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Come Over Here Where the Feast of the Lord is Going On – A Homily for the 18th Sunday of the Year

August 1, 2015 3 Comments
Come Over Here Where the Feast of the Lord is Going On – A Homily for the 18th Sunday of the Year

All of the readings in today’s Mass speak of human desire. The Israelites in the desert are hungry, so are the people by the lakeside with Jesus. And in the Epistle, St. Paul warns of corrupted desires. In all of the readings, God teaches us that our desires are ultimately directed to Him, who alone […]

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What Are Your Five Loaves and Two Fishes? A Homily for the 17th Sunday of the Year

July 25, 2015 5 Comments
What Are Your Five Loaves and Two Fishes? A Homily for the 17th Sunday of the Year

We have in today’s gospel the very familiar miracle of the loaves and the fishes. One is tempted to say, “Oh, that one …” and then tune out. But the gospel today contains a personal appeal from the Lord’s lips to your (my) ears: “Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?” Immediately, […]

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Four Teachings on Personal Prayer – A Homily for the 16th Sunday of the Year

July 18, 2015 7 Comments
Four Teachings on Personal Prayer – A Homily for the 16th Sunday of the Year

The gospel today speaks to us of the priority of personal prayer. You may recall that in last week’s gospel, Jesus sent them out two by two to proclaim the Kingdom. Now they return, eager to report the progress and the graces they encountered. But as Jesus listens, he urges them (perhaps because they are […]

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Five Fundamental Freedoms for the Christian Evangelizer

July 11, 2015 7 Comments
Five Fundamental Freedoms for the Christian Evangelizer

One of the great obstacles to effectively evangelizing is that most Christians lack the requisite freedom and simplicity of life to carry forth the task consistently and coherently. In today’s gospel, the Lord offers some counsel on what is required to evangelize effectively. As we read a gospel like this, it is tempting to think […]

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A Bad Day in the Pulpit for Jesus? A Homily for the 14th Sunday of the Year

July 4, 2015 6 Comments
A Bad Day in the Pulpit for Jesus? A Homily for the 14th Sunday of the Year

The gospel today portrays the Lord Jesus as preacher and prophet. But as we shall see, even the greatest preacher in the world, Jesus, can find His powerful and precious words falling lifeless on the rock hard surface of many a soul. Yes, even His words can meet with resistance and hostility, indifference and ridicule. […]

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My Soul Looks Back and Wonders How I Got Over – A Homily for the 12th Sunday of the Year

June 20, 2015 1 Comment
My Soul Looks Back and Wonders How I Got Over – A Homily for the 12th Sunday of the Year

The gospel today is something of a storm journal, a kind of picture of the Christian life as we journey through a stormy world against winds contrary to the gospel. There are distinctive stages, beginning with the call of Jesus to cross to the other shore. But as we cross there are surely storms and difficulties […]

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1 and 1 and 1 is One – A Homily for Trinity Sunday

May 30, 2015 17 Comments
1 and 1 and 1 is One – A Homily for Trinity Sunday

There is an old spiritual that says, “My God is so high, you can’t get over him, he’s so low you can’t get under him, he’s so wide you can’t get ’round him, you must come in, by and through the Lamb.” That’s not a bad way of saying that God is other; He is […]

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The Fire Next Time – A Homily for Pentecost

May 23, 2015 13 Comments
The Fire Next Time – 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 the Apostles and still says to us, “I have come to cast a fire on the earth!” (Luke 12:49) This […]

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