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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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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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You and I have two things in common.  Number one, we are all sinners.  Number two, we all have the Eucharist and that’s where the tension is in our lives.  When Jesus opens the Scriptures for us today he is reminding us that there also are two qualities that enter into this tension.  One is competition, and the other is complexity.

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In this section of his Gospel, Matthew is on a roll with parables.  But when you stop and think about, that’s how you and I grow up.  And I don’t mean growing up from a baby to a teen-ager to an adult; by growing up it means we are all on a journey of life and every experience counts.  Our goal is that one day we want to be with Heaven, and Jesus is simply saying,  “In order for that to happen, I gave you a free will and so there will always be the wheat and the weeds.”

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If we keep saying over and over,  “Yes, Lord.  Yes, Lord. Yes, yes, Lord,” then Jesus will say, “You do have the message.  It’s not only on your lips but it’s in your heart.

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When we hear the words “Body of Christ,” what do we think about?  Do we think about the Eucharist? 

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Sometimes you can ask a person, “Do you believe in God?”

 

And the response is, “Yes, I do.  John 3:16”

 

“Oh, come on.  Do you really believe in God?  Do you feel God?  Do you know love?  Do you experience life to the fullest?”

 

“Awe, …  sometimes.”

 

But today we are learning that the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit are saying to us,  “It’s not a sometimes thing.  It’s not quoting a chapter. “ 

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