Hi everyone – here’s my homily for FEBRUARY 9, 2014 – THE FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME… The readings for today can be found at: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/020914.cfm As always, thanks for checking out my blog and reading, commenting and your feedback on these… Especially with today’s Gospel, I’m grateful that you SHARE this with friends, on Facebook and Twitter — I’m thankful that the Lord can use me and these social-media to share his word. God Bless! Fr. Jim
That’s one of the beautiful things that Pope Francis said to us about a month after being elected Pope “ A Christian who withdraws into himself, who hides everything that the Lord has given him, is a Christian who… he is not a Christian! He is a Christian who does not thank God for everything God has given him!…it is important not to turn in on ourselves, burying our own talent, our spiritual, intellectual, and material riches, everything that the Lord has given us, but, rather to open ourselves, to be supportive, to be attentive to others.” Then turning specifically to you as young people: I ask you who are just setting out on your journey through life: have you thought about the talents that God has given you? Have you thought of how you can put them at the service of others? Do not bury your talents! Set your stakes on great ideals, the ideals that enlarge the heart, the ideals of service that make your talents fruitful. Life is not given to us to be jealously guarded for ourselves, but is given to us so that we may give it in turn. Dear young people, have a deep spirit! Do not be afraid to dream of great things!