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10/22/17 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Deacon Tony

Deacon Tony Conti

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 145

 

  • From our first reading from Isaiah 45:4… “…I have called you by your name, giving you a title, though you knew Me not…”
  • This Magnificent Being Who created everything: the billions of galaxies, stars, planets, and nebulas… knows each of us by name
  • This is beyond our ability to conceive in our minds, simply because we’re finite beings trying to comprehend the infinite
  • It’s in this frustration that we often try to make God more like us, rather than striving to be more like God.…
  • We’re often hesitant to accept ourselves for who and what we really are... The product of God’s love… Created in His very image…
  • Instead we strive to earn God's love, refusing to accept that we’re already loved just as we are....
  • Unconditional love merely becomes a comforting phrase... a concept that applies to everyone else but us...
  • It's as if we deem ourselves so special that we determine unilaterally that we’re not worthy of God's love...
  • That we're a special case that God just didn't count on...
  • Paula D’Arcy wrote: “When we experience ourselves as we are, not the way we think we should be… a gate opens”  (Waking Up to This Day; Pg. 44)…
  • Until we can find the courage to accept ourselves just as we are, not as we wish we could be... We will only know Jesus from a distance, and never be able to experience the abundance of love that He offers us every moment of every day...
  • From our second reading: “…knowing, brothers and sisters loved by God, how you were chosen.
  • Have we ever considered that we were each chosen by God to live in this specific time and place?
  • Scientists, doctors, mathematicians, and so many others who sturdy the natural world and all of its life forms have come to appreciate that none of this is just one big happy accident
  • And neither are we
  • Each of us is here for a reason, and a purpose, and more often for many reasons and many purposes
  • The question for all of us is this: Do we live in the world created and held together by God... Or do we live in our own world... a world of our own creation which revolves around our ego...
  • We’ll never be able to find happiness or peace in this world until we can come to grips with the undeniable fact that God's unconditional love is not selective...
  • That it's universal... because love is Who and What God is...
  • The Creator of the universe is constantly at work everywhere… Yet we’re often too busy with the things of this world to take even a moment to notice…
  • From today’s Gospel: “Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God."
  • Jesus’ reply to the Pharisees and to each of us is clear
  • We’re not called to divorce ourselves from the world around us… But we are called to seek the wisdom to know how to live in this world…
  • We all need to acquire knowledge in order to function effectively in the world in which we live... But knowledge of our faith or of the world’s ways is simply not enough…
  • Because knowledge is of this world… and knowledge is no substitute for wisdom...
  • Wisdom allows us to see ever so faintly with the eyes and mind of God... the things that we would have normally overlooked...
  • Wisdom is often counterintuitive and many times seems like folly in the eyes of the world...
  • Wisdom must be sought out with a humble and open spirit… Because wisdom comes only from God...
  • The next logical question might be – What does God’s wisdom yield in our lives… What are its fruits?
  • The primary answer is: Spiritual Freedom
  • Spiritual freedom frees us from emotions that can stifle our spiritual growth, such as hatred, unbridled anger, resentment, and bitterness...
  • It frees us from the need to conform ourselves to this world in order to gain acceptance... 
  • Spiritual freedom can be ours... but it comes at a steep price...
  • It requires that we surrender our egos... our need to be right... and our need to be liked...
  • It requires that we accept ourselves first, just as we are as God accepts us...
  • It requires us to detach ourselves from desiring worldly honors and recognition...
  • Jesus lived His whole life in this freedom… and He calls each of us to do the same

 

  • In essence it’s the gift of wisdom that reveals the truth that Jesus promises will set us free...

 

  • Jean Vanier puts all of these thoughts into perspective from his book: Becoming Human where he wrote: “Each human being, however small or weak, has something to bring to humanity.” (Pg. 82)…
  • We’ve all been called by name by our Creator, and we all have important roles to play in this world…Let’s claim the freedom that Jesus promises each of us - And let’s not waste another minute wallowing in feelings of inferiority or unworthiness
     

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