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The Priority of Personal Prayer

July 16, 2016 3 Comments
The Priority of Personal Prayer

Today’s Gospel is the very familiar one of Martha and Mary. Martha is the anxious worker seeking to please the Lord with a good meal and hospitality; Mary sits quietly at His feet and listens. One has come to be the image of work, the other of prayer. Misinterpreted? In my lifetime I have heard […]

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Practical Principles for Proclaiming the Kingdom

July 2, 2016 8 Comments
Practical Principles for Proclaiming the Kingdom

In the Gospel today, Jesus gives a number of practical principles for those who would proclaim the Kingdom. Let’s look at each of them in turn. I. Serious – The text says, At that time the Lord appointed seventy-two others whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended […]

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Five Disciplines of Discipleship – A Homily for the 13th Sunday of the Year

June 25, 2016 4 Comments
Five Disciplines of Discipleship – A Homily for the 13th Sunday of the Year

The Gospel today portrays for us some disciplines that are important for disciples. They are portrayed in the life of Jesus, but are to be applied in our lives. Let’s look at each of them in turn. I. Purposefulness – The text says, When the days for Jesus’ being taken up were fulfilled, he resolutely […]

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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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