Archive for the ‘homilies’ Category

Jesus Lives for Us

August 3, 2014: 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time Isaiah 55:1-3 Psalms 145:8-9, 15-18 Romans 8:35, 37-39 Matthew 14:13-21 ________________________________________________________________________ St Matthew tells us, “When Jesus heard of it, He withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by himself.” What is the “it” St Matthew is referring to? The death of St John the Baptist. […]

There Are Good Fish and Bad Fish in the Church

July 27, 2014: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time First Kings 3:5, 7-12 Psalms 119:57, 72, 76-77, 127-12 Romans 8:28-30 Matthew 13:44-52 _________________________________________________________________________ The parable of the dragnet teaches us a crucial lesson about the Church: It is made up of both good fish and bad fish. The net symbolizes the Church, and the fish are […]

Different Religions Really Are Different

July 20, 2014: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time Wisdom 12:13, 16-19 Psalms 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16 Romans 8:26-27 Matthew 13:24-43 ________________________________________________________________________ All religions are not the same. To common sense, this is obvious. But common sense is not always so common. In many places, it is popular to teach the contrary truth: that all religions, underneath […]

Authentic Christian Environmentalism

July 13, 2014: 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time Isaiah 55:10-11 Psalms 65:10-14 Romans 8:18-23 Matthew 13:1-23 ______________________________________________________________________ Jesus knows how to communicate. He is the incarnate Word of God, true God and true man. As God, He understands all truth, and as man, He knew how to explain the truths of salvation in ways that […]

Intellectual Pride Cuts Us Off from Christ

July 6, 2014: 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time Zechariah 9:9-10 Psalms 145:1-2, 8-11, 13 Romans 8:9, 11-13 Matthew 11:25-30 _______________________________________________________________________ Hidden inside today’s beautiful Gospel passage is a very serious warning. Jesus is speaking to His Apostles returning from their first missionary journey, which had been wildly successful. They are full of joy and the […]

Christ Founded the Church on the Papacy

June 29, 2014: Solemnity: Sts. Peter and Paul Acts 12:1-11 Psalms 34:2-9 Second Timothy 4:6-8, 17-18 Matthew 16:13-19 ______________________________________________________________________ Today’s Gospel passage can be a hard one for us modern Catholics. The germ of individualism has infected us all. It is an intellectual germ, an idea that gets into our head and tries to make […]

The Real Presence

June 22, 2014: Corpus Christi Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14-16 Psalms 147:12-15, 19-20 First Corinthians 10:16-17 John 6:51-58 ______________________________________________________________________ “Dear friends, in our attempt to discover points of commonality, perhaps we have shied away from the responsibility to discuss our differences with calmness and clarity.” These words were spoken by Pope Emeritus Benedict as he addressed the […]

All Religions Are Not the Same

June 15, 2014: Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity Exodus 34:4-6, 8-9 Daniel 3:52-56 II Corinthians 13:11-13 John 3:16-18 ______________________________________________________________________ It is common in today’s world to run into people who believe that all religions basically are the same. In fact, it is even becoming common to run into Catholics who have adopted this viewpoint. […]

The Church’s Central Mission

June 1, 2014: The Ascension of the Lord Acts 1:1-11 Psalms 47:2-3, 6-9 Ephesians 1:17-23 Matthew 28:16-20 ______________________________________________________________________ We do not think enough about the Ascension. In fact, only those who pray the Rosary seem to think about it at all. Yet, it is a crucial part of Christ’s mission and message. It is the […]

Only Christ Will Satisfy Our Hearts’ Deepest Desires

May 18, 2014: 5th Sunday of Easter Acts 6:1-7 Psalms 33:1-2, 4-5, 18-19 First Peter 2:4-9 John 14:1-12 ______________________________________________________________________ From ancient times, philosophers have summed up the human condition as a quest to answer three fundamental questions: What should I do? What can I know? What can I hope for? In response to the common-sense […]