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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August 6, 2017 Transfiguration Homily

Today we celebrate the feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord. This feast recalls Jesus’ glorification before his crucifixion. We not only remember this event in the life of Jesus and his followers, but the deeper meaning of this event is that Christ rules all creation. The first reading from...

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