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    Sermon 450 : You Gotta Serve Somebody : 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

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    The Book of Joshua provokes us to consider one of the most important questions of the spiritual life- whom will you serve? Will it be the Lord or some other concern? Making something finite the ultimate concern of one's life is a grave spiritual predicament. Only is the Lord is ultimate and it is only when we recognize this truth that the other concerns of our life can be properly ordered and become spiritually fruitful.
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Thomas Puthuparambil
I would like you to send to my e-mail id the sunday homilies
Fr. Thomas
8/22/2009 2:19:46 AM
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Fr. David Reinhart
Sobering. Well done.
8/22/2009 1:42:02 PM
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Patrick Browne
I like the connection to Bob Dylan, New Testament and our day to day lives. Thanks again!
8/23/2009 6:45:23 PM
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Giovanni Secchi
Dear Father Robert,

Thank you so much!
As a devout german-italian Catholic, I appreciate so much your homiletic explanations. I bow my head towards you and your extremely important ministry on Internet. This time, your reflections really touch my heart very deeply. Yet, I am someone, who never stops thinking, even if unnecessary. As a lay Catholic, I discovered more and more the high value of bible study, and somehow it made me “more catholic” in the sense of understanding and certainty.

Here comes my comment, thought to be a further reflection:

To ask, if a true follower of Christ has really made THE decision for God is key, and I also recognise that the answer comes from lived out faith. In Mat 7:19-23, the fruits of Faith approve that the Faith is true and substantiated). We have to say yes or no, there is nothing in between. So far, so good.

But then there are also bible passages that differentiate the picture; above all, I consider, if some people may be eventually especially graced to see the way to God better and to remain on the right path. May life situations contribute to more strength and endurance in Faith?? From a psychological/subjective standpoint, it is comprehensible that awareness of need makes someone probably readier for the remedy. But also there are life situations that force people to accept new attitudes that are quite similar to what Christ demands from us. There are several bible passages, where Christ seems to talk to burdened/handicapped people in an even more intimate manner. E.g. In John 9:3, Christ gives the burden of a handicap even a special meaning, before he heals the blind. Christ presents himself as the remedy for overburdened in Mat 11:28-30
"Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest. [...]"

Then I think that being faithful not only involves to have made the decision for the relationship with God, so to say, as the initial moment of entering into the Covenant Christ built up with the Apostles. In that context, I remember the protestant emphasis on “once and for all”, as if one would have received a ticket and that’s it (I exaggerate to make it clear). But there may be also regarded aspects of being rooted, of duration, of growth, of iterarative confirmation and living relationship. We “renew” and keep our Faith alive with God's help and we live our life as if we would make the decision for God again and again, but actually less in the literal sense, rather implicitly.

I hope I have not said something wrong. God bless!! Giovanni


Col 2:6-7
"[...] live your lives in him, be rooted in him and built up on him, held firm by the faith you have been taught, and overflowing with thanksgiving."

2 Pe 3:18
"Instead, continue to grow in the grace and in the knowledge of our Lord [...]"

2 Th 1:4
"[…] perseverance and faith under all […] hardships you have to bear."

1 Jo 2:24,28
"Let what you heard in the beginning remain in you; as long as what you heard in the beginning remains in you, you will remain in the Son and in the Father."

1 John 2:28
"[…] remain in him […]"

Rom 5:3-5
"[…] hardship develops perseverance, […]"
8/24/2009 8:32:14 PM
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