May 19, 2019 Fifth Sunday of Easter Homily

It’s good to observe people in church before Mass as you come in. You drive your car, you walk in. You smile and greet one another. Many of you are known. Some are visitors – from interesting places, even overseas, and from other states of the United States. You come in...

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May 12, 2019 Fourth Sunday of Easter Homily

The Holy Father is the shepherd of the universal Church. Every bishop is the shepherd of his diocese. Every parish priest is the shepherd of his parish. Parents are the shepherds of their children. Being a shepherd is not easy; being a good shepherd is even more difficult. There are...

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May 5, 2019 Third Sunday of Easter Homily

Some people refer to the gospel story we just heard, Jesus’ conversation with Peter by the Sea of Tiberias, as Peter’s Conversion. Others call it Peter’s Confession. Peter’s Confession is appropriate whether we understand confession to mean a declaration of faith or an admission of guilt. It is easy to...

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April 28, 2019 Second Sunday of Easter Homily

The prayer Jesus I trust in you is the heart of the Divine Mercy devotion. The mercy of God is our only hope – and every day, as we walk the various paths of life, we learn to whisper over and over again, deep down in our hearts: Jesus, I...

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April 21, 2019 Easter Sunday Homily

When Adam and Eve turned from God they turned also from their own inner self as well as from each other. We could say they found themselves in dis-grace. Their destiny to return to God could now no longer be accomplished. They, and we, were doomed to live in a...

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April 20, 2019 Easter Vigil Homily

The truths of our faith are as startling as they are simple. What, for example, is there not to understand about the foundational truth: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth or: God fashioned man of dust from the soil? Theologians may debate the finer details and...

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April 18, 2019 Holy Thursday Homily

Our celebration tonight is very joyful. We remember the Last Supper in a particular way and we remember Jesus giving us the Eucharist during the Last Supper, his Body and Blood, and giving us the priesthood during the Last Supper so that we can continue to have Jesus present in...

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April 7, 2019 Fifth Sunday of Lent Homily

Who remembers last Sunday’s Gospel? Of course, you do, it was the parable of the prodigal son. This week’s Gospel is remarkably similar, the story of a woman caught in the act of adultery. Each Gospel presents a sinner – a bad sinner. A son who insults his father by...

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March 24, 2019 Third Sunday of Lent Homily

In our newspapers we read of disasters and watch catastrophes on television. And we deal with painful tragedies in the lives of our friends and loved ones, and ask: “Where is God?”, “How can God allow these things to go on?” It is implicitly the question put to Jesus in...

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March 17, 2019 Second Sunday of Lent Homily

What a grace for Peter and James and John to see Jesus transfigured. They got a preview of the glory of Jesus risen from the dead and his glory in heaven. It was also a preview of the glory we all hope to share in heaven. It was not the...

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