Homily Archive

May 2

Homily from the Sixth Sunday of Easter.

We all need a teacher in whom we can have confidence. Jesus gave us this teacher when He founded the Catholic Church. You can have confidence that Jesus Christ founded and guides the Catholic Church. And even when you don’t understand a teaching…or if you fail to live up to the teachings of the Church, this is where you belong.

Mass Readings from May 1, 2016:
Acts 15:1-2, 22-29
Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8
Revelation 21:10-14, 22-23
John 14:23-29
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Apr 26

Homily from the Fifth Sunday of Easter.

There are times when we can avoid a problem. And there are times when there is no other option than to go through the difficulty. Lives change when we learn how to not merely avoid adversity, but to pass through adversity. Resilience is the ability to pass through adversity, and it is possible for everyone to develop this crucial trait. Without it, we will remain unchanged and unable. With resilience, we will become capable.

Mass Readings from April 24, 2016:
Acts 14:21-27
Psalm 145:8-13
Revelation 21:1-5
John 13:31-35
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Apr 18

Homily from the Fourth Sunday of Easter.

When a person has confidence, they are entrusting themselves to another. Christian hope is not centered around an idea; it is focused on a Person. One of the things we know about God is that God is always faithful. One of the ways we grow in heroic confidence is by remaining faithful even if we are not delivered.

Mass Readings from April 17, 2016:
Acts 13:14, 43-52
Psalm 100:1-2, 3, 5
Revelation 7:9, 14-17
John 10:27-30
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Apr 11

Homily from the Third Sunday of Easter.

After Pentecost, the early Christians had a unique strength. Not only did they boldly proclaim the Gospel, but they were immune to insults and taking offense. As followers of Christ, we must choose to avoid giving offense, but we must also choose to not take offense. Being offended is always a sign of immaturity. Christians must be so grounded in the truth and rooted in our identity in Jesus that we choose to become unoffendable.

Mass Readings from April 10, 2016:
Acts 5:27-32, 40B-41
Psalm 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11-12, 13
Revelation 5:11-14
John 21:1-19
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Apr 4

Homily from Divine Mercy Sunday.

Timidity and fear are not meant to be a part of the Christian life. While we may experience these emotions, our hope is fortified by the solid conviction that Jesus Christ has conquered all that threatens to conquer us…and He has triumphed. With this solid conviction, we first confidently claim the mercy that He offers us.

Mass Readings from April 3, 2016:
Acts 5:12-16
Psalms 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24
Revelation 1:9-11A, 12-13, 17-19
John 20:19-31
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Mar 21

Homily from Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion.

The entire point of the spiritual life is to grow in love. One of the ways that we grow in love is to realize our part in the story. Another way we grow in love is to get into the story and watch Jesus, listen to Jesus, and interact with Jesus. Catholics call this Holy Spirit-inspired imaginative prayer “Ignatian Prayer”. And it has the potential to change your life forever.

Mass Readings from March 20, 2016:
Luke 19:28-40 (Procession)
Isaiah 50:4-7
Psalms 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24
Luke 22:14—23:56
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TO LEARN MORE ABOUT IGNATIAN PRAYER AND TO PRAY WITH THIS WEEK’S HOLY WEEK REFLECTIONS, VISIT:
http://www.ignatianspirituality.com/ignatian-prayer/the-spiritual-exercises/an-ignatian-prayer-adventure/week-7

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Mar 15

Homily from the Fifth Sunday of Lent.

Every relationship has to be purified. Every true and great love has to be purified. When God calls us into the desert, He is calling us to enter into deeper relationship and into greater love.

Mass Readings from March 13, 2016:
Isaiah 43:16-21
Psalm 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6
Philippians 3:8-14
John 8:1-11
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Feb 29

Homily from the Third Sunday of Lent.

To find one’s self in the Presence of the true and living God is overwhelming. If we allow God to be the real, Personal, God who is in pursuit of us, we will find ourselves growing in Fear of the the Lord. If we remain in His Presence, we grow in fearlessness.

Mass Readings from February 28, 2016:
Exodus 3:1-8, 13-15
Psalm 103: 1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8, 11
1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12
Luke 13:1-9
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Feb 22

Homily from the Second Sunday of Lent.

Prayer is all about a relationship. That makes it incredibly personal. But in order for prayer to be what it should be, we need two things. First, a conviction that God is present. Second, the commitment to be present as well. We pray because He has asked us to. Because of that, it doesn’t matter what “happens” during prayer. God shows up. And so do you.

Mass Readings from February 21, 2016:
Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18
Philippians 3:17—4:1
Luke 9:28-36

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