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Blessing or Woe: You Decide. A Homily for the 6th Sunday of the Year

February 16, 2019 0 Comments
Blessing or Woe: You Decide. A Homily for the 6th Sunday of the Year

The Gospel passage this Sunday is Luke’s version of the Beatitudes. Being paradoxical, they are difficult to understand. We do not usually refer to the poor as blessed, but rather the well off; we do not typically call those who mourn blessed, but rather the joyful. The word “beatitude” itself means “supreme blessedness.” In ancient […]

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But at Your Command I Will Lower the Nets – A Homily for the 5th Sunday of the Year

February 9, 2019 3 Comments
But at Your Command I Will Lower the Nets – A Homily for the 5th Sunday of the Year

This Sunday’s Gospel describes the call of Simon Peter, one that takes place in several stages. While it is presented in a compact time frame, for most of us it takes place over a longer period, as the Lord works to deepen our faith and heighten our call. The upshot of the Gospel is that […]

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A “Rule of Life” for Prophets – A Homily for the 4th Sunday of the Year

February 2, 2019 2 Comments
A “Rule of Life” for Prophets – A Homily for the 4th Sunday of the Year

Prophets are those who speak for God. They love Him and His people. They speak the often-painful truth to God’s people not to win an argument but because of their love and their conviction that only His undiluted truth can save us in the end. People-pleasing and other forms of human respect cannot supplant reverence […]

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On the Wonder of the Word of God – A Homily for the 3rd Sunday of the Year

January 26, 2019 2 Comments
On the Wonder of the Word of God – A Homily for the 3rd Sunday of the Year

The Gospel for this Sunday is continued next week, so I will postpone its analysis until then. Instead, I will focus on the first reading, which is from Nehemiah chapter 8. It is a wonderful meditation on the glory and wonder of the Word of God, and it deserves our attention. The background of the […]

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Biblical Basics about Mother Mary – A Homily for the Second Sunday of the Year

January 19, 2019 2 Comments
Biblical Basics about Mother Mary – A Homily for the Second Sunday of the Year

In this Sunday’s Gospel passage of the wedding feast at Cana, there is a theological portrait of both Mother Mary and prayer. Let’s look at the Gospel along five lines: I. The place that Mary has – The text says, There was a wedding at Cana in Galilee and the mother of Jesus was there. […]

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Jesus Does Not Go into the Water Alone; He Takes Us with Him – A Reflection on the Baptism of the Lord

January 12, 2019 5 Comments
Jesus Does Not Go into the Water Alone; He Takes Us with Him – A Reflection on the Baptism of the Lord

This Sunday’s Feast of the Baptism of the Lord is a time to reflect on not only the Lord’s Baptism but our own. In an extended sense, when Christ is baptized, so are we, for we are members of His Body. As Christ enters the water, He makes holy the water that will baptize us. […]

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The Journey of Faith – A Homily for the Feast of Epiphany

January 5, 2019 4 Comments
The Journey of Faith – A Homily for the Feast of Epiphany

There are so many wonderful details in the Epiphany story: the call of the Gentiles, their enthusiastic response, the significance of the star they seek, the gifts they bring, the dramatic interaction with Herod, and their ultimate rejection of Herod in favor of Christ. In this meditation, I would like to follow these Magi in […]

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A Homily for the Feast of the Holy Family

December 29, 2018 4 Comments
A Homily for the Feast of the Holy Family

Here in the middle of the Christmas Octave, the Church bids us to celebrate the feast of the Holy Family. On the old calendar, the feast of the Holy Family falls on the Sunday after Epiphany, which makes some sense. It is a bit odd to read, a mere five days after celebrating Jesus’ birth, […]

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