We continue our Holy Week homilies this Good Friday with Fr. Jim Lies' homily given this afternoon at Christ the Teacher Chapel on the campus of the University of Portland. Fr. Lies is the Exeuctive Director of the Garaventa Center for Catholic Intellectual Life and American Culture.
The stories of our God's entry into our world are poignantly told in the Scriptures during the Triduum and throughout the liturgical year. These shared stories are what make us a people. And we, each in our own ways and in our own families have stories of our own that mark us as a family and make us who we are. I heard one of our family's stories at a family reunion a few years ago that surprised me – mostly because I had never heard it before.
Friends, we gather here today to hear again our most important story … to be reminded again that we have been plucked from the icy waters of death … saved from our own sinfulness and brokenness. God has given his life for us … we've been died-for.
For if my Great Uncle Leo's story is worth retelling, how much more is the saving power of God through Jesus worth retelling. It is for you and for me to tell it – indeed, proclaim it by our very lives.