Archive for the ‘homilies’ Category

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 […]

Christ Is a True Friend

August 31, 2014: 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Jeremiah 20:7-9 Psalms 63:2-6, 8-9 Romans 12:1-2 Matthew 16:21-27 _________________________________________________________________________ Jesus Christ loves us enough to tell us the truth about ourselves. Those who selfishly use other people instead of seeking their authentic good rarely tell them hard truths. That is too risky. Pointing out their failings […]

The Church Has a Mission

August 24, 2014: 21st Sunday of Ordinary Time Isaiah 22:15, 19-23 Psalms 138:1-3, 6, 8 Romans 11:33-36 Matthew 16:13-20 ________________________________________________________________________ The most memorable words from today’s Gospel passage are “rock” and “keys.” “Rock” refers to the unshakable foundation Jesus Christ has given to His Church: the papacy. “Keys” refer to the divinely guaranteed guidance and […]

God Wills the Salvation of Everyone

August 17, 2014: 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time Isaiah 56:1, 6-7 Psalms 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8 Romans 11:13-15, 29-32 Matthew 15:21-28 ________________________________________________________________________ Jesus had a specific mission to accomplish during His earthly lifetime. He was to fulfill the Old Testament prophecies and lay the foundation for the universal sacrament of salvation, the Catholic Church. And […]

Prayer Matters Most

August 10, 2014: 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time 1 Kings 19:9, 11-13 Psalms 85:9-14 Romans 9:1-5 Matthew 14:22-33 ________________________________________________________________________ At the beginning of today’s Gospel, St Matthew tells us that Jesus went up into the hills by himself to pray. He had just finished a very long day teaching the crowds, healing the sick, and […]