August 4, 2019 Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

“Vanity of vanities!  All things are vanity”!  Today begin with our First Reading from the Book of Ecclesiastes in which the Prophet declares that all is vanity.  What is the definition  of “vanity”?  Webster’s  dictionary says it means “pride”.  The original meaning of “vanity” as used in the readings: “an...

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July 28, 2019 Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

Last week, when Jesus came to visit Martha and Mary, Martha made a choice; she went to the kitchen. Mary, too, made a choice: She sat down at the Lord’s feet and listened to him speaking. Jesus pointed out to Martha that Mary had made the ‘better choice’. Martha set...

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July 21, 2019 Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

What a delightful story from the book of Genesis today; so simple and yet so profound! Abraham is sitting at the entrance of his tent; it’s hot, the hottest part of the day. He looks up and sees three men standing nearby. In America we would expect him to give...

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July 14, 2019 Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

It’s hard to believe this story is two thousand years old. And, every time you hear it or read it, it seems fresh again. I think one of the things that we fail to remember when we study the gospel of Luke, he is a wonderful storyteller and he just...

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July 7, 2019 Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

Today we hear the story of Jesus sending seventy two disciples ahead of him to preach the good news.   Jesus gives them a simple mission; he told them to say, “The Kingdom of God is at hand.”  It is important for us to ask at this time: What exactly is...

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