Fr. Rick’s Two-Minute Homily for 2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time
January 14, 2024, John 1:35-42
Reflecting more on the person of John the Baptist, rather than just this gospel passage, the phrase that came to mind was “razor-sharp.” He had a love for nothing but God! Can you imagine eating locusts for dinner? He didn’t care. Yeah, there is a lot of protein in a locust. I have to give him credit for that.
It reminded me of shaving in the morning, something you ladies don’t have to worry about. When my razor blade gets dull, I nick my face and grab a tissue to stop the bleeding. I need some of your makeup ladies to hide my wound.
Then I thought, “When I sin and repeat that sin, I am covering up the wounds on my heart, pretending they are not there. But they always come out in my relationships with God and other people.
I lose my razor-sharp love for God, which makes me want to do anything for Him out of love, whatever the cost.
When I cover up my wound and lose my razor-sharp love for God, I hide my sins like the cuts on my face; my relationships become shallow because I put my needs first; and with God, I make excuses for my sins until they aren’t sins anymore to me. Sin anesthetizes my heart, so I don’t feel its effects until the bottom drops out.
Then I don’t go to Confession because I don’t need it, and worse than ever, I stopped believing that Jesus is truly present in the Blessed Sacrament after the Consecration at Holy Mass. Then, I can receive communion, not Holy Communion, because it isn’t Jesus.
This is why John the Baptist got after the Scribes and Pharisees in such a harsh way. He feared for their salvation. It’s time for ALL OF GOD’S PEOPLE to get a new razor blade and go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation. People came to John in droves, by the thousands, for baptism to prepare the way of the Lord.
The Lord has put in my heart to make this beautiful meeting with God’s mercy available to you before the coming of Jesus at Christmas. Confession is available Monday through Friday from 6 pm to 7 pm for the next two weeks.
He really wants to come to ALL OF US but needs us to love Him with a razor-sharp heart with no rough edges that can hurt anyone, including ourselves.
Our Gospel Challenge:
We know what to do. The people in our Lord’s time had John the Baptist. We have our priests who are the Presence of Jesus and will absolve our sins with His authority when we decide to go.
As Fr. Gordon would say, “Get your act together.” Amen.
Love Your Neighbor
Please join me in praying for all baptized Catholics to be faithful to Jesus in the Holy Mass every weekend. Hail Mary, full of grace…
Mother Mary, I am yours now and forever. Through you and with you, I always want to belong completely to Jesus. Pray for me, Mother Mary. Amen.
Peace be with you.
Fr. Rick Pilger, IC