February 25, 2018 Second Sunday of Lent Homily

In the reading from the book of Genesis that we just heard the author tell us that God put Abraham to a test. To be honest with you, I have a problem about that. My question is why would God need to test Abraham? Moreover, why would God need to...

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February 18, 2018 First Sunday of Lent Homily

The first command of Jesus’ public ministry is not forgive, serve, or even love – it is: Repent. Of all the words he could have chosen it was this word, this challenge, this command which he spoke – Repent! Without preamble it refers us to the reality of sin and...

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February 11, 2018 Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

Both the first reading of today taken from the Book of Leviticus and the Gospel, speak about leprosy. I have often wondered why this particular sickness is mentioned. I am sure that people suffered from different types of ailments, yet leprosy seems to have had such an impact in the...

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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 28, 2018 Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

In the First Reading, we heard of God’s promise to Moses that He would raise up for us a prophet. This is only one of God’s many promises that were made and are found in the Old Testament, each of them having been fulfilled through Jesus Christ as revealed in...

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January 21, 2018 Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

During today’s First Reading from the Book of Jonah, we heard how Jonah answered God’s calling. Jonah was called by God and told to get up and to go to Nineveh, that great city, where he was to proclaim the message of the Lord. In obedience to the Lord God,...

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January 14, 2018 Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

The theme of the readings this week and this weekend is crystal clear: God calls us. If we had ears we would hear God calling all day long. He calls adults, children, sick people, people at work, people on holidays, sinful people, holy people. God never stops calling – all...

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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 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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