Archive for the ‘homilies’ Category

Christ: A Mission-Driven Man

Jul 31, 2016: 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:21-23 Psalms 90:3-6, 12-14, 1 Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11 Luke 12:13-21 _____________________________________________________________________ At first glance, Jesus’ response to this man’s request seems strange. The man has a real problem. His brother is trying to make off with the lion’s share of their inheritance. However, Jesus refuses […]

Only Grace Gives Lasting Value to Our Actions

Jul 17, 2016: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time Genesis 18:1-10 Psalms 15:2-5 Colossians 1:24-28 Luke 10:38-42 ______________________________________________________________________ A branch cannot bear fruit unless it’s connected to the tree. Christ reminded us of this truth at the Last Supper; when he told His Apostles that He was the vine and they were the branches, so they […]

A Worthy Life Is a Simple Life

Jul 10, 2016: Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Deuteronomy 30:10-14 Psalms 69:14, 17, 30-31, 33-34, Colossians 1:15-20 Luke 10:25-37 ______________________________________________________________________ Christ’s lesson is so simple! “Love God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself, and you will live.” It is within everyone’s reach to live out this simple lesson. It was even […]

The Christian Reaction to Failure

Jul 3, 2016: Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Isaiah 66:10-14 Psalms 66:1-7, 16, 20 Galatians 6:14-18 Luke 10:1-12, 17-20 _____________________________________________________________________ Among the many lessons Jesus teaches in this speech about how to be a Christian, we often overlook the last one. After encouraging them to work hard, because the harvest is ready, to be ready […]

Following Christ Means Transferring Our Security

Jun 26, 2016: Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time First Kings 19:16-21 Psalms 16:1-2, 5, 7-11 Galatians 5:1, 13-18 Luke 9:51-62 ____________________________________________________________________ Jesus is traveling to Jerusalem for the last time. Along the way, He meets three men who have heard His call in their hearts. These encounters teach us three tough lessons about what it […]

Jesus Desires Our Personal Commitment

Jun 19, 2016: Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time Zechariah 12:10-11 Psalms 62:2-6, 8-9 Galatians 3:26-29 Luke 9:18-24 ______________________________________________________________________ Jesus is the Christ, the Lord, the Savior sent by God to redeem the world, the Son of God made man. That is what St Peter asserts in today’s Gospel, and Jesus does not contradict him. Yet […]

The Power and Beauty of Mercy

Jun 12, 2016: Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Second Samuel 12:7-10, 13 Psalms 32:1-2, 5, 7, 11 Galatians 2:16, 19-21 Luke 7:36–8:3 ______________________________________________________________________ Only St. Luke recorded this episode of the Gospel — Matthew, Mark, and John make no mention of it. Why did Luke decide to put it in? Maybe it was for the […]

Letting the Lord Draw Near

Jun 5, 2016: 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time First Kings 17:17-24 Psalms 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11, 12, 13 Galatians 1:11-19 Luke 7:11-17 _____________________________________________________________________ The philosopher Frederic Nietzsche observed that all joy wills eternity, wills deep, deep eternity. Pope Benedict XVI, picking up on this, said that the fact that joy ends in death, and seems […]

Jesus Works Patiently

May 22, 2016: Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity Proverbs 8:22-31 Psalms 8:4-5, 6-7, 8-9 Romans 5:1-5 John 16:12-15 ______________________________________________________________________ Jesus works patiently. While he was at the Last Supper, His heart overflowed into the longest recorded speech in all four Gospels. His Last Supper discourse, to which we just listened. We can picture Him […]

The Church’s Work: Reuniting Mankind

May 15, 2016: Pentecost May 15, 2016 Acts 2:1-11 Psalms 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34 First Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13 John 20:19-23 ______________________________________________________________________ For the ancient Jews, Pentecost was one of the top three religious holidays. It had two important meanings. First, on Pentecost, 50 days after the Passover (the word “Pentecost” comes from the Greek […]