Wednesday, 21st Week in Ordinary Time—Year I

Today the psalmist reflects on the truth that you just can’t get away from the Spirit of God.  Psalm 139 is good to remember whenever God feels absent.

If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I sink to the nether world, you are present there.
If I take the wings of the dawn,
if I settle at the farthest limits of the sea,
even there your hand shall guide me…

Have you ever come to Mass with serious doubts that you would get anything worthwhile out of the homily? Maybe you saw this priest or that priest come out, and said to yourself, “oh, him again.” However, we should always approach the homily, and the entire Mass, with a hopeful receptivity to the work of the Spirit.

Is it really possible that the Holy Spirit, who is everywhere, could be completely absent from the priest’s homily? Regardless of whether the priest preaches long or short, with refined style or with bare simplicity, in his first language or not, we should trust that the Holy Spirit will speak something to us through his words as long as we are spiritually open to listening.


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