Homily Archive

Jun 26

Homily from the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Many people think that witnessing to Christ with one’s life is for those who are far away or who lived in another time. But we are asked the same questions every day that the martyrs were asked at the moment of their final witness to Jesus.

Mass Readings from June 25, 2017:
Jeremiah 20:10-13
Psalm 69: 8-10, 14, 17, 33-35
Romans 5:12-15
Matthew 10:26-33

May 2

Homily from the Third Sunday of Easter.

We often move from one thing that dominates our time and attention to the next thing that dominates our time and attention. When we realize that Jesus Christ has ransomed us from our sin and from all that dominates our lives, when we realize that He is present and active, when we realize that He is still teaching and feeding us, then we live lives of reverence and meaning.

Mass Readings from April 30, 2017:
Acts 2:42-47
Psalm 16:1-2,5,7-8,9-10, 11
1 Peter 1:17-21
Luke 24:13-35

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Apr 24

Homily from the Sunday of Divine Mercy.

The Little Way of Saint Terese is “little the entire way.” This means coming face to face with struggles and wounds we may battle our entire lives. With our confidence firmly centered on Jesus, we can love God as much as He possibly can be loved by our wounded hearts…by our hearts with holes.

Mass Readings from April 23, 2017:
Acts 2:42-47
Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24
1 Peter 1:3-9
John 20:19-31

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Apr 15

Homily from Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion.

Jesus allows himself to be humiliated for us. Our shame isolated us. And the isolation is often greater when the shame is hidden or exposed but not understood. Jesus embraces both forms of shame. Because of that, we do not need to fear to embrace Him.

Mass Readings from April 14, 2017:
Isaiah 52:13—53:12
Psalm 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17, 25
Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9
John 18:1—19:42

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Apr 11

Homily from Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion.

One of the primary difficulties for us as Christians is to truly understand our role in the story of Christ’s Passion. Our role is difficult to face. Our role is that “I am responsible for the death of Christ”. But Merciful Love reveals another role we can exercise: we can console Jesus in His agony, suffering, and death. How? We console Jesus by allowing Him to extend the mercy He won for us to us. By trusting Jesus in our weakness…by bringing our sin and our broken hearts to Jesus in Confession, we are giving Him the victory that He gave everything to accomplish. By letting Jesus forgive us in Confession, we are consoling His Heart by not allowing His sacrifice to go to waste on us.

Mass Readings from April 09, 2017:
Isaiah 50:4-7
Psalm 22:8-9, 17-20, 23-24
Phillipians 2:6-11
Matthew 26:14—27:66
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Apr 3

Homily from the Fifth Sunday of Lent.

Jesus reveals His heart. He is the God of the broken heart. And Jesus reveals that He is the God who is willing to suffer for the sake of the one He loves. We are called to love Jesus…and to love like Jesus. This means being willing to suffer for the One we love as well. And in this suffering, God will be able to do something to us and do something through us that is only possible in darkness.

Mass Readings from April 02, 2017:
Ezekiel 37:12-14
Psalm 130:1-8
Romans 8:8-11
John 11:1-45
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Mar 28


Homily from the Fourth Sunday of Lent.

It is a great sign of humility to not be surprised by weakness. It is a great sign of hope to not be discouraged by weakness. It is a great sign of love to not be stopped by weakness. It is a great sign that one is taking Jesus seriously to not be disqualified by weakness.

Mass Readings from March 26, 2017:
1 Samuel 16:1, 6-7, 10-13
Psalm 23: 1-3, 3B-4, 5, 6
Ephesians 5:8-14
John 9:1-41
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Mar 20

Homily from the Third Sunday of Lent.

Because of the wound against trust that has come into all of our hearts, it is difficult to be vulnerable. It is challenging to be vulnerable before other people. And it is incredibly challenging to be vulnerable before God. Because we all know that one can only be loved if a person is beautiful, healthy, strong… “whole”. Due to this, we all carry around a temptation to shame. Only when our shame is named and we allow Jesus to call us out of the shame can we step towards living whole-heartedly.

Mass Readings from March 19, 2017:
Exodus 17:3-7
Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9
Romans 5:1-2, 5-8
John 4:5-42
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Mar 13

Homily from the Second Sunday of Lent.

Ever since the Fall in the Garden of Eden, our image of God has become distorted. We find that we don’t naturally trust God. We all have the temptation to imagine that God is simply out to eliminate joy and ruin our happiness. And yet, the entire Bible is God’s attempt to win back our trust. Father Michael Gaitley calls this attempt “God’s School of Trust”.

Mass Readings from March 12, 2017:
Genesis 12:1-4
Psalm 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22
2 Timothy 1:8-10
Matthew 17:1-9
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