Homily for Mass – Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica, Ottawa

[Readings: James 1:1-11;  Ps 119;  Mk 8:11-13]


Saint James says, in our first reading, “whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy.”  I’m sure that ‘joy’ is not the first reaction that most of us have when faced with difficulties, inconveniences, insults or rebukes.

 And yet, this is the invitation held out to us.  Saint James reminds us that trials involve a testing of our faith, and this testing produces endurance.

 As we face the trials that daily come our way, it’s good to bring to prayer our reactions and responses.  Sure, we may not always respond as well as we can … but if we bring those trials to the Lord, and see them as an opportunity to grow as faith-full people, we can draw closer to that maturity of which Saint James wrote.

 As we come to Mass this afternoon, let’s bring to the Lord those trials and difficulties that are on our mind right now.  Let’s pray that through those trials we will allow the Lord to help us to grow in a faith filled response.  May we sing with the Psalmist: “It is good for me that I was humbled, so that I might learn your statutes.”