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 31, 2017 Holy Family Homily

The feast of the Holy Family we celebrate today is actually a part of the celebration of the Incarnation of Jesus. The Savior took flesh of the Virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit and even though this miracle bypassed natural means of conception it could not bypass...

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December 25, 2017 Christmas Homily

Some close friends of mine are a happily married couple who told me one day their marriage was nothing like they had planned. They listed all the ways in which their plans had failed to materialize and I remember well how we all laughed. Then they listed the ways God...

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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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December 17, 2017 Third Sunday of Advent

Today is Gaudete Sunday; Joy Sunday! It is a day for considering all that we as Christians can rejoice about and, of course, when all is said and done our greatest joy, our only final joy, is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. What will bring you joy and happiness?...

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December 10, 2017 Second Sunday of Advent

The message from today’s readings tells us to prepare the way for the coming of the Lord Jesus. With the approaching of Christmas, the day when we will be celebrating the incarnation of God on earth, we are reminded how the people of the Old Testament waited for the arrival...

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December 3, 2017 First Sunday of Advent Homily

Around the world today, we open a new liturgical year.  We move from Cycle A where we have listened to the Gospel of Matthew for the past year and now we move to the Gospel of Mark and Cycle B.  The cycle of a liturgical year is the cycle of...

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November 26, 2017 Christ the King Sunday Homily

The crisis of today is the refusal to believe in moral absolutes. We believe that truth cannot be known with certainty. Maybe it’s true, maybe it isn’t!   Today we no longer have truth, we have opinions. And the question arises: How can one be a Christian who is a...

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November 23, 2017 Thanksgiving Homily

Today as we celebrate our national feast of Thanksgiving, the Church has us ponder in the Gospel story of the ten lepers. All ten were cured of a disease that had been eating away their flesh and bones, that had made them stink, that had made them the worst of...

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