Get Meeked! My Homily at the 2017 Men of Christ Conference

Get Meeked! My Homily at the 2017 Men of Christ Conference

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

So much division in today’s readings, culminating with, “Then each went to his own house.”

Jesus said, “Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division” (Luke 12:51).

How can that be? Isn’t Jesus the Prince of Peace?

He is!

But, the peace our Lord offers is a “peace of mind” and “peace of heart,” for knowing “We Stand Together with Jesus.”

You see? You and I are accused of causing division, because we choose Christ over the world.

Division comes when others separate themselves from the Lord …

… when others decide to “go their own way,” or to “go the way of the world,” rather than staying with the Lord.

St. Jude reminds us that it is the world that sets up division, not you and I …

St. Jude wrote …

“But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; they said to you, ‘In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.’ It is these who set up divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit. But you, beloved, build yourselves up on your most holy faith; pray in the Holy Spirit; keep yourselves in the love of God; wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And convince some, who doubt; save some, by snatching them out of the fire.”

Sergeant Michael Volkin, an expert on basic training, wrote about the reasons you could fail basic training. Here’s one reason:

Sergeant Volkin wrote …

“I get an email like this almost every week. Here is an email I recently received:

 

‘SGT Volkin, I work out every day and I get straight A’s in school.  My fear about basic training isn’t about my capabilities to fail; my fear is that I will get booted for being too tough. If the drill sergeants try bossing me around, I fear my subconscious fighting skills in karate (I’m a black belt) will take over and I will strike and injure a drill sergeant. How can I control the fighting force that has been instilled in me? Since I have straight A’s and am already a fighting force, can I get a waiver from my recruiter so I don’t have to attend basic training?’

Sergeant Volkin went on to write … No, this is not a joke, this is an actual email that I had to read and respond to. My response is below (name withheld to preserve anonymity):

‘Dear X, you can’t get a waiver for being such an awesome person. The fact that you would ask that question shows you have no idea what you’re getting yourself into. You will get yelled at by your Drill sergeants, and judging by your personality, probably many times a day. Not only will you not strike them, you will probably pee in your pants the first time you get yelled at. My advice to you is to not be over confident; your ego might be your worst enemy. Best of luck.’”

In the great Sermon on the Mount, Jesus taught, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the land.” And, He gave us the prescription for discipleship: “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me; for I am meek and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Jesus called us to learn to be meek. Yet, in our times, meekness is seen as weak and spineless, but that’s not the biblical understanding.

In biblical times, wild stallions were brought down from the mountains and broken for riding. Some were used to pull wagons, some were raced, and the best were trained for warfare. They retained their fierce spirit, courage, and power, but were disciplined to respond to the slightest nudge or pressure of the rider’s leg. They could gallop into battle at 35 miles per hour and come to a sliding stop at a word. They were not frightened by arrows, spears, or torches. Then they were said to be “meeked.”

St. Josemaria Escriva said, “Compromise is a word found only in the vocabulary of those who have no will to fight.”

There’s no “middle ground” here. You can’t boast of being a “moderate” simply because you believe half of what the Church teaches. Jesus isn’t “okay” with you and your sins because “At least I’m not an axe murderer.”

“Sir, yes sir!” is the response of the soldier who, far from wild, understands the need for a tight, unified team who, together, form an impressive force capable of tearing down evil strongholds and building up the Kingdom of God.

So, my brother warriors …

Protect your “State of Grace” as your greatest treasure for, without it, you are the devil’s play toy.

Go to Confession frequently.

Get off of porn, today.

Pray the rosary daily.

Spend time every day in quiet contemplation, listening to the King tell you your next missions … you may have a “Man Cave” in your home … go home and make a “God Cave.”

Get to Adoration as often as you can.

Know your faith so you can defend it and lead others to it.

Let your joy and your strength of faith be enticing and compelling.

Get “meeked” so you can say along with St. Paul, “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”

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

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