Homily Archive

Oct 24

Homily from the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Are you stuck in the trap where you have to do enough, so that you have enough, in order to be enough? If faith merely comes down to presenting God with our resume, then we are not faithful…we are superstitious. Christian faith is appealing to Jesus’ work, not ours. Christian faith is about appealing to Jesus’ victory, not ours.Christian faith is about appealing to Jesus’ goodness, not our own.

Mass Readings from October 23, 2016:
Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18
Psalm 34:2-3, 17-18, 19, 23
2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18
Luke 18:9-14
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Oct 17

Homily from the Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Every great story needs a beginning. But it needs more than just a beginning. A great story requires tension, obstacles, and patient perseverance. When we give God our “yes”, even when we don’t know how the story will end, we are walking the path of faith. This path is necessary to become the people God will us to be. But it is easy to forget and hard to remember the reasons we are walking in the first place. Because of that, we all need reminders in our lives who call us back to our “yes”.

Mass Readings from October 16, 2016:
Exodus 17:8-13
Psalm 121:1-8
2 Timothy 3:14-4:2
Luke 18:1-8
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Oct 10

Homily from the Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Faith is first of all a response. It is the response to an encounter with God. In a completely free way, God reveals Himself. Intellectual faith responds with “I believe you”. Living faith responds with “I want to behave in the way you are calling me to”. Simple faith responds with “I belong to you”. Ultimately, faith is “saying yes” to God.

Mass Readings from October 9, 2016:
2 Kings 5:14-17
Psalm 98:1, 2-3, 3-4
2 Timothy 2:8-13
Luke 17:11-19
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Oct 3

Homily from the Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time.

It’s not that we don’t have enough gifts, it’s that we waste a lot of them. Once we realize that we have gifts and that God will bring about “divine appointments”, every interruption becomes an opportunity.

Mass Readings from October 2, 2016:
Habakkuk 1:2-3; 2:2-4
Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9
2 Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14
Luke 17:5-10
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Sep 26

Homily from the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

As Catholics, we believe that people matter. The world has been changed by Catholic Christians who did more than just believe this truth; they allowed this truth to interrupt their lives and they acted on it. What is the difference between them and us? It is threefold: we are too busy to notice, too numb to care, and think we are too small to matter. What if that changed?

Mass Readings from September 25, 2016:
Amos 6:1, 4-7
Psalm 146:7-10
1 Timothy 6:11-16
Luke 16:19-31
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Sep 19

Homily from the Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

An interruption is anything that takes our attention away from one’s primary task. But what if you don’t know your primary task? Or what if you aren’t living for your primary task? Are there some interruptions that might bring our attention back to the task we are supposed to be living for?

Mass Readings from September 18, 2016:
Amos 8:4-7
Psalm 113:1-2,4-6,7-8
1 Timothy 2:1-8
Luke 16:1-13
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Sep 12

Homily from the Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

What happens when our plan encounters God’s plan? No one likes interruptions, but they are a part of life. God is the Great Interrupter. Because we all know this, we can find ourselves doing all that we can to avoid the true God…the God who interrupts our lives.

Mass Readings from September 11, 2016:
Exodus 32:7-11,13-14
Psalm 51:3-4,12-13,17,19
1 Timothy 1:12-17
Luke 15:1-32
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Sep 5

Homily from the Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time.

The conditions for being a disciple of Jesus can be incredibly challenging. But they are not complicated. The conditions for discipleship all come down to one question: does Jesus have permission to interrupt your life? If He does, then you simply need to begin.

Mass Readings from September 4, 2016:
Wisdom 9:13-18B
Psalm 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14-17
Philemon 9-10, 12-17
Luke 14:25-33
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Aug 29

Homily from the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Fear can be a great motivator. But it is also something that drains us of life. Humility is essential for a joyful life. In order to grow in humility, one simply must choose gratitude. A person cannot be fearful and grateful at the same time.

Mass Readings from August 28, 2016:
Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29
Psalm 68:4-5, 6-7, 10-11
Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24
Luke 14:1, 7-14
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Jul 25

Homily from the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, given at the Steubenville On the Lake Youth Conference.

Jesus promised that the father would send the Holy Spirit to anyone who asks. But that gift would be wasted on anyone who had no plans to use the gift. Have I set up my life so as to use the gift of the Father, or is my environment oriented towards my losing the gift?

Mass Readings from July 24, 2016:
Genesis 18:20-32
Psalm 138:1-2, 2-3, 6-7, 7-8
Colossians 2:12-14
Luke 11:1-13
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