Fr. Rick’s Two-Minute Homily Saturday, December 23, 2023
in the Octave of Christmas, Luke 1:57-66 https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/122323.cfm
The Doorway to God’s Reign.
Awe is the response of a humble servant ready to do the bidding of the Lord. Here is Zechariah, still unable to speak after encountering the Presence of the Lord in the sanctuary. Fear overwhelmed him, unlike the awe that filled Mother Mary.
When God intervenes in our lives, our response will either be awe or fear. Awe is the response of a humble servant ready to do the bidding of the Lord. Fear is the response of someone who must work it all out to be at peace, but they never are.
The Lord waited patiently for Zechariah to come around, and he did when he named his son John. Despite Zechariah’s fear and doubt, God’s plan was not frustrated. Zechariah learned a valuable lesson. Let God be God and me; I am only a humble servant.
We don’t need human solutions to our problems in the world. We need a Savior.
Is there something the Lord is calling you to do, and you are afraid of what might happen if you surrender to Him? You are about to enter the Kingdom of God. Renounce fear. Say yes to God.
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.” The Surrender Novena – InHeartland. https://inheartland.com/pages/the-surrender-novena
Peace be with you.
Fr. Rick Pilger, IC