August 16, 2020 Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today’s Reading from the Gospel of Matthew, [Mt. 15:21-28] the account of Jesus and the Canaanite woman, is one of the rare encounters of Jesus with Gentiles. As you all heard earlier, when Jesus went to the district of Tyre and Sidon, [Mt. 15:21] in Southern Phoenicia, He was approached...

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August 9, 2020 Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The account of this miracle is recorded in the Gospel so that we, like the disciples in the boat, might bow down before Jesus and acknowledge him to be the Son of God. In fact, all Jesus’ words and deeds were done for this reason: so that you may believe...

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August 2, 2020 Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

There is something very intimate about eating with another person. It is more than merely satisfying one’s hunger for food and quenching one’s thirst. Sharing a meal fulfills the hunger for human contact and interaction. It can be a sign of friendship and respect, even love. Families and friends enjoy...

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July 26, 2020 Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

This is the third week in a row that Jesus offers the crowds a parable containing the image of a field.  First there was the field in which the seed of God’s word was sown.  Then came the field into which the enemy sowed the weed seeds.  This week we...

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July 19, 2020 Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The gospel tells us of a field. The field is the world. Jesus is the master of the field. Jesus sows seed – good seed, of course – the subjects of the kingdom. Hopefully that’s us. The seed grows and matures until the harvest. At the end of time the...

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July 12, 2020 Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

We are advised to take care of our heart, to watch our diet, to exercise, to undergo cardiovascular screening. But there is another heart, our spiritual heart. Jesus spoke often about our spiritual heart. Let us listen to some of what Jesus said about our heart: This people honors me...

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July 5, 2020 Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

The simplest truths are, sometimes, the deepest truths. Because such truths seem so simple and too familiar, sometimes, we take them for granted. In today’s Gospel Reading, we have such truths, with Jesus saying: “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will...

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June 28, 2020 Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today we are reminded afresh by Jesus in the Gospel just what the cost of discipleship truly is. When He tells us that those who love father or mother, son or daughter more than Him are not worthy of Him, He is not telling us not to love our parents...

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June 21, 2020 Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

A martyr is one who gives his life for Christ and his Church. In every age the Church has brought forth many martyrs – men, women, and children – who surrendered their lives rather than deny the Master. These Christians chose to accept being thrown to the lions, crucified, beheaded,...

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June 14, 2020 The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

The miracle, that God gave his people manna from heaven to eat is wonderful indeed but is it any more wonderful than that he gave them oxygen to breathe or sunlight to walk in? We tend to classify the gifts of God according to how often he gives them to...

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