Archive for the ‘homilies’ Category

God Is at Our Side

October 4, 2015: 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Genesis 2:18-24 Psalms 128:1-6 Hebrews 2:9-11 Mark 10:2-16 ____________________________________________________________________ Two thousand years ago, before the first Christmas, most religions were designed to keep the gods at a safe distance. In those times, pagan religions conceived of the gods as powerful, unpredictable, and dangerous. Your best bet was […]

Jesus Is Generous

September 27, 2015: 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time Numbers 11:25-29 Psalms 19:8, 10, 12-14 James 5:1-6 Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48 _____________________________________________________________________ Jesus is generous. The slightest (or mightiest) good deed done for Him or for His Kingdom will not go unrewarded — even if it’s only giving a glass of water to someone who is […]

God Is Active in the World

September 6, 2015: 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Isaiah 35:4-7 Psalms 146:7-10 James 2:1-5 Mark 7:31-37 ______________________________________________________________________ One unique doctrine of our Catholic faith is the incarnation. The incarnation is the doctrine that God, in order to redeem the fallen world, became man. Jesus Christ is, as we profess every week in the Creed, true […]

The Church’s View of Sin

August 30, 2015: 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8 Psalms 15:2-5 James 1:17-18, 21-22, 27 Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 ______________________________________________________________________ Sometimes we forget how frequently and explicitly Jesus spoke of evil and sin. He was (and is) full of mercy, but that’s because we need His mercy. Because Christ is so demanding with […]

God Wants Friends, not Robots

August 23, 2015: 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time Joshua 24:1-2, 15-18 Psalms 34:2-3, 16-20- Ephesians 5:21-32 John 6:60-69 ______________________________________________________________________ Why do so “many disciples,” as St John puts it, decide to stop following our Lord after His explanation of the Eucharist as the “living bread,” while at the same time the Twelve stay with Him? […]

The Eucharist Fulfills Christ’s Promise

August 16, 2015: 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time Proverbs 9:1-6 Psalms 34:2-3, 10-14 Ephesians 5:15-20 John 6:51-58 ______________________________________________________________________ Before ascending to heaven, our Savior promised to remain with His Church “until the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). The most remarkable way in which He fulfilled this promise is the topic of today’s Gospel passage: […]

Jesus Wants to Give Us More

August 9, 2015: 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time First Kings 19:4-8 Psalms 34:2-9 Ephesians 4:30–5:2 John 6:41-51 ______________________________________________________________________ When we think about happiness, we tend to think about happiness in this life. But when Jesus thinks of happiness, His perspective is much bigger. He understands that in this fallen world, weighed down with our fallen […]

Christ Models True Success

August 2, 2015: 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time Exodus 16:2-4, 12-15 Psalms 78:3-4, 23-24, 25, 54 Ephesians 4:17, 20-24 John 6:24-35 _____________________________________________________________________ Last week Jesus performed the multiplication of the loaves, and all the people who witnessed the amazing miracle wanted to make Jesus king. Making Jesus king was the same thing as asking Him […]

Christ Foreshadows the Eucharist

July 26, 2015: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time Second Kings 4:42-44 Psalms 145:10-11, 15-18 Ephesians 4:1-6 John 6:1-15 ______________________________________________________________________ We just heard a passage from the Gospel of John, which is strange, in a sense. It’s strange because this year is the second year of the three-year cycle of liturgical readings — Year B. As […]

Christ’s Heart Yearns for Our Friendship

July 19, 2015: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time Jeremiah 23:1-16 Psalms 23:1-6 Ephesians 2:13-18 Mark 6:30-34 ______________________________________________________________________ Today St Mark gives us one of the most amazing phrases in his entire Gospel. When Jesus gets off the boat and sees the crowd, St Mark tells us: “His heart was moved…” Jesus has a human heart […]