God is with us (and God cares!) – Christmas

Benjamin God & Faith, Homilies

Jesus was born in a little shack, at the edge of town, and Mary and Joseph probably thought that nobody at all would notice them…until the shepherds showed up. We might think that nobody notices and nobody cares, but God notices, and God cares, and God’s angels are always around us. Because of this truth, we should not be afraid of anything, and we should let God help us with everything.

Treasure in Heaven

Benjamin God & Faith

Please continue to pray for the victims of the typhoon in the Philippines….It is painful to look at images from this disaster, which show whole cities destroyed and bodies lying in the streets. It is hard for us to believe that this sort of destruction can really happen, and it is frightening to think that hundreds of years of making …

Heaven is something new (32nd Sunday OT)

Benjamin Homilies

Like the Sadducees in today’s Gospel, we often assume that life in Heaven is a lot like life on earth, only with better food, and no one gets fat. Jesus corrects that interpretation, teaching us that those who are chosen for Heaven will receive a new life that is completely transformed, that we call “eternal life.” The truth that eternal life is waiting for us should give us courage to face all life’s difficulties without fear.

We can rise with the saints (All Saints’ Day)

Benjamin Homilies

The baptized on earth, the souls in Purgatory, and the saints in Heaven all form one great big family called the Church. The Greek word for Church, ecclesia, means “the gathering” or “assembly.” God is gathering His children from the four corners of the earth, and from all of history. The Holy Spirit is tugging us to join this gathering, and we need to choose whether we are going to rise with the Saints, or stay stuck in the muck.