The Mission of Harvesters Wanted:

To spread the Good News of JESUS CHRIST in word and in action! As well as promoting the baptismal call of all the faithful to follow whatever vocation our God has called them to!

Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age. ~ Matthew 28:19-20

The place to find homilies and reflections given along the path of faith by Fr. Adam Carrico, a Roman Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Louisville.

When this life is complete, I pray they say I lived For The Greater Glory of God +AMDG+

Tuesday, October 23, 2018


Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary

Saint Patrick Parish

October 20/21, 2018

You deserve it. You deserve it. If you watch HDTV very often, as Fr. Jeff does. When we lived in the previous rectory there was common tv room, so he'd be watching it and I'd often join him. You don't have to watch too many of these shows to catch how formulaic they are, it really is rather obvious. This is especially apparent in the show Extreme Home Makeover, but many of the shows have a pretty set pattern and that pattern goes something like this: they introduce the family, then there's some interpersonal dynamics and at some point you wonder if they going to stay together after all, there is the indecisiveness regarding what it is that they are looking for, there's the options and all the choices, and then inevitably something happens, some major catastrophe takes place, some problem uncovered, and they are certain this will be the end of the project, and then a miracle happens, the problem is solved and the show continues to its conclusion. At the end of the show, as is right, they are thankful, they've received something they've been given help to find their new home, or their home has been remodeled in such a way that it now really fits their life. Now, I'm not saying that they don't deserve this gift, this blessing, because we all deserve a place where we can live comfortably with our loved ones and be together, to have a place to grow and be together as a family. But in response to their u understandable gratitude there is that cover all line, ‘you deserve it’ and they just leave it at that. It puts a cap on it, what they have received doesn't call them to respond in any way - it simply is ‘you deserve it.’ It doesn't take much, just scratch the surface a little and we'll begin to see that there are plenty of other families who don't receive the kind of help that they are providing, that don’t receive the kind of assistance that they are giving. There are plenty of others who are certainly deserving, and maybe perhaps even more deserving. So, what does this kind of thinking do to our mentality of deserving? What does it do especially once we've come to the understand that we deserve something? 

I want you to consider a time in your past when you have asked for a raise. I have - in a previous life. In my current life, if you ask for a raise they give you another parish - that's what happens. In this former life, when I worked at the nursing home I weighed what it was that I was doing, what I was being paid, and what I wanted to do, and I came to an understanding that I deserved more compensation, I wanted to ask for a raise. Once we have worked up the courage to ask for that raise, not necessarily easy to do, once we’ve done that it is difficult at that point for someone else to convince us that we do not deserve it. You have done the work to get there, and so you go, and you ask for your raise. You may or may not get it, but you conclude that you deserve it - right or wrong, you deserve it.

If we take a step back from our Gospel account perhaps we can see James and John in that light. They have rather courageously gone before their boss, Jesus Christ, and asked for a raise. They have looked at the organizational chart, they have weighed their responsibility and talents, and even though they put it in a rather demanding way “we want you to do for us whatever we ask you to do” they are essentially asking for a raise, for a promotion. They want to be recognized for their leadership in Christ’s mission, they want to sit at the left and at the right, of Jesus Christ when he comes into his Kingdom. In this Gospel they themselves are asking, in another Gospel they have their mother asked for them, but here they have worked up the courage to ask for themselves. Really, I don't think we can blame them. If you look around at the crew that they have assembled they were one of the first Apostles, they got out of their father's boat and follow Jesus right away - leaving the boat and the rest behind. James and John the sons of Zebedee, the ‘sons of thunder’ as it were, a couple of very energetic leaders, very powerful in that witness, in leaving everything and following Jesus right away. Second there is the de-facto leader, Peter, and if we are serious, well Peter is kind of an idiot, some of the time, so why shouldn't they at least be recognized along with him. Then there's Matthew, he's a tax collector, so of course they deserve more than he does. Finally, there is that Judas guy, they are not too sure about him, there is a little fishy about him. Having taken this look around James and John have come to the recognition that they deserve to be held in higher esteem, to receive that honor. In all these calculations they have, however, missed part of the reality of what Christ is doing with the overall vision of what it is that we as humankind truly deserve. They also miss what receiving that vision will call them to do. Does Christ take joy in the recognition that his disciples, his friends will suffer in his name? I doubt it. They did not deserve such difficulty and pain, but they had the underserved love of Christ with them the entire time, guiding them onward toward his Divine vision.

