Homily Archive

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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Mar 2

Homily from Ash Wednesday.

Lent is tough. Fasting is tough. Christianity is tough. Jesus reveals that His Heart is soft when it comes to our weakness. If we are willing to come out of hiding and fully give our entire selves to Him, He can make our hearts whole in the midst of our littleness.

Mass Readings from March 01, 2017:
Joel 2:12-18
Psalm 51:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14, 17
2 Corinthians 5:20—6:2
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18
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Feb 27

Homily from the Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

If we knew the future, very few of us would make foolish decisions. But very few of us make decisions in the first place. Many people prefer to be carried along by other peoples’ decisions and by the circumstances of life. But wise people make decisions. And they make these wise decisions without knowing the future. Instead, they look at their past, their present, and where they would like to end up. And then they choose. This choice does not have to be a leap…sometimes it is just a step.

Mass Readings from February 26, 2017:
Isaiah 49:14-15
Psalm 62:2-3, 6-7, 8-9
1 Corinthians 4:1-5
Matthew 6:24-34
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Feb 20

Homily from the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time.

If a person is going to craft a life through wisdom, then they will need to find a master craftsman. It is this apprenticeship that helps a person become wise. Whenever it is crucial that a person becomes wise, they always discover someone who can show them how to live wisely. Every excellent life passes through wisdom…and knowledge becomes wisdom through relationship.

Mass Readings from February 19, 2017:
Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18
Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 8, 10, 12-13
1 Corinthians 3:16-23
Matthew 5:38-48
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Feb 14

Homily from the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

An external guide can be helpful and, at times, necessary. But we are called to move beyond the external boundaries to an internal freedom. By choosing the good, we become more and more free to choose the good. By choosing wisdom, we become wise.

Mass Readings from February 12, 2017:
Sirach 15:15-20
Psalm 119:1-2, 4-5, 17-18, 33-34
1 Corinthians 2:6-10
Matthew 5:17-37
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Feb 7

Homily from the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

If salt loses its taste, it is no longer salt. It has lost something that is un-losable. In the process of becoming wise and crafting a masterpiece, there are a number of important elements. Wisdom requires vision, experience, and memory. But there is one more element that is essential to wisdom…and we have lost it.

Mass Readings from February 5, 2017:
Isaiah 58:7-10
Psalm 112:4-5, 6-7, 8-9
1 Corinthians 2:1-5
Matthew 5:13-16
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Jan 30

Homily from the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

With every passing moment, we are choosing what kind of life we will have lived. God wills for us to choose to live wisely. A person with wisdom has competence and character; they know the right thing to do in any situation and they have the ability to do the right thing in any situation. A fool is the person who either acts without knowing…or knows without acting.

Mass Readings from January 29, 2017:
Zephaniah 2:3; 3:12-13
Psalm 146:6-7, 8-9, 9-10
1 Corinthians 1:26-31
Matthew 5:1-12
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Jan 23

Homily from the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Holiness is within reach. Everyone baptized has been sanctified and made holy. And it is not difficult to be a Saint. It simply means, by God’s grace, doing God’s will today.

Mass Readings from January 22, 2017:
Isaiah 8:23—9:3
Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14
1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17
Matthew 4:12-23