Fr. Rick’s Two Minute Homily 3rd Sunday of Advent 12-11-2022
Matthew 11:2-11 https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/120822.cfm
“What Do You See?”
Not so long ago, I saw the movie, “Mother Teresa: No Greater Love.” Many times, she brought tears to my eyes. Christ Jesus was so present in her you could not see Mother Teresa anymore. I felt an aura of simplicity and holiness in her. She made a solemn vow to God never to refuse him anything and to give Him whatever He asked. She wanted to love until it hurt.
Mother Teresa found joy in serving the poorest of the poor.
Yes, St. Teresa of Calcutta is for real. There is no duplicity in her. She decided to live her life for Jesus, and He never took second place in her heart.
It must be what people experienced when they were with Jesus. John the Baptist, His cousin, knew this and wanted his disciple to discover Jesus for themselves. So, he sent them to ask Jesus, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?”
I can hear John’s disciples return to him, and he asks, “What wonderful things did you hear and see about Jesus?” And they rattled off all the beautiful miracles of Jesus was worked. Blind people could see, the deaf could hear, and the lame could walk. It was incredible.”
I can see John sitting back and thinking, they don’t get it. They don’t know Jesus and aren’t ready to lay down everything for Him.
The greatest miracle is the heart that changes to live for Christ Jesus. I may need to lay down some things to find Jesus in my life and my neighbor. What a joy to lay down thoughts and words that keep me from finding Jesus in people?
Mother Teresa was available to Jesus in everyone she met, especially to the poorest of the poor. We need Jesus in our hearts to find Jesus in others. There are times that it is difficult.
But remember, we may not see Christ in our neighbor, but our neighbors we can always see, and we can do to them what if we saw Jesus, we would like to do to Him.
Let’s take St. Mother Teresa’s advice.
“Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.” Mother Teresa
“Joy is a net of love by which we catch souls.” Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
Ignite the Fire
Fr. Rick Pilger, IC