Homily for Friday of the 8th Week in Ordinary Time
This morning, I’m going to do something a little different with my homily, something I don’t do often enough…I’m going to preach on the Responsorial Psalm because it’s a message that I think all of us need to be reminded of from time to time. “The Lord takes delight in his people.”
When is the last time you allowed that message to resonate with you? The Lord takes delight in you! He delights in you. The Lord looks at you with eyes filled with such love and wonder. He admires the beauty of His creation. All of us, because we’re created in God’s image and likeness, we are all beautiful in God’s eyes. And because of that, He delights in us. Do we believe it? Do we believe that we are loved beyond belief?
For most of us, I think the answer to that question is a resounding “no.” We don’t believe that God could love us because of the sins we have committed, the mistakes that we have made, the things that have happened to us in our lives. We think that God could never love someone who is so broken or that we’re too damaged for God to love us. Those are lies that we believe and they need to be renounced. We renounce them in the name of Jesus. And we remind ourselves of the Truth. God does love us. He does! He loves us each immensely. And He shows it by the sacrifice that He made for us on the Cross.
Today, as we come forward to receive Jesus in the Eucharist, let’s ask God for the grace to experience a true dose of His love, asking the Lord to allow us to experience how He delights in each one of us.