We hear in the Gospel today, “As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.'” What is the Kingdom of Heaven? Saint Gregory of Nazianzus explained simply that it is the Holy Spirit. Learn more in my homily today above.
Today we hear of the raising of the daughter of Jairus.
“Trust!” (see Mt 9:22). “Meditate upon how you ought never to be disturbed, even if the entire world or Hell itself should rise up against you; never – on account of fear – ought you to lose courage for the battle, because the Lord has the power to help you and grant you freedom. Nor will He ever abandon you, even though He may test you that you might grow in merit. For since you have been accepted into God’s ranks, know, that you must experience battle against various kinds of enemies, so that you might grow in your exercise of virtue. But place your trust only in Him, in God, who fights on your behalf. Do not place your trust in even a thousand tricks, but act as those did, who, when going to battle, said: “They place their hope in chariots and horses, but we in the name of the Lord” (see Ps 19:8). In this name, you will conquer every enemy, holding the shield of perseverance and brandishing the sword of prayer.” -St. Stanislaus Papczynski
“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”
We hear in today’s Gospel the question posed to Jesus: “Why do we and the Pharisees fast much, but your disciples do not fast?” Listen to today’s homily to learn about Jesus’ answer and why we should make it a practice to fast in our daily lives.
Today we hear in the Gospels how Jesus saw Matthew, gazed upon him, and called him. Do we pass by those who need us, or do we stop, serve them, and bring them to Jesus? Furthermore, do we allow Jesus to gaze upon us and call us out of darkness and sin?
Today we hear of Abraham’s obedience and willingness to give everything for the Lord, even his own son. Are we willing to move towards the Lord and give everything to Him? Or are we paralyzed in our sin like the man in the Gospel today?
I also had an addendum to my homily at the end of Mass today: