Homily Preparation for the Fourth Sunday of Easter
A look at what is coming for the 4th Sunday of Easter
I am following the same tradition as I did two weeks ago. First, I did not send out a homily last week because we celebrated First Communion and so I did a story homily but I did not think it matched our forum here. I did not do the research I normally do for the homily I gave at the 4:00 pm Mass here in Allston, MA. So I did post a homily but did not send it out.
This week, I focus on the Acts of the Apostles and discussed the split between the Jews and the Gentiles. I also brought that into what it means to be a Christian and how our expression of faith is similar and different from that of the Jews. You can find my research here.
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IN OTHER PARTS OF THE CATHOLIC WORLD:
A Redditor in the Catholicism subreddit asked if he should talk to his atheist about Hell as a way to get them to change their ways.
Here is my response:
Personally, I would say no. For the record, the question is: “Should you warn people on Hell? I do preach on it from time to time but I am trained and experienced.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches those who go to Hell are obstinate to the very end (CCC 1037). A person who goes to Hell literally rejects God totally. Do you want to see examples? Look at how artists portray the pharisees during the Way of the Cross in any Catholic church. Also, the best example is the bad thief on the cross. You could a whole book on him.
Do I believe people go to Hell? Yes, and I believe some people we see on the world stage are well on their way. (Please do not ask me to name them. I won't.) Nevertheless, I would suggest preaching to people more about how atheism makes no logical sense. That might be a doorway and if the subject comes up then talk to them about Hell then. In order to be an atheist, you have to say: "I have seen all of reality and I did not see God. Therefore, God does not exist."
Science teaches that the first part of the premise is impossible to prove. Faith teaches us there is more to reality than what we can see.
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