Homily

"Daddy, Father". Such is the way Jesus told us we can address His Father, the Creator of the everything in existence. "Daddy" - so close are we that we can use this word to talk to God. We have been adopted by the Father, and through Christ we have been made heirs of the Father and co-heirs with Christ.

Zechariah tells us of the power of our God. A power to destroy riches, cities and kings. Yet this power is going to be exercised by a just Savior who is meek and comes in his power riding on a colt, the foal of an ass.

Paul reminds us that we are not "living according to the flesh" desiring earthly power or riches. We are "living according to the Spirit" hoping for things we cannot see.

Matthew tells us that Jesus praised His Father for having hidden the most important things from the wise and the learned, but for having revealed these to the childlike.

Summing this up:

God is so powerful that He can destroy riches, cities and kings. Yet He will exercise that power through a just Savior Who is so meek that He comes riding on a lowly colt, the foal of an ass.

We can call the Father "Daddy", since we have been adopted by Him, becoming heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ.

Jesus and we His followers will be recognized, not for wealth and material possessions, but as Jesus said to the disciples of John by service to the blind, the lame, the lepers, the deaf, and the dead. These are the lowest people in society and to them we preach the Gospel or the "Good News" to the poor.

In short, God has established an "Option for the poor", so that we as the People of God must focus our service to those in need or without power. They will be the first to see our Faith, our Hope and our Love and hear the "Good News" or the "Gospel. This is hidden from the wise, the learned, the rich, the powerful who are living according to the flesh, not according to the spirit.

Not that "Daddy", our Father, does not wish those who are "living according to the flesh" to change to living "according to the spirit". Or that we who are - in Paul's words - living "according to the spirit" do not go back to live "according to the flesh". The call of riches and power is very strong, especially in the materialism which surrounds us. We must moderate our desires so that we are able to serve the poor and the powerless. "Daddy" our Father Who gives us so much demands that we live a life of moderation so that we can serve the "least among us".

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