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4th Sunday of Advent, Year C – Homily

4th Sunday of Advent, Year CMicah 5:1-4aPsalm 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19 (4)Hebrews 10:5-10Luke 1:39-45December 23, 2018 God loves us.  John 3:16 tells us that “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” Love requires us to be […]

Grant Me the Patience to Wait – Holy Hour Homily

Homily for December 2018 Holy HourGenesis 8:1-14Psalm 25:4-5, 8-9, 10, 14Romans 8:18-27Mark 4:26-29 It is almost Christmas but not yet.  The stores started anticipating Christmas with their displays right after Halloween.  This doesn’t make Christmas come any sooner.  We still have to wait.  We began seeing Christmas decorations at Thanksgiving time but this too doesn’t […]

3rd Sunday of Advent, Year C – Homily

3rd Sunday of Advent, Year CZephaniah 3:14-18aIsaiah 12:2-3, 4, 5-6 (6)Philippians 4:4-7Luke 3:10-18December 16, 2018 In less than two weeks we will celebrate Christmas, a time of hope and joy.  Yet, for now we remain in our season of Advent. We use this time of Advent as a time to prepare for the coming of the […]

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 […]

2nd Sunday of Advent, Year B – Homily

2nd Sunday of Advent, Year C Baruch 5:1-9 Psalm 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6 (3) Philippians 1:4-6, 8-11 Luke 3:1-6 December 9, 2018 Our gospel starts with a list of names, names that I don’t really know how to pronounce.  This is not a random list of names.  Rather, it is a list of names that […]

1st Sunday of Advent, Year C – Homily

1st Sunday of Advent, Year C Jeremiah 33:14-16 Psalm 25:4-5, 8-9, 10, 14 (1b) 1 Thessalonians 3:12-4:2 Luke 21:25-28, 34-36 December 2, 2018 Today begins a new year, a new year in the church that is.  Jesus’ Incarnation that we celebrate at Christmas set in motion his public ministry of preaching, teaching, and doing miracles, […]

4th Sunday of Advent, Homily – Year B

4th Sunday in Advent, Year B 2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16 Psalm 89:2-3, 3-5, 27, 29 (2a) Romans 16:25-27 Luke 1:26-38 December 24, 2017 King David was a great king.  He is the king who built the kingdom of Israel but he knew he did it by God’s grace.  David had a great palace […]

3rd Sunday of Advent, Year B – Homily

3rd Sunday in Advent, Year B Isaiah 61:1-2a, 10-11 Responsorial – Luke 1:46-48, 49-50, 53-54 (Isaiah 61:10b) 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 John 1:6-8, 19-28 December 17, 2017 As we have seen the last two weeks, our liturgical color for Advent is violent (we typically say purple).  As we celebrate this third Sunday of Advent our banners, […]

Second Sunday of Advent, Year B – Homily

2nd Sunday in Advent, Year B Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11 Psalm 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14 2 Peter 3:8-14 Mark 1:1-8 December 10, 2017 We continue our Advent season this week.  You might remember that the word “Advent” means coming.  As such, I spoke last week of how our Church calls us to think about both the first […]

1st Sunday of Advent, Year B – Homily

1st Sunday in Advent, Year B Isaiah 63:16b-17, 19b; 64:2-7 Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 Mark 13:33-37 December 3, 2017 Today begins a new year for us. As we look around, our banners and vestments have changed to violent symbolizes our season of Advent.  Why today? Everything about our liturgical year in our […]