January 3, 2021 The Epiphany of the Lord

On this Sunday we celebrate the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, one of the most important celebrations of the Liturgical Year. This Solemnity of the Epiphany celebrates the revelation of the Messiah or the Savior of the world to all the nations and the peoples of the world....

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January 1, 2021 Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God

A young priest went to his bishop with this complaint: “I have great difficulty preaching. I cannot get the people’s attention.” As an advice His Excellency suggested: “Say something striking at the beginning of your homily.” “Could you give me an example?” begged the young priest. “Well,” suggested the bishop,...

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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 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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April 12, 2020 Easter Sunday Homily

It would have been very cold so early on that spring morning when the women left their houses laden with their spices and cloths. They had a job to do and they knew how to do it. Most probably they had done it many times before. The narrative of our...

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