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 24, 2019 Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

We are presented for consideration today one of the very hardest of Jesus’ commands: “Love your enemies”. This injunction comes in the very first sentence of today’s text and the rest of the extract could be regarded as simply a commentary on it. What we are talking about is ethics,...

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February 17, 2019 Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

Do you ever stop to think that, roughly speaking, eight out of ten Catholics no longer come to Mass? That’s a lot of people! It means that there should be another eight people sitting next to you. There are many reasons for their absence – the analysts of such things...

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February 10, 2019 Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

What powerful readings that we have just heard from the Holy Scriptures. What I mean by powerful is that the readings make us think twice of how we would behave if we suddenly found ourselves in the Divine Presence of our Lord Jesus Christ. Many of us would like to...

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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 27, 2019 Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

Today we celebrate the third Sunday in Ordinary Time. Throughout this liturgical year, which is referred to as Year C, we will listen to the Gospel of Luke. The gospel text of today – specially edited for the occasion – begins with the prologue of the Gospel in which Luke...

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January 20, 2019 Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

The first reading today, from the Prophet Isaiah, speaks about what has happened to God’s Chosen People, Israel, His beloved.  Israel has been more or less destroyed and its faith watered down and weakened over the centuries. Yet the Prophet Isaiah, looking into the future, states:  Nations shall behold your...

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January 13, 2019 Baptism of the Lord Homily

Most people don’t think about Baptism very deeply. This is manifested clearly at parish Baptism preparation sessions. When asked why they have brought the child for Baptism parents are caught unaware; this is already very telling. They become suddenly uncomfortable. Mom looks at dad, dad looks at his feet. Well,...

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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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January 1, 2019 Mary, Mother of God Homily

One of the things I love about the Catholic Church is her courage when it comes to speaking of Mary. Protestantism is timid in speaking of her but Catholicism never hesitates to talk about Mary. The Church will confidently give to Mary all her titles and will speak of all...

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