Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

This past week, I stopped by to see someone I had not seen in sometime.  In the course of our conversation, he mentioned they were getting a new Pastor and he shared that the rumor was, “his homilies were very good.”  But the question this person had was,  “Are his homilies short?”

Well no matter the length of homilies…  The better question is, “How is the Word of God” that we hear week after week touching our lives for the better and the lives of others for the better?

Just as Jesus appointed 72 others some 2,000 years ago, today and every day Jesus appoints others to share the Good News of God’s love and peace.  You and I have inherited the continuation of that role.

Without people… without you and me… the work of sharing the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ will not be completed.  Every day, offers us opportunity after opportunity to bring the message of Jesus to “where ever we go – into whatever house we enter.”

Every day, offers us the opportunity to show God’s love and concern, to offer words of encouragement, joy and peace.  Every day, we come in contact with countless people.  May we share with them in word and example the message of Jesus, not our own message – but that of Jesus.

May that message continue to bear fruit.  A message that can share the joy of the Gospel that comes from the working of God within us, and in those we meet.

So the question is not how long is the Homily, rather the question is, “How is the Word of God that we hear touching our lives and the lives of others for the better,” through us, the present day Disciple of Jesus, this day and everyday.