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Jun 252017

Many times when people think of God, they think of sin and redemption. So they learn to avoid sin so that they may go into Heaven. Yes that is part of our Christian life.


There are a multitude of teachings on the need to avoid sin and seek to do good. All of which is true, but there is something else that Jesus warned was powerful at leading you away from God that almost no one teaches. I would ask you to find the strongest fire and brimstone preacher and ask him how many times he taught on what Jesus warned would lead us away from Him and I would bet he would rarely preach on it.


We find it in today’s Gospel. It is fear and its companion vice anxiety. These are not sins in themselves. No one needs to confess the sin of fear, it is a powerful emotion as is anxiety, but, they can so paralyze us that they can lead us to despair of God’s love for us, paralyze us in our inability to live the faith and so many other things. In fact, the Bible warns us 365 times not to fear.


In today’s Gospel, Jesus has just chosen the twelve disciples and now he is giving them instructions on how to live as his Apostles. Notice his first sentence. “Fear no one.”


One of the most powerful times Jesus scolds the apostles about being afraid is when he is sleeping in the boat, while the apostles are fishing and a great storm comes upon  them. They in panic wake Him and Jesus gets up and literally shuts off the storm. Immediately, his first words to them are “Why were you afraid?”


It is fear that leaves the Apostles to abandon Jesus completely and hide as He is being crucified. It is fear that leads Peter to deny Him and it is fear that leads the Jewish leaders to turn Him over to Pilate to be executed. They were afraid that the Romans would see Jesus as a troublemaker and come in and destroy the whole Jewish state.


In fact, the devil’s greatest tool is not temptation it is fear, because fear can paralyze is, leave us to abandon Christ or even just shut us right down.



What is it that you may fear? In a recent study by Chapman University published in October of 2016, the list of fears basically demonstrated that people fear what they cannot control. It is that factor that could change one’s life immediately that leads people to be in fear of  their government, world and personal lives.


The fears are legitimate, but what do we do about them.


Remember, Jesus can take the worst that happens to you and change it into a powerful miracle. Ask me about a friend who was diagnosed with cancer or about when my car was stolen, both are powerful stories that do not involve miracles per se, but take a disaster and turn it around.



If you cannot control it, there is no reason to worry about it happening.


It may happen, it may not, but there is nothing you can do to change it.


So what can you do about your fears. Go back to Jesus’ words. Trust in Him.


The Apostles are being sent by Jesus, they are actually going out as revolutionaries to change the society. They are non-violent revolutionaries who will change the whole world. They will challenge the status quo and they will suffer for it. Jesus does  not warn them against what may happen, but what will happen. He says, nevertheless. Do not be afraid.


The same can be said to you. We have a call to challenge our culture by doing nothing more than living our faith, will we challenge people? Yes. Will some reject us?  Perhaps. Our only response is to stay faithful to God and trust in his providence and mercy.


But that includes also the daily events of life of which we have no control. Job loss, disease, family problems, we have little control over these, but we do have God’s providence through them. Remember, Jesus teaches us that it is easy to live when nothing is going wrong, but only those who put their faith in Christ and trust in his providence will stand when all goes wrong.


St. Pio de Pietraclina, also known as Padre Pio taught: pray hope and never worry. This must always  be our role. No matter what happens we must trust in God  because it is fear that can drive us away from him. But if you trust in him even in the most difficult of circumstances your fears will lead you closer to Him for he will show you his presence in the most stark of circumstances.


Never, never fear, it is a command from Jesus. It is his first command once he has appointed his disciples, why? Because fear is the one thing that can stop them, but trust in his providence can help even overcome the most painful and difficult of realities until they enter the kingdom of God and all that it promises.

Fr. Carr is member of the Segundo Elo  of the Canção Nova Community. He is the parochial vicar of St. Michael’s Parish in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA and is the editor of this blog. He is the author of several books, blogs and hundreds of videos all of which you may find on Youtube You can follow him on twitter as @frbobcarr and on Google plus as+FrRobertCarr, his website is Thoughts, comments on the homily? Let us know at Facebook

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Jun 182017

If we look at today’s gospel we see one of the most powerful promises to each of us. “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life.”


That is a promise. This is the powerful truth of the Eucharist. We know that this is the day we celebrate the Eucharist which Christ gave us at the Last Supper. This is his Body and Blood, and the powerful sacrament is a powerful promise of our eternal life.


The Catechism of the Catholic Church gives us a unique teaching on the Eucharist that explains that this sacrament itself is a message to us from Christ.


