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We have a mission priest at my parish this weekend, so I won’t be preaching. But here’s part of my homily for this Sunday in 2016, which — with the Olympics in mind — compared the Christian life to gymnasts on the balance beam:
The question we need to ask: how do we stay on balance?
It goes back to what I mentioned earlier: grace.
The grace of Baptism made each of us a child of God. That is just the beginning.
Grace - Confession - Reconciliation - Reaffirms - Times
The grace of Confession, of Reconciliation, reaffirms and renews us on those times when we fall off the beam—when we slip and stumble and sin—and gives us the courage to get back on and begin again.
The grace of the Eucharist nourishes and sustains us to live out our call as Christians—as followers of what the first Christians called “The Way,” that narrow path, that slender beam, of sacrifice and prayer, of mercy and love.
Grace - Grace - God - Son - Leaps
Grace, the grace given to us by God through his Son, makes it possible for us to make leaps of faith—and, as they say in gymnastics, “stick the landing.”
Every gymnast will tell you that you that the balance beam demands time, practice, sacrifice. The narrow gate, the narrow beam, asks more. The narrow way of the Catholic Christian calls us to stand straighter and try harder. With this Gospel...
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