Archive for the ‘homilies’ Category

Irreversible Victory, Undeniable Credibility

April 20, 2014: Easter Sunday Acts 10:34, 37-43 Psalms 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23 Colossians 3:1-4 John 20:1-9 ____________________________________________________________ Jesus, the crucified one, has now been raised from the dead. He is risen. Utter defeat has been transformed into irreversible victory. Evil has had its way with God’s anointed, the Messiah. Evil did all it could to [...]

Which Victory Are We Celebrating?

April 13, 2014: Passion (Palm) Sunday Isaiah 50:4-7 Psalms 22:8-9, 17-20, 23- Philippians 2:6-11 Matthew 26:14–27:66 _______________________________________________________________________ Today we hold in our hands palm branches. In the ancient world, palm branches were the symbol of victory. For the Israelites in the Old Testament, the elegance, strength, and simplicity of this tree became a symbol of [...]

Providence Can Take Care of Tragedies

April 6, 2014: 5th Sunday of Lent Ezekiel 37:12-14 Psalms 130:1-8 Romans 8:8-11 John 11:1-45 _______________________________________________________________________ St John points out that “Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.” Yet, in spite of His love, Jesus does not rush back to Jerusalem to heal Lazarus. Nor does He heal him from a distance, as He [...]

God Respects Our Human Nature

March 30, 2014: 4th Sunday of Lent First Samuel 16:1, 6-7, 10-13 Psalms 23:1-6 Ephesians 5:8-14 John 9:1-41 _____________________________________________________________________ Among the many lessons hidden in today’s beautiful Gospel passage, one deserves special mention. How odd that Jesus used spittle and mud to make clay, put the clay on the man’s eyelids with His own fingers, [...]

We Have Two Types of Thirst

March 23, 2014: 3rd Sunday of Lent Exodus 17:3-7 Psalms 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9 Romans 5:1-2, 5-8 John 4:5-42 ______________________________________________________________________ We all experience two kinds of longing or thirst in life, and unless we understand the difference between them, we will always be frustrated. The first kind of thirst is horizontal thirst. We thirst for, we [...]

The Secret to Fulfillment Is Listening to Christ

March 16, 2014: 2nd Sunday of Lent Genesis 12:1-4 Psalms 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22 Second Timothy 1:8-10 Matthew 17:1-9 _______________________________________________________________________ In St Matthew’s Gospel, God the Father speaks from heaven only twice — in the passage when Jesus is baptized and in this passage of the Transfiguration. Both times He says essentially the same thing [...]

The Bread of Life Is Truth, not Stuff

March 9, 2014: 1st Sunday of Lent Genesis 2:7-9, 3:1-7 Psalms 51:3-6, 12-14, 1 Romans 5:12-19 Matthew 4:1-11 ______________________________________________________________________ If we only memorized one verse from the Bible, I would recommend the one we just heard: “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.” [...]

God Is the Real Source of Happiness

March 2, 2014: 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time Isaiah 49:14-15 Psalms 62:2-3, 6-9 First Corinthians 4:1-5 Matthew 6:24-34 ________________________________________________________________________ Jesus points out that we can serve either God or mammon. The word “mammon,” sometimes translated as “money,” comes from the Greek word “mamona.” The Greek word refers in a general way to material goods and [...]

For Christians, Humble Obedience Is a Virtue

February 23, 2014: 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18 Psalms 103:1-4, 8, 10, 12 First Corinthians 3:16-23 Matthew 5:38-48 _______________________________________________________________________ When Jesus says, “You have learnt how it was said,” He is making a clear reference to the Old Covenant, the Law of Moses. That Law gave the Jewish people their unique standing [...]

Heaven and Hell Are Real

February 16, 2014: 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time Sirach 15:15-20 Psalms 119:1-2, 4-5, 17-18, 33-34 First Corinthians 2:6-10 Matthew 5:17-37 _______________________________________________________________________ The Greek word Jesus uses for “Hell” is “Gehenna.” Gehenna was Jerusalem’s garbage dump. It had been the valley where unfaithful Jews in past centuries offered human sacrifices to foreign, false gods. When the [...]