Archive for the ‘homilies’ Category

Seeking the Right Things Brings Peace of Mind

Feb 26, 2017: 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time Isaiah 49:14-15 Psalms 62:2-3, 6-9 First Corinthians 4:1-5 Matthew 6:24-34 __________________________________________________________________ We would all like to be free from worry and anxiety. However, Christ’s words in today’s Gospel passage seem too good to be true. He tells us to stop worrying about the things we all worry […]

The True Meaning of Christian Marriage

Feb 12, 2017: 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time Sirach 15:15-20 Psalms 119:1-2, 4-5, 17-18, 33-3 First Corinthians 2:6-10 Matthew 5:17-37 ____________________________________________________________________ Today Jesus gives us one of His less popular teachings. He tells us that if a couple is truly married, that marriage cannot be dissolved except by the death of one of the spouses. […]

Christian Leadership Starts with Personal Example

Feb 5, 2017: 5th Sunday in O T Isaiah 58:7-10 Psalms 112:4-9 First Corinthians 2:1-5 Matthew 5:13-16 ___________________________________________________________________ Jesus Christ has called every single one of us to be a leader, in some way or another. We are all called to have a positive influence on others, on those around us. Maybe some of us […]

Persons of Disinterest

Jan 29, 201: 4th Sunday in OT Zephaniah 2:3; 3:12-13 Psalms 146:6-7, 8-9, 9-10 First Corinthians 1:26-31 Matthew 5:1-12 ___________________________________________________________________ Today’s Readings teach us that those who are “persons of disinterest” in the eyes of the world are always of interest to God, and a true source of good and virtue in the world. In […]

Light, Liberty, and Unity

Jan 22, 2017: 3rd Sunday in OT Isaiah 8:23 — 9:3 Psalms 27:1, 4, 13-14 First Corinthians 1:10-13, 17 Matthew 4:12-23 ___________________________________________________________________ Today’s readings teach us that Our Lord has come to bring us light, liberty, and unity. In today’s First Reading Isaiah speaks of the moment when Israel will be delivered from the prolonged […]

We Are All Called to Be Holy

Jan 15, 2017: 2nd Sunday of OT Isaiah 49:3, 5-6 Psalms 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10 First Corinthians 1:1-3 John 1:29-34 ___________________________________________________________________ John the Baptist’s mission was to help the people of Israel get ready to recognize and receive Jesus Christ as the promised Messiah. God equipped John for this mission by letting him see […]

From His Fullness We Have Received Mercy

Jan 8, 2017: Epiphany of the Lord Isaiah 60:1-6 Psalms 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-13 Ephesians 3:2-3, 5-6 Matthew 2:1-12 ____________________________________________________________ In a homily, St Bernard of Clairvaux said that when we look at the Baby Jesus, it’s as though God the Father sent a purse full of his mercy. It was a very small purse, but […]

Learning from the Shepherds

Jan 1, 2017: Christmastide: Mary, Mother of God (ABC) Numbers 6:22-27 Psalms 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8 Galatians 4:4-7 Luke 2:16-21 ___________________________________________________________________ Eight days have passed since we celebrated Christ’s birth on Christmas. Most of the world has already left the message of Christmas far behind. Nevertheless, the Church, in her wisdom, has been spending these […]

Jesus Hasn’t Given Up on Us

Dec 25, 2016: Nativity of the Lord (Christmas) Isaiah 62:11-12 Psalms 97:1, 6, 11-12 Titus 3:4-7 Luke 2:15-20 _______________________________________________________________________ Something is different about Christmas. It’s not the lights and presents and festive atmosphere that make it different. Those things are the expression of the difference, not its cause. Even soldiers fighting in snowy mountains and […]

Something Absolutely New

Dec 18, 2016: 4th Sunday of Advent Isaiah 7:10-14 Psalms 24:1-6 Romans 1:1-7 Matthew 1:18-24 _______________________________________________________________________ Advent is about newness. God acts and He does something absolutely new. Both the first reading and the gospel today refer to this newness. They refer to it by reference to something that is a core teaching of our […]