Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR
Isaiah 56:1, 6-7; Ps 67:2-3, 5,6,8; Romans 11:13-15, 29-32, Matthew 15:21-28
In the past months of my travels I have learned some new things that are helpful for my understanding of our church and world. One bishop described the church in three parts.
The first is those who still come to church and have been brought up or been to some extent evangelized as Catholics. Half of those do not know Jesus personally. This is a problem because they don’t know what God’s kingdom is about in the world. They don’t know the love and power Jesus comes to bring us.
The second level is those who need to be taught more about the faith. These need to be “catechized.” We can’t do that much in a Sunday homily at Mass with an audience of those from cradle to grave. We have all kinds of programs we can offer during the week but people are too busy with other things and not interested in “more faith.” That is a great problem. Continue reading
Happy young family have fun on the beach by Shock (DollarPhotoClub.com)
For you have been purchased at a price. Therefore, glorify God in your body. (1 Cor 6:20)
Our permissive culture subtly deceives us is into believing that our bodies are our own. It gives us permission to use them to gain popularity, express our worst desires or further our careers. We seem foolish if we don’t. “It’s just the way of the world.” This mindset permeates into every aspect of the media, literature, conversations at work, social networking and our approach to life.
We counter this with the truth: we were bought at a price, and what a price! The crucifixes in our homes and churches remind us of what price Jesus paid for us. Continue reading
Keep Calm and Carry On (Wikimedia – public domain)
There it was printed on a carry-on bag: “Keep Calm and Carry On.” I was fascinated with it and visually followed it past me in the airport.
After a glorious time during a quick three-day trip to attend my daughter’s grad school commencement, we said a sad goodbye outside the airport.
Soon after she pulled away from the curb, I discovered that no planes were flying to Dallas that day and probably not the next due to hail damage to the planes at DFW Airport.
I quickly called my daughter so she could stay at the airport and wait in the cell phone lane.
The first phrase, “Keep Calm,” helps us when we are beset by unexpected events—joys or disappointments, changes and cancellations in our schedules. I spent an hour in line with the other stranded passengers. Most of them were furious at the interruption of their plans. That would have been me if I were missing a vacation, a job interview, a family wedding. Continue reading
Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR
1 Kings 19:9a, 11-13a; Ps 85:9-14; Romans 9:1-5; 14:22-33
There is a link in the first and gospel readings today. The Elijah story harkens back to Moses on the same mountain amidst storms, lightning and clouds when God gave him the Ten Commandments. Yet God was not those frightening elements.
In the story today, Elijah is on the same mountain. Why? The Jews had moved into Canaanite pagan territory between Syria and Egypt. Elijah, a major Jewish prophet, was running for his life from Jezebel. She was the queen of Ahab of Israel and fostered worship of Baal, the most important pagan Canaanite god of rain, storms and fertility. Jezebel also supported 450 of Baal’s false prophets. Elijah challenged those prophets on Mt. Carmel and had them all killed. Continue reading
Lake Ray Hubbard Bridge (Photo © Nancy Ward)
When construction began on the mile-long bridge across the lake behind our home I lamented that progress was stealing the scene I treasure. I like to sit in the kitchen window seat and read when I have a few minutes, and now my cherished view was changing fast. The noise from sunrise to sunset and sometimes on into the night, often accompanied by glaring floodlights, was a rude reminder of what I was losing.
One day I was standing at the window looking pointblank at the construction zone, fretting about this. I closed my eyes and visualized this same scene before the gigantic equipment invaded our quiet neighborhood. I moved from window to window trying to find an inspiring panorama. Continue reading
Jesus’ Love (DollarPhotoClub)
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Our parents and spiritual mentors taught to hate the sin and love the sinner. This haunting story, compelling me to share it. The author is unknown and the facts cannot be authenticated.
Like a biblical parable, the message touches my heart and causes me to think and perhaps change the way I react to the mistakes of others and the ones I make.
In this African tribe, when someone does something harmful, they take the person to the center of the village where the whole tribe comes and surrounds him.
For two days they will say to the man all the good things he has done. The tribe believes that each human being comes into the world as good. Each one of us only desiring safety, love, peace and happiness. But sometimes, in the pursuit of these things, people make mistakes. The community sees those mistakes as a cry for help.
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