Archive for the ‘homilies’ Category

Salvation Is a Partnership between God and Man

December 21, 2014: 4th Sunday of Advent Second Samuel 7:1-5, 8-11, 16 Psalms 89:2-5, 27, 29 Romans 16:25-27 Luke 1:26-38 ________________________________________________________________________ On this last Sunday of Advent, as the solemn celebration of Christ’s birth approaches, the Church reminds us of that holy day nine months earlier when Jesus was conceived in His Mother’s womb. There […]

Wrong Expectations Can Cut Us Off from Grace

December 14, 2014: 3rd Sunday in Advent Isaiah 61:1-2, 10-11 Luke 1:46-50, 53-54 First Thessalonians 5:16-24 John 1:6-8, 19-28 ____________________________________________________________________________________ Today is “Gaudete Sunday.” The word “gaudete” is Latin for “rejoice,” and in the Latin version of today’s Mass, that is the very first word. Ever since the time of Pope St Gregory the Great, […]

Every Christian Is another John the Baptist

December 7, 2014: 2nd Sunday of Advent Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11 Psalms 85:9-14 Second Peter 3:8-14 Mark 1:1-8 _________________________________________________________________________ John the Baptist always plays a big role in Advent. He was the last and greatest of a long line of Old Testament prophets. God sent those prophets to prepare Israel for the arrival of the Messiah, […]

God Fulfills His Promises

November 30, 2014: 1st Sunday of Advent Isaiah 63:16-17, 19 Psalms 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19 First Corinthians 1:3-9 Mark 13:33-37 _________________________________________________________________________ God knows the limitations of our human nature very well — after all, He created it. We can only focus our attention — really focus it — on one or two things at a time; […]

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 […]