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Decide Now Whom You Will Fear: A Homily for the 12th Sunday of the Year

June 24, 2017 2 Comments
Decide Now Whom You Will Fear: A Homily for the 12th Sunday of the Year

The Lord speaks to us today of one of the most central struggles in our life: fear. Yes, fear is one of our deepest drives and though it has a positive purpose, too often we miss the mark in directing its energy. The positive role of fear is to alert us that something is wrong […]

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

June 3, 2017 1 Comment
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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Love Lifted Me – A Homily for the Ascension of the Lord

May 27, 2017 7 Comments
Love Lifted Me – A Homily for the Ascension of the Lord

In more dioceses than not, the Feast of the Ascension is celebrated this Sunday. The liturgist in me regrets the move from Thursday, but here we are any way. Let’s ascend with the Lord, three days late! This marvelous feast is not merely about something that took place two thousand years ago, for though Christ […]

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Living the Lessons of Love – A Homily for the 6th Sunday of Easter

May 20, 2017 3 Comments
Living the Lessons of Love – A Homily for the 6th Sunday of Easter

In the Gospel for today’s Mass, Jesus gives us three lessons on love meant to prepare us for the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. They also go a long way in describing the normal Christian life. Too many Christians see the Faith more as a set of rules to keep than as a […]

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Are You Smarter than a Sheep?

May 6, 2017 5 Comments
Are You Smarter than a Sheep?

The Fourth Sunday of Easter is traditionally called Good Shepherd Sunday, for the readings focus on how our risen Lord Jesus is our shepherd, who leads us to eternal life. Of course the flip side is that we are sheep. We sometimes miss the humor of the Lord calling us sheep. He could have said […]

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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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