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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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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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Not Your Average Messiah – A Homily for the 24th Sunday of the Year

September 12, 2015 4 Comments
Not Your Average Messiah – A Homily for the 24th Sunday of the Year

Jesus is Messiah and Lord, but He confounds every notion we have ever had about these titles. His power reaches perfection in “weakness” and He reigns from the Cross. To the world this is utter absurdity. But today the Lord insists that we meet Him at the Cross. And thus He chooses the foolish things of […]

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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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