Archive for the ‘homilies’ Category

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 […]

The Ascension Shows Christ as All-Powerful and All-Good

May 8, 2016: Ascension of the Lord Acts 1:1-11 Psalms 47:2-3, 6-9 Ephesians 1:17-23 Matthew 28:16-20 ______________________________________________________________________ Before the very eyes of His closest followers, 40 days after His resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ ascended body and soul into heaven. What exactly does the word “ascended” mean? Every year on August 15, we celebrate […]

God Dwells in the Christian Soul

May 1, 2016: Sixth Sunday of Easter Acts 15:1-2, 22-29 Psalms 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8 Revelation 21:10-14, 22-23 John 14:23-29 ______________________________________________________________________ Jesus’ words during the Last Supper are mysterious, but glorious. In this passage, He reveals one of the great secrets of Christian life. When we are baptized, God himself, the Blessed Trinity, Father, Son […]

Joy Is the Certainty of Being Loved

Apr 17, 2016: Fourth Sunday of Easter Acts 13:14, 43-52 Psalms 100:1-2, 3, 5 Revelation 7:9, 14-17 John 10:27-30 _____________________________________________________________________ In “The Joy of the Gospel,” Pope Francis said this about joy. “I realize of course that joy is not expressed the same way at all times in life, especially at moments of great difficulty. […]