October 15, 2017 Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

Today’s readings from the Book of Isaiah, the Letter of Paul to the Philippians and the Gospel of Matthew speak of an invitation to the Great Feast of the Lord Jesus. Summarizing these readings, the first one is prophetic in nature. It speaks of the Great Feast that is to...

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October 8, 2017 Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

Today, when listening to the readings, we heard similarities between the First Reading from the Book of Isaiah and the reading from the Gospel of Matthew. Both spoke on the same subject in different ways. The Book of Isaiah referred to this subject as “The Song of the Unfruitful Vineyard”...

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October 1, 2017 Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

To begin today, let’s recap our Gospel reading from Matthew. In the parable of the two sons, Jesus tells a simple story of two imperfect sons to illustrate the way of God’s kingdom. Everything the father had belonged to them as well. The father allowed his sons to work in...

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September 24, 2017 Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

Brothers and sisters, today, during the reading of the Holy Scriptures, we heard of God’s righteousness and mercy. We were told that we must seek righteousness in order to receive the mercy of God. We were told that the righteousness of man embraces living and dying for Christ. And, we...

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September 17, 2017 Twenty Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

In the Church today there are two groups of people: Those who believe we should forgive because otherwise God won’t forgive us. Those who believe we should forgive because God has already forgiven us. Each one of us here would do well to ask ourselves which group we belong to....

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September 10, 2017 Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

If your brother does something wrong… Jesus is speaking here to his disciples about correction within the community of believers. The manner of this correction is aimed at preserving communion even if, ultimately, the offender refuses correction and shows himself to be outside the communion of the Church. It is...

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September 3, 2017 Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Last week –we heard the story of Jesus asking the disciples who they thought he was and his church that was built upon him. This week our readings tell of Christ’s sufferings for his disciples and their sufferings for him. Let’s begin by asking ourselves a simple question. What is...

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August 27, 2017 Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

What was it that Jesus was trying to do in his preaching? Almost every parable, every story he tells, his entire message is really about one thing – the kingdom of heaven. Think about it. Each parable begins with the words “The kingdom of heaven is like……” When he teaches...

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August 20, 2017 Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

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 13, 2017 Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

Every hospital bed is a little boat floating alone on a vast and dangerous sea. It is little because it is entirely at the mercy of the waves, defenseless. It is alone because it is little; there is room for only one passenger. Family members can come and sit on...

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