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But the Word of the Lord Remains Forever! A Homily for the 33rd Sunday of the Year

November 14, 2015 8 Comments
But the Word of the Lord Remains Forever! A Homily for the 33rd Sunday of the Year

As winter approaches and we approach the end of the liturgical year, we ponder the passing quality of this world and the fading of its glories. Jesus’ words in the gospel today must surely have shocked, even horrified, his Apostles. Let’s look at His stunning words and seek to apply them in our own life. […]

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The Paradox of Poverty – A Homily for the 32nd Sunday of the Year

November 7, 2015 3 Comments
The Paradox of Poverty – A Homily for the 32nd Sunday of the Year

The first reading in today’s Mass, from 1st Kings, speaks to us of the paradox of poverty. And the paradox is this: it is often our poverty, our neediness, that provides a doorway for God to bless us with true riches. It is our emptiness that provides room for God to go to work. Yes, […]

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Ninety-Nine and a Half Won’t Do – A Homily for the Feast of All Saints

October 31, 2015 3 Comments
Ninety-Nine and a Half Won’t Do – A Homily for the Feast of All Saints

Today is the Feast of All Saints. Some saints of the Church have a particular day on the calendar associated with them and are commonly recognized by name. Many more, though not as familiar to us, are still known by God and have been caught up with Him to glory. Today is their day, the […]

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A Man Who Saw by Hearing

October 24, 2015 6 Comments
A Man Who Saw by Hearing

Today’s gospel features the well-known story of the healing of the blind man (Bartimaeus). As when listening to any familiar story, we are inclined, upon hearing its opening lines, to think, “Oh, that story,” and just sort of tune out. But if we do so, we may miss many important details. The story of Bartimaeus […]

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

October 17, 2015 3 Comments
No Cross, No Crown: A Homily for the 29th Sunday of the Year

In today’s gospel, the Lord Jesus speaks of crosses and crowns. The apostles have only crowns in mind, but the Lord Jesus knows the price of that crown. And so He must teach them and us that crowns—the things that we value most—come only through the Cross. It may help to remember the context of […]

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What Does Heaven Cost? A Meditation on the Gospel for the 28th Sunday of the Year

October 10, 2015 6 Comments
What Does Heaven Cost? A Meditation on the Gospel for the 28th Sunday of the Year

Today’s gospel reading invites us to wrestle with fundamental, essential, and focal questions, “What does heaven cost?” and “Am I willing to pay it?” I. Problematic Pondering – A man asks Jesus, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Though his question is a good one, it is problematic because he couches […]

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Marriage Is a Miracle! A Homily for the 27th Sunday of the Year

October 3, 2015 0 Comments
Marriage Is a Miracle!  A Homily for the 27th Sunday of the Year

Both today’s first reading and the gospel speak to us of the miracle of marriage. If your marriage is working even reasonably well, it is a miracle! We live in an age that is poisonous to marriage. Many people look for marriage to be ideal, and if there is any ordeal, they want a new […]

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Three Principles for Prophets: A Homily for the 26th Sunday of the Year

September 26, 2015 0 Comments
Three Principles for Prophets: A Homily for the 26th Sunday of the Year

In today’s gospel we see three principles for prophets. And in speaking of prophets, it is referring to you, too. For by our baptism, we are all summoned to be prophets for the Lord. I. PROPER PRIORITIES – The text begins, John said to Jesus, “Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name, […]

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