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God and God Alone: A Homily for the 29th Sunday of the Year

October 18, 2014 15 Comments
God and God Alone: A Homily for the 29th Sunday of the Year

The Gospel today contains lots of interesting juxtapositions: hatred for Jesus but grudging respect for him,  real questions versus rhetorical ones, politics and faith, duties to Caesar and duties to God. The word  “juxtaposition” is from the Latin juxta (meaning “near”) and positio (meaning “place or position”). Hence juxtaposition is the placing of two things […]

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Party or Perish! A Homily for the 28th Sunday of the Year

October 11, 2014 8 Comments
Party or Perish! A Homily for the 28th Sunday of the Year

The past three Sundays have featured intense and shocking parables about our readiness, our fruitfulness, and our decision to accept and enter the Kingdom of God or not. The Lord has used the image of a vineyard into which workers are dispatched at different times of the day but who have different attitudes about what […]

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Sinner Please Don’t Let This Harvest Pass – A Homily for the 27th Sunday of the Year

October 4, 2014 10 Comments
Sinner Please Don’t Let This Harvest Pass – A Homily for the 27th Sunday of the Year

There is an urgency and clarity about today’s Gospel that is often lacking in modern Christians, including the clergy. In this Gospel, the message is urgent, provocative, and clear: there is a day of judgment coming for every one of us and we simply must be ready. The message is a sobering one for a […]

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Pitfalls of the Pious – A Sermon for the 26th Sunday of the Year

September 27, 2014 23 Comments
Pitfalls of the Pious – A Sermon for the 26th Sunday of the Year

In understanding this Gospel, we cannot overlook the audience Jesus was addressing. The text begins, Jesus said to the chief priests and elders of the people. In effect, Jesus was addressing the religious leaders and the religiously observant of His day. He calls to their attention at least three things, three common sins or pitfalls of […]

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

September 20, 2014 12 Comments
Dimensions of Discipleship – A Homily for the 25th Sunday of the Year

This is one of those parables that rock our world and our worldly way of thinking. And frankly, that is one of its purposes. We are tempted to side with the laborers who were hired first and who worked the longest. When we find out that they got paid the same as the men who […]

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Information or Transformation – A Sermon on the Goal of the Word of God for the 15th Sunday of the Year

July 12, 2014 21 Comments
Information or Transformation – A Sermon on the Goal of the Word of God for the 15th Sunday of the Year

What do you expect from reading and hearing God’s Word? Do you expect to encounter something that will change you? Frankly, from my discussions with people over the years, many do not even understand the question and, after puzzled looks, respond to me with another question: “What do mean by ‘expect’?”  I then follow up […]

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Five Facts of Faith from the Life of St. Peter – A Homily for the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul

June 28, 2014 5 Comments
Five Facts of Faith from the Life of St. Peter – A Homily for the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul

Today’s Feast of Saints Peter and Paul honors two fundamental pillars of the early Church. While all the Apostles form the foundation, Peter and Paul stand out very profoundly in terms of influence and work. And while some have wished to suggest division between them, the Church insists that they must been seen together; hence […]

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I’ll Take Back what the Devil Stole from Me. A Homily for the 5th Sunday of Lent

April 5, 2014 32 Comments
I’ll Take Back what the Devil Stole from Me. A Homily for the 5th Sunday of Lent

In today’s Gospel, we hear the story of the raising of Lazarus from the dead. The story is a significant turning point in the ministry of Jesus, for as we shall see, it is because of this incident that the Temple leadership in Jerusalem resolves to have Jesus killed. As is proper with all the […]

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