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Homily - 6th Sunday of the Year, B - 15th February 2015

posted 13 Feb 2015, 11:48 by Jerry Laidler   [ updated 6 Nov 2015, 00:44 ]

15th February 2015 - 6th Sunday of the Year, B

H.B. & Hw.


"The leper must live apart: he must live outside the camp." (Leviticus 13)

Disconnection, disconnection, disconnection.


The disease and its consequences in Hebrew Law mimics the sin situation that prevails in our world.

Adam & Eve are the classic case of disconnection from God, man, earth and sea, animals and plants, the whole creation.


They are "out of the garden" to express it in the imagery of the Book of Genesis.

Hence the Roman Catholic tradition of the First Communion at the age of reason.

That is when we tend to begin to leave the garden and disconnect. It's all unquestioned union and connectedness up to this point.

So we receive the Body of Christ to reconnect. Body of Christ, Body of Christ, Body of Christ day in and day out.


And our prayer is,

"You are my refuge, 0 Lord; you fill me with the joy of salvation."


We know ever deeper joy with the experience of forgiveness and reconnection with God and man and the whole creation.

We acknowledge our sin. We do not hide our guilt. We confess out of a healthy sense of sin.

No wishy-washy­ psycho-babbling-excuses in the Catholic tradition! "I confess: pride, covetousness, lust, anger, gluttony, envy and sloth."

"No messing!"

Then it is rejoicing, exalting, joy and health through the reconnection of forgiveness.


We know we are not good enough. We are not that bad either. We are O.K. We do some nice things from time to time.

But this is not the issue, whether we are good, whether we are good enough. Of course, we are not good enough.

Never will be. Grace is the issue. Free, gratis, for nothing, all saving grace is the issue.


To repeat: we will never be good enough, worthy enough. No one has ever been worthy enough.

What about Mary? Her undoubted and total worthiness is of grace. "Hail Mary, full of grace."

Again, grace is the issue.


And so we come to know the touch of the outstretched hand of Jesus, all of us.

We hear Jesus' word in our hearts and minds, " Of course, I want to! Be cured."

Be forgiven. It is enough to make us cry. It is enough to make us fall in love with God.


Paul is in no doubt whatsoever, "Whatever you eat, whatever you drink, whatever you do at all, do it for the glory of God."

Live in conscious living union with God and then comes the Pauline prayer, that we get the message and digest the message about God's grace.


"May the Father of our Lord, Jesus Christ enlighten the eyes of our mind, so that we can see what hope his call holds for us." Eph 1:17.18


Let us not forget that Christian hope is certainty. We are certain of the power of grace in our lives.

This is what we live by. Not systems of belief, rewards and punishments and getting to be good enough, but grace, the free gift of divine life,

given to each and every one through Jesus.

Grace !