Overarching Theme: God or Nothing
Fr. Jude’s Homily
Every day we are presented with multiple choices
How do we choose? – what are our standards, principles, criteria and priorities?
What do we choose? – are our choices truly life-giving or give us passing joy and heartaches?
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:
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. “
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
And when we choose grace, we always choose God!