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Be Present in the Present - Weekday Homily Video

Be Present in the Present - Weekday Homily Video

Why pray?  |  Return to the Church

I invite you to reflect on a story that captures the essence of our tendency to procrastinate and delay what truly matters. It's a story of three young devils facing their final examination in Hell, a chilling scenario painted by Mark Link.  They were trembling in cold sweat despite the heat. Their Principal, Professor Satanus, looked at them and said: "Just one question, what will you do on earth to bring a rich harvest of souls to me?"


The first devil answered: "I will tell the people that God doesn't exist." "Bad approach," Satan grumbles, "too many know deep in their hearts that my enemy exists, especially when they are about to die."  The second devil shivered even more when he said: "I will tell them that hell doesn't exist." "Bad approach," Satan sneered, "too many experience already a hell of a life and know that sin leads to eternal misery." 

The third devil was terrified by the failing results of this exam. But he was a clever fellow. He said: "I will tell the people that there is no hurry to change. That there is always a tomorrow." "Splendid! You may graduate. You will bring souls to me by the millions." How often have we fallen into this trap?


The False Promise


The lure of tomorrow, the promise of more time — a sly trick that can lead us away from what truly matters. Today's Gospel reading teaches us about vigilance, about staying awake to the reality of Christ's return. Jesus Himself warns us: "Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come." 

In the first reading, we see the heartfelt prayer of St. Paul. He fervently prays that their love may abound and their hearts become blameless in holiness. This prayer is for the present, for the now. It's a plea to focus on what matters today, to deepen our faith and strengthen our relationships without delay. 

So, my dear friends, let us be present in the present and come out with the best in us for God and others. Today, let us commit to love without hesitation, forgive without delay, and seek God without reservation. Let us not put off the important conversations, the acts of kindness, the gestures of reconciliation that can transform our lives and the lives of those around us.  

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About Father Pinto Paul, C.S.C.

Father Pinto Paul C.S.C., ordained a priest in the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1999, worked with tribal populations in northeast India as a missionary for ten years. In 2010 he came to the US for further studies. While working as a campus minister at Stonehill College, he assisted pastors in local parishes, led seminars and workshops for teachers and students in the US and earned a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Boston College and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Lesley University, Cambridge. He is currently working as the International Director of the Boston-based Holy Cross Family Ministries with missions in 18 countries.