On the weekend of July 27-28, 2019, we celebrated the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time with Old Testament story of Abraham petitioning God on behalf of Sodom and Gommorah and St. Luke's gospel account of Jesus teaching his disciples to pray.
Fr. Rick's homily highlights, among other things, the fact that God provides us with an opening to approach Him with our needs and petitions. He enables Abraham to question Him, because they are in relationship and He reveals His intentions to Abraham. Jesus defines that relationship in an amazing new way by instructing us to call God by the intimate, childlike term for father: Abba.
Fr. Mark also hones in on the idea of intimate relationship with God. He desires the best for us, but the world does not always agree. Especially in the area of human sexuality, the world resists God's purpose and law and encourages people to licentiousness and sin. Fr. Mark and the readings remind us that there is mercy in turning away from sin, however, and embracing the purpose of the Father who loves us.
Check out the readings and homilies in English and Spanish at the links below: