Daily homily thoughts, 5/25

Sometimes a door closes, for our good and the good of others.  We may not recognize it in that way at the time of the door being closed…but it is.  Sometimes the Holy Spirit closes a door.  From today’s first reading:  “They traveled through the Phrygian and Galatian territory because they had been prevented by the Holy Spirit from preaching the message in the province of Asia. When they came to Mysia, they tried to go on into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them, so they crossed through Mysia and came down to Troas.”

Daily homily thoughts, 5/20

IHS-monogram-Jesus-medievalesqueToday we celebrate St Bernadine of Sienna, not such a well-known saint. Which is interesting, because one of his greatest gifts to the Church is very widely known: the IHS symbol. IHS are he first three letters of Jesus’ name in Greek….and Bernadine spread thta name everywhere. It was all about Jesus for him. Which is a good thing, because he drew big crowds….30,000 or so….as he taught Jesus. Like our first reading where people call Paul and Barnabas Zeus and Heremes, making them gods — folks might have made a god out of Bernandine had he not talked about Jesus’ name so much. As our psalmist says today, Not to us Lord, not to us, but to YOUR name be ht eglory