Archive for the ‘homilies’ Category

Advent Means Getting Ready (not Just Waiting Around)

November 29, 2015: 1st Sunday of Advent Jeremiah 33:14-16 Psalms 25:4-5, 8-9, 10, 14 First Thessalonians 3:12–4:2 Luke 21:25-28, 34-36 _____________________________________________________________________ Nobody likes to wait, but we all like to get ready. Advent, which starts today, is sometimes understood as a waiting period — waiting for Christmas to arrive (that is what the prophecy in […]

Christ Is a King Who Shares His Throne

November 22, 2015: Feast of Christ the King Daniel 7:13-14 Psalms 93:1-2, 5 Revelation 1:5-8 John 18:33-37 ______________________________________________________________________ Every king has a throne. Thrones symbolize a king’s power and authority. From his throne, a king administers justice, conducts diplomatic negotiations, receives petitions, and issues his commands. The existence of a throne reminds a king’s subjects […]

Knowing the Future Helps Us Live Wisely in the Present

November 15, 2015: 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Daniel 12:1-3 Psalms 16:5, 8-11 Hebrews 10:11-14, 18 Mark 13:24-32 _____________________________________________________________________ This discourse of our Lord takes place as St Mark’s Gospel reaches its climax, while Jesus and His Apostles are relaxing on the Mount of Olives overlooking Jerusalem after a busy day teaching and contending with […]

The Pitfall of Self-Righteousness

November 8, 2015: 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time First Kings 17:10-16 Psalms 146:7-10 Hebrews 9:24-28 Mark 12:38-44 _____________________________________________________________________ Jesus is not using parables today; He is speaking to us plainly and directly: “Beware of the scribes.” No figure earned Christ’s disdain more than the proud, self-seeking religious leaders (like these scribes), because no other figure […]

The Meaning of Christian Death

November 2, 2015: Solemnity of All Souls (Optional) Wisdom 3:1-9 or 3:1-6 Psalms 27:1, 4, 7, 8, (Optional) Romans 6:3-9 or 6:3-4 Matthew 25:31-45 ____________________________________________________________________ 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 […]

Saints Experience Joy Amid Sorrow

November 1, 2015: Solemnity of All Saints Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14 Psalms 24:1-6 First John 3:1-3 Matthew 5:1-12 _____________________________________________________________________ What is the unique characteristic common to every saint? It certainly isn’t intelligence. You don’t have to be super-smart to be a saint. St. Christina the Astonishing was developmentally impaired, and yet she became a spiritual adviser […]

God Wants to Be our Ally

October 25, 2015: 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Jeremiah 31:7-9 Psalms 126:1-6 Hebrews 5:1-6 Mark 10:46-52 ______________________________________________________________________ Christ’s question to the blind man seems out of place. “What do you want me to do for you,” He asks. Isn’t it obvious? Isn’t it clear that the blind man wants the Lord to cure him of […]

God Is on Our Side

October 18, 2015: 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time Isaiah 53:10-11 Psalms 33:4-5, 18-20, 22 Hebrews 4:14-16 Mark 10:35-45 ______________________________________________________________________ Where is Jesus right now? We know that He is in the heart of every Christian: this is a spiritual presence. We know that He is truly present under the appearances of bread and wine in […]

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 […]