Mal 3:19-20a; 2 Thes 3:7-12; Lk 21:5-19.

Turning Over Stones

Here are some stones I have overturned to see what ideas are underneath. I hope you can grab hold of something, pull -- and discover that it has some homiletic roots for you.

I am intrigued this week about how in the Gospel Jesus, on the one hand, can state to his followers -- you will be hated, manhandled, persecuted, imprisoned, delivered up and even put to death, and on the other hand end the Gospel passage with -- Yet not a hair of your head will be harmed!

Does anybody see a disconnect here?!

I believe that what we see this week in the Gospel is the resilience of the faithful as community and this would be a great opportunity this week to point out how the global church community and how the parish church community continuously comes together to support those individuals or groups who feel hurt, unloved, unlovable, forgotten, and hopeless.

Our Heavenly Father calls forth from our communities instruments of His love and mercy to come to the aid of those in need. Even though some individuals or groups will seem to always be suffering in some way, we can still count on the love of God radiated through the faithful who, at the moment, are strong and courageous to come as ambassadors of Christ.

In this way the communal hair on our heads will never be harmed. Nothing can so overcome the power and love of God shining through the individuals in a community of faith so as to completely deplete it of any love or light.

A homily can certainly preached in this vain to challenge all the faithful to continually reach out to those in need and to encourage those who need emotional, physical, or spiritual help to never be ashamed to reach out for assistance; for this is what it means to be a community of faith.

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