Bishop’s Homily for the Mass of 13 March 2014

Bishop’s Homily for the Mass of 13 March 2014. Readings Est C:12, 14-16, 23-25 (RSV: 14:1-3, 13-14a, 4:17); Ps 138:1-2ab, 2cde-3, 7c-8; Matt 7:7-12
            On Thursday at his Mass, Bishop Robert F. Vasa preached on the First Reading, which was taken from the Book of Esther.
            Esther, he observed, encountered “an either or situation….” referring to the dilemma the young Hebrew queen faced. Either she would go in and find favor with her husband King Artaxerxes II of Persia and have a chance of saving Israel, or her presence and her revealing her Jewish faith would displease him, in which case she would lose her life.
            “Yet with faith, she steps forward…. The choices for us are rarely that dire, but we are always faced with the choice to live in faith … or to avoid this step of faith.”
            “Pray,” the bishop concluded, “for the confidence of faith of Esther.”