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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May 26, 2019 Sixth Sunday of Easter Homily

All of us have had to face moments of departure and loss. Was it when we were desperately in love and then the one we loved left us? Was it when we graduated from school and then suffered separation from our dear friends? Was it when a spouse or a...

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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 14, 2019 Palm Sunday Homily

In today’s world there is suffering everywhere, especially on our TV screens, and we have learned to close our senses to most of it. Our hearts remain unmoved by all but the tiny proportion, which occasionally manages to get under our guard. Isaiah, the prophet, on the other hand, describes...

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