St. Michael's Parish - Cobourg

My Little Refugee -Homily November 29, 2015

My Little Refugee                                                                    -Homily November 29, 2015

 

Jesus, Mary and Joseph were twice in need of a place to stay, begging for a place because they didn’t have any. They wandered in search of a place in Bethlehem and in Egypt. Guess what: they are now at the door of your heart, as every Advent, seeing if your preparations for Christmas dinners and Christmas shopping have left even a little place in your heart.

 

The baby Jesus doesn’t need a big place, but if the place is too cold or too hard you will make him cry. Our heart is cold when our love is lazy... or when we love only because we “have to” (Is that “love”?). A baby needs lots of affection, smiley faces and warm voices to smile. Our heart is hard when it is full of resentment or anger. Only God can soften it… pray to God for forgiveness, forgiveness for you and forgiveness to give to others. Forgiveness is something that we cannot give if we have not received. May God give us the grace to feel that we were “wretched” but we have been forgiven by his “amazing grace”!

 

This little baby causes problems… He does not cry, he does not seem to occupy much space, but he needs and he wants all the attention. He seems to be asleep, but you can feel that those eyes, seemingly closed, are spying to see if you are watching at him. Oh, my Jesus! What do you want from me? I am so busy now, I desire so many thing that I do not have, I have so much to attain in life… But your apparent indifference cries out to me that I cannot ignore you, and that you want me to forget all those things and to take care of you. You want my love, but you don’t push… That is why so many people ignore you! Why do you act in that way? You ardently desire my love, but you ask for it gently: “Come to me, all those who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest! Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, who am gentle and humble of heart, and you will find rest for your souls! Because my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

 

My little Jesus, why do you tell me that your burden is light? “Because anything I can do for you is light for me, because I love you. Love makes any sacrifice light. I don’t want to scare you: if I tell you that my burden is heavy, you will not come. It was heavy for me, but it will not be heavy for you, because I will help you. You don’t know what it is to be happy. Come to me, and I will give you rest.”

 

Oh, my little Refugee! I hope you find my house clean. I promise you that I will make my confession. I promise you that I will try to forgive those people who did wrong to me, I will pray for them. I promise you that I will pray more, that I will remember what you have suffered for me, and with the wood of the cross I will light the fire of my love for you. Oh my little Refugee, here it is a place for your Mother, too: I will try to pray the Rosary every day during Advent (or my three Hail Marys before bed). I hope St. Joseph feels comfortable too…

 

My father Joseph does not need you to take care of him, he is a strong man and he will take care of you. He is a good father to me, and I have given him as a Patron and Protector for the Church and for those who are poor. If you need a job, or you struggle with your finances, ask him: he knows what it is to be a refugee, he knows what it means to take care of a family, he knows what it is to be poor.”

 

Dear friends: Jesus begs for our love not because he needs something from us, but because he wants to give us something we cannot buy, which is the only thing that can satisfy a human heart: God, Himself, the real deal, the Almighty, the source of all Goodness, the fountain of life and happiness. You don’t have a Christmas gift yet? Consider giving Christ to yourself, and to those you love. Keep Christ in Christmas! Keep Him in your heart! - Fr. Andrew

 

 

(NB: The Heavenly Government has decided to match the love we give to these three Refugees with a home for ourselves in Heaven. For more information, check the Scripture at John 14:1-3, and for conditions at John 14:23. Deadline the day of your death. Thanks for your assistance.)

 

John 14:1-3: “Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And when I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.”

John 14:23:  “Jesus answered him, "If a man loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him."”