Here is the quote from today’s homily:

“The bible does not concern itself anywhere with pastoral plans and strategies. Instead, on almost every page it reveals that God does not act anywhere and everywhere, but in a concrete place. God does not act at any and every moment, but at a particular time. God does not act through anyone and everyone,but through people God chooses. If we do not come to recognize that again, there will be no renewal of the Church in our time, for this principle of salvation history is true today as well.”

-From Does God Need the Church by Gerhard Lohfink [emphasis added]

What do you think?

How God Acts

This is the reason you have money: that you may put an end to poverty, not that you may turn poverty into a business! Instead, under the guise of offering others help, you make their misfortune greater, and sell human kindness for money. Sell your wares and I won’t prevent you: but trade in the kingdom of heaven! Don’t accept the fat compensation of a one-percent monthly interest for such a virtuous act, but rather the reward of life without end. Why are you so poor, so cheap and petty in your thinking, that you sell great things for a trifle – for money that perishes – when you ought to be selling it for the Kingdom that always lasts? Why do you cast God away to gain human profit?

I think I see why he was exiled!  For more check out the original post at:  https://www.commonwealmagazine.org/blog/true-treasure

Saint John Chrysostom- Patron of Preachers

Risk

“You just heard in the Gospel that one must not love oneself so much as to avoid getting involved in the risks of life…Whoever out of love for Christ gives themselves to the service of others will live, like the grain of wheat that dies-but only apparently. If it did not die, it would remain alone. Only in undoing itself does it produce the harvest.”

Oscar Romero

thou shalt not kill

“I want to make a special appeal to soldiers, national guardsmen and policemen: each of you is one of us. The peasants you kill are your own brothers and sisters. When you hear a man telling you to kill, remember God’s words, ‘thou shalt not kill.’ No soldier is obliged to obey a law contrary to the law of God. In the name of God, in the name of our tormented people, I beseech you, I implore you; in the name of God I command you to stop the repression.”

Oscar Romero

Preaching

“To try to preach without referring to the history one preaches in is not to preach the gospel. Many would like a preaching so spiritualistic that it leaves sinners unbothered and does not term idolaters those who kneel before money and power. A preaching that says nothing of the sinful environment in which the gospel is reflected upon is not the gospel.”

Oscar Romero

God’s Word

“I study the Word of God to be read on Sunday. I look around me, at my people. I use this Word to shed light on my surroundings…Naturally, the idols and idolatries of the earth are irritated by this Word, and they would like very much to remove it, to silence it, to kill it. Let happen what God wills, but God’s Word, as St. Paul said, is not tied down.”

Oscar Romero