The Catechism teaches that the hardest Catholic teaching for people to accept is the resurrection of the Body. It teaches that many people have an understanding of the eternal life of the spirit.


St. Paul teaches in 1 corinthians 15 that if Jesus did not resurrect from the dead body and spirit, then we are wasting our time. Those are powerful words because He went to his execution proclaiming Jesus’ bodily resurrection.



The Catechism explains that the promise Jesus gives us in John 6 is embodied in the Eucharist. This sacrament made of Earthly elements is transfigured into the Body and Blood of Christ and reminds us who receive it that our Earthly body will be transformed through the action of God into a resurrected glorified body. So the Eucharist on top of being a sacrament is a message to us, that we too will be transformed, we who eat his body and drink his blood.


This is a power reminder to us.


Now one of the issues today that affects our church is that there are rules in receiving the Eucharist and people get lost in the rules. Something that is important to know about the rules of the Catholic Church: if you follow the rules perfectly, you will live perfectly the minimum standard of Catholicism. So the rules are there to show us not so much what not to do, but to guide us to pray to the Lord to help us to conform ourselves to his desire so that we may be what he created us to be.


This is what is important: because there are people who believe that they cannot receive the Eucharist and there is no reason for them not to receive. For example: people who are divorced. Divorce by itself is not a reason for not receiving the Eucharist. Yet, there are plenty of people who feel they are unable to receive communion just because they are divorced. They may be seated among us and feel they cannot receive, that is incorrect.


There are reasons for not receiving the Eucharist, but these reasons are not to condemn people, Jesus himself said he did not come to condemn, but to help people to conform to reality of the gift. The power of the Eucharist that will transform these Earthly bodies to the glorified bodies of eternal life.


The reality is that The Father sent His Son to the world that we would be transformed and brought to eternal life. What is important then is that we receive this gift on His terms not ours. That is why we need to be prepared to receive the Eucharist. It is not the sinless or the saints for whom this Eucharist is our gift, remember the sacrament itself is a teaching, what is Earthly will be glorified and made divine. So, the perfect do not receive. But at the same time you cannot make the Eucharist out of Doritos and beer, I say that specifically because I have been asked to do so, obviously I said no. You make it out of the earthly elements of bread and wine. We too have to offer ourselves on God’s terms not ours. We cannot say I will receive the Eucharist on my terms, not God’s, that does not work. This is why we prepare ourselves to receive it.


Those who are not able to repent of a sinful life or are in a situation that is contrary to teaching of the Church and choose not to change are not ready to receive the Eucharist, but the Eucharist itself is a call for that person to repent and then to receive and be transformed by receiving. The call is there. It is an invitation to begin the slightest prayer asking for the grace of conversion, a grace, the church teaches we all need. The response to the call is the key factor in the preparation to receive.


One of the most powerful examples of this is Dorothy Day, cited by Pope Francis when he addressed congress. The San Francisco Native and baptized episcopalian grew up in Chicago and then worked as a journalist in New York living a bohemian lifestyle as she fought for socialist and communist ideals. She was the inspiration for the character Josie in her atheist playwright friend Eugene O’Neill’s Moon for the Misbegotten The New Yorker’s Erin Overbey reported that she had a reputation for drinking the local mobsters under the table.


She was encouraged into an abortion by a fellow bohemian boyfriend Lionel Moise who disappeared after the abortion and then she lived in two marriages, the latter common law.


She, through God’s grace, was transformed and came to convert to her Catholic faith. She became deeply devout a powerful voice for the poor throughout the 20th century. One of the most powerful elements of her story is that she actually prayed on the steps of the Vatican during the Vatican II council and as each bishop and cardinal walked by she said to them “You better  do the right thing.” Her favorite spiritual reading was Thomas A. Kempis’ the Imitation of Christ.


She exemplifies the reality of the Eucharist, it is a call to conform our sinful lives to the powerful gift and message of the Sacrament. The sacrament is not a prize for the holy but a call to the sinner to open him or herself to God’s grace. It calls us to be open to the transforming power of God’s grace through the sacraments of reconciliation and the Eucharist. It touches us changes us and like the bread and wine into the Body of Blood of Christ transforms us into saints to which we are called to be.


