Archive for the ‘homilies’ Category

A Crash Course on Sin

February 14, 2016: 1st Sunday of Lent Deuteronomy 26:4-10 Psalms 91:1-2, 10-14 Romans 10:8-13 Luke 4:1-13 ____________________________________________________________________ The word “lent” comes from the Old English word for “spring.” When Lent comes around, spring is soon to follow. One of the things the Church asks of us during Lent is to do spring cleaning in our […]

When Leaving Everything for Jesus, You Find More

February 7, 2016: 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time Isaiah 6:1-8 Psalms 138:1-5, 7-8 First Corinthians 15:1-15: Luke 5:1-11 ______________________________________________________________________ Have you ever worked hard for something and then finally achieved it? Maybe it was a position at work, or a grade on an exam. Maybe it was a new house or a new car. We […]

Every Christian is Called to Be a Prophet

January 31, 2016: 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19 Psalms 71:1-6, 15-17 First Corinthians 12:31–13:13 Luke 4:21-30 ______________________________________________________________________ We all thirst for fulfillment and meaning in life. We all have a sense that part of that meaning will come from doing something worthwhile, from achieving something that will last. None of us thinks […]

Jesus is a Savior

January 24, 2016: 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Nehemiah 8:2-6, 8-10 Psalms 19:8-10, 15 First Corinthians 12:12-30 Luke 1:1-4, 4:14-21 ______________________________________________________________________ In his book Jesus of Nazareth, Pope Benedict XVI asks a surprising question. He asks “What did Jesus actually bring?” Think about it. We still have wars. We still have famine. People still suffer. […]

Mary Teaches Us How to Follow Christ

January 17, 2016: 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Isaiah 62:1-5 Psalms 96:1-3, 7-10 First Corinthians 12:4-11 John 2:1-12 ______________________________________________________________________ We have just heard the last words spoken by the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Bible, “Do whatever he tells you.” Mary does not speak often in the Sacred Scriptures, but every time she does speak, […]

Baptism makes us a New Creation

January 10, 2016: The Baptism of the Lord Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7 Psalms 29:1-4, 9-10 Acts 10:34-38 Luke 3:15-16, 21-22 ______________________________________________________________________ Don’t we all love new things? New houses, new cars, new clothes. However, if we think about it, most of those are simply variations of something else. The version seven of the iPhone will not […]

God’s Kingdom, the Church, Extends Throughout All Time and Space

January 3, 2016: 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 ______________________________________________________________________ God’s Kingdom, the Church, extends throughout all time and space. The Bible shows this in the prophesies that speak of worshipers coming to pay homage to God from faraway places: Sheba, Midian, Ephah, Tarshish, and […]

Obedience and Peace

December 27, 2015: The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14 Psalms 128:1-5 Colossians 3:12-21 Luke 2:41-52 _______________________________________________________________________ There’s a quote attributed to St. Ignatius Loyola that goes like this: “Few people understand what God would accomplish in them if they were to abandon themselves unreservedly to him, and if they were […]

Christ Brings the Joy of True Peace

December 25, 2015: Christmas Isaiah 62:11-12 Psalms 97:1, 6, 11-12 Titus 3:4-7 Luke 2:15-20 ______________________________________________________________________ The angels announced to the shepherds that a Savior was born for them. They called this “news of great joy,” since this Savior was going to bring “peace to those on whom his favor rests.” The peace that Christ brings […]

He is our Peace

December 20, 2015: 4th Sunday of Advent Micah 5:1-4 Psalms 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19 Hebrews 10:5-10 Luke 1:39-45 ______________________________________________________________________ The wait is almost over. Christmas is only 5 days away. Maybe your Advent has flown by, and you can’t believe that Christmas is already just around the corner. You’re asking yourself, where did Advent go? Or […]