MONDAY HOMILY: Learning to Praise God for His Glory
us. A humble spirit of gratitude for God's blessings will help us to be conscious of our total dependence upon God, seeing the good in our lives as a pure gift from our Heavenly Father.
Next, we must strive to acknowledge the blessings that God has given others and to delight in them. Rather than complaining that Jesus had not healed them, those who witnessed the miraculous cure of the crippled woman "rejoiced at all the glorious things that were done by" Jesus (Luke 13:17). We want to do the same.
Finally, a critical spirit can be tempered by always contributing to the weight of good in the world, with regard to every person and situation. This doesn't mean ignoring real instances of evil or injustice, but in striving to conquer them, with God's help. "Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good" (Romans 12:21).
We exist "for the praise of God's glory" (cf. Ephesians 1:6). May the Blessed Mother intercede for us, and lead us in glorifying God in every moment of our lives.
Fr. Stephen B. Reynolds is pastor of St. Theresa Catholic Church in Sugar Land, TX, a suburb of Houston. You may visit the parish website at: www.SugarLandCatholic.com.
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.
Keywords: Luke 13, daily homily, year of faith, healing, Jesus, critical spirit, sugar land, St. Theresa parish, Fr. Reynolds
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