Tuesday, 22nd Week in Ordinary Time—Year I

According to my very accurate clock, it’s [7:08] in the morning… and you’re here at Church. If you wanted, maybe you could still be sleeping in bed, but you’re here instead. You could be sitting at home, watching the morning shows, or reading something over coffee if you wanted, but instead you’re here. You could be already at work, or on your way there if you wanted, getting an early start to earn an early release, but you’re here at Mass instead. Nobody’s paying you to come here. Nobody’s forcing you to be here. So do you realize why you’re here?

It seems obvious to me that you’re here because you want to dwell in the house of the Lord, all the days of your life. You’re here to gaze, on the loveliness of the Lord and to contemplate in his temple. Though your repeated sins may discourage you, you have the longings of a saint, or at least, a saint under-construction. So be encouraged before Christ, for you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness. It’s [7:09] in the morning, and you are children of the light and children of the day.

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