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Passion (Palm) Sunday, Year A – Homily

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the LordGospel for the Procession Matthew 21:1-11Isaiah 50:4-7Psalm 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24 (2a)Philippians 2:6-11Matthew 26:14-27:66April 5, 2020 The appointed time draws near so Jesus goes to Jerusalem.  As He nears Jerusalem, He receives a royal welcome as the “crowd spread their cloaks and cut branches from the trees.”  The […]

A Different Kind of Holy Week

I write this on Saturday morning just before we celebrate Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday begins Holy Week with our celebration of the Easter Triduum culminating in the Resurrection of Jesus. This year Holy Week will be like no other Holy Week before. When it came time for Jesus to enter into Jerusalem for his Passion […]

4th Sunday of Lent, Year A – Homily

For those unable to attend Mass this Sunday, here are some helpful links before sharing my homily: Catholic Courier list of TV and Online Masses Readings for this Sunday, March 22, 2020 Act of Spiritual Communion 4th Sunday of Lent, Year A1 Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13aPsalm 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6 (1)Ephesians 5:8-14John 9:1-41March 22, 2020 […]

3rd Sunday of Lent, Year A – Homily

3rd Sunday of Lent, Year AExodus 17:3-7Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9 (8)Romans 5:1-2, 5-8John 4:5-42March 15, 2020 After God set them free from slavery in Egypt, the Israelites found themselves in the desert thirsting for water.  Water is not just a want, it is a need.  They grumbled to Moses, who in turn “cried out to […]

2nd Sunday of Lent, Year A – Homily

2nd Sunday of Lent, Year AGenesis 12:1-4aPsalm 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22 (22)2 Timothy 1:8b-10Matthew 17:1-9March 8, 2020 We hear today the story of Jesus’ Transfiguration.  He took Peter, James, and John “and led them up a high mountain.”  On the mountain they saw Jesus transfigured, his facing shining, and his clothes “became white as light.”  […]

1st Sunday of Lent, Year A – Homily

1st Sunday of Lent, Year AGenesis 2:7-9; 3:1-7Psalm 51:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 17 (3a)Romans 5:12-19Matthew 4:1-11March 1, 2020 We have begun our season of Lent.  It is a time of preparation for Easter.  So, it is a time for us to examine our consciences and to seek reconciliation with God and one another. In the spirit […]

Homily for Ash Wednesday

Ash WednesdayJoel 2:12-13Psalm 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 12-13, 14, 17 (3a)2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2Matthew 6;1-6, 16-18February 26, 2020 We are here today because a fast has been proclaimed and we have been called to gather as an assembly.  We are called to gather one and all.  Why? Because we have sinned. There have been times when we have […]

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, Year C – Homily

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, Year CFirst Gospel – Luke 19:28-40Isaiah 50:4-7Psalm 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24 (2a)Philippians 2:6-11Luke 22:14-23:56April 14, 2019 Today we mark the beginning of Holy Week.  We began our Mass today by hearing the gospel story of Jesus’ entry in Jerusalem as He began the first Holy Week. He […]

5th Sunday of Lent, Year C – Homily

5th Sunday of Lent, Year CIsaiah 43:16-21Psalm 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6(3)Philippians 3:8-14John 8:1-11April 7, 2019 As Paul writes to the Philippians he tells them, “I consider everything as a loss because of the supreme good of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.” Paul has come to realize the worldly things are not important, hence seeing “everything […]

4th Sunday of Lent, Year C – Homily

4th Sunday of Lent, Year CJoshua 5:9a, 10-12Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7 (9a)2 Corinthians 5:17-21Luke 15:1-3, 11-32March 31, 2019 Sometimes I hear parents lamenting that they feel like all they are to their children is a chauffeur and/or a source of money.  “Mom, I need to drive me over to Susie’s house.”  “Dad, I need money […]