April 1, 2018 Easter Sunday Homily

After the numbing senselessness and cruelty of Friday afternoon and the bleak despair of the day and night which followed we come to the experience of Sunday morning – when life, unexpectedly, once again takes on meaning. Although the tomb is empty this is no proof that Christ is risen....

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March 31, 2018 Holy Saturday Vigil Homily

It is Easter – the end of another long Lent.  But it isn’t the end.  Lent stirs up anticipation for Easter and we have arrived.  Where and how do we find ourselves?  Is it a new beginning for us?  No matter how many times we have celebrated Easter it is...

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March 30, 2018 Good Friday Homily

Today, we sit here in this church and we are saddened.  Saddened by our Savior being put to death.  Crucified on a tree.  A cross at Calvary.  By Him hanging on the Cross, He gave up everything.  Everything.  While we are sad, we also need to realize that it is...

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March 29, 2018 Holy Thursday Homily

The institution of the Eucharist and of the priesthood took place at the Last Supper. It took place within the context of a Passover meal about which we just read in the First Reading. This meal commemorated the core experience of the people of Israel, their deliverance from slavery in...

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March 25, 2018 Palm Sunday Reflection

Was there something that struck you in the face, in the heart, or in the guts as you listened to the Passion reading today? Was it the cunning malice of the chief priests and scribes who were seeking by some trick to kill Jesus? Was it the touching scene of...

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March 18, 2018 Fifth Sunday of Lent Homily

In the sacred scriptures God has his day and the devil has his hour. Until that hour came neither Satan nor his servants could do anything to harm Jesus. (John 7:30): They would have arrested him then, but because his time had not yet come no one laid a hand...

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March 11, 2018 Fourth Sunday of Lent Homily

The message for today is quite simple – “All is gift.”  Everything we see, feel, or possess is a gift from God.  In the first reading God’s great mercy on the repeatedly sinful people can only be gift, as He allows everything to be taken away until they realize what...

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March 4, 2018 Third Sunday of Lent Homily

Many chapters of the Book of Exodus concern the preparations for setting up the Tent of Meeting which the Hebrews carried around with them and set up each time they made camp in the desert. Inside this Tent, in the most holy and inner part of it called the Tabernacle,...

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February 25, 2018 Second Sunday of Lent Homily

In the reading from the book of Genesis that we just heard the author tell us that God put Abraham to a test. To be honest with you, I have a problem about that. My question is why would God need to test Abraham? Moreover, why would God need to...

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February 18, 2018 First Sunday of Lent Homily

The first command of Jesus’ public ministry is not forgive, serve, or even love – it is: Repent. Of all the words he could have chosen it was this word, this challenge, this command which he spoke – Repent! Without preamble it refers us to the reality of sin and...

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