Overarching Theme: God or Nothing

Fr. Jude’s Homily

 

Every day we are presented with multiple choices

  1. How do we choose? – what are our standards, principles, criteria and priorities?

  2. What do we choose? – are our choices truly life-giving or give us passing joy and heartaches?

  3. Who do we choose? – do the choices we make draw us closer to God and His community or farther?

Are we choosing God above all else?

God walks alongside us every day, do we even notice him?

First Reading: Elijah was noticed by the woman from Shumen and was invited into their home. Because of her hospitality, she was greatly blessed. Similarly, God wants to be invited into our very lives but we have to first notice him! Rev. 3:20 – Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, [then] I will enter his house and dine with him, and he with me. Choose God and allow Him into your homes, your place of work, your families, your hearts, your parish, your … everything and you will be blessed.

So, once again:

  1. How should we choose? By realizing that God first chose us! John 15:16 – “It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you”.

Also, our Gospel acclamation today is from 1 Peter 2:9 – “You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people chosen by God to sing the praise of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

  1. What should we choose? Grace! Grace is the new life we have in Christ through Baptism. St. Paul, writing to the Roman community – and no less to us – reminds us of the grace we have in Christ through Baptism. We have been buried through baptism into the death of Christ and so we are dead to sin!

Sin represents all that opposes God. Choosing sin is rejecting God. Let us choose grace

  1. And when we choose grace, we always choose God!

Conclusion/Application: Today is July 1, Day 1 of my pastorate here at Holy Family. I am very happy and excited to be BOI (back on the island 😊) but I am also anxious and scared. But I choose to trust in God and in doing so, love and serve you my beloved brothers and sisters in Christ. Will you join me in the task ahead – the task of working to make our parish “One Holy Family, united in the joy of the Spirit and in charity, as missionary disciples”?

Choose well, choose God and all will be well.