Homily Archive

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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Jun 21


Homily from the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Today, Jesus asks the question, “Who do you say that I am?” Fathermike asks, “Who do you say that you are?” Revisiting common themes and questions, we ask if we really are who we say we are: disciples of Jesus.

Mass Readings from June 19, 2016:
Zechariah 12:10-11; 13:1
Psalm 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9
Galatians 3:26-29
Luke 9:18-24
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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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