We recall how the Jews especially, at the time, saw that if you were doing well, if you had property, land, health, and good things in your life, then most certainly were blessed by God. You were in God's favor. You were clean, and you were carefully walking the path God wants you to walk. If you were not seen to be carefully walking that path, if you are sick, or poor, or had trouble in your family, well then you probably had done something to deserve it. Thus, you are not in God's favor. But Christ comes to show us a different way, a different way of calculating what it is that we deserve. God, by God's nature, loves perfectly. God can do nothing but love perfectly. God is God, and God’s very nature is to be perfect. God loves every one of God's creatures as perfectly as possible. Every one of us, all humanity is loved perfectly. But in a paradoxical way, in an undeserving kind of way, God loves even more perfectly those who need God's love. Those who are suffering, those who are living a life of sin, and I say especially those whose life of sin has led them to a life of suffering - God's love for these is even more perfect. This extravagance does not limit the love that God has ‘for the rest of us.’ God’s love for everyone is perfect, it cannot get any better, but in this paradoxical way, a way only God can accomplish, God goes even further with those who are in greater need of God's love. This is a completely undeserved love. None of us really deserve God’s love, if we are honest, we don't deserve it. This love is not something like we have in our jobs, it is not something we have worked diligently to achieve, we cannot come up with a list of reasons why, our qualifications will never add up to a place of being deserving. Nevertheless, those who are less deserving receive even more love from God.

Just a few days ago, on Thursday, the church celebrated the Feast of Saint Luke the Evangelist. I love Saint Luke. Saint Matthew, in his gospel, when he gets to the Beatitudes, he rounds the corners off a little. In the Beatitudes of Saint Matthew, he has Christ proclaiming, ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit.’ Saint Luke does not give us quite so much comfort room, ‘Blessed are the poor’ he says. In that light, for those who are suffering, for those who go without for those who may be less deserving of God's love are actually more deserving and a paradoxical kind of way. There is a brand of Christianity that is known as the ‘Prosperity Gospel.’ The ‘Prosperity Gospel’ is really pretty simple, it states those who are in God's favor receive God's blessing, mostly in financial ways but also in health, satisfaction, and so on. It's not difficult to find. You just scratched the surface a little bit and you can find prosperity gospel, in many places, in many ways of thinking and encountering the world and God. It is so simple it really is ridiculous. It does not fit this altered view of who is deserving. It makes me want to pull my hair out, which maybe God was saying Adam you're a little too dramatic already. Prosperity Gospel really misses the point, it holds to this idea that somehow, we are deserving of God's love, deserving of God's blessing. In the end I am certain that both Saint Luke, and Saint Matthew would agree that that just is not the case.

Those shows on HGTV, and the way that they are so formulaic that they turn me away, the formula can become boring. It's a routine, it's a set pattern that they follow. One could easily say, ‘well Father, don’t we have a similar situation here at church when we gather together? We pray, we sit, we listen, we stand up, we do the thing, we receive, we go out… pretty much the same thing every time. That familiarity is shifted away from boredom, away from simply formula, by our response. There are plenty of opportunities within the Mass itself to respond, to sing, to pray, to encounter Jesus Christ, but also it is what we do with the gift that we receive. We respond out of that. It matters what we do in response, what we do after the formula has concluded. It is what we do with that which we do not deserve. How is it that we respond? Perhaps that is what is missing from those shows - they receive something, but they are not challenged to give back in any real way, they are simply told that they deserve it. Sisters and brothers, we do not deserve what we received here, from this altar. There is no way that we ever could. We receive perfectly and freely from Jesus, but we are challenged by that free act to respond. To respond with a recognition of who we are as perfectly loved children of God, to go out into the world and share that free gift with others. That gift of God’s love is undeserved by us, undeserved by them, but nonetheless, loved by God perfectly.

