Archive for the ‘homilies’ Category

Why God Waits

Dec 11, 2016: 3rd Sunday of Advent Isaiah 35:1-6, 10 Psalms 146:6-10 James 5:7-10 Matthew 11:2-11 ______________________________________________________________________ Jesus Christ was born on the first Christmas more than 2,000 years ago. Yet, since then wars, tyranny, natural disasters, racism, and countless other forms of misery, injustice, and suffering have continued to plague this world. We have […]

Catholics Are Called to Be Christians

Dec 4, 2016: 2nd Sunday of Advent Isaiah 11:1-10 Psalms 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17 Romans 15:4-9 Matthew 3:1-12 ______________________________________________________________________ We can live out our Catholic faith in two ways. We can live it passively, or we can live it personally. When we live our faith passively, we are like the Pharisees and Sadducees that came […]

This Advent Is Meant to Be Different

Nov 27, 2016: 1st Sunday of Advent Isaiah 2:1-5 Psalms 122:1-8 Romans 13:11-14 Matthew 24:37-44 _______________________________________________________________________ This Advent is different from every other Advent that we have ever lived, ever. It is different because we are different. In the past year, we have changed. We have another year of life under our belts. Maybe it […]

Christ the King Remembers Us

Nov 20, 2016: Solemnity of Christ the King Second Samuel 5:1-3 Psalms 122:1-5 Colossians 1:12-20 Luke 23:35-43 ______________________________________________________________________ At my age I tend to forget a lot, especially people’s names. No one wants to be forgotten. It’s terrible when I go up to people to greet them, and I don’t remember their name. We’re both […]

Persevering in Holiness

Nov 13, 2016: 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Malachi 3:19-20 Psalms 98:5-9 2 Thessalonians 3:7-12 Luke 21:5-19 _______________________________________________________________________ Pope Benedict XVI once wrote that the ways of the Lord are not comfortable. However, he continued, we are not created for comfort. We are created for greatness. In other words, we are created to be holy. […]

The Danger of Cutting God Down to Our Size

Nov 6, 2016: 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time 2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14 Psalms 17:1, 5-6, 8, 15 2 Thessalonians 2:16–3:5 Luke 20:27-38 or 20:27, 34-38 _______________________________________________________________________ The Sadducees were the Jewish political leaders in Palestine. They were less strict than the Pharisees, religiously speaking. They also collaborated with the Roman authorities who ruled Palestine, which […]

Our Mission Matters More than Our Popularity

Oct 30, 2016: 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time Wisdom 11:22-12:2 Psalms 145:1-2, 8-11, 13 Second Thessalonians 1:11-2:2 Luke 19:1-10 ______________________________________________________________________ Today Jesus Christ gives us His mission statement: “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save what was lost.” In other words, Christ’s whole life was for others. Everything he did […]

Those Who Recognize Their Need for God Will Get God

Oct 23, 2016: 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18 Psalms 34:2-3, 17-19, 23 Second Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18 Luke 18:9-14 _______________________________________________________________________ Why was the tax collector’s prayer better than the Pharisee’s prayer? Because the tax collector actually made a connection with God, but the Pharisee only made a connection with himself. Tax collectors were […]

The Greatest of All Rights… Is a Gift

Oct 16, 2016: 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time Exodus 17:8-13 Psalms 121:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 Second Timothy 3:14–4:2 Luke 18:1-8 ______________________________________________________________________ We hear a lot about “rights.” Jesus tells us in today’s Gospel that in our prayer we should ask for our rights. What are these rights that Jesus talks about? He says, “Will not […]

The Power of Gratitude

Oct 9, 2016: 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time Second Kings 5:14-17 Psalms 98:1-4 Second Timothy 2:8-13 Luke 17:11-19 _______________________________________________________________________ At the end of the fourth Gospel, St John’s Gospel, we are told that if everything Christ did during his brief earthly life were written down, the entire world would not contain the books. We can […]