Fr. Carr is member of the Segundo Elo  of the Canção Nova Community. He is the parochial vicar of St. Michael’s Parish in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA and is the editor of this blog. He is the author of several books, blogs and hundreds of videos all of which you may find on Youtube You can follow him on twitter as @frbobcarr and on Google plus as+FrRobertCarr, his website is Thoughts, comments on the homily? Let us know at Facebook


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Jun 042017

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We are at the end of the Easter Season. This is the last day, but it also celebrates the first day of the next period of the God’s work of salvation. The work of the Holy Spirit is the period that we are in right now as we look forward to the final stage, our redemption and presence in the Kingdom of God.


If we look at today’s readings casually, we see the account of the Apostles receiving the tongues of fire and the anointing of the Holy Spirit. We see Peter speaking and preaching, the Apostles speaking languages unknown to them and we see the 3000 converted that day. We see what also is the birthday of the Church. If you listened carefully to my words, however, you will notice I said if you listen to the readings casually.


But if we look closely at them, we may see something beyond the account. We may have a deeper understanding of the meaning of Pentecost for the people then and for you now.


Let us look at the elements. The Holy Spirit comes upon the Apostles and empowers them to speak boldly in different languages and to go out into the whole world to preach the gospel. They are preaching to people of whom they were afraid at one time. They are preaching in ways that startle the people and change their hearts radically. People, whom Peter describes as being enemies of Christ, change their hearts and become converted to the new way forming in the Jewish community of Jerusalem. They become converted to that enemy of the people executed just over fifty days earlier. Their lives are changed.


Step back a moment and imagine that same scene reported on network news. How would the correspondent report the incident? What spin would he or she put on it. Whom would the reporter interview as eyewitnesses and then as commentators to indicate what this means for the people of Jerusalem and indeed possibly the whole empire?


This incident changed the world radically. Not overnight, per se, but clearly our whole lives would be different, our culture, our civilization would be radically different if this incident did not happen. Therefore, we can say, it was a revolutionary moment, and revolutionary moments introduce revolutions. That moment is the beginning of a revolution that still exists and of which you are part.


Revolutions bring radical change. We often think of revolutions as overthrowing governments, but that is not the case of this one. Jesus and the Apostles called for only obedience to civil authority. So, what is it that this revolution overthrows? We see it in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, where Paul talks about how we are in battle against principalities and powers the evil forces that seek the destruction of all things human. What does that look like? It is not rocket science, it is any force that seeks to destroy a human, dehumanize him or her. Cut him or her from the rest of the world. It is the force that sells drugs to the addict. . .That breaks up families, that discourages life, that shows no mercy or forgiveness and demands vengeance, that enslaves youth in gangs and so much more and so much more. That promotes evil as good and good as evil. We call that force sin, the effects of which we can see all around us.


It is that force we seek to overthrow, as St. Paul teaches. That is our revolution. That is why the Holy Spirit came down upon the Apostles and began the Church, that is why the Church exists and it is that for that mission that God called you. You were missioned at your Baptism into that revolution through the Holy Spirit. If you do not believe me go back and read the end of the Baptismal Rite. You were missioned further at your Confirmation were you were fully initiated into that revolution called the Church.  


Currently, you are engaged in one of the most powerful acts of this revolution. You are here in Church worshipping God: The Father, Son and Holy Spirit and pledging your lives to Christ. Many of you will soon come to receive the Body and Blood of Christ, never take that act for granted! When you walk out of this Church you will have made a sign to the whole world: “we stand with Christ and His revolution against those forces that seek to destroy the souls of those around us.: We embrace His revolution promoting the Love God has for every person around us and we seek His will in our lives. So that we can teach it to you.”


Each and everyone of you were called into that revolution at your baptism. You embraced that revolution at your Confirmation. Never forget that the Holy Spirit came upon you at those times, so that he can work through you. Be His channels of revolutionary grace.


It is the same Holy Spirit that came upon the apostles for this first time millennia ago, this day we call Pentecost.

Fr. Carr is member of the Segundo Elo  of the Canção Nova Community. He is the parochial vicar of St. Michael’s Parish in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA and is the editor of this blog. He is the author of several books, blogs and hundreds of videos all of which you may find on Youtube You can follow him on twitter as @frbobcarr and on Google plus as+FrRobertCarr, his website is Thoughts, comments on the homily? Let us know at Facebook

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May 142017

BX1 Ecuador 046 people at Papal mass, Quito, January 1985I want you to look at our current set up here. I am not talking about the design of the Church, I am talking about where you are sitting and where I am standing. We are looking at each other, obviously, and that is an important element in this liturgy.


