Archive for the ‘homilies’ Category

Quiet Time on the Mountain

Feb 25, 2018: 2nd Sunday of Lent Genesis 22:1-2, 9, 10-13, 15-18 Psalms 116:10, 15, 16-19 Romans 8:31-34 Mark 9:2-10 _____________________________________________________________________ In the Transfiguration, Jesus gives His most beloved disciples (Peter, James, and John) a glimpse of the life they will live one day in glory. Not just a transfigured life, but also a life […]

We Live in the “Time of Fulfillment”

Feb 18, 2018: 1st Sunday of Lent Genesis 9:8-15 Psalms 25:4-9 First Peter 3:18-22 Mark 1:12-15 _____________________________________________________________________ Jesus’ first words in the Gospel of Mark are mysterious: “This is the time of fulfillment.” What does He mean? With these words, Jesus is summing up the entire history of humanity, the fulcrum point of which is […]

Do Not Ignore the Man Behind the Healing

Feb 11, 2018: 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46 Psalms 32:1-2, 5, 11 First Corinthians 10:31–11:1 Mark 1:40-45 _____________________________________________________________________ Today’s readings remind us that if God grants us something we should show our gratitude by glorifying Him and doing His will, not running off and ignoring His wishes. In today’s First Reading, the […]

Spreading the Gospel Is Every Christian’s Primary Mission

Feb 4, 2018: 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time Job 7:1-4, 6-7 Psalms 147:1-6 First Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23 Mark 1:29-39 ______________________________________________________________________ People today are continuing to make the same mistake that they have been making for the last two hundred years: Too many of our cultural, political, and economic leaders are trying to build a stable, […]

The Truth of the Gospel

Jan 28, 2018: 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time Deuteronomy 18:15-20 Psalms 95:1-2, 6-9 First Corinthians 7:32-35 Mark 1:21-28 ____________________________________________________________ Tom and Sally, an elderly married couple who were childhood sweethearts and had settled down in their old neighborhood, were celebrating their fiftieth wedding anniversary. As part of their celebration, they decided to walk down the […]

God’s Grace Can Change the Hardest of Hearts

Jan 21, 2018: Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Jonah 3:1-5, 10 Psalms 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9 First Corinthians 7:29-31 Mark 1:14-20 ____________________________________________________________________ The dramatic encounter between Jesus Christ and His first Apostles in today’s Gospel shows us the power of God’s Word: it changed the direction of our lives completely. Later this week, the Church will […]

Seeing the Signs

Jan 7, 2018: Christmastide — the Epiphany of the Lord Isaiah 60:1-6 Psalms 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-13 Ephesians 3:2-3, 5-6 Matthew 2:1-12 _____________________________________________________________________ In today’s liturgy, the Three Magi come from afar bearing gifts because they see the signs in the stars that a great king has just been born, great enough to warrant leaving their […]

Christian Obedience Is a Virtue

Dec 31, 2017: Feast of the Holy Family Gn 15:1-6; 21:1-3 Ps 105:1-9 Heb 11:8, 11-12, 17-19 Lk 2:22-40 ____________________________________________________________________ Christian Obedience Is a Virtue. We all like to give orders, but obeying orders is another story. Ever since that conversation in the Garden of Eden when the Devil made Eve think that disobedience was […]

Rejoice, the Messiah is Already Here

Dec 17, 2017: 3rd Sunday of Advent Isaiah 61:1-2, 10-11 Luke 1:46-48, 49-50, 53-54 First Thessalonians 5:16-24 John 1:6-8, 19-28 _____________________________________________________________________ This Sunday is also called Gaudete Sunday (from the first Latin word of its entrance antiphon: Gaudete—Rejoice) and includes the first Glory to God we’ve prayed or sung on a Sunday since Advent began. […]

God Never Forgets about Us

Dec 10, 2017: 2nd Sunday of Advent Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11 Psalms 85:9-14 Second Peter 3:8-14 Mark 1:1-8 ______________________________________________________________________ All of us have experienced pessimistic moments. Sometimes we experience pessimism because no matter what we do we can’t seem to avoid suffering; painful things just keep happening to us and those we love. Sometimes we experience […]