The following comes from a 13-minute homily on Sunday, March 3 from Father Joseph Illo, pastor of Star of the Sea parish in San Francisco.

We’ve entered the season of lengthier readings.
The readinrgs point us to the question, is God with us or not?

We cannot live without love. Mother Teresa had the Latin word for I thirst (sitio) painted above every station of the cross in her convent.

I thirst for God because He first thirsts for me.

I had a conversation with a friend who works in a psychiatric clinic and who talks to delusional young people about God. She admitted four young people the other day who were delusional; two of them were suicidal.

One girl hates her body so much she cannot take showers, she takes baths in the dark. They were all atheists; God had been taken away from them, so she spoke to them about God. She has been reprimanded for doing this. But they don’t fire her, because it works. She gently brings the idea of God back to them.

15-second excerpt:
“We cannot live without love, a relationship that gives meaning and purpose to our lives, which we call love. A relationship with another person. Not even God Almighty can live without love.”