Throughout the history of the Church change happened as to where the priest stands and faces during the Eucharistic prayer. There is the way we do it here since Vatican II where I am facing you and you are facing me. There is another way called Ad Orientem, which is actually the preferred stance even after Vatican II. This literally means to the East and it is when the priest has his back to the people. It is not that he is snubbing you, it is more like he is standing in front of you, speaking on your behalf to God the Father through Jesus Christ. Currently, there is a movement to return the priest to that position. That issue is not the reason for my homily today.


I want to talk about the other part where I am here talking to you and we are facing each other. In the reading of the scriptures and in the homily, the priest, bishop, deacon always faced the people for the entire two thousand years of the Church. Obviously, Jesus faced the people when he spoke to them, so did the prophets.


Throughout the Acts of the Apostles you see preaching by the Apostles and this is the way it is done.  


The reason is obvious. However, why does this part of the mass exist at all? Why don’t we just pray the Eucharist prayer, receive the Body and Blood of Christ and call that the mass? Clearly the Eucharist, because it is Christ’s gift to us as his body and blood, is the summit of the mass. However, this ancient part is of great importance as well. Why? Look at today’s reading.


St. Peter describes us as living stones built into a spiritual house. That is an ancient symbol of the Church found also in other Christian literature of the first century that is not part of the Bible, what is called apocryphal writing. This part of the mass, the readings where we literally hear the words from God and the homily which explains those words, are there to help you become a stronger spiritual house of God. The you that I use is the second person plural, literally the grammatically incorrect but perfectly descriptive y’all.


This part is to help y’all become stronger as the structure that is the house of God. Not a physical structure but a structure nonetheless in which Christ dwells. The reason is simple. If we look at the structure around us that is the Church building, we can see that people know that the presence of God is in this Church, especially because in that the Eucharist is here, that is quite literal.


When we now transfer the word to y’all, now that same dynamic that exists on 1013 Sea St. or 237 Sea St. exists in your hearts and minds as you go throughout your life in the world. Y’all are a spiritual structure collectively in which you individually support each other in Christ, strengthen each other in Christ as you collectively become that call to others to recognize the power of Christ in the world. We do that by praying for each other, by affirming our faith with each other and by being present to each other all in the name of Christ. St. James admonishes us to bear one another’s burdens.


This part is there to help you to be stronger in your ability to do that. This is an essential point. If we simply celebrated mass, Ad Orientem or not, doing nothing more than the Eucharistic prayers this would be a key element, but without this part which we call the Liturgy of the Word the message here would be similar to a misunderstanding of the role of the laity common prior to Vatican II: that the laity were passengers on a bus to Heaven with the priests driving it. This is not what Saint Peter says, even accounting that buses did not exist in his time.  Others say that it is the job of the priest and religious to be holy for the laity. If either of those models were correct, this part of the mass would be unnecessary. However, it is here for a reason because you have been called to be living stones in the spiritual house of God. Your role in being those precious living stones in the world is literally a calling from God, hence why this piece is in the mass. Keeping ourselves as shiny precious living stones is what the Sacraments are all about, especially the sacrament of reconciliation. It is because you are the key elements in this structure. I am also a part of it as well.


Notice something else, my own terminology, I used the words you and y’all. I did not use the words some of you, or the words those of you. I used the word you and y’all. This is all of you, which is literally what y’all means. This means that any excuse you can use to indicate that it does not apply to you, such as your age, your lack of education, your proficiency in English, your health, your hair color or favorite food is wrong, even your struggle with sin. Each of your have been called to be part of this spiritual house described by saint peter. Each of you are a precious stone, and each of you have a duty to recognize this dignity and guard it with the assistance of everyone here and in the entire Roman Catholic Church at large.



You can get into great discussions of whether we should worship ad orientem or not, but this part of the mass has never changed and its inclusion in the mass shows that God recognizes you just as St. Peter says He does living stones in the spiritual structure called the Church. Your role is to be those spiritual precious stones and like the physical structure be present so that those who seek what Christ has to offer may find it because of y’all.

God bless you,

Fr. Robert J Carr

Fr. Carr is member of the Segundo Elo  of the Canção Nova Community. He is the administrator of Holy Trinity Quincy, MA and is the editor of this blog. He is the author of several books, blogs and hundreds of videos all of which you may find on Youtube You can follow him on twitter as @frbobcarr and on Google plus as+FrRobertCarr, his website is Thoughts, comments on the homily? Let us know at Facebook

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Apr 302017

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One of the great misnomers in the faith is that it is filled with words written long ago and therefore no longer applies. If there is any Gospel story that throws that whole idea out, it is that of the story of Emmaus. This account which is only found in the Gospel of Luke, is something that we should remember because it is the basis of all we do here.

