February 23, 2020 Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Saint Paul in our second reading today uses a wonderful image to show us that God is building us up into a worthy dwelling place for him to live in us. But he says that we are not being formed into any old home for God,…… “We are invited to...

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February 16, 2020 Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

When a pre-schooler touches something hot, he learns that it burns. If he climbs on a chair or up the stairs, he learns that he can fall down. Most children do fall and bump their little head. In child development, the child progressively learns by natural instinct how to use...

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February 9, 2020 Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

In the Gospels of previous Sundays we have been following the story of Jesus’ early career.  He went to be baptized.  Then, when he heard that John the Baptist had been murdered, he moved from Galilee to Capernaum.  Here He chose his apostles.  And last Sunday we reminisced about his...

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February 2, 2020 The Presentation of the Lord

Forty days after Christmas, we celebrate the Lord who enters the Temple and comes to encounter his people. In the Christian East, this feast is called the “Feast of Encounter”: it is the encounter between God, who became a child to bring newness to our world, and an expectant humanity,...

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January 26, 2020 Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

In our Gospel reading today we hear about the call of the very first disciples right at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry—first Simon Peter and Andrew then James and John. You might think that these very first disciples were a bit simple. While they are busy working at their everyday...

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January 19, 2020 Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today we begin what the liturgical calendar describes as Tempus Per Annum which, literally translated, means Time Through The Year. In other words, the time of the year which is not taken up with some special celebration like Advent, Lent, or Easter. The English rendering of Tempus per Annum is...

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January 12, 2020 The Baptism of the Lord

The Baptism of the Lord Homily   Today, we solemnly celebrate the feast of “The Baptism of the Lord.” Till yesterday, we celebrated an ‘infant Jesus.’ From today, we celebrate an ‘adult Jesus.’ This is why today’s celebration marks the transition from the liturgical season of Christmas into the liturgical season...

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January 5, 2020 The Epiphany of the Lord

  The Feast of the Epiphany is the oldest feast in the Liturgical Calendar after Easter and Pentecost.  Epiphany was celebrated long before even Christmas itself came to be regarded as a feast. The word Epiphany literally means “manifestation” and refers to the appearance or making known of Christ.  In...

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January 1, 2020 Mary, Mother of God Sunday

What is a good homily? You’ve listened to hundreds, maybe thousands, of them; what is a good homily? Here are some answers I imagine you might give. A good homily is: short, interesting, instructive, entertaining, relevant to life, based on scripture, helpful…all of the above. From my perspective a good...

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December 29, 2019 Holy Family Sunday

What is a good homily? You’ve listened to hundreds, maybe thousands, of them; what is a good homily? Here are some answers I imagine you might give. A good homily is: short, interesting, instructive, entertaining, relevant to life, based on scripture, helpful…all of the above. From my perspective a good...

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