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09/06/15 Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time - Deacon Tony

Deacon TOny

  • From the Prophet Isaiah: “Say to those whose hearts are frightened: Be strong, fear not!  Here is your God, He comes with vindication; with divine recompense He comes to save you…”
  • Jesus comes to save us not from the world, but from ourselves… From our fears of abandonment, from our inferiority complexes, from our shame, from our distorted images of an angry judgmental god whose only desire is to chastise us and criticize our every mistake…
  • Matthew Kelly wrote the following in his book - The Rhythm of Life: “The most dominant emotion in our society today is fearWe are afraid… We are afraid of so many things.  We are even afraid to be ourselves.” (Pg 298).
  • Those who have gone before us have faced similar situations and trials and have endured... and we will endure the same way that they did - Through Faith...
  • Jesus says to each of us: My child, you must have faith in Me, as I have faith in you.  No human being escapes My notice, and no human life is ever wasted... Everything is Redemptive – Everything brings new life... 
  • Despair is the ultimate weapon of the devil... When we fall into despair, we essentially deny the existence of God... We must NEVER lose hope...
  • As long as we live in fear, we live in chains – Chains of our own making...
  • We should never be afraid of being Who we are, for in denying ourselves, we are also denying God Who created us just as we are…. with all of our faults and with all of our weaknesses...
  • We overcome the fears in our lives by first naming them, then confronting them; which is what allows us to begin to put them behind us...
  • It will take time for us to name our fears, but it’s worth the effort to do so, because we can’t overcome what we can’t identify...
  • We must confront our fears one at a time, in Jesus’ Name, with Jesus’ Power...
  • But there’s more… As we banish our fears, we must replace them with love... a love that casts out all fears...
  • We weren’t sent here to sit on the sidelines in self condemnation, frozen in fear… We were sent here to live life fully
  • Brene’ Brown sums all of this up well when she writes: “We’re sick of being afraid and we’re tired of hustling for our self worth.” (Rising Strong, Pg. xix)
  • And I’d add to that, that the Good News of the Gospel is: We don’t need to do either one
  • From today’s GospelHe ordered them not to tell anyone.  But the more He ordered them not to, the more they proclaimed it. 
  • As we begin to internalize God’s deep love for us… We’ll find that we’re unable to contain that love… That we must share it with others
  • That we must proclaim it to others, not just in words, but more importantly - Through the way we’ve learned to live our lives
  • Facing each day in faith, rather than fearDaring to live as forgiven men and women in Christ

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