So it begins with these disciples in total confusion because everything that they expected to happen with Jesus, collapses when He dies on the cross. Now they hear rumors that he resurrected from the dead and they do not know what to think. When all is said in done, they are overjoyed for having seen the Lord in the breaking of the bread after he explained the scriptures to them.

What is it we do at mass? Let’s look at it: We come together, we acknowledge being in the presence of the Lord unworthily and ask his forgiveness so that we may approach Him. We glorify Him and then we listen to the scriptures hearing His word. Then we find him in the Breaking of the Bread. That is literal by the way. Remember before we distribute communion I hold up the broken host over the chalice: the breaking of the bread.

Emmaus presents us the elements of the Mass. However, notice that in this encounter with Christ all their anxiety and trepidation over the horrible experience is set aside and then they come to know the truth. Christ has been raised and they now have eternal life. He is everything He said he is, and more.

People look at the times we are living, it is clearly different than any we as a race lived before, since the Maccabees. Many of the youth here are living in a culture that we could not imagine and we, unlike our parents, have trepidation over these times.

However, search the scriptures. You will see that there is nothing going on right now that the scriptures have not given warning to us. I am not talking specifically. You will not find, for example, in the Book of Revelation any talk of a crazy family of dictators in a Northeastern Asian country in the third millennium. That is not a throw away line in my homily. You can find those preachers who will take a newspaper and claim that the events on the front page can be found in chapter x and verse y of the Book of Revelation. Two of the most opposite presidents we had in this country: Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama were both described as the anti-Christ in Revelation by some preachers. All that is ridiculous, but there are people who believe it. This is not what Jesus means, however.

What you will find is all the basic elements that bring us to this day, and beyond, beginning with the change in morality. Those who do not search the scriptures, those who do not unite with Christ and humbly worship him and embrace His wisdom will not only never know the truth nor will they understand our times or any other. They will succumb to the atmosphere of the day, we see that happening everyday. However, those who come to hear the word of the Lord in the scriptures and join him and receive him in the breaking of the bread will not only see beyond these times, they will understand them in light of the word and wisdom of God.

People complain that priests are not speaking enough about sin, and yes, maybe I need to preach more on it. However, if you understand the teachings of the scriptures and you understand the reality of encountering Christ in the mass through the breaking of the bread, you will understand the reality of sin and the call to holiness more than I or anyone else on the planet could preach on it.

You will understand the world around you on a deeper level than any journalist you see on television. This is what happens to the disciples in Emmaus. They are lost in confusion. Living in deep doubt and regret, when suddenly after their encounter with Christ their eyes are opened and they suddenly realize that God is still in charge and Christ is truly their king.

This is the point of coming to mass.

In a previous parish, the parishioners saw the Church as another level of government, literally. So, they understood their was a federal government, a state, county, city and then the Church through the parish. So why did they go to Church, because they were supposed to go, that is the law. They did not understand the whole message we see in this Gospel.

What does Emmaus teach? We understand our world, and our place in it, through knowing the scriptures and coming together in the breaking of the bread. That is why we attend mass. Christ calls us to unite ourselves with Him that we understand the world around us, our mission to it as we continue onto eternal life.

If you truly come to understand what Christ is teaching us everyday, then you will see the world differently and you will see how our only hope is in Christ. You will also see the importance of the mission to which you are called to a deep, deep level and you will be back here every Sunday because you will realize that if we want to truly encounter Christ, we find Him in the breaking of the bread which is Jesus giving Himself literally to us that we may live in the hope he gives to us.

God bless you,

Fr.Robert J Carr

Fr. Carr is member of the Segundo Elo  of the Canção Nova Community. He is the pastor of Holy Trinity Quincy, MA and is the editor of this blog. He is the author of several books, blogs and hundreds of videos all of which you may find on Youtube You can follow him on twitter as @frbobcarr and on Google plus as+FrRobertCarr, his website is Thoughts, comments on the homily? Let us know at Facebook

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Apr 162017

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I don’t know if you heard that a war almost happened this weekend. I am not being sarcastic, the reality is that what I just said is true. It seems that according to online reports linked to Drudge several English language publications indicated that North Korea showed off its latest submarine nuclear ballistic missile, but the Chinese news service mistranslated it and reported to the Chinese that North Korea fired off its latest submarine nuclear ballistic missile.

