Fr Ed Homily 02-13-22: Forgive Reconcile Love

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Forgive Reconcile Love
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Forgive Reconcile Love

In the short reading from Jeremiah the words cursed and blessed are used with just a little description. Focusing on the cursed are those who put their trust in human beings. Blessed are those who trust in the Lord. Seems like we should be able to make the right choice here with no thought at all.

As I have gotten older, and hopefully somewhat wiser, I recognize now that when I use no thought at all I get into more trouble and have made some bad decisions. I think it is the word ‘trust’. I want so much to trust the members of my family. I want to trust the leaders of our country. When people tell me they have my best interests in mind I want to trust them, to believe in them.

Being a little wiser, I hope, I find myself using different levels of trust. For example, when a family member asks me for a loan, I no longer expect to get that money back. They might say, what, you do not trust me? No, the trust I have in you is that you want to do the right thing, but I am willing to forgive you if you do not repay the loan. In other words, you do not have to live up to my expectation. I would rather have you focus on doing what is the right thing to do. In this way I have less stress. I am not worried about getting my money back. I still love you for who you are.

Now look at the gospel. Poor, hungry, weeping, and hate. Do not think of poor as just financially poor. We can be emotionally poor, poor in spirit, and so on. And I do not think Jesus wants any of us to be poor, hungry, weeping, or hateful. Looking back at the example I used above regarding loaning of money to family, if I were to focus on getting my money back would I not go through the stages of being poor, hungry, weeping, or hateful? If I were to expect to get my money back by a certain day and it does not happen, how do I feel? I might be inclined to think they had taken advantage of me. Perhaps I would start feeling depressed. Why would a family member whom I love not repay the loan? Then my emotions really start to take over. I start getting angry. That no good brother-in-law. I knew I should not trust him. He makes me so angry. I will find a way to get even with him. He has a garage full of tools. I might just help myself to his tools. And now we have a full-scale feud over a loan.

Now I must ask the question, why are you so upset, or stressed, or angry? You knew who you were loaning money to. And now you are trying to make that person live up to your expectation. Why would they? Why should they? You are not in charge, nor can you tell them how to live their lives. Stop and consider, are there any past grudges you are holding on to because of your poor judgements?  Who in your family has not lived up to your expectations? And now you have nothing to do with them.

The gospel goes on to tell us how to live, that is trust in God. Focus on knowing God and living in His love. When we know God, we discover we are satisfied with what we have. We are given an inner peace and a joy to share with others in all situations. And if we are insulted or hated because of our faith we are blessed. We live in this world but are not of this world. Our home, our life is in the Lord Jesus. Forgive those who need forgiveness. Reconcile with those who have taken advantage of you. Love others as you want to be loved.

May the Lord bless you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Fr Ed Anderson
Email: fatheredanderson[at]gmail.com
Phone: 715.817.3736

St. Joseph Church - Rice Lake
Holy Trinity - Haugen
St. John the Evangelist - Birchwood
Our Lady of Lourdes - Dobie

Fr Ed Anderson

Fr Ed Anderson
Email: fatheredanderson[at]gmail.com
Phone: 715.817.3736

St. Joseph Church - Rice Lake
Holy Trinity - Haugen
St. John the Evangelist - Birchwood
Our Lady of Lourdes - Dobie

Fr Ed Anderson

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