Monday, April 18, 2011

Daily Lenten inspiration, April 16, 2011 (Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent)

Transcript of homily recorded on Saturday, April 16, 2011

By Monsignor Gerald McSorley

We heard some very comforting and beautiful words from God in the first reading. God, speaking through the prophets, said to his people, "I will make my dwelling with you. You will be my people, and I will be your God." You see God wanted to re-establish his relationship with the people, to enter into a new covenant with them so he would be close to them and they would be close to him.

And so God says to all of us that he makes his dwelling place with us and that he is our God and that we are his people.

And in the Gospel passage we are reminded that Jesus is God and that he came to live with us, to teach us, and to die for us, to bring us the gift of salvation. So God, in Jesus Christ, has established a new and wonderful relationship with all of us. Jesus is our savior. He is our God, also. And we belong to him. And he dwells with us.

The end of the Gospel we were told that the people who were there for the big feast day were asking, were looking for, Jesus. So they were looking for Jesus. So the question this morning is, Where do we find Jesus? Where do we find Jesus? Well, Jesus is in our hearts, first of all, because Jesus said, if anyone loves me, my Father will love him and we will come to dwell within that person. So Jesus is in our hearts. So that's the first place that we must look for Jesus.

But where else do we find Jesus? We find Jesus in other people. We find Jesus present in others, especially those who need us, because Jesus said, "I was hungry and you gave me food. I was sick and you came to visit me." So Jesus identifies himself with those in need. And so we need to learn to find Jesus in the people who need us in one way or another.

And people who need a helping hand, people who are sad, we need to go up and maybe put our arms around them and comfort them, and that's where we find Jesus, also.

And where else do we find Jesus? We find Jesus in a very special way. We find Jesus in our hearts, that's right. And we find Jesus in the church, in a very special way, in the tabernacle. You see, God fulfilled his promise when he said, "I will make my dwelling place with you." And he does that especially through Jesus who's present in the Eucharist and in the tabernacle. That's the very special presence of Jesus. Jesus is with us in a very special way in holy communion, and we keep some of the hosts that are consecrated, we keep them in the tabernacle, so Jesus is present. And that's why when we come into church we genuflect to the tabernacle, to Jesus present in the tabernacle.

So, let's always be aware of the many places that we find Jesus. And so when we come across those words, "They were looking for Jesus," let's apply them to ourselves and say, "We, too, are looking for Jesus and we know where to find Jesus."

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