Homily Notes for Our Lady of Mount Carmel - 2015
By Bishop Martin Amos
When I'm working on a homily it is always a good feeling when I finally have a hook onto which I can hang my thoughts and words
One of the things that has happened is the Holy Father issuing his encyclical Laudato Si' on the care of our common home.
That is a long introduction to today's liturgy and my reflections on today's feast and our scripture readings.
In the three verses from I Kings we have six references to the earth:
And, In John, the disciples took Mary into his care
We too were born onto this earth -- the mountains, sky, wind, rain
We too were born of a woman and have become adopted children.
We too have taken Mary, not so much into our care, but into her care
Mary, who always pondered these things in her heart, reminded me of your call to contemplation and Elizabeth Barret Browning's words:
"Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God,
But only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit tound and pluck blackberries."
May we continue to join with Mary in contemplating the gifts of God's creation that surround us, the precious gift of her Son within us and this Community under her patronage.