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Archive of posts filed under the Mercy category.

You Can’t Fight Hate with Hate

We continue to see violence. This Saturday, August 3rd, there was a shooting in El Paso, Texas at a Walmart. The death toll now stands at 22 with more than two dozen injured. Law enforcement officials say the evidence points to it as a hate crime against Mexicans. Then, during the night there was a […]

2nd Sunday of Easter, Year C – Homily

2nd Sunday of Easter, Year CActs 5:12-16Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24 (19)Revelation 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19John 20:9-13April 28, 2019 Last Sunday we heard that the tomb of Jesus was empty.  That was Easter Sunday.  Today we celebrate the Second Sunday of Easter.  Today we hear how Jesus appeared to his disciples to show them that He is […]

Advent Penance Service – Homily

Advent Penance Service 2018Colossians 1:12-13Psalm 51Luke 15:1-7December 15, 2018 We are here today to celebrate a Sacrament.  We begin with this Penance Service as a way to pray together before we celebrate the Sacrament individually.  Some call this sacrament Confession. Others call it Penance.  I like the name Sacrament of Reconciliation for that is its […]

Latest Video – “The Journey to Jesus: Acts of Mercy”

I just posted the video and handout for my most recent presentation, “The Journey to Jesus: Acts of Mercy”.  In this video, I move from the importance of silence to doing acts of mercy to show Jesus to the world and how we can find Jesus in those we help. I hope you enjoy the […]

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – Homily

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A Ezekiel 33:7-9 Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9 Romans 13:8-10 Matthew 18:15-20 Today Jesus gives us guidance on how to respond if someone against us.  It begins, as it should to avoid making a mountain out of a mole hill, by speaking with the person one-on-one.  We need to realize […]

Korea & the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – Homily

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A 1 Kings 19:9a, 11-13a Psalm 85:9, 10, 11-12, 13-14 Romans 9:1-5 Matthew 14:22-33 Jesus’ disciples found themselves a few miles offshore “being tossed about by the waves, for the wind was against it.”  They faced a great storm.  I know that I might feel fear in such a […]

Stop Judging

Stop judging, these are the first words Jesus says to his disciples in today’s gospel.  Jesus goes on to tell us that we will be judged by the same standard by which we judge others.  He also tells us we must look at our own sins before the sins of others. All of this is […]

2nd Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy, Year A – Homily

2nd Sunday of Easter, Sunday of Divine Mercy Acts 2:42-47 Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24 1 Peter 1:3-9 John 20:19-31 Last week we celebrated Holy Week that culminated in the death and resurrection of Jesus.  The tomb was found empty.  Some wondered if someone had stolen Jesus’ body but we know that the empty tomb means […]

8th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – Homily

8th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A Isaiah 49:14-15 Psalm 62:2-3, 6-7, 8-9 1 Corinthians 4:1-5 Matthew 6:24-34 February 26, 2017 “No one can serve two masters.” These are Jesus’ words to us.  As we hear them our first thought might be that we don’t want any master.  We want to be free. What does […]

A Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Life

The title I have given this article, “A Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Life” is not my own line.  It is the name given to this day by our United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Yesterday was January 22nd, the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.  Normally on […]