Tuesday of 16th Week of Ordinary Cycle C

What is the Will of Heavenly Father?

In front of the patio, an elderly man was sitting on his rocking chair day after day and refused to stand up until he met the Lord. A little girl was chasing a balloon saw him and asked him, “Excuse me sir, are you really sitting here waiting for the Lord to come?” “Yes,” the elderly man responded, “before I die, I really want to know that there is God. I want a sign, but there is no sign yet.” The little girl said, “God does give you many signs in your life. Every time you breathe in or exhale. Every time you smell good odor of the flower. When you hear the bird singing, a cry of a new born, or even the sound of the toilet’s flush, and many other sounds that you hear every day, they are the signs from God. When you see the tear running on your face, when you see the homeless, or when you see wrinkles on your face, these are the signs from God. When you feel empty and lonely, when you feel angry and hurt, or even when you doubt, these are the signs that God presents in your life. This is exactly what my mom always tells me, “Lilly, if you are looking for great things that means you are closing your eyes because to see God is to see in simplicity. To see God is to see life in everything and everyone.”

While he was overwhelmed with what came out from the little girl, the girl leaving him while saying loudly the words that her mom taught her saying, “Lilly, if you are looking for great things that means you are closing your eyes because to see God is to see in simplicity. To see God is to see life in everything and everyone.”

In today’s Gospel, Jesus reminds people and to each and every one of us saying, “Whoever does the will of my heavenly Father is my brother, and sister, and mother.” What is the will of the heavenly Father if it’s not what the Lord Jesus taught us? Only two that you and I know that he taught us to love God and to love one another. How can we love God if we cannot see him in everything and everyone we encounter in our life? Are you and I his brother, his sister, and his mother?

 

Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen


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