Monday, February 29, 2016

The Barefoot Journey 3

It's time to take off your shoes...  "remove your sandals, this is holy ground" God says to Moses.  Moses makes his confession, asking Who do I say sent me? confession is about what we believe; telling sins in the Sacrament of Reconciliation is an admission to our failure in our belief.

Monday, February 22, 2016

The Barefoot Journey 2

This second in the Barefoot Journey series is the first "Act of the Penitent" Sorrow or Contrition. Recognizing the shoes of sin that we wear - shoes that bind us up, tire us out and make us hungry - we must acknowledge the wounded or broken relationship we have with God and His Church and repent saying, "I'm Sorry."

Monday, February 15, 2016

The Barefoot Journey 1

With the start of the Season of Lent, we are starting a new message series called "The Barefoot Journey" Did you ever walk bare foot in the sand on the beach? Why would you put shoes on your feet? To be more comfortable? To prevent injury? To keep your feet warm in the cold? Shoes are a lot like sin...  Sin is often the result of a desire for comfort, to prevent something bad from happening, because we are are cold and hungry.  Through this Lenten season we will look at those things traditionally call the "acts of the penitent" in the Sacrament of Reconciliation and see that taking off your shoes is akin to putting aside sin.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Homily - What's Your Story 6

Here's the final in the What's Your Story message series.  For the record, I'd like to extend my deepest thanks to Fr. Michael White and the team at Nativity Church in Timonium, MD, for developing this series (under the original title: "The Story of Your Life") and making it available for use.  I have really enjoyed preaching this message series and I hope and pray that you have found it inspiring (what good story doesn't inspire us).
If you have a "gmail" account and log on to your account you can add you story to the comment section of my blog page.  I'd really like to hear (read) your story and how you have come to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Peace and Blessings
Fr. John.

BTW...  Next Sunday is the First Sunday of Lent and the beginning of a new message series: "The Barefoot Journey." Stay tuned....