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Homily - 25th Jan 2015 3rd Sun of Yr B HB & Hw

posted 24 Jan 2015, 04:19 by St Wilfrid RC Haltwhistle   [ updated 6 Nov 2015, 00:44 by StJohns Annitsford ]
John the Baptist goes to prison. 
    Religious renewal enters its end-game. 
        And Andrew, Peter, James and John go back to work.

Business as usual! And into their business as usual which, of course, is fishing, steps John's cousin Jesus.
Jesus, we must know, operates out of a conscious loving relationship with God.
Intuitively, he calls Simon, Andrew, James and John. "Follow me." "The time has come."

The progress of the truth, in other words, is registered in the human terms of life, relationships, things to do, people to see and places to go. And this progress has the capacity to transform great cities, our Ninevehs and the world's way of life.

The progress word is 'repent'. "Repent and believe the Good News." Be transformed.

"The time has come," Jesus says, "And the Kingdom of Heaven is close at hand." The present moment is sacramental. The present moment is sacrament of real presence, the real presence of the divine. In our Roman Catholic spirituality we have always honoured the sacrament of the present moment.

So, is there joy, ease and lightness in what we are doing? If there isn't then time is covering the present moment and life is perceived as a burden or a struggle. As soon as we honour the sacrament of the present moment, all unhappiness and struggle dissolve, and life begins to flow with joy and ease. When we act out of a present- moment awareness, when we honour the sacrament of the present moment, whatever we do becomes imbued with a sense of quality, care and love- even the most simple action. It is sacred.

"The world as we know it is passing away."

Under grace we have reached the third phase of our evolution. The human animal is no longer simply the rational animal. We are into the mystical. Like Jesus we live in conscious loving union with God. The contemplative mind, lost for so long, is being restored. We let go and let God. We create a vacuum of the self and like nature, God cannot stand a vacuum.
He fills our vacuum with his own glory. So far from saying prayers, not that there is anything wrong with saying prayers, we do it all the time, we are becoming prayer. It does not feel holy, or pious or holier than thou. We just are what we are.

As Church we constantly undergo persecution, defeat, martyrdom and death. We repeat the process by which Christ achieves his victory. 
We are constantly incorporated into that victory.

We are sharing the life of Christ, willing as we are to share his death. This is the Kingdom of God. This is the final union with God for which we long. And our world is transported into the very centre of heaven. It is a present reality.

It is a reality which lies in the present, not the future. We do not deal in futures !

"Brothers (and sisters) : our time is growing short." "The Kingdom of God is close at hand; believe the Good News." Mk. 1.15.