Ash Wednesday, Year C

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Fr. Kyle
Homily transcription: 

Growing in holiness is a lot like brewing beer…  Think about it, in the brewing process, the master brewer takes water and grain, something ordinary, and turns it into something extraordinary; a delicious beer.  In a life of holiness, God takes something ordinary, human beings like you and me, and turns us into something extraordinary; modern-day disciples and living saints.  By now you probably know that I love to use analogies in my homilies.  Today as we begin our Lenten journey to grow in holiness, I would like to use beer brewing as an analogy for the life of holiness.

  1.       The first part of the brewing process is to purify.  The water, the boiling kettle and the fermentation container have to be totally cleaned of any impurities.  If not, funky things will start to grow during the fermentation process and the beer will be a bit funky.

1a. Likewise, our journey of holiness must include de-funkifying our hearts.  We take time to remove the impurities of our life through the mercy of God especially in the sacrament of Reconciliation.  If we don’t those impurities will start to grow and make our life a bit funky.

  1.       Second in the brewing process is to heat the purified water and let the grains soak and steep in the water.  The goodness of the grains begins to defuse in the ordinary water filling it with its goodness.

2a. During lent we have the opportunity to let Christ soak into our lives more.  When we receive the Body and Blood of Jesus in the Eucharist, when we spend time in prayer, when we read the Word of God in Scripture; we are letting God soak in our hearts and His goodness begins to defuse and fill us with that goodness.

  1.       Finally, a transformation happens.  It usually takes about 3 or more weeks for my beer to ferment.  During this time, the ordinary water and sugars from the grain are becoming transformed into something glorious.  Waiting, as Tom Petty would say, is that hardest part; I often get impatient waiting for the new batch of beer.

3a. Likewise, our transformation from ordinary human beings into modern-day disciples does not happen overnight.  The process of transformation into living saints is a day in and day out process that takes time.  We may get impatient or even discouraged with ourselves, but the finished product is well worth the wait. 


At this altar, at every mass, ordinary bread and wine are transformed and changed into the Body and Blood of Christ.  But the Eucharist is not the only transformation.  We ordinary human beings are being transformed and changed into living saints.  Growing in holiness, is a lot like brewing beer.  As we begin this season of Lent, may we take the time to purify our hearts of any impurities, may we let Christ soak and defuse in our hearts, so that we may experience a glorious transformation into living saints.