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100415 Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time - Fr. Reggie

Two thousand years ago, before the first Christmas, most religions were designed to keep the gods at a safe distance. In those times, pagan religions conceived of the gods as powerfulunpredictable, and dangerous. Your best bet was to lay low and hope the gods didn't notice you, because if they did, they would invariably cause trouble.

But when Jesus Christ came to earth, he revealed to us the truth about God. And the truth is that God is not some kind of divine ogre; the truth is that God is on our side. He is our Father. He created us, redeemed us, and is lovingly interested in everything we do.

Today's Second Reading reminds us of the undeniable proof that this is the case: the incarnation, passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. God himself, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, chose to become man in the womb of the Virgin Mary. He chose to become our brother and to share in the sufferings that we all experience in this fallen world. He chose to walk by our sides.

Jesus doesn’t come into our world to make our lives miserable, to cause us trouble, to condemn us.

He comes to save us, to offer us his friendship, a friendship that will give us hope, wisdom, mercy, joy, and the key to everlasting life. That's the kind of God we have gathered today to worship; that's the kind of Lord we follow.


So how can we learn to trust him more?

There are at least three ways to grow our trust in God.

First, we can obey his commandments. Second, we can spend time in personal prayer every single day. Third, we can share our faith with others


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