Homily August 30, 2015 Holy Trinity Parish

Posted in Called, christian, church events, homily, politics, saints, Spirit, Word by Fr Joe R on August 30, 2015

June 28, 2015 Homily for the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted in Called, christian, Faith, homily, inspirational, scripture, Word by Fr Joe R on June 23, 2015

jairusToday we meet Jairus, a Jewish official in the synagogue and a distraught father whose daughter was dieing. Jesus gave in to his plea for help. As he was going with Jairus, another woman in the crowd who washealingawomanwithinternalbleeding222 sick tentatively approached Jesus, being unclean because of her illness and afraid to stand out, she simply reached out to touch his cloak. Immediately she was healed, but Jesus knew and asked “who touched my clothes?” Jesus told the woman her faith has saved her. As they spoke others came and told Jairus his daughter was dead. Jesus told him to have faith. That word Faith so used and at times so hard to understand. Through the centuries, the philosophers and thinkers have told us that spiritually we have three faculties, the head, the heart, and the gut. In our head we think, in our heart we feel, but in our gut we know , know in a way beyond thought and feeling. As much as we can think and learn and be led on a path to believe, thought alone is not going to give us faith. Heart will not give us faith simply because we feel one way or another. These two can bring us to the edge or brink of faith, but the final step the leap, the moment of I believe, I know, is from the gut. Deep within the recesses of our being, our gut knows and tells us what is right. Deep down we know that this is where we are to be where our faith, our belief needs to be. We all know deep within us a voice tells us yes and no. Sometimes we dress it up and call it conscience, but yes our gut tells us yes or no.jesus-raises-jairus-daughter
In life and in our faith, our gut tells us when we see or hear right thinking or right feelings and when thought and feeling are just wrong. The Woman today and Jairus both rejected the norm of their time which said Jesus was an outsider because their gut told them he was special, a healer, a man of God. They followed their gut and help and comfort in their need and found a new faith in Jesus. All of us as we grow and get older realize how easy it is to just go along, yet as life progresses we learn that choice and moving on and raising a family requires many gut reactions along the way. Jesus blesses those who choose and reach out to him. His love embraces our faith and love, and it is always there even if we occasionally fail. Remember the woman today who was healed who simply reached out and touched his cloak.

Daily Reflection for Friday, February 13, 2009

Posted in Uncategorized by coapbk on February 13, 2009

Readings: 2 KINGS 5:1-14 and MARK 1: 40-45

Reflection by Father Joseph Diele, Church for All People, Brooklyn and Tarrytown, NY

Draw a picture about being the unclean.

What does it look like when someone is considered unclean? Where is this person in the picture?

Try by the picture to draw isolation, aloneness and even hatred. Try to make your character be the unclean.

Remember this is not an art lesson.

This picture is just for you and your prayerful reflection.

Use color if you have. Use stick figures if you feel more comfortable. The idea behind this exercise is to get us to see what it is we are thinking about this situation.

Now draw someone who is considered clean.

Where are they in the picture?

What are they doing? What has changed?

Reflection for Thursday, February 12, 2009

Posted in Uncategorized by coapbk on February 12, 2009

Readings: 2 KINGS 5:1-14 and MARK 1: 40-45

Reflection by Father Joseph Diele, Church for All People, Brooklyn and Tarrytown, NY

When a leper would enter a village, it was necessary to cry out UNCLEAN! UNCLEAN! Everyone had to know that an unclean person was entering the area.

Can we imagine what it must have felt like to be considered unclean? It would be good to think about what the life of the unclean must have been like. Where were they accepted?

Where could they go? If you were considered unclean, what did you think that God thought of you? Remember this was a religious law so it had something to do with God. God must consider you unclean if there was a religious law concerning you and your disease.

You were now considered an outcast to your family, your village, your religious community and to God. The leper was isolated and left alone because they were not clean.

Who are today’s lepers?

Who do our churches consider as unclean?

Who do I consider unclean?

Who does my community, my church consider unclean?