03/21/21 To The Heart: Vulnerable and Able

A heart that is too soft has to be protected. A heart that is too tough can’t be touched.

Homily from the Fifth Sunday of Lent.

What good is it to have a heart that can be hurt by this world? Many choose to numb themselves rather than feel the pain of life. But becoming numb leaves us with a heart that is unable. Unable to feel pain but also unable to feel joy. As Christians, we are called to have a heart like the heart of Jesus: vulnerable and able.

Mass Readings from March 21, 2021:
Jeremiah 31:31-34
Psalm 51:3-4, 12-15
Hebrews 5:7-9
John 12:20-33

03/14/21 To The Heart: Hidden Heart

A hidden heart is a homeless heart.

Homily from the Fourth Sunday of Lent.

The People of Israel were brought into exile. It was imposed from the outside. But after King Cyrus game them a way home, many of them chose to live in self-imposed exile. The same is true for all of us who have been exiled by our sin and slavery to death. Jesus has made it possible to step into the light and come home, but many choose to live outside the light…many of us live in self-imposed exile.

Mass Readings from March 14, 2021:
2 Chronicles 36:14-16, 19-23
Psalm 137:1-6
Ephesians 2:4-10
John 3:14-21

03/07/21 To The Heart: My Treacherous Heart

Is the question, “Can I trust God?” Or is the better question, “Can God trust me?"

Homily from the Third Sunday of Lent.

There is something that all of us discover about ourselves the moment we have a minute of self-reflection: we have the capacity to do the things we hate. In spite of our best efforts and sincere desires to be consistently good, we have this thing in our chests that ought not to be trusted. We have treacherous hearts. And yet, Jesus entrusts His Heart to ours at every Mass.

Mass Readings from March 07, 2021:
Exodus 20:1-17
Psalm 19:8-11
1 Corinthians 1:22-25
John 2:13-25

02/28/21 To The Heart: The Adventure of Obedience

Obedience precedes understanding.

Homily from the Second Sunday of Lent.

We are made for adventure. But adventure means mystery and uncertainty. Often, what holds us back from action is a lack of knowing why. But what if there is a better question than “why?”? What if the adventure of obedience means asking “how?”?

Mass Readings from February 28, 2021:
Genesis 22:1-2, 9-13, 15-18
Psalm 116:10, 15-17, 18-19
Romans 8:31-34
Mark 9:2-10

02/21/21 To The Heart: Untamed and Untamable

God is not safe, but He is good.

Homily from the First Sunday of Lent.

Trust is a challenge for all of us. Trust in God is a battle that every person faces at some point in their lives. Often, we might find is easier to trust God if He were a “tame god”, but He is not. This Lent, our invitation is to not only trust in God’s mercy, but also in His justice.

Mass Readings from February 21, 2021:
Genesis 9:8-15
Psalm 25:4-9
1 Peter 3:18-22
Mark 1:12-15

02/17/21 To The Heart: Escape or Embrace

Return to the Lord with your whole heart.

Homily from Ash Wednesday.

We are often tempted to run away from God and from difficult moments in life. We might even be tempted to escape from all that has been taken from us over the past year. But to choose to embrace this moment is to choose to embrace the Lord and His Providence.

Mass Readings from February 17, 2021:
Joel 2:12-18
Psalm 51:3-6, 12-13, 14 and 17
2 Corinthians 5:20—6:2
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18