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On the Length of the Homily

September 17, 2018 26 Comments
On the Length of the Homily

During a recent day trip to Sicily, Pope Francis said that homilies should not last more than 8 minutes and that the entire Mass should be completed within 40 (although he may have been exaggerating on this second point). He has said similar things before. He is entitled to his opinion, of course, but I disagree. […]

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Not Your Average Messiah – A Homily for the 24th Sunday of the Year

September 15, 2018 2 Comments
Not Your Average Messiah – A Homily for the 24th Sunday of the Year

Jesus is Messiah and Lord, but He confounds every notion we have ever had about these titles. His power reaches perfection in “weakness” and He reigns from the cross. To the world this is utter absurdity, but the Lord insists that we meet Him at the cross. He chooses the foolish to shame the wise; […]

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The Love of the Law and the Law of Love – A Homily for the 22nd Sunday of the Year

September 1, 2018 1 Comment
The Love of the Law and the Law of Love – A Homily for the 22nd Sunday of the Year

This Sunday’s readings teach a proper understanding of God’s Law and its relationship to our hearts. The readings go a long way toward addressing the false dichotomy that many set up between love and the Law, as though the two were opposed; they are not. If we love God, we want what He wants and […]

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Two Hard Sayings in One Day – A Homily for the 21st Sunday of the Year

August 25, 2018 3 Comments
Two Hard Sayings in One Day – A Homily for the 21st Sunday of the Year

The readings this Sunday feature two “hard sayings,” one on the Eucharist, the other on marriage. One is hard because it defies our sensibilities, the other because it is out-of-season and politically incorrect. This is a long reflection. What I present here is really two separate sermons, but both merit some attention. The first “hard […]

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Costly Truth – A Homily for the 20th Sunday of the Year

August 18, 2018 7 Comments
Costly Truth – A Homily for the 20th Sunday of the Year

In the Gospel this Sunday, we continue with Jesus’ great treatise on the Eucharist (John 6). Although many of the Jewish listeners who hear Him speaking in the synagogue at Capernaum are grumbling and murmuring in protest at His insistence that they eat His flesh and drink His blood, Jesus does not back down. In […]

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Five Aspects of Faith – A Homily for the 19th Sunday of the Year

August 11, 2018 1 Comment
Five Aspects of Faith – A Homily for the 19th Sunday of the Year

The Gospel this Sunday amounts to a summons to faith by Jesus. He is summoning us to faith in Himself and in the truth He proclaims about His presence in the Holy Eucharist. Last week’s Gospel ended with Jesus declaring that He was the bread come down from Heaven. This Sunday’s Gospel opens with His […]

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Come Over Here Where the Feast of the Lord Is Going On – A Homily for the 18th Sunday of the Year

August 4, 2018 3 Comments
Come Over Here Where the Feast of the Lord Is Going On – A Homily for the 18th Sunday of the Year

All of the readings in this Sunday’s Mass speak of human desire. In the first reading, the Israelites in the desert are hungry, so are the people by the lakeside with Jesus in the Gospel reading, and in the Epistle, St. Paul warns of deceitful desires. In all these passages, God teaches us that our […]

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What Are Your Five Loaves and Two Fishes? A Homily for the 17th Sunday of the Year

July 28, 2018 2 Comments
What Are Your Five Loaves and Two Fishes? A Homily for the 17th Sunday of the Year

We have in this Sunday’s Gospel the very familiar miracle of the loaves and the fishes. One is tempted to say, “Oh, that one …” and then tune out, but it contains a personal appeal directly from the Lord’s lips to our ears: “Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?” Immediately, objections […]

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