Homily: Oct 6, 2013


            Pax et Bonum!!!

            This has been a week where we have had such lousy news.  The Federal Government shuts-down because of the deep political differences in our country.  That woman was shot to death in Washington with a small child in the backseat of her car.  That woman in southern Indiana, in HancockCounty, shot and killed her husband, because apparently he was going to kill a bunch of people with a huge arsenal of guns and explosives.  And now as the week comes to a close, everybody is all worried about tropical storm Karen, that may turn into Hurricane Karen, and could strike the GulfCoast.  So what’s the good news?  What is there to give us hope?  Wonder Bread is back!  A few months ago, I spoke in a homily about the great loss of Wonder Bread.  My peanutbutter and jelly sandwiches haven’t tasted the same since.  But just this week, Wonder Bread is back and man, does it taste good!  Everything else in this country may be a mess, but at least we got Wonder Bread back.  The bread aisle at our Kroger is complete again!

             As we come to Mass today, Jesus has some really good news for us also.  Jesus’ good news isn’t about wheat or flour or bread, but it is about mustard seeds.  Jesus tells us that if we had faith the size of a mustard seed, we could say to this huge mulberry tree, be uprooted and planted into the sea, and it would obey you.  Now, you see, a mustard seed is remarkably small.  It doesn’t look like much.  But a mustard seed is very powerful and grown in the proper manner, a mustard seed can become a very large plant.  Jesus is telling us that even with a little faith, incredible things can happen!  My brothers and sisters, we have faith the size of mustard seed.  It might not be a lot.  We might wish that we had more.  But what’s the good news?  The good news is that all of us have at least a little bit of Faith.  And that little bit of Faith inside each and every one of us can and will do great things, when we give God the chance, the opportunity.  Faith is a great thing.  It is an extraordinary gracious gift from God.  But Faith, big or little, can’t be earned.  Real faith can’t be bought.  Real Faith can only be responded to with works of love and service.

            God is telling us today that we have what we need.  You know, apparently just like the Apostles, we always think that we need more.  We need more Faith.  We need more money.  We need more priests.  We need more volunteers.  We need more buildings.  We need more programs and ministries.  We need more time.  We need more opportunities.  God assures us today that we have what we need.  We don’t need anything else!  All we have to do is let God use what we have, and God will make it exactly what we need.  This is great news for us today.  This is the best news for us today!

             So what do we do with this awesome news?  Well, we’ve got to something much more than just hear it about it.  We get busy.  We do serve in every way and in every opportunity possible.  We reach out to others.  We get involved.  We care.  We take the time to listen.  We ask ourselves constantly what more can I do to make a difference?  We get moving!  When the Apostles went to work building the Kingdom of God, they found out that Jesus was exactly right.  They did have all that they needed.  Jesus’ word sparked a fire in their Faith that would eventually become the Catholic Church.  Just think about what God can do with our little mustard seed of Faith!  Today we are being sent out to a world that needs us.  We can’t keep Church locked up in a building.  If the extent of our Catholic Faith is only what happens here inside this building, then we’re NOT doing it right.  We need to be out there.  We need to witness to Christ at work.  We need to witness to Christ at school.  We need to witness to Christ on the golf course, at the Mall, and yes, even on the road.  That’s the hard one, isn’t it?  There’s something that happens when you put a steering wheel in our hands.  I don’t know.

             What I do know is that our God has given us more than enough.  We are a blessed people living in a golden age of the Catholic Faith.  Let us do every thing that we can, to build His Kingdom.  Time is passing much too quickly.  The time is now for us to do our part.

              May God bless us as we build Church,  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit…                     AMEN !!!

                                                          St. Maria Goretti…           Pray for us !!!