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If You Can Use Anything Lord, You Can Use Me – A Homily for the 11th Sunday of the Year

June 16, 2018 6 Comments
If You Can Use Anything Lord, You Can Use Me – A Homily for the 11th Sunday of the Year

The readings for this Sunday speak of God’s providence, which is often displayed in humble, hidden, and mysterious ways. While it is true that God sometimes works in overpowering ways, His more common method seems to be using the humble and even unlikely things of the created order to accomplish His goals. For us who […]

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Three Crucial Questions, One Crucial Plan: A Homily for the 10th Sunday of the Year

June 9, 2018 0 Comments
Three Crucial Questions, One Crucial Plan: A Homily for the 10th Sunday of the Year

In the first reading for Sunday (from Genesis) the Lord asks three important questions and sets into motion a “crucial” plan for our salvation. The word “crucial” is rooted in the Latin word for cross (crux or crucis). As such, it indicates something that is central by a coming together of the horizontal and vertical. […]

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Unless – A Homily for Corpus Christi

June 2, 2018 1 Comment
Unless – A Homily for Corpus Christi

I.  The Reality of the Eucharist On this solemn feast we are called above all to faith in the fact (as revealed by the Lord Himself) that the Eucharist, the Holy Communion of which we partake, is in fact a reception of the very Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ, whole and entire, […]

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One and One and One Are One – A Homily for Trinity Sunday

May 26, 2018 4 Comments
One and One and One Are One – A Homily for Trinity Sunday

There is an old spiritual that says, “My God is so high you can’t get over Him. He’s so low you can’t get under Him. He’s so wide you can’t get around Him. You must come in, by and through the Lamb.” It’s not a bad way of saying that God is “other.” He is […]

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The Spirit of the Lord Filled the Earth – A Homily for Pentecost

May 19, 2018 3 Comments
The Spirit of the Lord Filled the Earth – A Homily for Pentecost

What a wondrous and challenging feast we celebrate at Pentecost! A feast like this challenges us because it puts to the lie a lazy, sleepy, hidden, and tepid Christian life. The Lord Jesus said to apostles, and still says to us, I have come to cast a fire on the earth (Luke 12:49). This is […]

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What Does the Ascension Accomplish for Us? A Homily for the Feast of the Ascension

May 12, 2018 0 Comments
What Does the Ascension Accomplish for Us? A Homily for the Feast of the Ascension

This marvelous feast is not merely about something that took place two thousand years ago, for although Christ our Head has ascended, we the members of His body are ascending with Him. Because He ascended, we too have ascended. In my own life as a Christian, I am brought higher every year by the Lord, […]

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On the Paradoxical Connection Between Love and Law – A Homily for the 6th Sunday of Easter

May 5, 2018 2 Comments
On the Paradoxical Connection Between Love and Law – A Homily for the 6th Sunday of Easter

In the Sunday Gospel, Jesus cuts right through the modern Western tendency to place love in opposition with law, and law in opposition with joy. Jesus joins all three concepts and summons us to a new attitude. I. Connections – Jesus says, As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If […]

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The King of Love My Shepherd Is – A Homily for the 4th Sunday of Easter

April 21, 2018 5 Comments
The King of Love My Shepherd Is – A Homily for the 4th Sunday of Easter

On this fourth Sunday of Easter, we turn a corner of sorts. Up until now we have been reading of the resurrection appearances themselves. Today we begin to see how the risen Lord ministers to us as the Good Shepherd. In effect, the Lord gives us four basic pictures or teachings of how, as the […]

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