Oct 27, Homily. Before the LORD the whole universe is as a grain from a balance or a drop of morning dew come down upon the earth. For you love all things that are and loathe nothing that you have made; for what you hated, you would not have fashioned. And how could a thing remain, unless you willed it; or be preserved, had it not been called forth by you? But you spare all things, because they are yours, O LORD and lover of souls, for your imperishable spirit is in all things! Therefore you rebuke offenders little by little, warn them and remind them of the sins they are committing, that they may abandon their wickedness and believe in you, O LORD! Brothers and sisters: We always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and powerfully bring to fulfillment every good purpose and every effort of faith, that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, in accord with the grace of our God and Lord Jesus Christ.
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FAQ for Homily for 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A
Salvation: experience of justification of the righteous in the presence of Jesus. Now I serve the Lord. These are the common patterns in the testimonies of conversion that we hear in the context of some renewal prayer sessions.
FAQ for Homily for 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C
In the Gospel today Jesus begins a series of warnings against the practices of the Pharisees of his day. Knowing this, Jesus makes it clear that religious authority which comes from God is to be heeded and obeyed, even if those in whom the authority is placed are themselves guilty of the worst sorts of sin. Yet Jesus is clear… Observe and do what the religious leaders tell you to do, but if you know that they are living in hypocrisy you do not follow their example. Merely because religious leaders are not living according to the laws of God or the teachings of the Church themselves does not mean that those laws and those teachings are not valid, or that the Church which teaches them does not have divine authority. We know that the leaders in the Church would not always be perfect because even Peter denied Jesus three times, and even the other Apostles who history deems as faithful ran when the time came to stand up with Jesus near the end of his life. This reality did not dim the divine authority that he gave the Apostles and their successors when he established the Church. It is a reality of our faith that leadership in the Church, whether that is clerical leadership or lay leadership, is placed into the hands of imperfect people. Does all of that mean that Jesus is okay with hypocrisy in our personal faith, or hypocrisy within the leadership of the Church? His very next words tell us that the opposite is true. Rather than accepting hypocrisy, Jesus puts forth a model of servant leadership.
You tend to wonder why Matthew was so hard and he picks the times when Jesus confronted the Pharisees, the Pharisees who were known for their strict observance, and the Scribes, who were the lawmakers and the elite of all the people. And why does he single them out at this time, because, basically, these men had a great history. On them the law and the prophets were carried out very carefully.