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The Hell There Is – A Homily for the 26th Sunday of the Year

September 28, 2013 32 Comments
The Hell There Is – A Homily for the 26th Sunday of the Year

In the Gospel for today about the rich man and Lazarus the Lord gives us some important teachings on judgment and on hell. Now it is a fact that we live in times where many consider the teaching on Hell to be untenable. Many struggle to understand how a God described as loving, merciful and […]

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On Being Faithful in a few things before being ruler over many things. – A Sermon for the 25th Sunday of the Year.

September 21, 2013 21 Comments
On Being Faithful in a few things before being ruler over many things. – A Sermon for the 25th Sunday of the Year.

The Lord Jesus gives a penetrating analysis of the state of the sinner and some very sobering advice to we would-be saints in today’s Gospel. Let’s look at the Gospel in two stages: The Analysis of the Sinner and the Advice to the Saints. I. ANALYSIS OF THE SINNER – The Lord Jesus describes a […]

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Crazy! A Homily for the 24th Sunday of the Year

September 14, 2013 15 Comments
Crazy! A Homily for the 24th Sunday of the Year

Crazy! – The three parables of today’s lengthy Gospel challenge our conventional thinking. All three of them are quirky and describe people doing things that we most likely would NOT do. In fact all three of them, especially the first two, seem crazy. Who would ever do what the shepherd of the lost sheep and […]

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Four Descriptions of Discipleship – A Sermon for the 23rd Sunday of the Year

September 7, 2013 12 Comments
Four Descriptions of Discipleship – A Sermon for the 23rd Sunday of the Year

In today’s Gospel Jesus defines four Demands of discipleship. We can look at them one by one. I. The CONTEXT of the discipleship. The text says that large crowds were following Jesus and so he turned to address them. Just about any time you find a mention of a large crowd fasten your seat belts […]

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You’ve Gotta Serve Before You Sit – A Meditation on the Gospel for the 22nd Sunday of the Year

August 31, 2013 9 Comments
You’ve Gotta Serve Before You Sit – A Meditation on the Gospel for the 22nd Sunday of the Year

In the Gospel for this weekend’s Mass the Lord Jesus summons us to a deeper appreciation for what brings true honor, for what makes a person truly great. As you may imagine, what the world thinks of as great and honorable is rather different that what God thinks and sees. Let’s look at this Gospel […]

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The Battle is Engaged…Choose Sides! A Homily for the 20th Sunday of the Year

August 17, 2013 14 Comments
The Battle is Engaged…Choose Sides! A Homily for the 20th Sunday of the Year

The readings today speak of a great cosmic battle that is taking place all around us. In the Gospel, Jesus speaks vividly of it, and of his own mission to engage our ancient foe and to gather God’s elect back from the enslaving clutches of Satan, who was a murder and a liar from the […]

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Some Biblical Roots of the Teaching on the Assumption of Mary

August 14, 2013 23 Comments
Some Biblical Roots of the Teaching on the Assumption of Mary

While the actual event of the Assumption of Mary in Heaven is not recorded in the Scriptures, nevertheless there is a biblical basis for the teaching that, considered as a whole, confirms Catholic teaching as both fitting and in keeping with biblical principles.  Let’s ponder this feast in three stages: 1. Explained – To be […]

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On Forsaking Fear By Remaining Ready. A Homily for the 19th Sunday of the Year

August 10, 2013 32 Comments
On Forsaking Fear By Remaining Ready. A Homily for the 19th Sunday of the Year

In the Gospel for this weekend (Luke 12:32-40) the Lord Jesus presents a “Recipe for Readiness.” He gives this recipe so that we can lay hold of his offer that we not be afraid. But he is not simply saying, “Be not afraid.” He is explaining how we can battle fear by being ready. It […]

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