September 13, 2020 Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

In the Church today there are two groups of people: Those who believe we should forgive because otherwise God won’t forgive us. Those who believe we should forgive because God has already forgiven us. Each one of us here would do well to ask ourselves which group we belong to....

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September 6, 2020 Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus is speaking here to his disciples about correction within the community of believers. The manner of this correction is aimed at preserving communion even if, ultimately, the offender refuses correction and shows himself to be outside the communion of the Church. It is important to note immediately that Jesus...

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August 30, 2020 Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

The secular, godless, materialistic world has two great enemies – suffering and death. From these two calamities it seeks to be delivered by its many gods: medicine, technology, psychology, science, and so on. For a Christian, things are very different. The worst thing that can befall a Christian is sin...

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August 23, 2020 Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

What was it that Jesus was trying to do in his preaching? Almost every parable, every story he tells, his entire message is really about one thing – the kingdom of heaven. Think about it. Each parable begins with the words “The kingdom of heaven is like……” When he teaches...

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August 16, 2020 Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today’s Reading from the Gospel of Matthew, [Mt. 15:21-28] the account of Jesus and the Canaanite woman, is one of the rare encounters of Jesus with Gentiles. As you all heard earlier, when Jesus went to the district of Tyre and Sidon, [Mt. 15:21] in Southern Phoenicia, He was approached...

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August 9, 2020 Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The account of this miracle is recorded in the Gospel so that we, like the disciples in the boat, might bow down before Jesus and acknowledge him to be the Son of God. In fact, all Jesus’ words and deeds were done for this reason: so that you may believe...

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August 2, 2020 Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

There is something very intimate about eating with another person. It is more than merely satisfying one’s hunger for food and quenching one’s thirst. Sharing a meal fulfills the hunger for human contact and interaction. It can be a sign of friendship and respect, even love. Families and friends enjoy...

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July 26, 2020 Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

This is the third week in a row that Jesus offers the crowds a parable containing the image of a field.  First there was the field in which the seed of God’s word was sown.  Then came the field into which the enemy sowed the weed seeds.  This week we...

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July 19, 2020 Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The gospel tells us of a field. The field is the world. Jesus is the master of the field. Jesus sows seed – good seed, of course – the subjects of the kingdom. Hopefully that’s us. The seed grows and matures until the harvest. At the end of time the...

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July 12, 2020 Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

We are advised to take care of our heart, to watch our diet, to exercise, to undergo cardiovascular screening. But there is another heart, our spiritual heart. Jesus spoke often about our spiritual heart. Let us listen to some of what Jesus said about our heart: This people honors me...

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