Obviously, if people did not catch the error that could have started a war or drawn us closer to war. It seems that we are kind of living the Cuban Missile Crisis in another form. At the same time, this is Easter weekend and it is the time we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

It would seem that those two events are not related, but they are very related. Why are we living in a time where people especially in Asia are on edge? Why is there concern that a situation could go out of control quite quickly which the Chinese have warned repeatedly? The answer is simple, we are a race of beings that no matter how hard we try, we cannot build a world that is permanently at peace. To use a phrase that to the apostles would be completely unknown, but is clearly in accords with Church teaching, our inability to build the perfect world is not in our DNA.

We know that Jesus died to save us from our sins, but his death is meaningless without his resurrection. If Jesus did not resurrect from the dead then He is nothing more than an Aramaic speaking version of Socrates. However, since he raised from the dead, He has demonstrated to us who He is, in contrast to who we are and invites to be on the road that leads us to be more like Him into eternal life.

The other option is to be his polar opposite which is not Satan, for Satan is not human. In fact, his polar opposite has appeared many times in different forms.

One of my favorite folk tunes is Jack Hardy’s Ragman which you can find on Youtube where he talks about the different vicious leaders that have appeared over the years who have created great destruction throughout history especially the Twentieth Century. We can think of our own Ragmen the obvious ones from the Twentieth Century are of course Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pinochet and, of course, the entire family line of North Korean Dictators. If they exist for any reason, it is to remind us that such evil is a potential within every one of us, in one form or another. That is because the ability tDNA Furcheno be perfect and build a perfect world is not in our DNA but to do things that hurt and destroy is.

Jesus’ resurrection is a call to us to recognize who we are and to make a choice whether we will follow the prince of peace into eternal life or try to solve our own problems here. But we do not have the right DNA to succeed without Christ who does.

This is why this Sunday is not just a liturgical feast that is the height of the entire liturgical year. It is celebration that leads us to confront the question to our very being which path do we want to follow: The one that is led into resurrection by the true prince of peace or the one built on the false notion that he is a myth and we can solve our own problems.

I learned many years ago as a sailor in the Navy, which, let’s face it, is still the most powerful Navy in the world, that it is Christ who is the one to follow for as St. Peter says in John 6, he is the only who has the words of eternal life.

In fact, when we look at the history of the world, Jesus is God, He is the Son of God, but when He died on that cross the whole world was not on edge. Indeed the whole world yawned, because the world did not know him and all that he promises. Meanwhile about a hundred years ago a horrible war started to come to an end. It began three years earlier because a man was shot after his driver took a wrong turn and ended up on the wrong street. That man was Archduke Ferdinand. Whole nations collapsed and the world never was the same after that driver innocently took a wrong turn.

In whom do you put your hopes? Do you put it in those who do not get that they do not have the DNA to build a perfect world, to solve the world’s problems? Or do you put in the one who by resurrecting from the dead promised us eternal life in a kingdom where that DNA would be repaired? It is your choice.

Not only is it your choice, but you have been called agents of that kingdom to lead others to see the truth.

When I was a teenager, my friend and I went to some show at the Hynes Convention Center, it may have been the fishing and camping show. Outside there was a man who had a pin on a table and a ball suspended from a line in front of the pin. The man invited us for maybe a dollar to use the ball and move make it swing around the pin so that on the return swing, it would knock over the pin. He demonstrated it and it worked every time. When we did it, it failed and he took our money. Well, we later learned in physics class that the man was a scam artist. He used a magnet to fool us when he demonstrated it, but in reality without the magnet it was literally a physical impossibility. We did not know enough science to understand it. We later learned the truth in high school physics class.

Jesus’ resurrection is a reminder of the same mission in reality. To believe we can build the perfect world is to be like myself and my friend who believed we could make the ball knock over the pin on the return swing. It looks possible, but it is impossible. When we put our trust in Christ the resurrected one, we can see the true way to build the perfect world and it begins by following Him, because after all he alone came back to show us the way.

A Blessed Easter,

Fr.Robert J Carr

Fr. Carr is member of the Segundo Elo  of the Canção Nova Community. He is the pastor of Holy Trinity Quincy, MA and is the editor of this blog. He is the author of several books, blogs and hundreds of videos all of which you may find on Youtube You can follow him on twitter as @frbobcarr and on Google plus as+FrRobertCarr, his website is Thoughts, comments on the homily? Let us know at Facebook

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