Well, itâ€™s that time of year again. You know, that L-O-N-G stretch of Ordinary Time that lasts from June to November. 20 weeks of green … hello Ordinary Time. What could the Church possibly be thinking? How about this: Ordinary Time is the most important time of the whole year. Deacon Joel shares his homily for the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time.
â€œLord, let your face shine on us.â€ Thatâ€™s the cry of David in todayâ€™s Responsorial Psalm. Interesting if you think about it. What is the precondition for a face? A body â€“ flesh â€“ which God did not have prior to the Incarnation. Before Jesus, the phrase â€œthe face of Godâ€ was just a poetic metaphor for Godâ€™s favor or His grace. Then Jesus came along and changed that â€“ and indeed, everything.
Ordination. That one word pretty much sums up this past week. Well, I better add another word: illness.Â Of course, right? Last week leading up to Saturday’s ordination, Joel came down with food poisoning. I, the one who rarelyÂ gets sick, caught the flu bug and was down for the count for two whole days. All three … [Read more…]