Homily 2017-06-25

Sunday June 25, 2017
The Gospel by :Mt 10:26-33

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From the moment that we are born we are criticized for everything we do: the way we play, who we play with and how dirty we get. We soon learn that people would criticize us for what we wear, the color of our skin and even who we are.

Criticism is not necessarily bad: our parents meant well when they compared us to our siblings. In their mind they were just encouraging us to do better. Unfortunately, parents were not the only ones criticizing us; there were classmates, neighbors, teachers, priests, the people who did not like us and our enemies. Too much criticism can cause insecurities and low self-esteem.

“Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul”, Jesus said in today’s gospel. Criticism is one of those weapons that can kill the soul; or damage it and diminish its greatness.

I am often asked to visit someone who is not doing well at school or is disrespectful at home. Many times when I go in, I realize that the problem is not the child. The parents unknowingly are putting too many expectations on top of a child overwhelmed by everyone’s expectations. The child feels the pressure of its parents compounded with the pressure of classmates, school and society.  

Parents and adults are also pressured by what others think; they are criticized by the way they look, the money they make and the way they live. Television shows are bombarding them with subliminal messages that say: there is something wrong with them if they are not skinny, young, successful and gorgeous like the people in the movies. And, if that was not enough, on Sunday, church leaders preach and demand a better understanding of Christian life with the promise of eternal damnation for those who do not change.

Are society, movies, friends and family members killing us? Are we getting caught in the game of self-worth and self-esteem? Is religion contributing to the killing of the soul?

Long time ago, I read a book about the Fathers of the Dessert. It is a spiritual reading about monks who lived at the beginning of the church. Their main theme was to be humble and avoid pride. Today, I question their reasoning. How can we learn to be humble and keep a healthy self-esteem? Aren’t we supposed to love ourselves? How can we love ourselves when we are asked not to be proud of our accomplishments and of who we are?

I believe that our spiritual forefathers did not have to deal with as much criticism as we face today; even Jesus did not mention the impact that criticism and gossips have on the soul. We are facing a huge threat against our existence! The world needs a new spirit: a spirit of collaboration, of companionship and of family.

Living a Christian life in today’s world has to address the pressure we receive at home and in public. Christ teachings are calling us to love and support each other with an UNCONDITIONAL love.

Imagine what the world would look like if, instead of criticizing each other, we would become more tolerant, respectful and loving!

As we reflect on our lives and the way Jesus is calling us to live; please stay away from those who kill the body. Stay away especially from those who can damage the soul. Choose your friends wisely and stay away from those who gossip and speak ill of others – they are obviously not your friends. But do not criticize them either, just pray for them and do not imitate their behavior.

Love yourself; be proud of your accomplishments. Think positive. Work hard and be proud. Ask God for a simple life; ask for humility and love.

Let us pray for a world in which we can love happily without fear and prejudice. May today you enjoy your family and friends, love them and cherish every moment with them.

Have a safe and lovely week. God bless!

On July 1, 2017 I will be celebrating 29 years of being ordained a priest. It has been a long and hard journey, but I would not change any of it. I am appreciative of God’s work through me, even in difficult times. I will be saying a Thanksgiving mass on July 2, at 6:00 pm, come join me, and if you cannot attend please say a special prayer for me. Thanks

Remember that you can listen to some of my sermons in English and Spanish on my webpage:  http://archangelschurch.org –  look for past sermons.

God Bless!
Fr. Marc Angelo
2851 W. 120
th St. Suite E-279, Hawthorne CA 90250
1-(888) 560-5509

 

 

On July 1, 2017 I will be celebrating 29 years of being ordained a priest. IT has been a long and hard journey, but I would not change any of it. I am appreciative of God’s work through me, even in difficult times. I will be saying a Thanksgiving mass on July 2, at 6:00 pm, come join me, and if you cannot attend please say a special prayer for me. Thanks

Remember that you can listen to some of my sermons in English and Spanish on my webpage:  http://archangelschurch.org –  look for past sermons.

God Bless!
Fr. Marc Angelo
2851 W. 120
th St. Suite E-279, Hawthorne CA 90250
1-(888) 560-5509

 

 

For weekly audio sermons in English and Spanish visit: http://archangelschurch.org

Fr. Marc Angelo and Fr. Jacob are very appreciative of your support and your contribution to Archangels and Seraphim Church: please continue to support us by visiting http://archangelschurch.org/ and making a generous donation. You can also send a check to: 2851 W. 120th St. Suite E-279, Hawthorne, CA 90250. May God multiply your generosity in health and love! Thank you

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