the field is excellent because most of us would probably say,  “I don’t think that’s fair either.” And Jesus says, “I really didn’t ask you.  It’s my kingdom.  I am giving everybody everything.  Nobody should want for anything.  All you have to do is say, ‘Yes, Lord.’ And you will have the gifts and the strength to do what needs to be done.”

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How many of you have a cross or a crucifix at home?  How many of you wear a cross around your neck?  The cross pervades our life because the cross has meaning for us.  It is not a symbol of sorrow, but a symbol or joy. It’s a sign of hope. Because of the cross coming into the world we can now have the possibility of everlasting life. 

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So for us, we need to be that person God has created us to be — a person of love. 

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22

I probably should have some of the parents come up here and give the homily on persistence.  You know quite well from your kids what persistence is,  “I want this.  I want it.” 

           

“You can’t have it.”

 

“I want it.”

 

“But I told you, you can’t have it.”

 

How often does that go on in homes across the country?  That is until they go to grandma and grandpa’s house and grandma and grandpa ask, “What would you like to have? We’ll take you there.”

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What were you doing at three o’clock this morning?  Unless you just got off work, most of us were sound asleep.  Have you ever noticed the difference when something happens during the night as opposed to the day?  I know when my phone rings any time between 12 and 6 a.m., it’s the hospital calling. 

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07

The readings this morning are uplifting.  In our first reading from the book of the Prophet Isiash, we hear God saying to the people,  “If you are hungry or thirsty, come to me and I will give you more than you will ever want.”  And in the second reading from St. Paul to the community in Rome he says,  “There is nothing that can separate us from God, as long as we want God to be a part of us.”  Which means we can always be fed and he is always there if that is what we want.

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