Today's readings invite us to reflect on the theme of rebuilding and revitalizing the Church. But let us begin by recognizing that each family is, in and of itself, a masterpiece of God and a Domestic Church. Within the walls of our homes, we have the power to renew and strengthen the foundation of the whole Church.
I want to begin by asking: how many of you like change? You might answer, it depends, is it for the good or not? And what will it take? All good questions. As we heard yesterday, there was a radical change from the time Matthew followed Jesus, both literally and in how he lived.
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St. Paul tackles two topics that many are afraid to talk about: holiness and purity. He begins by telling the Thessalonians that he and the others have taught them how to please God. That phrase, “… how to conduct yourself to please God,” is a great reminder that we find our meaning, direction, peace, and joy when we put pleasing God first and not ourselves or others first.
Some of you may remember a popular TV program in the 1980s called “Family Ties.” It starred a young Michael J. Fox. His character, Alex Keaton, was that of a son with very different economic and political views than his parents and sister. I loved the show because, in the end, despite their often-comical disagreements, their love for one another superseded the biggest challenge of their day.
Today, we honor the life and legacy of Saint Bartholomew, one of the apostles personally chosen by Jesus. As we explore the passages from the Book of Revelation and the Gospel of John, we find in Saint Bartholomew a guiding light for families in our modern world.
Saint Matthew’s emphasis on Jesus' wondrous deeds enables him to reveal Jesus’ true Messianic identity. In the Old Testament, Moses commanded the sea with his rod; Joshua with the Ark of the Covenant; Elisha with the prophet's mantle, but Jesus calms the Sea of Galilee with His Word.