Homily for the 14th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A

Whosoever Desires


For the folks at St. Thomas More in Omaha, NE.

My yoke is easy… (Mt 11:30).

If we’re honest, most of us would admit that we’re far from “self-made.”  Wherever we have grown beyond our immaturity and our limitations, we have usually grown through another’s personal influence: a parent, a coach, a teacher, a friend.  In my experience, these key people almost always manage to combine two seemingly contrary attitudes: 1) fundamental acceptance and 2) ongoing challenge.  I find myself most free to change in the presence of someone who loves me as I am, but who desires—by reason of that love—that I become more.  The football coach who wins games is the one who loves his players like sons and drives them like mules.  The teacher who gets the best results is the one who delights in her students as they are but pushes them toward a common…

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