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Pentecost Homily

Pentecost Acts 2:1-11 Psalm 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34 1 Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13 John 20:19-23 Our Easter Season draws to a close today with our celebration of Pentecost but we should never think of Pentecost as simply an end to Easter.  Pentecost is an “event” in our church.  It is often referred to as the […]

7th Sunday of Easter, Year A – Homily

7th Sunday of Easter, Year A Acts 1:12-14 Psalm 27:1, 4, 7-8 (13) 1 Peter 4:13-16 John 17:1-11a On Thursday we celebrated Jesus’ Ascension into Heaven.  This marked an important moment as the disciples saw him ascend on the cloud so that they (and us!) might all know Jesus has returned to his place in […]

Why Do We Celebrate the Ascension ‘Today’?

I’ve titled this article “Why Do We Celebrate the Ascension ‘Today’? but even the title needs a short explanation.  I put “today” in single quote marks because not everyone is celebrating the Ascension today.  Some dioceses move it to the following Sunday.  I’ll explain why it falls on today later in the article.  In the […]

6th Sunday of Easter, Year A – Homily

6th Sunday of Easter, Year A Acts 8:5-8, 14-17 Psalm 66:1-3, 4-5, 607, 16, 20 1 Peter 3:15-18 John 14:15-21 The Samaritan people were despised by the Jews but Samaria is where Philip to proclaimed Christ to the people in today’s reading.  Philip was not one of the Twelve Apostles but he shared (just like […]

3rd Sunday of Easter, Year A – Homily

3rd Sunday of Easter, Year A Acts 2:14, 22-23 Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11 1 Peter 1:17-21 Luke 24:13-35 Once again, we hear a story of the disciples right after the tomb was found empty.  This time it is two disciples walking on the road to Emmaus.  We are not told why they are […]

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 […]

Easter Vigil 2017, Year A – Homily

Easter Vigil Genesis 1:1-2:2 Genesis 22:1-18 Exodus 14:15-15:1 Isaiah 55:1-11 Romans 6:3-11 Matthew 28:1-10 April 15, 2017 Holy week is the most special time of the year for us.  We began it on Sunday with the blessing of the Palms recalling Jesus’ entry in Jerusalem.  We read the Passion of Jesus to recall what he […]

Good Friday 2017 – Homily

Good Friday Isaiah 52:13-53:12 Psalm 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17, 25 Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9 John 18:1-19:42 April 14, 2017 Jesus has died. It was a horrible death.  It started when he was betrayed by Judas, one of his own disciples.  Peter denies him three times.  He is arrested, scourged, mocked, and crucified. How could this […]

Holy Thursday 2017 Homily

Holy Thursday Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14 Psalm 116:12-13, 15-16bc, 17-18 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 John 13:1-15 April 13, 2017 Tonight we begin something very special, our Easter Triduum.  The word “triduum” means three days.  What we begin tonight lasts until Sunday.  Our celebration spans three days but we need to view all of it as one event. […]

3rd Sunday of Easter, Year C – Homily

3rd Sunday of Easter, Year C Acts of the Apostles 4:27-32, 40b-41 Psalm 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11-12, 13 Revelation 5:11-14 John 21:1-19 April 10, 2016 Last week we heard how Jesus appeared twice to his disciples after his Resurrection.  Both of these appearances were inside. Apparently, while inspiring, those two appearances had not yet the […]