32nd Sunday Homily; Closing of the Holy Doors

“In 1994, Pope St. John Paul II called the Church to observe ‘The Year of the Family’. A fellow priest, a good friend, was not impressed. In fact, he harrumphed, ‘So this year it’s the family, next year something else, and what good does it all do?’ ‘O calm down,’ I said, ‘Next year might be all about you!’

“Indeed, the Jubilee Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis is truly all about us – it’s about me, and it’s about you, it’s about a world all in need of God’s mercy. Later this month, Pope Francis will solemnly conclude the Year of Mercy just as today we will end our observance of this special year of grace by symbolically closing ‘the holy door’ at the entrance of the cathedral / basilica. Does this mean we’re shutting the door on God’s mercy? Does it mean we’re moving on from the mercy of God, and perhaps, entering into ‘a year of severity’ or ‘a year of being upset about many things?’”

Read the complete homily HERE.

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