May 05, 2010

Dominican Priest's Homily

Read the line from a hymn yesterday: "For the sheep the Lamb has bled." I thought how lambs are sheep, and so the analogy of God becoming man, God with us, is perpetuated in this statement. For the sheep, a sheep has bled! 

Then too the Gospel was from John where Jesus says, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives peace....".   And the Dominican priest who gave the homily straightforwardly laid out three ways we have this peace. What peace can the world not give? The world doesn't assert that God has a plan or that our burden of sin is forgiven. The really important things, in other words.

The homilist's three ways of how Christ gives us peace are:
1) Freedom from sin via the forgiveness of our sins. We can shed the guilt of our sin by the price Christ paid. We don't have to worry about whether or not we are forgiven.

2) Divine adoption. We are sons and daughters of God.

3) When suffering comes we can know that God has a plan.
He mentioned how while training for the Dominican order, a fellow novice said of the fasting asked of him, "Hey, this wasn't in the brochure!" Meaning the recruitment brochure. And how often, the priest said, we see this with God such that we want to say of something, "this wasn't in the brochure!" But we can't say that because we know who the brochure of Christan life is - Jesus. And we know he suffered. It's all there.

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