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24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – Homily

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A Sirach 27:30-28:7 Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12 Romans 14:7-9 Matthew 18:21-35 Jesus came to offer us “forgiveness” but forgiveness wasn’t “new” with Jesus. We see it in what Sirach writes, “Forgive you neighbor’s injustice.”  He speaks of “wrath and anger” as “hateful things yet the sinner hugs them […]

God’s Presence

Today’s Gospel for Mass comes from Luke 4:38-44.  It has just seven verses and is set near the very beginning of Jesus’ ministry but it contains much of what we see throughout Jesus’ ministry. We hear how the crowds bring people to Jesus as they intercede for them.  In response Jesus heals the people.  Jesus […]

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Year A – Homily

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14b-16a Psalm 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20 1 Corinthians 10:16-17 John 6:51-58 Moses speaks to the Israelites of how they were “afflicted with hunger” and God fed them “with manna, a food unknown” to them.  We identify the manna as “bread” but it was a type of […]

4th Sunday of Easter, Year A – Homily

4th Sunday of Easter, Year A Acts 2:14a, 36-41 Psalm 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6 1 Peter 2:20b-25 John 10:1-10 Today we celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Easter.  Each year on this Sunday we hear Jesus’ Good Shepherd discourse as found in chapter 10 of John’s Gospel.  Jesus identifies himself as the Good Shepherd who always […]

“So What’s on the Altar?”

I just a new video.  My previous videos have been approximately one hour-long videos that are video recordings of presentations I have done to parishioners present in the audience. This new video, “So What’s on the Altar?” is a 7 1/2 minute video recorded in church.  In the video I have the altar set up as […]

The Sacrament of Reconciliation

Today we have our Advent Penance Service that includes First Penance for some of our children.  Below I share my homily with you to encourage you to think about what the Sacrament of Reconciliation means.  You will find a link to further resources at the end. Colossians 1:12-13 Psalm 51 (sung) Luke 15:1-7 December 10, […]

Responding to a Question About Intimacy in Marriage

Recently I received the following question, “How does a Catholic man survive in a sexless marriage? I love my wife very much.”  This can be a very challenging situation.  I commend the man for asking this because it tells me he loves his wife and his faith. It is not too hard to find out […]

Baptism of the Lord, Year C – Homily

Baptism of the Lord, Year C Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11 Titus 2:11-14; 3:4-7 Luke 3:15-16; 21-22 January 10, 2016 Our Christmas season began with our Masses on Christmas Eve.  For many people when December 25th ended, Christmas was over but not for us. Since then we have celebrated the Feast of the Holy Family, the Solemnity […]

The Church’s Teaching on Marriage

On June 26th, the Supreme Court of the United States declared that two people of the same gender have the right to marry in our entire country.  Archbishop Kurtz, President of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishop (USCCB) immediately issued a statement describing the court’s decision as “a tragic error.”  The court’s decision is […]

The Anointing of the Sick

Each year our parish celebrates a Mass with the Anointing of the Sick and today is the day.  As I prepare my homily here are some thoughts I would like to share with you. Sacraments are a powerful thing and a gift from God.  In Baptism we receive new life and the Holy Spirit and […]