Recordings of Sunday homilies, special liturgies, and other messages from the Emmaus Pastorate.
Do you want to be resurrected? The obvious answer is yes, but sometimes we don't really act like it. Jesus is certainly trying to resurrect us - right from the moment we're baptized! But it's not something he imposes on us; we have to ask for and accept it. How's your Lent going five weeks in?
It wasn't flashy. It wasn't miraculous. It probably wasn't much fun. But it was important. It was obedience. And it was God's mission. St. Joseph isn't quoted at all in the scriptures, and we know very little about him. Most of what we do know comes from his dreams! But he has a lot to teach us despite his silence. Happy Solemnity of St. Joseph from St. Joseph Parish in Elkader!
Blind spots. The blind man had them, but so did the Pharisees. And so do we. What are yours?
Are you thirsty? Jesus was, but the women at the well was more so. She just didn't realize it until Jesus, a Galilean, struck up a conversation. For what did she unknowingly thirst? Jesus! The Word of God! In a word: salvation! And we thirst for the same thing. Go ask Jesus for some of that life saving water, and you might just be surprised with the hope that fills you!
Be transfigured! Be transformed! Be a reflection!
IF! Small world...big consequences! "IF you are the Son of Man, then...," said the devil. IF we are Christians, then... we might just learn who the Son of Man is. Take some time this week and think about that. Who is this man? And what does that have to do with me?
"Be perfect as your Father is perfect," said Jesus. Sounds easy doesn't it?! And then St. Paul says, "Do you not know that you are temples of the Holy Spirit?" Sometimes we might feel good and holy, perfect and temple-like. Other times maybe not so much. But every time we look in the mirror and every time we look at someone else, we see a holy person, a person made in the image and likeness of God, someone striving for perfect...
Laws can be cut and dry. True, they keep society safe and orderly. But there is usually more to the law than what's on paper, the so-called "spirit" of the law. And Jesus is all about that! The Fifth Commandment instructs us not to kill others. But Jesus takes that one step further, saying even wishing harm to another person - not death, just harm - is a sin! It's the thought that counts, too, not just the action. And as dif...
God doesn't want us to be good. God wants us to WANT to be good!
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven! Despite how difficult it can be to see it, we are all blessings, we are all blessings to each other, and we are full of God's blessings. As we begin a new year and approach the season of Lent, consider what blessings have been bestowed to you. If you're feeling less than blessed, never fear. Rejoice, and be glad! Your reward will be great in heaven!
Cataracts. They're aren't fun, finding them isn't the most pleasant experience, and they can cause us vision troubles. Our eyes can certainly suffer from cataracts, but our hearts can too. Spiritual cataracts are the impediments that blind us to God's kingdom here and now. They're what keep us from recognizing Jesus in others, from loving for our neighbor, and from ignoring God's call in our lives. Take a minute. What spiritu...
Welcome back to Ordinary Time! Ordinary Time is that large part of the year that isn't Advent, Christmas, Lent, or Easter. It's where we spend most of our lives. But that doesn't mean it's ordinary! It's an excellent time to live extraordinarily, just as Christ calls us! The Gospels demand a response, and the new year, the new season is a great time to answer!
Epiphany is about more than just three men riding camels from somewhere in the East to the little town of Bethlehem. They made that long journey because of a revelation, God's revelation to them. They were not Jewish. They weren't of God's Chosen People. They were Gentiles, those "others." And yet God revealed to them good news of great joy! And God reveals that same news to us even today. How are you revealing God's presenc...
We are all brothers and sisters - whether we like it or not. So how can we be a blessing to each other in the 2023?
What's Jesus giving you this year? Why? Better yet, what are you giving him in the New Year? From the staff of the Emmaus Pastorate, merry Christmas to you and yours!
Hope. St. Joseph had no clue what God had in store for him. A betrothed wife pregnant by someone other than him. An angel telling him tall tales. And the Son of God promised to be born. And yet he had hope. Joseph had trust and faith in the promises of God. And in silent acceptance, he became the foster father of Jesus! What can you do with hope?
Are you hopeful? Better yet: To whom are you providing hope? What is hope even? Hope is restoring the broken and downtrodden. So how are you spreading hope this Advent?
Stump. Let us be a stump. For from the stump of Jesse came our savior! Stumps aren't pretty when they start, and they need lots of tender, loving care for the plant to grow or transform. This Advent, let's be stumps and allow Christ to transform us into something beautiful!
Hope. Advent is all about hope. But hope it's aimless. It has specificity. The gospel message gives us hope, and with it we are called to respond. What's your response to God's hope?
As we look to the new (liturgical or church) year, it's a good idea to reflect on the past year. What's been the priority in my life? Who or what has had rule over me, my time, and my attention? As we celebrate the Solemnity of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, let's ask ourselves: Is Jesus the King of my life?
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