The Undefeated Light of the World

Fr. Bob’s homily last Sunday…

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5th Sunday in Ordinary Time A

When Ronald Reagan in the eighties used the image of a “shining city on a hill” to describe the United States, it was a point of pride and patriotism.  But in the original setting on the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus’s “City set on a mountain” that “cannot be hidden” sounds more like a warning.  Jesus has shared his truth with his disciples and they know what the kingdom of God consists of.  We do too.

We know it is a kingdom of peace.  We know we are to lead with mercy.  We know that it is a place of compassion.  We know it is a kingdom of justice.  That is the stuff of the city on the mountain and the whole world knows it.  Now it seems that strangely enough, both those who are…

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