There is a picture of Pope Benedict on retreat with his brother priests - they're listening to the retreat master preaching on God knows what. The picture shows the Holy Father checking his watch - and the caption reads, "see, no one likes long sermons"
They say that we have an attention span of less than 5 minutes anymore. That's kinda sad - not because I want to be up here talking for longer than that - you should know that I don't - but it's sad because there is so much that we all need to hear.
Jesus sends his Apostles out into the world today - to spread his message - and what is that message? Repentance. to turn our life around and re center ourself on God, not on our own selfishness and our own disordered affections - of which we have many. We all need to hear that today.
The line on Saturday afternoon for the box over there has been getting shorter and shorter as of late - not because we get tired of sinning, but because we get tired of asking for forgiveness - and we are far to content to wallow in our sin, and we ignore the death that it brings to our lives -
Come back to Jesus this summer -
That's not a long message at all - in fact it's very short. The only thing that remains to be seen, is what we will then do with it. God help us all +