September 25, 2016 – Twenty-Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Homily delivered at St. Pius X Parish in Indianapolis, IN:
When we were growing up, a bunch of us used to get together to play whatever sport was in season. We played in a vacant lot next door to my friend Greg’s house.
The lot was almost perfect. It was level ground and big enough to fit a good size football field or baseball diamond. It was lined on one side with trees, so we had a place to park our bikes and get a few minutes of shade as needed.
There was only one small problem. There were power lines that ran overhead, hanging slightly lower than they should have been.
This was not often an issue. However, once in a while a long pass in a football game or a well-hit ball in a baseball game would hit one of the wires and drop to the ground.
After much debate, the decision was made that if the ball hit one of the wires, it was an automatic “do-over.” We just wiped the slate clean – that play or that pitch never happened. A second chance.
In fifth grade I had Sister Scholastica for Math class. She was a good teacher, but most of us were scared of her. She was strict, and a little on the mean side. Continue reading