Majesty and glory are his work, and his justice endures forever. He has won renown for his wondrous deeds; gracious and merciful is the LORD.

I’m not running late today – I’m running.  I got up early and took off for work and now I’m getting ready to sign some paperwork as we renegotiated our home loan; closing is tonight.  The readings this week have been truly inspiring and today is no exception.  The way Paul is able to express his love for God and his love for man; how he found that love (we all know the story) was nothing short of a miracle.  Read what he is writing to us this morning…

you should know how to behave in the household of God,
which is the Church of the living God,
the pillar and foundation of truth.
Undeniably great is the mystery of devotion,
Who was manifested in the flesh,
vindicated in the spirit,
seen by angels,
proclaimed to the Gentiles,
believed in throughout the world,
taken up in glory.

We should know how to behave in the household of God.  We should.  Do we?  Do we get to God’s house just in time for the start of the Mass?  Do we groan when we see the reading(s) are more than a couple of paragraphs?  Do we realize that Christ is made manifest – IN THE FLESH – at every Mass?  We have a true gift as Christians, especially as Catholics and Paul’s letter to Timothy brings home how special our gift truly is…

Who was manifested in the flesh,
vindicated in the spirit,
seen by angels,
proclaimed to the Gentiles,
believed in throughout the world,
taken up in glory.

In the Gospel, Jesus challenges the people of his day with a rather harsh evaluation of what they were like…of what we are like – awful judgmental.  Some people are damned if they do and damned if they don’t…

Jesus said to the crowds:
“To what shall I compare the people of this generation?
What are they like?
They are like children who sit in the marketplace and call to one another,
‘We played the flute for you, but you did not dance.
We sang a dirge, but you did not weep.’
For John the Baptist came neither eating food nor drinking wine,
and you said, ‘He is possessed by a demon.’
The Son of Man came eating and drinking and you said,
‘Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard,
a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’
But wisdom is vindicated by all her children.”

Take a quick look at Bishop Barron’s take on the Gospel today…

Friends, in today’s Gospel the Pharisees compare the eating habits of John the Baptist, who fasted, and Jesus, who dined with sinners. In the carefully stratified society of Jesus’ time, a righteous person would never associate with the unrighteous for fear of becoming unclean.

But here is Jesus, scandalizing everyone because he does indeed break down these barriers. How would you feel if you saw me socializing with prostitutes and drug dealers, eating and drinking with terrorists? Would it shock you, dismay you, disappoint you? But this is what Jesus did, precisely because he is the Incarnation of the God who aggressively seeks out the lost.

God looks for us, comes running after us, never lets go, never relents, never gives up. The more we run, the more he runs after; the more we hide, the more he looks; the more we resist, the more he persists. God loves sinners and associates with them.

Do something great for our Lord today – get to Mass early, stay late.  And try not to go to the bathroom during the homily.

God’s will, not mine, be done.

Be not afraid; just have faith.

Jesus, I trust in You.

He must increase; I must decrease.

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