September 30, 2023
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This is not about power and control, about being subordinate or submissive, but rather about sacrifice and self-gift. Paul is foreshadowing the lesson of Vatican II in seeing the family as a domestic Church. And so being subordinate might better be expressed in the language of sacrifice.
Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri. Readings for today. Listen to our other homilies.
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Human Efforts: Sometimes they are simply not enough

This has been a rough week for Saint Louis. The school shooting at Central Visual and Performing Arts High School has been unsettling. However, what has increased the discomfort is that on all levels, is that from school preparation, to the response of law enforcement, to the family of the shooter’s actions all seemed to be perfect. And yet it was not enough.

The truth of living the life of the gospel is that human efforts alone are not enough. Saint Paul reminds us that God’s grace is necessary. And that God is strong and active, even in those moments that do not appear to have any activity from God.

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