Fr. Steve’s homily (09/06/2015)

Jesus ordered everyone to keep this amazing miracle under wraps. Jesus knows the tendencies of our fallen nature. He knew that too many reports of miracles and prodigious events would lead people to think of him merely as a wonder-worker. They would feed the impression that he had come to create paradise on earth, that his Kingdom was merely a really good earthly reign.
He wanted more time to explain his vision, to convince people that the Kingdom of God went far beyond politics and economics, touching people’s hearts and bringing them back into communion with God, putting them on the path to eternal life.
His miracles were not the goal of his ministry, they were simply signs of credibility, confirmations of the truth of his teachings, invitations to trust, obey, and follow him. In Him the Kingdom of God is at hand.
The lives of the saints are full of similar signs, reminding us of the same thing that Christ’s own signs showed us: God’s limitless power and active goodness in this life for the sake of the next.
The concept of having patron saints flows from this truth of our faith, because it brings God’s supernatural action down to earth, where we can encounter it and be encouraged by it. A “patron saint” refers to a saint whose personal life-experience (or an aspect thereof) relates to a general category of life-experience. And, so the logic goes, since the saint achieved holiness and eternal life through that particular life-experience, he or she is considered a singularly apt model and intercessor for others following a similar path.
(window in sanctuary) For example, St Francis de Sales made remarkable use of mass-produced pamphlets to win heretics back to the true Church. As a result, he was named a patron saint of journalists and writers.
St Patrick and Ireland. St Clare of Assisi and television. Name? Confirmation?
The wonders God works through his saints are real signs of his power and goodness, as are the miracles recorded in the Gospels, and we should have no fear about letting our patron saint inspire us—and others.

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