Fear, Hope, and Confidence

A caricature of the Old Testament is that God is wrathful, vengeful, and angry and we are holding to a thin cord above the flames of perdition.  While a cursory reading of the reading from Wisdom may seem to propose this, the word “hope” and its connection with repentance of sins indicates that believers are called to a different attitude toward God.


Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Year A


First Reading: Wisdom 12:13, 16-19

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16

Second Reading: Romans 8:26-27

Gospel: Matthew 13:24-43


This homily was given at the 11:00 am Sunday Mass at the Church of the Incarnation in Irving, Texas.  Fr. Thomas More has been assigned to serve the University of Dallas in the Office of Campus Ministry.