Archive for the ‘homilies’ Category

Jesus Works Patiently

May 22, 2016: Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity Proverbs 8:22-31 Psalms 8:4-5, 6-7, 8-9 Romans 5:1-5 John 16:12-15 ______________________________________________________________________ Jesus works patiently. While he was at the Last Supper, His heart overflowed into the longest recorded speech in all four Gospels. His Last Supper discourse, to which we just listened. We can picture Him […]

The Church’s Work: Reuniting Mankind

May 15, 2016: Pentecost May 15, 2016 Acts 2:1-11 Psalms 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34 First Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13 John 20:19-23 ______________________________________________________________________ For the ancient Jews, Pentecost was one of the top three religious holidays. It had two important meanings. First, on Pentecost, 50 days after the Passover (the word “Pentecost” comes from the Greek […]

The Ascension Shows Christ as All-Powerful and All-Good

May 8, 2016: Ascension of the Lord Acts 1:1-11 Psalms 47:2-3, 6-9 Ephesians 1:17-23 Matthew 28:16-20 ______________________________________________________________________ Before the very eyes of His closest followers, 40 days after His resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ ascended body and soul into heaven. What exactly does the word “ascended” mean? Every year on August 15, we celebrate […]

God Dwells in the Christian Soul

May 1, 2016: Sixth Sunday of Easter Acts 15:1-2, 22-29 Psalms 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8 Revelation 21:10-14, 22-23 John 14:23-29 ______________________________________________________________________ Jesus’ words during the Last Supper are mysterious, but glorious. In this passage, He reveals one of the great secrets of Christian life. When we are baptized, God himself, the Blessed Trinity, Father, Son […]

Joy Is the Certainty of Being Loved

Apr 17, 2016: Fourth Sunday of Easter Acts 13:14, 43-52 Psalms 100:1-2, 3, 5 Revelation 7:9, 14-17 John 10:27-30 _____________________________________________________________________ In “The Joy of the Gospel,” Pope Francis said this about joy. “I realize of course that joy is not expressed the same way at all times in life, especially at moments of great difficulty. […]

The Church Will Endure Forever

Apr 10, 2016: Third Sunday of Easter (C) Acts 5:27-32, 40-41 Psalms 30:2, 4-6, 11-13 Revelation 5:11-14 John 21:1-19 or 21:1-14 _____________________________________________________________________ At the time when St John wrote his gospel, the first persecutions had already broken out. Because Christians refused to worship the Roman gods, the Roman Emperors had already begun their policy of […]

God Holds Nothing Back

Mar 20, 2016: Passion (Palm) Sunday Isaiah 50:4-7 Psalms 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23- Philippians 2:6-11 Matthew 26:14–27:66 ______________________________________________________________________ We just heard the narrative of the Passion and Death of Jesus. The most holy days of our faith — Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday — are approaching. Let’s think about that word […]

Condemning the Sin and not the Sinner

March 13, 2016: Fifth Sunday of Lent Isaiah 43:16-21 Psalms 126:1-6 Philippians 3:8-14 John 8:1-11 ______________________________________________________________________ This fallen world daily confronts us with sin and sinners. There are two wrong ways to react to this. First, it is wrong to ignore the reality of sin. This is the mistake made by today’s popular culture, which […]

God’s Main Characteristic Is Mercy

Mar 6, 2016: Fourth Sunday of Lent Joshua 5:9-12 Psalms 34:2-7 Second Corinthians 5:17-21 Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 _____________________________________________________________________ This parable is one of the best-known stories in all of human literature. But what does it really mean? We call it the parable of the prodigal son, but should we? Is it primarily about that younger […]

God Cares

February 28, 2016: Third Sunday of Lent Exodus 3:1-8, 13-15 Psalms 103:1-4, 6-7, 8, 11 First Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12 Luke 13:1-9 _____________________________________________________________________ Sometimes, God seems far away, mysterious, frightening. This was Moses’ experience at the burning bush. The fire symbolizes God’s other-worldliness — fire is the least material of all material things. It’s like light; […]