July 1, 2018 Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

Hope and Faith   The gospel story offers an image of two figures — a woman afflicted for twelve years with a disease that has strained her strength and her money, and a twelve-year-old girl who has died.  We see Jesus in a situation where two people have every reason...

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June 3, 2018 Holy Body and Blood of Christ Sunday

Today we celebrate the Feast of “The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ” (Corpus Christi).  The body of Christ came about through his suffering, death and resurrection.  When we eat his body, we proclaim the paschal mystery with the people gathered, the stories proclaimed and the priest who acts...

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May 13, 2018 Feast of the Ascension Sunday

The Bible is divided into the time before Jesus, the time of Jesus, and the time between Jesus and the final restoration of the reign of heaven.  The communities described in Acts, and us too, are all lodged in this third period of time.   The Acts of the Apostles is...

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April 8, 2018 Divine Mercy Sunday Homily

What must it have felt like to be there on that first Easter morn?  Imagine yourself a disciple.  You awaken, still aching with the emptiness that comes after the death of a beloved friend.  Jesus is gone.  You ask yourself how you will live without Him.  You might think of all the words...

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March 31, 2018 Holy Saturday Vigil Homily

It is Easter – the end of another long Lent.  But it isn’t the end.  Lent stirs up anticipation for Easter and we have arrived.  Where and how do we find ourselves?  Is it a new beginning for us?  No matter how many times we have celebrated Easter it is...

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March 30, 2018 Good Friday Homily

Today, we sit here in this church and we are saddened.  Saddened by our Savior being put to death.  Crucified on a tree.  A cross at Calvary.  By Him hanging on the Cross, He gave up everything.  Everything.  While we are sad, we also need to realize that it is...

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March 11, 2018 Fourth Sunday of Lent Homily

The message for today is quite simple – “All is gift.”  Everything we see, feel, or possess is a gift from God.  In the first reading God’s great mercy on the repeatedly sinful people can only be gift, as He allows everything to be taken away until they realize what...

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February 4, 2018 Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

We are going to look at three things here today.  1st) pain and suffering, 2nd) proclaiming the good news, and 3rd) who do we take our troubles to?   Let’s first look at our reading from Job. “Is not man’s life on earth a drudgery? Are not his days those...

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January 7, 2018 Epiphany of the Lord

Today is the true Christmas for Eastern Catholics – those from the Byzantine and Maronite rites, among others.  For them, this feast is about Christ’s birth, baptism and presentation to the world.  The Western church uses this feast to continue the story from the announcement of Christ’s birth, first to...

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December 24, 2017 Fourth Sunday of Advent

This 4th Sunday of Advent is symbolic.  Today’s liturgy looks toward the coming of Christ at Christmas.    We see the fulfillment of God’s unfolding plan of redemption in the events leading up to the Incarnation, the birth of the Messiah King.  Today we celebrate the new era of salvation which begins...

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