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Dimensions of Discipleship – A Homily for the 25th Sunday of the Year

September 23, 2017 8 Comments
Dimensions of Discipleship – A Homily for the 25th Sunday of the Year

What Jesus teaches in this Sunday’s Gospel is one of those parables that rock our world and challenge our worldly way of thinking. Frankly, that is one of its purposes. We are tempted to side with the laborers who worked the longest, thinking that their being paid the same amount as those who worked only […]

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Finding Forgiveness Through the Magnificence of Mercy – A Homily for the 24th Sunday of the Year

September 16, 2017 4 Comments
Finding Forgiveness Through the Magnificence of Mercy – A Homily for the 24th Sunday of the Year

The Gospel this Sunday draws us into a remarkably sensitive area of the faith, that of forgiving others who may have harmed us. There are many who been authentically hurt and others who in offering forgiveness will become vulnerable to further harm. Forgiveness is something we experience as a very personal call; in some cases, it […]

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The Obligation of Clear, Compassionate Correction of the Sinner – A Homily for the 23rd Sunday of the Year

September 9, 2017 4 Comments
The Obligation of Clear, Compassionate Correction of the Sinner – A Homily for the 23rd Sunday of the Year

We live in times in which there is a widespread notion that to correct sinners is to “judge” them. Never mind that it is sin that we judge, not the sinner. Never mind that in accusing us of judging, the worldly-minded are themselves doing the very judging they condemn. Never mind any of that; the […]

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Trademarks of the True Messiah – A Homily for the 22nd Sunday of the Year

September 2, 2017 4 Comments
Trademarks of the True Messiah – A Homily for the 22nd Sunday of the Year

In Sunday’s Gospel the Lord firmly sets before us the need for the cross, not as an end in itself, but as the way to glory. Let’s consider the Gospel in three stages. I.  The Pattern that is Announced – The text says, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and […]

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Of Peter and the Papacy – A Homily for the 21st Sunday of the Year

August 26, 2017 11 Comments
Of Peter and the Papacy – A Homily for the 21st Sunday of the Year

The Gospel today sets forth the biblical basis for the Office of Peter, the Office of the Papacy, for Peter’s successors are the Popes. The word “pope” is simply an English version (via Anglo-Saxon and Germanic tongues) of the word “papa.” The Pope is affectionately called “Papa” in Italian and Spanish as an affectionate indication […]

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While on Others Thou Art Calling, Do Not Pass Me By – A Homily for the 20th Sunday of the Year

August 19, 2017 5 Comments
While on Others Thou Art Calling, Do Not Pass Me By – A Homily for the 20th Sunday of the Year

The Gospel this Sunday teaches us to pray always and not to lose heart. It is about being tenacious in prayer, continuing to beseech the Lord even when the results are discouraging. It is also about the Lord’s will to extend the Gospel to all the nations and to make the Church truly catholic. Let’s look […]

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Fix Your Focus – A Homily for the 19th Sunday of the Year

August 12, 2017 5 Comments
Fix Your Focus – A Homily for the 19th Sunday of the Year

The Gospel today is about faith and about focus. It teaches that although storms and struggles inevitably arise, we have a choice as to whether we focus on them or on Jesus. The message is clear: “Keep your eyes on the prize. Hold on!” Let’s look at this Gospel in three stages: Perceived Distance, Produced […]

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Learning to See – A Homily for the Feast of the Transfiguration

August 5, 2017 5 Comments
Learning to See – A Homily for the Feast of the Transfiguration

The Feast of the Transfiguration is ultimately about vision. The Lord brought Peter, James, and John up a high mountain in order that they might come to see. Even the word that describes this day bespeaks vision. It is from the Latin transfiguratione. Trans means “across,” and by extension, “change.” Figura means “shape” or “form.” […]

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