Archive for the ‘homilies’ Category

Following Christ Means both Hearing and Heeding

July 5, 2015: 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time Ezekiel 2:2-5 Psalms 123:1-4 Second Corinthians 12:7-10 Mark 6:1-6 _____________________________________________________________________ “Our eyes are fixed on the Lord… as the eyes of servants are on the hands of their masters.” This image from today’s Psalm is a mirror of what it means to be a complete, mature follower […]

God Wants to Walk by Our Side

June 28, 2015: 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time Wisdom 1:13-15, 2:23-24 Psalms 30:2, 4-6, 11-13 Second Corinthians 8:7, 9, 13-15 Mark 5:21-43 _____________________________________________________________________ Reading today’s Gospel caused some questions to arise in my mind. Why did Jesus go all the way to Jairus’s house and take his little daughter by the hand in order to […]

God Is Omnipotent

June 21, 2015: 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time Job 38:1, 8-11 Psalms 107:23-28, 28-29, Second Corinthians 5:14-17 Mark 4:35-41 ______________________________________________________________________ Every week during Mass, we pray the Creed. The Creed sums up what we believe as Christians, what the Church teaches, what God has revealed to the world about himself and the purpose of our […]

Christ Sees the Church as a Kingdom, not as a Club

June 14, 2015: 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time Ezekiel 17:22-24 Psalms 92:2-3, 13-16 Second Corinthians 5:6-10 Mark 4:26-34 ______________________________________________________________________ One could argue that Christ’s favorite topic was “the Kingdom of God.” His first public sermon began with “The Kingdom of God is at hand,” and from then on, he kept talking about it, as in […]

The Cross the New Tree of Life, the Eucharist the Fruit

June 7, 2015: The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ Exodus 24:3-8 Psalms 116:12-13, 15-18 Hebrews 9:11-15 Mark 14:12-16, 22-26 ______________________________________________________________________ Humankind disrupted God’s plan for the human family by eating. When Adam and Eve, giving in to the devil’s temptation, ate the forbidden fruit from the tree of good and evil, they disobeyed […]

The Meaning of Life Is to Mirror the Trinity

May 31, 2015: The Solemnity of the Holy Trinity Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40 Psalms 33:4-6, 9, 18-20 Romans 8:14-17 Matthew 28:16-20 ____________________________________________________________ The Solemnity of the Holy Trinity is a hard one to get excited about. It’s easy to get excited about Christmas. It’s easy to get excited about Easter. Somehow, we feel that we can […]

The Holy Spirit Works Quietly

May 24. 2015: Pentecost Sunday Acts 2:1-11 Psalms 104:1, 24, 29-31, 34 First Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13 John 20:19-23 ________________________________________________________________________ We all like fantastic fireworks. They’re exciting, impressive, thrilling. The Church’s first Pentecost had some fantastic fireworks. The Apostles and other disciples were gathered “in one place together.” We don’t know exactly where. Probably it was […]

Our King Is Unconquerable

May 17, 2015: Solemnity of the Ascension of Our Lord Acts 1:1-11 Psalms 47:2-3, 6-9 Ephesians 1:17-23 Matthew 28:16-20 _______________________________________________________________________ In St. Luke’s Gospel, this scene of Christ’s Ascension takes place immediately after Jesus appeared to His Apostles, showed them His wounds, and ate with them in order to assure them that He was no […]

Every Christian’s Battle Plan

May 10, 2015: 6th Sunday of Easter Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48 Psalms 98:1-4 First John 4:7-10 John 15:9-17 ________________________________________________________________________ As we come closer to Pentecost and the end of the Easter season, the Church brings us back to the Last Supper with today’s Gospel passage. The moment is solemn. Jesus is at table with His […]

Transformation in Christ Takes Time

May 3, 2015: 5th Sunday of Easter Acts 9:26-31 Psalms 22:26-28, 30-32 First John 3:18-24 John 15:1-8 ________________________________________________________________________ I believe that all of us are here today because we love Jesus Christ and we want to follow him more and more closely. In other words, there is still a gap between the kind of Catholic […]