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No Cross, No Crown – A Homily for the the 29th Sunday of the Year

October 20, 2018 3 Comments
No Cross, No Crown – A Homily for the the 29th Sunday of the Year

In the Sunday Gospel, the Lord Jesus speaks of crosses and crowns. The apostles have only crowns in mind, but Jesus knows the price of the crown. So, He must teach them and us that crowns—the things we value most—come only through the cross. It may help to review the context of this Gospel. Jesus […]

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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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By Breaking a Wooden Yoke, You Forge an Iron Yoke!

August 5, 2018 3 Comments
By Breaking a Wooden Yoke, You Forge an Iron Yoke!

This Monday is the feast of the Transfiguration, which means that we missed reading a powerful passage from the Book of Jeremiah that was otherwise assigned to Monday of the 18th week of the year. It is practical, profound, and sweeping in its implications, and it comes to us from the Lord through the mouth […]

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The Cross Always Wins – A Homily for the 5th Sunday of Lent

March 17, 2018 5 Comments
The Cross Always Wins – A Homily for the 5th Sunday of Lent

To the world and to those what are perishing, Sunday’s Gospel is utter madness, utter foolishness. Christ in effect declares that dying (to this world) is the only way to true life. While the world’s so-called wisdom holds that the way to life is through power, prestige, possessions, and popularity, Jesus says that in order […]

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A Different Look at the Cross

March 15, 2018 0 Comments
A Different Look at the Cross

When I was young and throughout my seminary years, I usually contemplated the crucifix and Jesus’ suffering on the Cross somberly. It was my sin that had put Him there, that had made Him suffer. The Cross was something that compelled a silent reverence in me, and suggested that I meditate deeply on what Jesus […]

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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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Four Disciplines for Worthy Disciples – A Homily for the 13th Sunday of the Year

July 1, 2017
Four Disciplines for Worthy Disciples – A Homily for the 13th Sunday of the Year

In the Gospel this Sunday, the Lord gives three important principles for a disciple. He also teaches on the concept of being worthy of Him. We tend think of being worthy as acting in a way that meets a certain standard, but the Greek word for “worthy” involves more than merely external behavior, important though […]

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Four Immediate Results of Jesus’ Death on the Cross

March 25, 2016 4 Comments
Four Immediate Results of Jesus’ Death on the Cross

Let’s conclude our consideration of certain texts from the Passion Narratives with one that describes the aftermath of Jesus’ death. The Gospel of Matthew recounts four immediate results of Jesus’ death, and while they describe historical events, they also signal deeper spiritual truths. And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he […]

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