The 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time [ B ]

Here is the homily preached at St. John Parish in Clonmel on the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time [Year B], October 18, 2015.

The Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time [B]
Isaiah 53:10-11  
+  Hebrews 4:14-16  +  Mark 10:35-45
October 18, 2015

“So let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help.”

There are two different reasons why a person might need courage.

The first reason would be that he’s the sort of person who looks for trouble:  an aggressive person.  We all know people like this, who love conflict.

The second, very different reason a man might need courage is because trouble has found him.  This is a man who is content to be peaceful and quiet, but who—for whatever reason—finds himself thrown into conflict.  There, he has to make a basic decision:  fight or flight.  If he is a Christian, this is where he needs the virtue of prudence:  to choose, in this particular setting, the better course.

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