Spiral Staircase

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday Scripture Readings

June 26, 2022

What's in Your Heart

How have you been called in your life?

Who have been your “Elijahs”?

When did you have to turn from the past?

How do you follow Christ?

Freedom:   You can be free from something and free to do something.

 

When it comes to faith, you can become free from selfishness and its consequences and free to love others.

 

What does it mean to love your neighbor as yourself?

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Homily Stories

Years ago, Ed, a friend of mine, proposed to a young woman he’d been dating for several months. The woman was thrilled, and when he was with her, Ed was caught up in the excitement as well. But when he was out on his own or with his friends, he found himself flirting and daydreaming about others. “Hey Ed,” we’d remind him, “remember you’re engaged.” “I’m not engaged until I walk down that aisle!” he’d reply.

It would be fair to say that Ed just wasn’t ready for a commitment as serious as marriage. Sure enough, in the predawn hours before his wedding, Ed couldn’t sleep. He called his mother, and they went and talked to the priest; then they called his fiancée, and the wedding was called off—postponed actually. Although my friend loved the young woman he was seeing, he was still drawn to other options. Jesus tells us it is the same with Christian discipleship. We can’t commit to following Jesus until we let go of the hold other people and things have over us. Jesus has to come first, above all else.

Quotes

The vocation of every man and woman is to serve other people.
—Leo Tolstoy

Jesus took the command to love our neighbor as we love ourselves, and pushed the definition of who is our neighbor, out, out, and still further out, until it reached to the ends of the Earth and included all of humanity, all of God’s children.
—Alvin Alexsi Currier