Deacon Larry Oney, president of Hope and Purpose Ministries, preached at the 5 PM Mass on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at the St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans. Many asked for a copy of his homily and especially, the prayer that he said at the end. While Deacon Oney does not read his homilies, he does prepare for Mass by writing an outline. We have posted the outline of his homily below along with the prayers and some pictures for you. We would like to offer a special thank you to all who were at this Mass and asked for a copy.
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Homily Outline by Deacon Larry Oney
What great Scripture we have before us today. In the first reading, Isaiah, the prophet, gives a prophetic utterance about the land of Zebulun and Naphtali—that it was degraded and then later glorified. The Assyrians carried the Israelites into slavery. The area was in darkness and distress and the people were walking in darkness, then they saw a great light!
What had been a land of gloom and darkness and sadness had turned to joy and rejoicing. The burden of the captivity of the people was lifted, the rod of their taskmaster was smashed! The psalmist captures the mood of this liberated people by crying out: “the lord is my light and my salvation, whom should I fear! The lord is my lift’s refuge of whom should I be afraid!” This is an echo of David in Psalm 23, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff comfort me. You set a table before me in front of my enemies.” (Psalm 23:4-5)
In Paul’s Fist Letter to the Corinthians, he reminds us to be single hearted and have the same mind and purpose in the Body of Christ. His call for solidarity points to the Church’s singular mission which Pope Paul 6th points out is to evangelize! That is to preach the life, death, burial, and glorious Resurrection of Jesus Christ (not with the wisdom of human eloquence; so that the Cross of Christ might not be emptied of its meaning).
After John the Baptist was arrested, Jesus began to preach and His message was a simple one: “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!” (Matthew 4:17) Jesus was saying that Heaven had touched earth and divinity had touched humanity! The person of Jesus, who’s light has not just touched Zebulun and Naphtali, but has touched you and me and our dark places, so we can cry out like the Psalmist, “The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is my life’s refuge of whom should I be afraid!”
As we prepare to come to the Lord’s table in communion, the Great Light that touched Zebulun and Naphtali will come and touch you and me. So, I invite you to stand with me and put your hand over your heart and to pray this prayer with me: Lord, this evening I open myself up to your great light, to come and to dispel any darkness in me. I give you permission to touch me right now in every area of my life that needs Your Divine Light for healing, mercy, love, and forgiveness. Now pray this with me as we prepare to come to the Lord’s table:
Mary, Mother of God, prepare my heart to receive your Son and the Light of His resplendent glory in His Eucharistic presence! Mary, ask your Son to heal me, redeem me, forgive me, enlighten me, inspire me, so that He and I can have a fresh start. Thank you, Mary, for I can hear your Son saying now, “Come now, let’s you and I begin again together as I touch you with the Light of My Love.”
Amen, Alleluia, and Glory to God!