I preached this homily at St. Rita Parish, New Orleans, Louisiana on March 16, 2017.
The Gospel was the well known story of The Rich Man and Lazarus. When you are called home, will your soul be light because you emptied yourself out, or will you be weighed down by taking and taking until you have everything?
I am a big fan of finding the truths of the faith reflected in pop culture, and, if we look hard enough, we always will. I mentioned a few in this one, and I want to make those available, here.
Another Day in Paradise by Phil Collins
The Book Thief
I was introduced to this book by a friend who teaches in middle school. I happened to visit her classroom several times while she was teaching through this book. If you want to buy a copy, here’s the Amazon link: The Book Thief
This is the passage from the book I mentioned.
(If you plan to read it, probably best to just skip this part, and read it when you get there.)
He was tall in the bed and I could see the silver through his eyelids. His soul sat up. It met me. Those kinds of souls always do-the best ones . The ones who rise up and say, “I know who you are and I am ready. Not that I want to go, of course, but I will come.” Those souls are always light because more of them have been put out. More of them have already found their way to other places. This one was sent out by the breath of an accordion , the odd taste of champagne in summer, and the art of promise keeping. He lay in my arms and rested. There was an itchy lung for a last cigarette and an immense, magnetic pull toward the basement, for the girl who was his daughter and was writing a book down there that he hoped to read one day.
The Fisher King
This is a great movie, but it is a bit adult at times. If you haven’t watched it, I highly recommend it – just don’ t watch it with the kids. Here’s the little bit I mentioned.