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Bilingual Roman Catholic priest of the Southern Dominican Province. The "homilettes" on this website are completely the work of Fr. Mele. He may be contacted at cmeleop@yahoo.com. Telephone: (415) 279-9234.

Homilette for Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Tuesday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time

(Mark 10:28-31)

What Jesus says is true. People who worry about committing themselves to a religious vocation often find that they receive several times more than they gave up. Moving away from relatives as a young woman or man may be wrenching, but the person typically finds herself or himself in wonderful company which literally becomes a second family.

In the gospel Jesus predicts exactly this kind of bountiful return for those who sacrifice themselves for his sake. We can note a couple of other blessings associated with religious life. Above all, religious and priests develop an intimate relationship with the Lord. All Christians should pray, but those dedicated to the Church find themselves constantly reflecting on Scripture and petitioning God for assistance. Especially as we become less interested in doing things, knowing Christ in these ways can fulfill the heart’s desire.

Ministry for priests and religious can also be particularly meaningful. They usually assist well-disposed people in need of guidance. Speaking about Jesus brings great satisfaction, especially when the message is heard with interest. Finally, Jesus assures his disciples that those who have committed themselves as they have made will receive eternal life. He means that they will never leave the bliss of his companionship.

Homilette for Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Tuesday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time

(Mark 10:28-31)

What Jesus says is true. People who commit themselves to a vocation as a priest or religious often receive several times more than they give up. Moving away from relatives as a young woman or man may be wrenching, but priests and religious typically find themselves in wonderful company which becomes like a second family.

We can note other blessings associated with religious life. Above all, religious and priests develop an intimate relationship with the Lord. All Christians should pray, but those dedicated to the Church have constant opportunity to reflect on Scripture. By meditating on how God prepared His people for His Son in the Old Testament, how Jesus lived and died in the gospels, and how the new People of God looked to him as Savior throughout the New Testament, we come to trust Christ as both our Lord and brother.

Ministry for priests and religious can also be particularly meaningful. They usually assist well-intentioned people needing guidance in the quest for holiness. Speaking about Jesus brings great satisfaction, especially when the message is heard with interest. Finally, Jesus assures his disciples that those who have committed themselves to him will receive eternal life. He means that they will never leave the bliss of his companionship.