Feast of Sts. Peter & Paul: Wednesday, Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time
Martyrdom an Expression of Love; and How We Can All Live that Love
In this homily Fr. O’Mullane encourages us to embrace the nature of loving God. It is an investment of life and like St. Peter we must have a degree of boldness in proclaiming our love of God. “Love is reckless, that’s why we honor martyr's, these are the people who embody the reckless love of God.” This is what we are all called to do and how we can share and propagate the absolute Love of God.
Saturday of the 12th Week in Ordinary Time
Jesus puts the teaching authority He displayed in the Sermon on the Mount into practice, healing the centurion’s servant because of the centurion’s faith: “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof, only say the word and my servant will be healed.”
Fr. O’Mullane preaches on Faith, and the way it is highlighted in today’s Gospel. True Faith is not some vague notion in a greater being, a vague faith that is not lived. “Jesus doesn’t care about that faith.” We are called to have faith like the centurion, of whom Christ said, “Amen, I say to you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith.” We must have the sort of Faith that consists in a radical trust in Christ’s authority and power. We must join the centurion and say, as we do at Mass: “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.”
Nativity of St. John the Baptist
News of John’s birth to Elizabeth and Zechariah spreads through the hill country of Judea. Zechariah is able to speak again. The people of the region say “What, then, will this child be?” For surely the hand of the Lord was with him.
Fr. Daniel preaches that, the best way to honor St. John the Baptist on his birthday is to live as he did, living for the sole purpose of pointing to Jesus in everything we do. As John decreased, and Christ increased, so too do the days now shorten, only to begin to lengthen again when we celebrate Christmas.
Thursday of the 12th Week in Ordinary Time
Jesusteaches that we must have our foundation on the rock of His words and of Peter.“Not everyone who says to me ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”“Then I will declare to them solemnly ‘I never knew you. Depart from me youevildoers.’ Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them willbe like a wise man who built his house on rock.”
Fr.O’Mullane preaches the importance of being known by God, and of knowing Him.Only after that are we able to hear the Word of God and act on it. Otherwise,the foundation is faulty, and the Lord will declare solemnly “I never knewyou.” We cannot earn anything from God, but, if we have our foundation in Him,we will be filled to overflowing with His Life and His Love.
Wednesday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time
The Narrow Gate or The Wide Gate; By Their Fruits You Will Know Them
In this homily Fr. O’Mullane reminds us that the life of intentionality is difficult with the disguised wolves surrounding us. We are called to exemplify all of the fruits of the Spirit. That is not something that just happens, there is more to loving God than niceness, “We are called to the church of God, not the church of Nice.”
Monday of the 12th Week in Ordinary Time
Jesus teaches about condemnation: “Stop judging, that you may not be judged.” “Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye?”
Fr. O’Mullane preaches on this, saying that, far from restricting our faculties of judgment, Christ is warning us not to let this lead to condemnation. Christ is speaking especially against the sort of condemnation which divides a community, leaving the community in a “circular firing squad.” Jesus steps in the middle of this to call us back to our vocation, and to look to God, so that we can be a light to the nations.