Homily for the 30th Sunday by Fr. Joel

Fr. Joel Homilies

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Ordinary Time, 30th Sunday. Why does the funeral rite talk about the sins of the deceased? Because God promises an amazing heaven, and nothing can keep us from that heaven except for our own sins. Today’s Gospel speaks about a sin that is so common, we often fail to recognize it: Comparing ourselves to others. Comparing is a sin because what we have is a gift, and the other person is a gift too. God has put suffering people in our lives so that we can learn to have mercy on them, just as he has mercy on us. When we face the judgment seat of God, He won’t ask if we are better than our neighbor. Instead, he wants to know: Is our neighbor better because of us? (24 Oct 2010)

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