Archive for the ‘homilies’ Category

The Cross Redeems Human Suffering

September 14, 2014, Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross Numbers 21:4-9 Psalms 78:1-2, 34-38 Philippians 2:6-11 John 3:13-17 _________________________________________________________________________ Jesus tells Nicodemus that in order to win salvation for the fallen human race, He, the Son of Man, “must be lifted up.” This is a direct reference to his crucifixion. That event was still […]

Our Choices Matter

September 7, 2014: 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Ezekiel 33:7-9 Psalms 95:1-2, 6-9 Romans 13:8-10 Matthew 18:15-20 ________________________________________________________________________ Freedom is something everyone talks about but few people think about. Today, the Lord wants us to think about it. There are three types of freedom. First, freedom from physical restraint. The Japanese internment camps during World […]

Christ Is a True Friend

August 31, 2014: 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Jeremiah 20:7-9 Psalms 63:2-6, 8-9 Romans 12:1-2 Matthew 16:21-27 _________________________________________________________________________ Jesus Christ loves us enough to tell us the truth about ourselves. Those who selfishly use other people instead of seeking their authentic good rarely tell them hard truths. That is too risky. Pointing out their failings […]

The Church Has a Mission

August 24, 2014: 21st Sunday of Ordinary Time Isaiah 22:15, 19-23 Psalms 138:1-3, 6, 8 Romans 11:33-36 Matthew 16:13-20 ________________________________________________________________________ The most memorable words from today’s Gospel passage are “rock” and “keys.” “Rock” refers to the unshakable foundation Jesus Christ has given to His Church: the papacy. “Keys” refer to the divinely guaranteed guidance and […]

God Wills the Salvation of Everyone

August 17, 2014: 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time Isaiah 56:1, 6-7 Psalms 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8 Romans 11:13-15, 29-32 Matthew 15:21-28 ________________________________________________________________________ Jesus had a specific mission to accomplish during His earthly lifetime. He was to fulfill the Old Testament prophecies and lay the foundation for the universal sacrament of salvation, the Catholic Church. And […]

Prayer Matters Most

August 10, 2014: 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time 1 Kings 19:9, 11-13 Psalms 85:9-14 Romans 9:1-5 Matthew 14:22-33 ________________________________________________________________________ At the beginning of today’s Gospel, St Matthew tells us that Jesus went up into the hills by himself to pray. He had just finished a very long day teaching the crowds, healing the sick, and […]

Jesus Lives for Us

August 3, 2014: 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time Isaiah 55:1-3 Psalms 145:8-9, 15-18 Romans 8:35, 37-39 Matthew 14:13-21 ________________________________________________________________________ St Matthew tells us, “When Jesus heard of it, He withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by himself.” What is the “it” St Matthew is referring to? The death of St John the Baptist. […]

There Are Good Fish and Bad Fish in the Church

July 27, 2014: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time First Kings 3:5, 7-12 Psalms 119:57, 72, 76-77, 127-12 Romans 8:28-30 Matthew 13:44-52 _________________________________________________________________________ The parable of the dragnet teaches us a crucial lesson about the Church: It is made up of both good fish and bad fish. The net symbolizes the Church, and the fish are […]

Different Religions Really Are Different

July 20, 2014: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time Wisdom 12:13, 16-19 Psalms 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16 Romans 8:26-27 Matthew 13:24-43 ________________________________________________________________________ All religions are not the same. To common sense, this is obvious. But common sense is not always so common. In many places, it is popular to teach the contrary truth: that all religions, underneath […]

Authentic Christian Environmentalism

July 13, 2014: 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time Isaiah 55:10-11 Psalms 65:10-14 Romans 8:18-23 Matthew 13:1-23 ______________________________________________________________________ Jesus knows how to communicate. He is the incarnate Word of God, true God and true man. As God, He understands all truth, and as man, He knew how to explain the truths of salvation in ways that […]