December 2, 2018 First Sunday of Advent Homily

Penance, Preparation, Patience, Perseverance… Advent – It blends together a penitential spirit, very similar to Lent, a liturgical theme of preparation for the Second and Final Coming of the Lord, called the Parousia, and a joyful theme of patience as we get ready to re-live the birth in Bethlehem.  And...

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November 25, 2018 Christ the King Sunday Homily

Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of Palestine, stands face-to-face with the Lord of the universe. Pilate is agitated by the circumstances, but thinking clearly because it’s still early. Jesus is exhausted from the first twelve hours of his passion, but his eyes glow with the love and determination that had...

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October 28, 2018 Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

In today’s gospel account we find Jesus at the threshold of Jerusalem. He was about to climb on a donkey and ride into Jerusalem, an event we celebrate every Palm Sunday. Bar-Timaeus, the son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting begging along the way. We don’t know for how...

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October 14, 2018 Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

A rich young man who had the best the world could offer – wealth and security – came to Jesus because he lacked one thing (Mark 10:17-27).  There was something essential, something in his heart, that material wealth couldn’t satisfy.  He had many possessions, but he didn’t have “eternal life”;...

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October 7, 2018 Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

As I read this Sunday’s gospel, I wondered how divorced people feel to hear what Jesus is saying.  It’s no secret that all of our communities are made up of people who have for one reason or another, divorced or annulled their marriage.  In many cases these people have remarried. ...

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September 30, 2018 Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

In today’s gospel Jesus’ follows his dreadful parable about scandal in the Church and millstones around the neck with a thoroughly rational but breathtakingly radical teaching, “Cut it off!” Too often I see in the hospital men with red, swollen feet, and blackened toes. Obesity, alcohol, diabetes and tobacco, take...

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