Archive for the ‘homilies’ Category

Getting Back to Christ

November 23, 2014: Solemnity of Christ the King Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17 Psalms 23:1-3, 5, 6 First Corinthians 15:20-26, 28 Matthew 25:31-46 ________________________________________________________________________ The Solemnity of Christ the King, which every Catholic throughout the entire world is celebrating today, is a new thing. The Church has existed for almost 2000 years, but this Solemnity is less […]

The Right Idea of God

November 16, 2014: 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31 Psalms 128:1-5 First Thessalonians 5:1-6 Matthew 25:14-30 _________________________________________________________________________ The lazy servant of the parable was cast out into the darkness because he failed to fulfill his life-mission. Why did he fail? Because he had the wrong idea of his master. He feared him […]

Jesus Is the Everlasting Temple

November 9, 2014: Dedication of the Lateran Basilica There are several options for readings today. This homily is based on these: Genesis 28:11-18 Psalms 84:3, 4, 5-6, 8, 11 First Corinthians 3:9 Luke 19:1-10 ________________________________________________________________________ The Temple in Jerusalem was one of the busiest, most lavish, immense, and remarkable buildings in the entire Middle East. […]

The Meaning of Christian Death

November 2, 2014: All Soul’s Day On All Soul’s Day, any readings taken from the Masses for the Dead may be used. _________________________________________________________________________ Today the world’s billion Catholics are all thinking about the same thing: death. This would be morbid and pessimistic, except for one thing: Christ’s resurrection. Jesus, with His resurrection, has conquered the […]

Love for God and Neighbor Cannot Be Separated

October 26, 2014: 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Exodus 22:20-26 Psalms 18:2-4, 47, 51 First Thessalonians 1:5-10 Matthew 22:34-40 ________________________________________________________________________ The “law and the prophets” that Jesus refers to in today’s Gospel (the Old Testament) were considered by the Jews to contain the absolutely unique self-revelation of the one, true God to His only Chosen […]

Every Christian Holds Dual Citizenship

October 19, 2014: 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time Isaiah 45:1, 4-6 Psalms 96:1, 3-5, 7-10 First Thessalonians 1:1-5 Matthew 22:15-21 _________________________________________________________________________ The Pharisees who asked Jesus this question about taxes were interested in one thing: getting Jesus in trouble with the authorities. Jesus saw through their scheme, but instead of ignoring or humiliating them, he […]

Christianity Is Not Self-Help

October 12, 2014: 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time Isaiah 25:6-10 Psalms 23:1-6 Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20 Matthew 22:1-14 ________________________________________________________________________ In today’s developed world the self-help industry is gigantic. Every year dozens of best-selling books and multi-media products flood the market with quick-and-easy methods to turn your life around and achieve perfect happiness. Scores of modern-day gurus […]

Sin Matters

October 5, 2014: 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Isaiah 5:1-7 Psalms 80:9, 12-16 Philippians 4:6-9 Matthew 21:33-43 ________________________________________________________________________ Because we live in a fallen world, we get used to sin. We get so used to sin, in fact, that we can easily forget just how evil and destructive it is. Sin is rebellion against God, […]

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 […]