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Unchained melody: a homily for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

I’m not preaching this weekend, so I don’t have a homily to post.  But I can direct you to a superb homilist and writer, Fr. Jim Schmitmeyer, who offers some beautiful and compelling words about this week’s scripture.    Fr. Jim is one of the best preachers out there.  You won’t be disappointed.  

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posted September 27, 2009 at 10:02 am

Oh my, what a great homily. The images are so clear and sharp.
It is a reminder that it is God that sends His spirit and not for us to always judge that on our own standards. This is particularly important to me as I remember this week, the 19th anniversary of my return to church after an 18 year absence. What you know Deacon Greg, because you know me, is that I now work for the church and am a theology student, so we can see where the 19 years have led me, thanks be to God. I was clearly “not in the tent” and thankfully was met with love, welcome and some really good teaching that helped me discern this path. If I had been rejected instead of welcomed… well who knows, that did not happen.
God chooses to send the Spirit among us and in us in many different and often shocking ways. It is the uniting of those ways that will transform the world. It can be very easy to want to reject those who were “not in the tent” but it might be a mistake to do so.
Those men that Father speaks of in that beautiful homily are given the spirit too. They are given the Spirit rather profoundly if you ask me! In their own transformation, they will indeed be transforming others. If that is not the Gospel imperative, I don’t know what is.

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posted September 27, 2009 at 9:33 pm

Hope you don’t mind I tweeted this–and I put it on facebook. What an amazingly poignant homily. Thank you Deacon!

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