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The Love of the Law and the Law of Love – A Homily for the 22nd Sunday of the Year

August 29, 2015 6 Comments
The Love of the Law and the Law of Love – A Homily for the 22nd Sunday of the Year

Today’s readings teach a proper understanding of the Law and its relationship to our hearts. The readings go a long way toward addressing the false dichotomy that many set up between love and law, as though the two were opposed; they are not. For if we love God, we want what He wants and love […]

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Faith or Famine – A Homily for the 19th Sunday of the Year

August 8, 2015 5 Comments
Faith or Famine – A Homily for the 19th Sunday of the Year

The gospel today amounts to a summons to faith by Jesus. In particular, He is summoning us to faith in Him and in the truth He proclaims about His presence in the Holy Eucharist. Last week’s gospel ended with Jesus declaring that He is the bread that has come down from Heaven. Today’s gospel opens […]

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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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