18th Sunday of Year C, 2016. A realhomilie from Fr Kevin Walsh, Sydney, Australia.

27 Jul

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In today’s Gospel Jesus speaks of the riches of heaven, as compared to earthly riches. As a good old saying goes ‘There’s no pockets in a burial shroud’. As with the Beatitudes, Jesus is speaking about the ‘poor in spirit’. In other words, I could have a lot of wealth, but it does not possess me, nor am I enslaved by it, I can use it for the good of others, and not lock it away, and not be stingy with people…..we have all seen good folks like that, and they are generally very thoughtful in life towards others, and it also carries on into their Last Will and Testament. The Will usually rolls out the same way of goodness towards others as it had in life. However, I have seen more rows over inheritance issues during my life as a Priest, than I have had baked Dinners. Very Sad!!

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Towards the end of the financial year, many shops have great Sales….notices like %30 or %50 off all goods, and somehow there is a natural tendency to browse at some of the goods if they appeal or even if they don’t. We (I) might be attracted by a beautiful blue jumper, which believe it or not is just the right size. Then you think to yourself, or I think to myself….”what about all my other jumpers? I hardly ever use all of them….then you have another look at the jumper, yes, it’s just the blue that I like! You buy it, take it home, and feel guilty for buying it; and maybe only wear it once or twice during winter. Why did I ever buy that Jumper?”


Then there is the stock take…….is there a more boring task? Yet, it is the only way of knowing what you have in stock, and its value and the value of the overall Business. But look at what happens to people who like to cheat the Tax Man/Woman? In trying to recap more than they are entitled to for breakages and misplacements of items. It seems that the absolute quest for money can be somewhat like an addiction! This quest, dries up inner emotion, it can numb our sensitivity towards other people’s feelings, and its consequences can cause a fog in our thinking, and our attitudes and demeanor and we can become somewhat like a Bull in a China Shop!

It can be a very worthwhile exercise, from time to time, to do some sort of moral stock take of ourselves. To take the last twenty four hours, and see how we have spent our time and our money; to try to discover what our priorities are in life. As I have already mentioned, many people have to do something akin to this once a year in their business Management; they have to check on the pluses and minuses, the success and failures, the good and the bad in their stock etc. They have to check the balances, and see what changes have to be made to correct an imbalance. We all need such an exercise in our lives. But should it be more than once a year? Food for thought!

Let’s do a personal ‘stock take’ now! This might be a handy instrument  in preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation….
St.Paul’s Hymn to Charity
1 Corinthians 13:1-7

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If I have all the eloquence of men or of angels, but speak without love, I am simply a gong booming or a symbol clashing. If I have the gift of prophecy, understanding all the mysteries there are, and knowing everything, and if I have faith in all its fullness, to move mountains, but without love, then I am nothing at all. If I give away all that I possess, piece by piece, and if I even let them take my body to burn it, it will do me no good whatever.

(In the next section of this Reading, substitute LOVE for your own name N…this will help you in your personal ‘stock take’. It is a short examination of conscience; it will help you discover the areas in your life, which need God’s healing forgiveness)

N__________(Love) is always patient and kind; N________(Love) is never jealous; N__________(Love) is never boastful or conceited; N___________(Love) is never rude of selfish; N__________ (Love) does not take offence, and is not resentful. N___________(Love) takes no pleasure in other people’s sins but delights in the truth; N________(Love) is always ready to excuse, to trust, to hope, and to endure whatever comes. Love does not come to an end.

I contribute to the web of sin in the world by…..and I ask God and this Community to forgive me: LORD HAVE MERCY.

Impatience, Jealousy, Boastfulness, Conceitedness, Selfishness, being Offensive, Resentful and Untruthful; holding people to ransom by not forgiving them, not trusting, not loving them, and ourselves.

QUESTION: What type of person am I at the moment? I confess areas of sinfulness to the Priest, who with Christ, represent God’s People. I am sorry for making wrong choices which affect me, and other people: LORD HAVE MERCY.

Each one of us is uniquely gifted by God. God gives each of us certain gifts according to his wisdom, and he lets us know what those gifts are by sending people to us, requiring us to use those gifts. However, when it is all said and done, God gives me nothing for myself. He doesn’t give us the gift of speech to go around talking to ourselves! Discovering our inner ‘giftedness’ is enabled in and through our relationships within the community. The gift of God’s Word can only ‘happen’ in us when we want to listen! That creative Word of God nourished through prayer and Sacrament, can change us and urge us, through the love of Christ which gently reaches out to others across all cultures and races, in acceptance, love and respect. This kind of personal ‘stock take’ works from the inside to the outside!

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Imagine if you were to write your own obituary notice! What would you write beyond the mere date of your birth and date of your death? What would be the legacy of your memory? Even among your mourners, how would the investment of your time with them be showing a return? You cannot save time; you can only spend it wisely or waste it. Time is one of the many riches we now possess, and we should be investing it wisely. ‘Seek you first the Kingdom of God, and everything else will be added unto you’.
This a very serious topic, so I would like to conclude with a very curious story……

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A very rich man died and arrived in Heaven. He looked around at the beautiful buildings, and he already had his eye on a building that would be very suitable to him, because he had been used to the good life, and worked very hard during his life to maintain his self-centered status. However, Peter beckoned him to follow, so he went along. The choice of beautiful buildings was breath-taking, but he was led past the whole lot. Finally, they came to an area where there was a little run down house with just the bare essentials, and no creature comforts of any kind. When the man discovered that this was for him, he was furious, and demanded to know why he was given this unattractive place, when all the others had mansions. ‘Well, you cannot blame me’, says Peter. ‘You see, all we do is build with whatever material you sent on ahead when you lived on the earth. With what you sent, this is the best we can do!’
Prayers of the Faithful

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Leader: With great confidence,
Let us ask the Lord’s kindness and faithfulness
For us and for all God’s servants.

Family: *For the welfare of the holy church of God
And for the well-being of the human family,
Let us pray to the Lord: Lord, graciously hear us.

*For the elimination of disease, famine, and war,
And for an end to hatred and violence,
Especially in the Middle East and in Africa,
Let us pray to the Lord: Lord, graciously hear us.

*For the recovery of the sick
And for the deliverance of the oppressed,
Let us pray to the Lord: Lord, graciously hear us
*For seasonable weather, sufficient rainfall, and bountiful harvests,
And for a just return for human labor,
Let us pray to the Lord: Lord, graciously hear us.

*For the consolation of the dying
And for the eternal happiness of those who have died,
Especially ____________ and ____________,
Let us pray to the Lord: Lord, graciously hear us.

*For the World’s Youth, and those who are gathered In Poland with Pope Francis for World Youth Day. May they return from the Pilgrimage, alive in the Spirit, and energized for the Mission of Christ in today’s World. Let us pray to the Lord: Lord, graciously hear us.

Leader: Father,
We rejoice in your never-failing help.
Show us the greatness of your love,
And answer our prayers in your great mercy.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Heart Cross

Fr Kevin Walsh
‘The Hermitage’
Stanhope Gardens. New South Wales. Australia
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