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Homily - 18th January, 2015 - Second Sunday of the Year, B

posted 24 Jan 2015, 04:06 by St Wilfrid RC Haltwhistle   [ updated 6 Nov 2015, 00:44 by StJohns Annitsford ]
18th January, 2015 - Second Sunday of the Year, B

H.B. & Hw.

Us. This is us. This is our life with a capital V. Where do we live? Let's fill in our particular address by all means, but what we have in common is, it is the sanctuary of the Lord, whatever the address. We all live in the sanctuary of the Lord.

The instinct and intuition for homemaking is sacred.

Certainly, if we get it right our guests notice warmth, welcome and peace. It is after all, the sanctuary of the Lord revealing and articulating the sounds and sights of his universe. The tastes and touch of the divine. Templum Domini, Templum Domini, Templum Domini. It is all the temple of the Lord.

And then we hear it. Having lived with the sound of silence all our lives we come to recognise the voice of the Lord. It is the Lord's silence, resounding and echoing and communicating, speaking to us, calling us by name. Being country folk we are twice blessed with this silence and the larger silence of divinity.

It is all invitation. We are invited to life and the larger life.

We are invited to know that we are one with the Father through Jesus in his spirit. We are divine. The Lord would have us see where he is and how he is and would have us remain with him. Identified. It is every disciples' question, "Lord, where are you? Lord, where do you live?" And the answer is always the same. "Come. Come and see."

The coming is the seeing and the seeing is the coming, always coming to the Lord. We come to awareness. We come to consciousness. This is the evolution that puts us in tune with our true self. It is only our true self that can recognise unity with the one being who is God in Christ.

The unconscious self, the ego, is locked into past and future, which of course, do not exist. There is only the now of being who we are and staying with the one who is Messiah.
It is the Messiah who tells us who we really are and what we really are. "You are Simon, son of John; you are to be called Cephas." (meaning 'Rock) We listen for the Lord's naming and teaching. We are members making up the body of Christ, called to live what we are, now. This is life. This is our life. This is life as it is meant to be, the larger life, and life is sweet. Through Christ we are a new creation shaped in his likeness. Our human nature now lives with the Father, through Christ, in the Spirit.