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.
The Peace Pulpit
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.
Last Sunday, we heard the earlier part of Matthew's Gospel where Matthew describes how John the Baptist is the one coming to prepare the way of the Lord. Remember, John began to teach in the desert of Judea.
During this day, when we are spending time as a Pax Christi group, trying to determine how we can best live out the commitment we make when we join Pax Christi, it is very clear that our Scripture lessons provide us with very important ideas and important things for us to reflect on, think about, to become truly peacemakers, making Pax Christi the peace of Christ come about in our world.
Editor's note: This homily is from Nov. 24.
Editor's note: This homily is from Nov. 17.
As I mentioned before, that line in St. Paul's letter to the Thessalonians is quoted quite often. In fact, recently, one of our congregational leaders used it as a justification for cutting food stamps -- "People who don't work should not eat; cut the stamps" -- even though more than half the people on food stamps are children.
The Peace Pulpit: If we listen carefully to Sunday's Scriptures, our conviction in everlasting life will be strengthened. Listen to Bishop Gumbleton's homily.
I'm sure we remember that we have been making this journey with Jerusalem over these past weeks, throughout the summer and now through the fall, and Jesus has been trying to show us what happens in a dramatic way to Zacchaeus in today's Gospel. Jesus has been calling us to conversion. At the very beginning of his public life in Mark's Gospel, Jesus says, "The reign of God is at hand. Change your lives." In other words, be converted -- change -- and today, we have a very dramatic example of such a conversion.
The Peace Pulpit (w/audio): The parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector teaches us how to pray. Listen to Bishop Gumbleton's homily.