Walking With The Father: September 2018

September 30, 2018

90th Anniversary of Immaculata High School

  • Father Matthew delivers his homily from Immaculata High School's auditorium. He speaks of the legacy St. Marguerite d'Youville, who founded the the Grey Sisters of Montreal. They played a central role in the education and faith formation of the young people at Immaculata. Jesus inspired the Grey Sisters to set the foundation for Immaculata High School where the students are inspired to use their God-given gifts in the world.

September 24, 2018

Escaping the trap (Luke 14 1-6) and Saint Martin de Porres

  • The Leader of the Pharisees invites Jesus to his home, and they decide to set a trap for him to see if he will break the law of the Sabbath. Their interpretation of the Sabbath that The Lord's Day should be kept holy, was so extreme that nothing could be done on that day. It was a strict law with punishment for those who disobeyed it. Even 2000 years later, the same strictness exists in Jerusalum (interesting elevator example). After Jesus heals the man, he easily escapes the trap by saying something that completely paralyzes the Phrasisees.

September 16, 2018

Who do you say that I am (Mark 8 27-35)

  • This is the most important question to ask in our lifetime. If we did a massive survey, you would get lots of answers...Jesus was a Jewish man, a moral teacher, a prophet, a miracle worker, etc. All of these answers are close, but not the right answer. They are missing the point. Jesus is God, the Messiah, and the saviour of the world. Jesus also realizes that the crowd misses the point about who he is. He then turns to his followers, hoping one of them will get it right. Peter gets it right, he knows that Jesus is God. This changes Peter's life so much so, that he dies telling everyone that Jesus is God. If you know Jesus is God, how does it change your life?

September 9, 2018

Ephphatha - be opened (Mark 7 31-37)

  • After last week's homily about the sexual abuse crisis, today's homily is about the healing that Jesus brings. People begged Jesus to heal them. He listened, heard their prayers, and acted. Similarly, the Church is following the same steps in the need for healing of the abused victims. Jesus is responding to begin the healing process, and it will be in an unpredictable manner, just as Jesus healed the deaf man in the gospel. God does work in mysterious ways, and He will act for those we have prayed for. We prayer for the healing of our Church so that we too can have a fresh start, just like the deaf person. Let's recall our baptism, and be open to the Holy Spirit acting in us.

September 2, 2018

Abuse crisis response

Father Matthew Keshwah responds to the abuse crisis in the Church.