Is God really in our midst or not? Is God really here among us right now or not? Sometimes, we ask that question in moments of great distress when we have suffered some terrible tragedy or we have fallen away from God in some way. We wonder, Is God really with us? How could this have happened?
The Peace Pulpit
One of the puzzling things that I always think about first of all when we have this Scripture passage about the temptations of Jesus: Were they really temptations? I mean, could Jesus really have said "Yes" to Satan? He's the son of God; could he have sinned? Well, we have to remember that Jesus was also fully human, and this is one of the ways in which the mystery of the incarnation becomes so real.
The Peace Pulpit: If we’re going to be really intent on seeking the kingdom of God, it’s important for us to have a sense, “What do we mean by the kingdom of God?”
The Peace Pulpit: We must understand that the wisdom of God is wiser than human wisdom and stronger than human strength.
The Peace Pulpit: What is the reign of God? It's when God's dynamic love is something experienced by every person, and all of us are drawn into that love.
The Peace Pulpit: The challenge to us today is to be the salt of the earth, to be the light that shines in the darkness. Listen to Bishop Gumbleton's homily.
The Peace Pulpit: When Jesus says, "Blessed are the poor," he's talking more about an attitude, a way of knowing one's need for God. Listen to Bishop Gumbleton's homily.
The Peace Pulpit: We are challenged directly by Jesus: "Change your lives, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand -- change your lives." Listen to Bishop Gumbleton's homily.
Editor's note: This homily was given Jan. 12.
At the beginning of the liturgy, Dave introduced the three readings in a very effective way by pointing out to us how they call us to allow ourselves to change -- to be open to change in our lives. I hope to reinforce what Dave said at the beginning as I reflect on these Scripture lessons with you, as we try to listen to them together and see what they're saying to us this morning.
The Peace Pulpit (w/audio): Where did Jesus learn his compassion? Just like all children: He learned from his parents. Listen to Bishop Gumbleton's homily.