Homily Archive

Oct 17

Homily from the Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

A culture of excess is an unhappy culture. A person of excess is a person driven by fear. But with Christ, a person can find joy even when they do not have what they need. Because with Christ, they know that they have enough.

Mass Readings from October 15, 2017:
Isaiah 25:6-10
Psalm 23:1-3, 3B-4, 5, 6
Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20
Matthew 22:1-14

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Oct 10

Homily from the Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time.

A disciple is a person who lives like Jesus and who sees the world like Jesus. A disciple shares the worldview of Christ and sees all things: others, death, self, purpose, and Good and Evil…as they are.

Mass Readings from October 8, 2017:
Isaiah 5:1-7
Psalm 80:9, 12, 13-14, 15-16, 19-20
Philippians 4:6-9
Matthew 21:33-43

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Oct 2

Homily from the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Each one of our lives is made up of any number of “what’s”. But a truly great life is driven by one great “why”. This “why” is the motivation and the vision for a life lived on purpose. The life of Jesus can be summed up in one single great “why”.

Mass Readings from October 1, 2017:
Ezekiel 18:25-28
Psalm 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9
Philippians 2:1-11
Matthew 21:28-32

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Sep 25

Homily from the Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

What defines you? Too often, our activities give us our identity. Because of this, our sense of self and our sense of joy is constantly in danger of being compromised. Our identity comes from the fact that God has made Himself our Dad and the primacy of a relationship that has claimed me.

Mass Readings from September 24, 2017:
Isaiah 55:6-9
Psalm 145:2-3, 8-9, 17-18
Philippians 1:20-24, 27
Matthew 20:1-16

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Sep 18

Homily from the Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

There is no need to fear death, because Jesus has conquered death. And yet, do we approach death the way Jesus approached death? Many of us see death as “natural” or something to be avoided. But Jesus saw death as an enemy to be stared down and battled. And yet, Jesus was not immune to death or grief. Jesus allowed death to break His heart, but He did not allow it to break His hope. As disciples, we must do the same.

Mass Readings from September 17, 2017:
Sirach 27:30—28:7
Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12
Romans 14:7-9
Matthew 18:21-35

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Sep 12

Homily from the Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time.

The way we look at the world directs the way we live in the world. Our vision of life, God, ourselves, and other people is called to be shaped and guided by the way Jesus sees them. How would my life be different if I looked at the people near me the way that Jesus looks at them?

Mass Readings from September 10, 2017:
Ezekiel 33:7-9
Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9
Romans 13:8-10
Matthew 18:15-20

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Aug 28

Homily from the Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time.

So many people have been “raised Catholic, but…” They have never embraced the inheritance of the Faith they have been given. They may even have the answers to all of the questions, but those who can say “I’ve been raised Catholic, and…” are those who have actually met the living God. We want to be the kind of community where we don’t just “know about” God, but a group of people who have encountered the God who is present when we are honest.

Mass Readings from August 27, 2017:
Isaiah 22:19-23
Psalm 138:1-2,2-3,6,8
Romans 11:33-36
Matthew 16:13-20

Jul 31

Homily from the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, given at the Steubenville Youth Conference in Spokane, WA.

What we love determines the course of our lives more than anything else.

Mass Readings from July 30, 2017:
1 Kings 3:5,7-12
Psalm 119:57, 72, 76-77, 127-128, 129-130
Romans 8:28-30
Matthew 13:44-52