FROM THE PASTOR:
Continued from last week: The Holy Mass - 9 …
By means of the homily the mysteries of the faith and the guiding principles of the Christian life are expounded from the sacred text.
The homily has great potential to open our hearts. As with the disciples on the road to Emmaus, our eyes are opened to see the healing presence of Jesus in scripture (Lk. 24:13-32). The Lord will speak to us and provide help for our circumstances in life. The homily is one of His means of communication. Before the homily begins, say to the Lord, “I believe you will speak to me through the homily today. The words I hear will penetrate my mind, sink into my heart, produce change and bring healing”. We grow in faith as we deeply reflect upon God’s word and allow it to take root and produce change in our hearts. Lk. 2:19: “Mary treasured all these things and reflected on them in her heart”. When an idea captures your attention during Mass, don’t let it get away. Write it down, post it in a visible place and allow the Lord to unfold its meaning in the coming days. Is. 55:1: “so shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; it shall not return to me void, but shall do my will, achieving the work for which I sent it”.
Act on this word. If all you do is listen to it, you are deceiving yourselves. A man who listens to God’s word, but does not put it into practice, is like a man who looks into himself and then goes off and promptly forgets what he looked like. How are you going to respond to the word you heard in the homily? Acting upon God’s word produces healing. He loves us. He speaks to us, and He invites us to open our hearts to the healing He offers. Let’s expect Him to speak, reflect upon the words He does speak, and respond to His message of healing for our lives.
Often the Lord will anoint the priest to speak the words. He would have him speak, and anoint the people to hear what He wants them to hear. Both are anointed because the church is a sacred place where the anointed word brings healing.
…to be continued next week.
Fr. Louis Reddy Maramreddy