HOMILY FOR THE FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – CYCLE A

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HOMILY FOR THE FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

CYCLE A

BISHOP RENE HENRY GRACIDA

Sunday, February 5, 2017

   

Today is Super Bowl Sunday!

Throughout the United States, and even in many foreign countries, television sets will be tuned in to the Super Bowl game.

Long before professional football came to be the the obsession of many American men, the college football team of Notre Dame was followed by men, especially Catholic men.

The Notre Dame football team was immortalized by a movie made in 1940

starring Ronald Reagan who played the role of George Gipp, nicknamed “The Gipper” who was probably the greatest football player who ever played for Notre Dame.

The movie,Knute Rockne, All American.

 tells the story of Knute Rockne, Notre Dame’s famous football coach.

Reagan’s presidential campaign revived interest in the film, resulting in reporters calling him “The Gipper.”

 In 1997, this film was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

In the movie, George Gipp had recently died and Notre Dame was losing badly to the U.S. Army football team in the 1928 game that was almost the equivalent of the Super Bowl of college football.

Knute Rockne is addressing the Notre Dame players at halftime and choking back his emotions he urges the players to go out there and “win one for the Gipper.”

The team did what he asked; they won the game.  The expression “win one for the Gipper” became immortal.

The only place in the New Testament where sports are mentioned is Saint Paul’s Epistle to the Corinthians where he tells us:

Run Your Race to Win The Prize

23 (Saint Paul says) I do all this for the sake of the gospel, so that I may share in its blessings. 

24  Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way as to take the prize. 

25  Everyone who competes in the games trains with strict discipline. They do it for a crown that is perishable, but we do it for a crown that is imperishable.…  

The theme of today’s Mass is winning the race by winning others for Christ and do this by letting the light of Christ  shine in you.   The responsorial psalm expresses this perfectly when it says:

“The just man is a light in darkness to the upright.”

The first reading of today’s Mass tells us how to let the light of Christ shine in us:

“Share your bread with the hungry.

shelter the oppressed and the homeless,

clothe the naked when you see them

and do not turn your back on your own. …

If you remove from your midst oppression, false accusation and malicious speech;

…and satisfy the afflicted;

then light shall rise for you (and others) in the darkness and the gloom

shall become…like midday.”

LET THE LIGHT OF CHRIST SHINE IN YOU !!!

GO OUT THERE IN THE SUPERBOWL OF LIFE AND WIN SOMEONE FOR CHRIST !!!

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen!

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One Response to HOMILY FOR THE FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – CYCLE A

  1. Mary Deliduka says:

    Dear Bishop Gracida, How well I remember that movie about Knute Rockne! One of my favorites!

    This homily really ³hits home² with me. (don¹t turn your back on your own) Especially: Run Your Race to Win The Prize 23 (Saint Paul says) I do all this for the sake of the gospel, so that I may share in its blessings. 24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way as to take the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games trains with strict discipline. They do it for a crown that is perishable, but we do it for a crown that is imperishable.Š

    Years ago the Lord gave me a wonderful lesson on the Spiritual Life..it is none of my own words; only His. I used to run 3 miles..and later on, 10 miles ..each day.

    I send it to you in this letter because it is too long for your comments section. (see attachment) Hopefully, you will have time to read it, and if you wish, put it in your comments section for this homily. (There are some mis-spellings..it was done on a typewriterŠno spellcheck!!) I send it to you because it may help someone..I know it helped me many times when I would get discouraged..bogged down, so to speak. Mary D

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