Monday, October 8, 2018


Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary

Saint Boniface Parish

October 7, 2018

I reflect on how a grade-school teacher can have quite a difficult role to fill, especially in the younger grades: first grade, second grade, and the like. They don't really differentiate their teaching roles. They are asked to teach everything: math, science, religion, you know… ethics on the playground, everything that their growing minds desire to know they are there to help form. These teachers can, at times, say things that maybe are not completely true. Perhaps because they do not recognize the fallacy, then again, they do have to have a lot on their minds, and they are expected to basically know everything about anything. Another reason, perhaps, is that they are in the process of doing something else and some spunky second grader asks a bizarre question, out of nowhere, such as ‘did Adam really lose a rib when God created Eve, and does that mean women have more ribs than men do?’ The teacher may have said something like ‘yes, you are right, you, little Adam, have fewer ribs than women do.’ And from that moment on that little second grader believed that, that is until he got to a high school, when he and other in his class were corrected by the anatomy teacher. Finally, a college professor made it a big point to correct those who had not yet realized that this concept is false. And so, with our proximity to the medical school, I think it is important to acknowledge the fact, for anyone with the lingering misconception: women do not have more ribs than men do, all things being equal we have the same number of ribs. In fact, the only way that I know of to distinguish a male skeleton and a female skeleton is the width of the pelvis, and even that is not always certain. I have heard, and the medical students might correct me on this on, that the thickness of the skull can at times be an indicator of masculinity in the skeleton. 

It is just not true, even though many may believe it, men and women have the same number of ribs. The relationship between men, women, and the ribs has fascinated me for some time so when I heard the song entitled Shady Grove, sung by the Tabasco Donkeys, a connection was instantly made. The song, I have come to find, has some significant history. It is an old Appalachian song that has gone through many renditions, but one of the possible verses of the song, Shady Grove, is this: 
Wish I had a needle and thread
Fine as I could sew
I'd sew that pretty girl to my side
And down the road I'd go
This song is speaking of the love the singer has for his intended bride, and how, if he could, he would sew her to his side. Now, we must recognize that this is a rather old song, and so in the era of #MeToo and all the scandal that is taking place in politics, in society, but also in the Church, we can hear this idea that woman was created from the rib of the man, and understand that to mean that woman are less than, that men come first and that woman come second. Even this song, on first impression, may sound like she is being made to follow him, to go wherever he goes. I also think that it is important to hear that he is pursuing her, he desires to be sewn to her as well. It goes both ways, the symbolism of Adam’s rib also tells us that they are connected at their side - that they are equal, they walk side-by-side. 

It may be difficult to see this equality at work here unless we look through Incarnational eyes – that is eyes that are informed by the Incarnation, the mystery of Christ becoming a human being, the mystery, the absurdity of God taking on flesh and becoming man. Our second reading reminds us of this act of Christ, his being made lower, for a time, than the angels. Christ took on flesh. Christ – God, in God’s self, took our humanity onto himself. In a similar way, God, in the Book of Genesis, took from the man a rib, a piece of his body, his flesh, and created woman. The God who created that flesh, the God who shaped creation according to God’s plan, that same God pursued us, God came after us. The way in which the man in the song pursues the woman, we are worth this pursuit, we mean so much to God that God went out of God's way to put on flesh, to become for a time less than the angels, and pursue us. God pursued, God pursued us despite the suffering he would endure, in spite of the rejection he would face. Through eyes informed by the Incarnation we can look at words of Genesis, the words that Jesus repeats in today’s Gospel, and see another misconception. Not just the misconception that men have fewer ribs, but the idea that a man leaves his home and clings to his wife. For much of human history, for most of those who have encountered this Word of God, in practice this reading from Genesis simply was not true. The man would not have left his home to go live with her. Having acquired her she would have come to live with him and his family. Incarnational eyes can help us see Sacred Scripture telling us that the man goes to clinging to her side. She may be the one to leave her home and join his family, but he goes out of his way to pursue her. These words do not speak of the physical reality they experienced, but these words express a spiritual reality. These words reminded the husband, and continue to remind the husband, that they were committed to one another as equals, that they are created as equals, and the words reinforce the desire to commit to one another.

