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 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 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 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 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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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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September 3, 2017 Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Last week –we heard the story of Jesus asking the disciples who they thought he was and his church that was built upon him. This week our readings tell of Christ’s sufferings for his disciples and their sufferings for him. Let’s begin by asking ourselves a simple question. What is...

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Homily for the Epiphany of the Lord

Today’s feast of the Epiphany celebrates more than the visit of the Magi; it is the manifestation of God to all.  To know and to encounter Jesus Christ is to know God personally.  In the encounter of the wise men with Jesus we see the plan of God to give...

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