Archive for the ‘homilies’ Category

Persons of Disinterest

Jan 29, 201: 4th Sunday in OT Zephaniah 2:3; 3:12-13 Psalms 146:6-7, 8-9, 9-10 First Corinthians 1:26-31 Matthew 5:1-12 ___________________________________________________________________ Today’s Readings teach us that those who are “persons of disinterest” in the eyes of the world are always of interest to God, and a true source of good and virtue in the world. In […]

Light, Liberty, and Unity

Jan 22, 2017: 3rd Sunday in OT Isaiah 8:23 — 9:3 Psalms 27:1, 4, 13-14 First Corinthians 1:10-13, 17 Matthew 4:12-23 ___________________________________________________________________ Today’s readings teach us that Our Lord has come to bring us light, liberty, and unity. In today’s First Reading Isaiah speaks of the moment when Israel will be delivered from the prolonged […]

We Are All Called to Be Holy

Jan 15, 2017: 2nd Sunday of OT Isaiah 49:3, 5-6 Psalms 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10 First Corinthians 1:1-3 John 1:29-34 ___________________________________________________________________ John the Baptist’s mission was to help the people of Israel get ready to recognize and receive Jesus Christ as the promised Messiah. God equipped John for this mission by letting him see […]

From His Fullness We Have Received Mercy

Jan 8, 2017: 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 ____________________________________________________________ In a homily, St Bernard of Clairvaux said that when we look at the Baby Jesus, it’s as though God the Father sent a purse full of his mercy. It was a very small purse, but […]

Learning from the Shepherds

Jan 1, 2017: Christmastide: Mary, Mother of God (ABC) Numbers 6:22-27 Psalms 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8 Galatians 4:4-7 Luke 2:16-21 ___________________________________________________________________ Eight days have passed since we celebrated Christ’s birth on Christmas. Most of the world has already left the message of Christmas far behind. Nevertheless, the Church, in her wisdom, has been spending these […]

Jesus Hasn’t Given Up on Us

Dec 25, 2016: Nativity of the Lord (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’s 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 […]

Something Absolutely New

Dec 18, 2016: 4th Sunday of Advent Isaiah 7:10-14 Psalms 24:1-6 Romans 1:1-7 Matthew 1:18-24 _______________________________________________________________________ Advent is about newness. God acts and He does something absolutely new. Both the first reading and the gospel today refer to this newness. They refer to it by reference to something that is a core teaching of our […]

Why God Waits

Dec 11, 2016: 3rd Sunday of Advent Isaiah 35:1-6, 10 Psalms 146:6-10 James 5:7-10 Matthew 11:2-11 ______________________________________________________________________ Jesus Christ was born on the first Christmas more than 2,000 years ago. Yet, since then wars, tyranny, natural disasters, racism, and countless other forms of misery, injustice, and suffering have continued to plague this world. We have […]

Catholics Are Called to Be Christians

Dec 4, 2016: 2nd Sunday of Advent Isaiah 11:1-10 Psalms 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17 Romans 15:4-9 Matthew 3:1-12 ______________________________________________________________________ We can live out our Catholic faith in two ways. We can live it passively, or we can live it personally. When we live our faith passively, we are like the Pharisees and Sadducees that came […]

This Advent Is Meant to Be Different

Nov 27, 2016: 1st Sunday of Advent Isaiah 2:1-5 Psalms 122:1-8 Romans 13:11-14 Matthew 24:37-44 _______________________________________________________________________ This Advent is different from every other Advent that we have ever lived, ever. It is different because we are different. In the past year, we have changed. We have another year of life under our belts. Maybe it […]