Archive for the ‘homilies’ Category

The Devil Is Real

February 1, 2015: 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time Deuteronomy 18:15-20 Psalms 95:1-2, 6-9 First Corinthians 7:32-35 Mark 1:21-28 _________________________________________________________________________ Already in the first chapter of St Mark’s Gospel, we witness a dramatic encounter between Christ and the devil. The devil makes his appearance through one of his slaves, a demon who has taken possession of […]

Entering Christ’s Kingdom Is a Matter of Trust

January 25, 2015: 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Jonah 3:1-5, 10 Psalms 25:4-9 First Corinthians 7:29-31 Mark 1:14-20 ________________________________________________________________________ Jesus’ first words in the Gospel of Mark are mysterious. He tells us that the time of fulfillment has arrived, and He says, “The Kingdom of God is at hand.” “The Kingdom of God” is one […]

God Uses Messengers

January 18, 2015: 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time First Samuel 3:3-10, 19 Psalms 40:2, 4, 7-10 First Corinthians 6:13-15, 17-20 John 1:35-42 __________________________________________________________________________ All of us here today want to know and follow God’s will for our lives. Some more and some less, but all of us share, at least to some degree, that fundamental […]

God Is Easy to Please

January 11, 2015: The Baptism of the Lord Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7 Psalms 29:1-4, 9-10 Acts 10:34-38 Mark 1:7-11 ________________________________________________________________________ Jesus already knew that He was the Father’s “beloved son” on whom the Father’s “favor rests.” The voice from heaven that announced this, therefore, did so for our benefit, not for His. Few times in the […]

God Is King — He Comes to Rule

January 4, 2015: 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 ________________________________________________________________________ God is a King. The Savior He sends us, Jesus Christ, the Son of God made man, comes not to philosophize, but to rule. Herod trembled because he knew this. The Wise Men rejoiced because they […]

Christ Is the Only Hope for Progress in Peace

January 1, 2015: Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God Numbers 6:22-27 Psalms 67:2, 3, 5, 6, 8 Galatians 4:4-7 Luke 2:16-21 ________________________________________________________________________ We all want peace. We want peace of mind, peace of heart, peace in our families, and peace in the world. Peace, the tranquility of order and equilibrium, is the necessary condition for […]

Christian Obedience Is a Virtue

December 28, 2014: Feast of the Holy Family Gn 15:1-6; 21:1-3 Ps 105:1-6, 8-9 Heb 11:8, 11-12, 17-19 Lk 2:22-40 ____________________________________________________________ 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 more fun than obedience, […]

Jesus Hasn’t Given Up on Us

December 25, 2014: Christmas Isaiah 62:11-12 Psalms 97:1, 6, 11-12 Titus 3:4-7 Luke 2:15-20 ________________________________________________________________________ Something is different about Christmas. It is not the lights and presents and festive atmosphere that make it different. Those things are the expression of the difference, not its cause. Even soldiers fighting in snowy mountains and empty deserts feel […]

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, […]