August 4, 2019 Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

“Vanity of vanities!  All things are vanity”!  Today begin with our First Reading from the Book of Ecclesiastes in which the Prophet declares that all is vanity.  What is the definition  of “vanity”?  Webster’s  dictionary says it means “pride”.  The original meaning of “vanity” as used in the readings: “an...

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July 7, 2019 Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

Today we hear the story of Jesus sending seventy two disciples ahead of him to preach the good news.   Jesus gives them a simple mission; he told them to say, “The Kingdom of God is at hand.”  It is important for us to ask at this time: What exactly is...

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June 2, 2019 Ascension Sunday Homily

During the Easter season we have focused on Jesus’ two-step plan: faith and action.  In the Gospel we see how faith guides action.  This can be seen in the longest recorded prayer of Jesus in the Gospel of John.  Jesus prayed this aloud at his last supper meal with his...

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March 31, 2019 Fourth Sunday of Lent Homily

The Gospel reading this week includes one of Jesus’ greatest parables.  It contains many themes and images that represent what this season of Lent is all about. That of “hope, mercy and love.” The Parable of the Prodigal Son opens with “tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to...

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March 3, 2019 Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

An Unknown Poet once wrote: “I dreamt death came the other night and heaven’s gate swung wide.  With kindly grace an angel came and ushered me inside.  And there, to my astonishment, stood folks I’d known on earth.  Some I had judged `most unfit’ and others of `little worth.’  Indignant...

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February 3, 2019 Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

Surprised by Jesus’ words and actions, the people shouted in villages of Galilee, “a great prophet has arisen among us!”  They had heard that He had performed miracles, and they wanted Him to perform some for them.  However this isn’t what happens in Nazareth when he appears among his neighbors...

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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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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 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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