December 27, 2020 The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph

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 25, 2020 The Nativity of the Lord, Christmas

There is a picture I saw on the internet recently. On the picture there is a family with a little baby by the door outside the house knocking to the door. It is dark around and cold outside. You can tell the family is looking for place to stay overnight....

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December 20, 2020 Fourth Sunday of Advent

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is upon us once again. I’ve always had a special place in my heart for Christmas, not because of the presents and all of the good food and all of the feeling, the general feeling of closeness (people seem to be closer to each...

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December 13, 2020 Third Sunday of Advent

What will bring you joy and happiness? There are various types of joy and happiness; some are superficial and come and go but there is also deeper and lasting joy and happiness that abides and remains. The economic crisis or a pandemic of this time, with all the pain it...

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December 6, 2020 Second Sunday of Advent

A patient called up her doctor. Something is wrong with her; she needed emergency treatment in her house. “Can you have somebody drive me because my car broke down today?” the doctor said. “My husband and my children are here,” the patient replied. ‘All of them can drive but I...

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November 29, 2020 First Sunday of Advent

If you have been attentive to the Gospel readings over the last three weeks we will have noticed a certain pattern emerging. Firstly, they all speak about a certain ‘time’ that will undoubtedly come – the time of the return of someone important who has been absent. Two weeks ago...

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November 22, 2020 Our Lord Jesus Christ King of the Universe

The crisis of today is the refusal to believe in moral absolutes. We believe that truth cannot be known with certainty. Maybe it’s true, maybe it isn’t! Today we no longer have truth, we have opinions. And the question arises: How can one be a Christian who is a person...

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November 15, 2020 Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

I want to begin today by noting that in Jesus’ time among us a talent was a huge amount of money. The coin denominated as a talent was very valuable indeed. For us today we think of talents not as money but as special personal gifts we may have. We...

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November 8, 2020 Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

In our first reading from the book of Wisdom God invites Solomon to ask for any gift he wants – and he asks for wisdom! – Wisdom to run his kingdom. Would you have thought of asking for something like that? Lord, I need good looks, I want to be...

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November 1, 2020 All Saints’ Day

A pumpkin story: “What is it like to be a Christian Saint? ”It is like being a Halloween pumpkin. God picks you up from the field, brings you in, and washes all the dirt off you by inviting you to confess your sins and seek reconciliation. Then he cuts off...

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