Daily homily thoughts, 4/1

When we go to Jesus, he gives us life. Remember the prodigal son from yesterday; when he comes to his father, he rejoices and twice notes that his son was dead but has come to life again. Our first reading is Isaiah foreshadowing that glorious day when the Lord will come and bring life to the people. When we go to heaven, we pray one day, we will have eternal life. When we go to Jesus, we receive life! Hopefully we feel that strongly in the sacraments. Now the gospel today tells how the royal official brings his son to Jesus — THROUGH PRAYER — and his son receives life, even though his son is not physically right there in front of the Lord. When we pray for folks, we lift them up to the life-giver, Jesus, and just as Jesus gives life to the royal official’s son by means of his father’s prayer, so it is with us. So let us pray!

When we go to Jesus: A homily for the Fourth Sunday of Lent (C)

_4204527WHEN WE GO TO JESUS—–
• Today’s Gospel is, at its simplest level, about going to the Lord
• Prodigal Son, in desperation, goes back to his father
• Come to Jesus song lyrics

IT IS ABOUT GOING TO JESUS

WHEN WE GO TO JESUS, HE REJOICES
• Just  like father in our gospel
• He rejoices!!!  Today is Latare Sunday, Rejoice Sunday….We usually reflect today about OUR need to rejoice, but I want to reflect on GOD’S rejoicing!
• God rejoices when we go to him!

WE CATHOLICS GO TO THE JESUS BY GOING TO THE EUCHARIST, WHICH IS JESUS
• And he rejoices when we go to the Eucharist!
• The Eucharist is the continuation of Incarnation.
• Prolongation of His Presence in the world
• Literal fulfillment: “I am with you always, even until the end of the world”
• Jesus: “Watch one hour”
• Fulfillment of his name Emmanuel
• John the Baptist: BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD

SO WE’RE GETTING AN ADORATION CHAPEL!
• I came here in 2017, and a pious lady asked: Fr. Can we open an adoration chapel?
• Others have asked the same. Many signs this is God’s will
•  Turns out Fr. Aaron askd permission for the same space to become an adoration chapel back in 2015!  Another sign
• Wrote application – numbers how many people, etc., space, etc. Surveys are proving….
• Permission granted….ours will be #14 in diocese

ADORATION CHAPELS
• About being with Jesus!!!  ANd he rejoices!!!
• Jesus loves us enough to be present with us, night and day, in Blessed Sacrament
• So a perpetual adoration chapel is 24 hours a day
• Just like in Bible! MIRACLES.. Transformed!! RAYS OF SUN MELT ICE, S-O-N TAN
• Spending time wit Jesus TRANSOMS us, enables us to become ambassadors (2nd reading), SENT OUT… Mary and Martha, contemplative and active, etc. some parishes do neither
• Sacred silence….consecrated silence….cave of silence….and we hear!!!

It is all about being with Jesus
• My mission and vision: I want everyone here to love Jesus

Handicap accessible
North end, old convent REP building rectory
Name: Divine Mercy Chapel
Planned Opening date: June 23 – CORPUS CHRISTI 3:00PM (DIVINE MERCY HR)
Sign up weekends, Orientation meetings, Open house, novenas, dedications, etc….

More later, but point is:  Jesus will be rejoicing in Shelby Co until the second coming!!  Because folks will be coming to him 24/7!