Homilies | Father Nathan

St Gabriel Catholic Church | Pompano Beach
God Bless You All

Father Nathan Homily | July 5, 2020

Father Nathan | Homily

 

Today’s Readings for Mass During the Day:

First Reading — ZEC 9:9-10

Responsorial Psalm — PS 145:1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13-14

I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.

Second Reading — ROM 8:9, 11-13

Gospel Reading — MT 11:25-30

 

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am meek and humble of heart;
and you will find rest for yourselves.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”

– MT 11:28-30

Long ago I read this story, I thought I will use it today.

Trust in the Father

There was a fire on the tenth floor hence there was a commotion too. There was a little child caught in the midst of the fire. His father was on the ground. The people on the ground were screaming.

The emergency people came in, they asked the people to jump but no one dared to do it. At the time a little boy took the initiative and jumped. Following him, the others also jumped and saved their lives.

The reporters surrounded him and asked him what made him jump? He simply said “I cannot see anything due to smoke, there was so much commotion and I was extremely fearful but amidst all of these situations I could hear my dad calling out my name.

I cannot even see him, all I heard was my dad calling me out my name and asked me to jump hence I jumped. He said he is dad and I know that he will protect me”

A beautiful story with deeper spiritual insight.

Know God

All of us know very many things about our former president and present president some of them which they may not even know them. It gives us joy to know an important person. However, to know often simply means to know the facts and figures about the person. Sometimes we have shallow knowledge about other and still, we claim that we know them…

But to know really a person means to have a relationship with the person, a relationship based on trust and love. Usually, it’s reciprocal, to know the person and love the person. It’s always two ways.

God Our Father

Some see God as distant and remote, not really concerned about us and our suffering. A pandemic situation like this could make us think that way. Nothing wrong.

Much worse, others see God as the judge, or a spy ready to pounce and punish.

“I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
for although you have hidden these things
from the wise and the learned
you have revealed them to little ones.
Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.
All things have been handed over to me by my Father.
No one knows the Son except the Father,
and no one knows the Father except the Son
and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”

— MT 11:25-29

In today’s gospel, Jesus tells that He knows very well His father and he is very known by his father as well. This fills him with Joy. Because Jesus knows the father, he is able to reveal him to others. Especially to those who like children with humility of heart are open and receptive. Jesus revealed God as a loving, compassionate, and forgiving father. A God who is passionately interested in each one of us. A God whose concern is not to judge or to condemn, but to heal and to save.

Many of the so-called wise people rejected Jesus, but the simple people accepted him and welcomed him. The intellectuals had a little use of him, but the humble accepted him as their king, savior, and messiah. Intellectual pride is a dangerous tool that the devil would use to trap us not to look for God, but the humble would accept him hence they are much closer to God.

Jesus says “I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to little ones”. Let us make it clear here, Jesus is not condemning intellectual power, but intellectual pride that is not intellectually open to the truth that shuts down God out. It’s pride. And it’s not stupidity that enables God to come in; rather its humility.

Because of the coming of Jesus, we no longer see God as someone remote. We see him as someone who is very closer to us, who knows each of us and is concerned about each and every one of us, just because we are his children. He is God especially of the weak, the poor the overburden and elderly, and to every one of us. Amen.

Have a Blessed Week,

Fr. Nathan

A Word About Staying Safe and Well During the Time of Covid-19.

Coronavirus is a pandemic situation. 

Please note the pandemic is an everchanging situation and advice and information changes rapidly.  This information is no substitute for professional medical advice and is the current guideline.  As the situation evolves this advice will likely evoke as well.

Here are 10 basic role and duties World Health Organization (WHO) would like people to know about the outbreak:

1. People should wash their hands regularly with soap and water, or clean them with an alcohol-based solution.

2. Disinfect surfaces like kitchens and work desks regularly.

3. Seek information on the situation from reliable sources, like a local or national public health agency, WHO or a local health care professional.

4. Anyone with a fever or cough should avoid traveling. If sickness starts while on a flight, inform the crew immediately.

5. Cough or sneeze into a sleeve or tissue. Throw the tissue away and wash hands.

6. People over the age of 60, or anyone with an underlying health condition, have a higher risk of contracting a severe case of the disease. Those people might need to take extra precautions to avoid crowded places and sick people.

7. If someone feels sick, they should stay home and contact a doctor or local health professional about the symptoms.

8. If any person feels sick stay home and seek medical advice.

9. A person should seek care immediately if they develop shortness of breath.

10. WHO said it is “normal and understandable to feel anxious, especially if you live in a country or community that has been affected.” People should find out what they can do in their communities and discuss how to stay safe with people in their workplace, school, or place of worship.

 

We continue to work to find ways to keep our community healthy and safe during this time of the pandemic.  Please know that your health and safety are our # 1 concern as we find ways to return to worship. 

Continue to pray daily to the Holy Spirit for guidance and hope.

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
—Romans 15:13

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Past Messages from Father Nathan

From The Desk Of Father Nathan | November 1, 2020

From The Desk Of Father Nathan | November 1, 2020

On November 2nd we are going to celebrate All Souls Day. This is a holy day set aside for honoring the dead. The day is primarily celebrated in the Catholic Church, but it is also celebrated in the Eastern Orthodox Church as well as a few other denominations of Christianity.

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From The Desk Of Father Nathan | October 25, 2020

From The Desk Of Father Nathan | October 25, 2020

Every week as we profess our faith, we express… “I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic
Church and THE COMMUNION OF SAINTS.” The author of this letter to the Hebrews wrote. “Therefore since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and the perfecter of faith.” (12.1-2)

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From The Desk Of Father Nathan | October 18, 2020

From The Desk Of Father Nathan | October 18, 2020

The Elections are quickly approaching. Our people have such a love for our nation – which is good. Let us love our nation. I have no other thought than
to say just this: “How blessed we are all, to live such a blessed country. God Bless America!

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From The Desk Of Father Nathan | October 11, 2020

From The Desk Of Father Nathan | October 11, 2020

The Elections are quickly approaching. Our people have such a love for our nation – which is good. Let us love our nation. I have no other thought than
to say just this: “How blessed we are all, to live such a blessed country. God Bless America!

read more