January 13, 2019 Baptism of the Lord Homily

Most people don’t think about Baptism very deeply. This is manifested clearly at parish Baptism preparation sessions. When asked why they have brought the child for Baptism parents are caught unaware; this is already very telling. They become suddenly uncomfortable. Mom looks at dad, dad looks at his feet. Well,...

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January 6, 2019 Epiphany of the Lord Homily

“Where is the newly born King of the Jews?. . .We have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.” Today we are celebrating the Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord was where we recall that moment in the History of Salvation when God revealed...

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January 1, 2019 Mary, Mother of God Homily

One of the things I love about the Catholic Church is her courage when it comes to speaking of Mary. Protestantism is timid in speaking of her but Catholicism never hesitates to talk about Mary. The Church will confidently give to Mary all her titles and will speak of all...

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December 30, 2018 Holy Family Homily

The Gospel writers were not like modern journalists. Journalists today are pre-occupied with facts and photos and ‘spin’ and, ironically, they get things wrong a scary percentage of the time. The evangelists are interested in what happened only because it reveals the truth – the truth about Jesus. Indeed, Luke...

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December 25, 2018 Christmas Homily

Signs are important things, especially street signs; they tell us a lot. I notice kids love to twist signs around so they point in the wrong direction, maybe we’ve even done it ourselves, and most of us would have been a victim of that little trick once or twice in...

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December 23, 2018 Fourth Sunday in Advent Homily

During the 1st weekend of Advent, I shared with you as to how Advent is a time of waiting.  The  experience of waiting is not merely in preparation for something or someone.  Waiting has a fullness, a significance, a meaning of its own.  Witness the joy and desire in waiting. ...

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December 16, 2018 Third Sunday of Advent Homily

As we prepare for the Nativity of our Lord the issues that surround us this Advent season are enormous. Once more this year, we struggle to find peace – peace among the nations and among ethnic groups, peace in our own homeland, and peace between civilizations. Drug problem still plagues...

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December 9, 2018 Second Sunday of Advent Homily

It can be hard for us to understand John the Baptist today as hard for us now as it was for the people who gathered in the wilderness to hear his words some 2000 years ago. Few people then really comprehended what he meant when he declared his mission was ...

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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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