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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November 5, 2017 Thirty First Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

I want to begin with 3 stories that give background to our readings today. In the 4th Chapter of the Book of Daniel, King Nebuchadnezzar has a dream that he doesn’t understand. He asks Daniel to interpret it for him. Daniel tells him that in the dream, King Nebuchadnezzar is...

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November 1, 2017 All Saints Day Homily

Today’s Holy Day, the Feast of All Saints, raises up before our eyes not just the famous canonized saints recognized in the Church’s yearly calendar, but all those other holy ones whose lives were dedicated to God and the establishment of His Kingdom here on earth. And who are among...

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October 29, 2017 Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

There are some people for whom we simply cannot feel any love at all, or so we tell ourselves. Too much resentment, too much distrust… some people are just “too much” for us. Take, for instance, a relative who is arrogant, self-centered, opinionated, and who is totally given over to...

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October 22, 2017 Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

The Gospel this week continues the direction of the previous weeks’ reading of St. Matthew’s account of our Lord’s final weeks in Jerusalem. The setting for his parables and teaching has been the Temple, where he has astonished everyone by teaching with authority. He has so frustrated the Pharisees that...

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October 15, 2017 Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

Today’s readings from the Book of Isaiah, the Letter of Paul to the Philippians and the Gospel of Matthew speak of an invitation to the Great Feast of the Lord Jesus. Summarizing these readings, the first one is prophetic in nature. It speaks of the Great Feast that is to...

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October 8, 2017 Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

Today, when listening to the readings, we heard similarities between the First Reading from the Book of Isaiah and the reading from the Gospel of Matthew. Both spoke on the same subject in different ways. The Book of Isaiah referred to this subject as “The Song of the Unfruitful Vineyard”...

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October 1, 2017 Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

To begin today, let’s recap our Gospel reading from Matthew. In the parable of the two sons, Jesus tells a simple story of two imperfect sons to illustrate the way of God’s kingdom. Everything the father had belonged to them as well. The father allowed his sons to work in...

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