October 20, 2019 Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

Jesus tells a story that is all too true – a defenseless widow is taken advantaged of and refused her rights.  There are two characters in Jesus’ parable: they are complete opposites.  First, there is the judge, “neither feared God nor respected any human being.”  He took no responsibility for...

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October 13, 2019 Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

Gratitude is like a rare flower found in a wintry landscape. Our human nature tends to take for granted favors and gifts, especially those that come from God.            An Israelite slave girl belonging to Naaman, a Syrian official who had contracted leprosy, told her master about the prophet of...

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October 6, 2019 Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

Faith. This is a word that we throw around a lot in religion. But what does it mean? Before we look at today’s readings, let’s perhaps review its meaning. Faith is about the future. It is about belief, and it is about trust and loyalty. If we look at faith...

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September 29, 2019 Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

It is no sin to be rich, even though Jesus did say that the rich would have a harder time getting into heaven than the rest of us would. But there’s no virtue in being poor either, even if Jesus once did call the poor “blessed.” Today’s Gospel story helps...

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September 22, 2019 Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

The Gospel passage you’ve just heard is a part of a series of parables dealing with spiritual crises that are generated when we misuse our possessions, when we end up being possessed by our possessions. The lesson today involves, as you all know, the devious and clever wicked steward who...

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September 15, 2019 Twenty Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

Today’s Liturgy tells us that “tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear Jesus speak” (Luke 15:1).  Not just a few, but “ALL”.  The poor, the sick, and the lame were universally attracted to Jesus because he offered hope.   The scribes and Pharisees took great offense at...

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September 1, 2019, Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

The science class was discussing about whales. The teacher pointed out that this large creature has a very small throat that would make it physically impossible to swallow a human. But one boy objected: “But according to the Bible, Jonah was swallowed by a whale!” The teacher dismissed the comment...

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August 25, 2019 Twenty first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus was a great traveler, always on the move. What drove him was the Gospel, the Good News of the Kingdom. Somehow it was a burden to him that there were people who had not yet heard it and so he kept moving: Through towns and villages he went …...

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August 18, 2019 Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

During today’s First Reading, we heard how Jeremiah was mistreated by the king and his officials. These persons of authority did not appreciate hearing the Word of God that was being prophesied through the mouth of Jeremiah. While it cannot be denied that Jeremiah was delivering bad news, such was...

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August 11, 2019 Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

Jesus said, “Be like those who are waiting for their master to return.” [Lk. 12:36] In this command, we find the beautiful virtues of faith and patience. In the past there was a city in United States where at one time, ten percent of working fathers were truck drivers. Those...

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