This commitment to one another as equals, as those who stand side by side one another as they pledge their freedom to commit their lives to one another, just as hundreds, if not thousands of couples stood here, on this exact spot, and committed their entire lives to one another - as equals, as partners in life. Both desiring to raise a family, desiring to support, and to love one another, and they are called upon for the rest of their lives to trust the commitment they make to one another. That is why Christ desires for that commitment to be realized and for it to remain unbroken. Difficulty in relationships continues to exist, divorce remains a reality in our world, and in our Church. As humans we work with that difficulty, work with it as best we can. All the while commitment remains the ideal, commitment is still a reality we strive for. We recall the words of the marriage rite where it speaks of the couple as being a symbol, a reminder, of Christ's love for His Bride the Church. The Catholic Church is often referred to as the Bride of Christ. Christ, the Son of God, God Himself clings to her, His Bride. He brings her to His side and He will not let her go. He walks right beside her, loving her, desiring to show her the way. Christ's commitment to His Bride, His Church is mirrored in the commitment of a husband and wife and by that we are charged with being committed to one another as well. You may have received an envelope on your way in. If not, there are some envelopes for the Catholic Services Appeal, this years CSA, on your way out. This is a small reminder of our commitment to this Archdiocese. It is a bond, a commitment that reminds us all that we do not go it alone. If we are together, if we are committed to the universal Church, committed to the Bride of Christ, this is an opportunity for us to express that commitment through a monetary donation. It's our opportunity to express that commitment to the larger Church, the Bride of Christ himself. Christ has committed himself to us in a bond that will never be broken, might we commit to that same Church?

Monday, October 1, 2018

Catholic Celebrations of October

The month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary. The Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary is celebrated on October 7

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The Holy Father's Intentions for September: Evangelization – The Mission of Religious: That consecrated religious men and women may bestir themselves, and be present among the poor, the marginalized, and those who have no voice.

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Oct. 1 - Thérèse of the Child Jesus, virgin and doctor, Memorial

Oct. 2 - Guardian Angels, Memorial

Oct. 4 - Francis of Assisi, Memorial

Oct. 5 - Bl. Francis Xavier Seelos, Optional Memorial

Oct. 6 - Bruno, Optional Memorial

Oct. 7 - Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Solemnity

Oct. 7 - Our Lady of the Rosary, Memorial

Oct. 9 - Denis and companions, martyrs, Optional Memorial

Oct. 11 - John XXIII, Optional Memorial

Oct. 14 - Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Solemnity

Oct. 14 - Callistus I pope and martyr, Optional Memorial

Oct. 15 - Teresa of Jesus,virgin and doctor, Memorial

Oct. 16 - Hedwig, religious, Optional Memorial

Oct. 17 - Ignatius of Antioch, bishop and martyr, Memorial

Oct. 18 - Luke the Evangelist, Feast

Oct. 19 - North American Martyrs, Memorial

Oct. 20 - Paul of the Cross, Optional Memorial

Oct. 21 - Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Solemnity

Oct. 22 - John Paul II pope, Optional Memorial

Oct. 23 - John of Capistrano priest, Optional Memorial

Oct. 24 - Anthony Claret bishop, Optional Memorial

Oct. 28 - Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Solemnity

Oct. 28 - Simon and Jude, apostles, Feast