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Just a Little Talk with Jesus Makes It Right – A Homily for the Third Sunday of Lent

March 18, 2017 8 Comments
Just a Little Talk with Jesus Makes It Right – A Homily for the Third Sunday of Lent

As we examine the Gospel for this weekend’s Mass we do well to understand that is about human desires and how the Lord reaches us through them. Prior to examining the text in detail, let’s consider a few things: What it is that really makes you happy? We desire so many things: food, water, shelter, […]

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Triumph in Temptation – A Homily for the First Sunday of Lent

March 4, 2017 4 Comments
Triumph in Temptation – A Homily for the First Sunday of Lent

The Gospel today says that Jesus was tempted by the devil in the desert. Hebrews 4:15 also affirms, For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. How exactly a divine person, with a sinless […]

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Advice from the Lord in Overcoming Anxiety – A Sermon for the 8th Sunday of the Year

February 26, 2017 7 Comments
Advice from the Lord in Overcoming Anxiety – A Sermon for the 8th Sunday of the Year

When we read today’s Gospel (from the Sermon on the Mount) we must be careful not to misinterpret its basic vision. Jesus is not telling us what to do, but rather is offering us something to receive. The wrong way to interpret this Gospel is to think that Jesus is just saying, “Stop worrying.” We […]

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The Cycle of Hatred and Retribution Ends with Me – A Homily for the 7th Sunday of the Year

February 18, 2017 9 Comments
The Cycle of Hatred and Retribution Ends with Me – A Homily for the 7th Sunday of the Year

In today’s Gospel the Lord is teaching us, by His grace, to break the cycle of hatred and retribution. When someone harms me I may well become angry, and in my anger seek to get back at the offender. If I do that, though, then Satan has earned a second victory and brought the anger […]

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King of Thieves and King of the Universe – A Homily for the Solemnity of Christ the King

November 19, 2016 3 Comments
King of Thieves and King of the Universe – A Homily for the Solemnity of Christ the King

Jesus Christ is King of Thieves, though He never stole. He is savior of sinners, though He never sinned. Today’s Gospel chosen presents Jesus as reigning from the cross. Nothing could be more paradoxical. Let’s look at it from four perspectives:  I. Vision – Today’s Gospel presents a vision or image of the Church. We […]

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A Funeral Sermon Designed to Teach on the Last Things and Inspire Prayer

November 16, 2016 9 Comments
A Funeral Sermon Designed to Teach on the Last Things and Inspire Prayer

In Monday’s post, I discussed some of the more common problems with funerals; it provides background for the homily I summarize in today’s post. In it, I tried to teach on what I think are the central themes that should be emphasized in Christian funerals. I do not necessarily preach every word you see here […]

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Our Journey Through a Passing World – A Homily for the 33rd Sunday of the Year

November 12, 2016 2 Comments
Our Journey Through a Passing World – A Homily for the 33rd Sunday of the Year

During the month of November, the Church has us ponder the Four Last Things: death, judgment, Heaven, and Hell. As the golden gown of autumn gives way to the lifeless look of winter, we are encouraged to see that our lives are on a trajectory that leads to autumn and then to the winter of […]

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Enigmatic Yet Enduring – A Homily for the Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome

November 8, 2016 2 Comments
Enigmatic Yet Enduring – A Homily for the Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome

Today is the Feast of St. John Lateran Basilica in Rome. This, not St. Peter’s is the Pope’s true Cathedral. And thus in celebrating this Feast, we celebrate the unity of the Church. The Pope’s work is to unite and strengthen the members of the Church, whom the devil would like to sift (divide) like […]

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