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The Journey of Jairus – A Homily for the 13th Sunday of the Year

June 30, 2018 5 Comments
The Journey of Jairus – A Homily for the 13th Sunday of the Year

Today’s Gospel today focuses on a man named Jairus and a journey he makes from despair to deliverance, with the help of Jesus. Of course, Jairus is not merely a synagogue official who lived two thousand years ago; you are Jairus and his journey is your journey. We also meet a woman whom the Lord […]

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The Spirit of the Lord Filled the Earth – A Homily for Pentecost

June 3, 2017 1 Comment
The Spirit of the Lord Filled the Earth – A Homily for Pentecost

What a wondrous and challenging feast we celebrate at Pentecost! A feast like this challenges us because it puts to the lie a lazy, sleepy, hidden, and tepid Christian life. The Lord Jesus said to Apostles, and still says to us, I have come to cast a fire on the earth (Luke 12:49). This is […]

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My Way Gets Brighter, My Load Gets Lighter – A Homily on the Easter Emmaus Gospel

March 26, 2016 3 Comments
My Way Gets Brighter, My Load Gets Lighter – A Homily on the Easter Emmaus Gospel

There are four different Gospels proposed by the Church for Easter Sunday. Here I offer a homily on the Lucan account of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. I have written sermons and commentaries on two of the other Gospels; they are available here: John 20:1-8 The Journey from Fear to Faith Matt […]

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Biblical Basics about Mother Mary – A Homily for the Second Sunday of the Year

January 16, 2016 10 Comments
Biblical Basics about Mother Mary – A Homily for the Second Sunday of the Year

In the gospel today of the wedding feast at Cana, there is a theological portrait of both Mother Mary and of prayer. Let’s look at the Gospel along five lines: I. The place that Mary has – The text says, There was a wedding at Cana in Galilee and the mother of Jesus was there. […]

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A Knock at Midnight – Christmas, Midnight Homily

December 24, 2015 2 Comments
A Knock at Midnight – Christmas, Midnight Homily

In this reflection, perhaps we can consider but one line in the Gospel which both challenges our love, and is a sign of God’s humble and abiding love for us: For there was no room for them in the Inn. I. The Cold – There is a knock at midnight. Joseph, speaking on behalf of […]

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A Recipe for Readiness – Homily for the First Sunday of Advent

November 28, 2015 4 Comments
A Recipe for Readiness – Homily for the First Sunday of Advent

As the Advent season begins, we are immediately drawn into its principle theme of preparation and readiness for the coming of the Lord. The first coming of the Lord has already been fulfilled at Bethlehem. And while we should prepare spiritually for the coming Christmas Feast, these first weeks of Advent bid us to focus […]

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Asking a Crucial Question: A Homily for the 25th Sunday of the Year

September 19, 2015 0 Comments
Asking a Crucial Question: A Homily for the 25th Sunday of the Year

In today’s gospel, the Lord Jesus is asking a crucial question. The word crucial here is selected carefully. It comes from the Latin cruces, meaning “cross.” Indeed, looming over this entire gospel is the Cross. Jesus makes the second prediction of His passion, death, and resurrection. It is in the context of this teaching that […]

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The Lord Hath Given a Well-Trained Tongue – A Homily for the 23rd Sunday of the Year

September 5, 2015 12 Comments
The Lord Hath Given a Well-Trained Tongue – A Homily for the 23rd Sunday of the Year

The gospels do not simply tell us stories of people who lived thousands of years ago. No, the gospels tell us our story, and today’s gospel is no different. We encounter a deaf man with a speech impediment living in a pagan land; this man represents each of us. His story is our story. And, […]

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