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Homily for September 22, 2020

Sometimes we know what we know about faith from God’s direct revelation. At other times, we know because we use our ability to reason to arrive at the truth. That is what happens in the first reading. The book of Proverbs is a collection of sayings that often reflect this second way of knowing about God. But in both instances, arriving at true wisdom is about deepening our relationship with Jesus.

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Homily for September 20, 2020

Envy eats away at us. We can be consumed by it. We did not get that job promotion. We do not have the same material goods as others. People do not recognize us for our accomplishments as we think they should. We can even envy God. Why does he care for those people? Why does he tolerate those who think so differently than we do?

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Going Behind the Word: The danger of envy

At the root of the dissatisfaction in this Sunday’s gospel is envy. Even though they are not treated unfairly, the first workers of the day complain because they are envious of the generosity of the Lord. And if the love of God were finite or limited, they would have a point. But, God’s love is infinite, and we cannot be more fulfilled if we are saved. God’s love is without limit, and so everyone can be loved in fullness by God.

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Homily for September 19, 2020

I knew very early in my life I did not want to be a farmer. It was hard manual labor. So many things were outside your control. The demands of the job were constant. Sometimes we know where the seed of faith falls, and we can choose how to respond. At other times, we do not know where the seed will fall, yet we can still choose to find God. Either way, trying to find God in all things, and his purpose for us, is what we need to do.

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