July 31, 2017 Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

This is the third week in a row that Jesus offers the crowds a parable containing the image of a field. First there was the field in which the seed of God’s word was sown. Then came the field into which the enemy sowed the darnel seeds. This week we...

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July 23.2017 Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

The gospel tells us of a field. The field is the world. Jesus is the master of the field. Jesus sows seed – good seed, of course – the subjects of the kingdom. Hopefully that’s us. The seed grows and matures until the harvest. At the end of time the...

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July 16,2017 Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

We are advised to take care of our heart, to watch our diet, to exercise, to undergo cardiovascular screening. But there is another heart, our spiritual heart. Jesus spoke often about our spiritual heart. Let us listen to some of what Jesus said about our heart: This people honors me...

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July 9, 2017 Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

The simplest truths are, sometimes, the deepest truths. Because such truths seem so simple and too familiar, sometimes, we take them for granted. In today’s Gospel Reading, we have such truths, with Jesus saying: “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will...

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July 2, 2017, Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

It appears that summer has finally arrived in the Flathead Valley! And with that comes warmer temperatures, sunny days, and visitors. It is a season of patience with increased traffic, longer lines, and waiting. It is easy to forget that the beauty we appreciate belongs to everybody, not just those...

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June 25, 2017 Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

A martyr is one who gives his life for Christ and his Church. In every age the Church has brought forth many martyrs – men, women, and children – who surrendered their lives rather than deny the Master. These Christians chose to accept being thrown to the lions, crucified, beheaded,...

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