Advent 4 Homily 2009

Pastor M. Beecroft, 12/20/2009

“Who are you?” This simple question can actually be quite complex. It is easily answered with your name or where you are from. I am Mason Beecroft and I am an American. Sometimes we respond with our job or vocation. I am a pastor. Or I am an engineer or lawyer or whatever else it is that we do to make a living. We almost always define ourselves based on our name and our livelihood. Beyond these somewhat immediate, typical, and superficial responses, however, this question can be quite profound. It possesses the ability to probe the farthest reaches of our soul. “Who are you?” In other words, who are you at the very depths of your person? Who are you when nobody else is around? What gives you satisfaction in this life? What makes you anxious and uncertain? Why are you lonely and dissatisfied? Are you committed to someone or something? Where do your loyalties reside? What compels you to action? Why do you do the things that you do? Why do you choose not to do certain things? Indeed, this question can be complex. If we ask it of ourselves and want to give an honest answer, then we are forced to confront the reality of our identity with all the good and the bad. Perhaps this is why we rarely consider it at length and rather settle with the expected, yet glib and uninteresting response of our name and our job.

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