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Holy Hour Homily

Advent Holy Hour Matthew 26:36-46December 8, 2019 We are here this evening for what we call a “holy hour”.  One might ask we do we holy hours at all and why today. To understand why we do “holy hours” at all we need to consider two things.  First and foremost, it is rooted in the […]

Who Do You Say That I am? – Holy Hour Homily

Homily for May 2019 Holy HourIsaiah 42:1-4Psalm 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9Philippians 2:5-11Matthew 16:13-20 Why do I like to come to Holy Hour?  One might simply think I do it as part of my job.  I don’t.  I want to be here.    Why?  Because my soul is thirsting for Jesus.  There is a place in […]

“God’s Got a Plan” – Homily for April Holy Hour

Homily for April 2019 Holy HourJeremiah 29:10-15Psalm 312 Corinthians 12:7-10Luke 22:39-46 Next week we will celebrate the Passion of Jesus.  We know that God had a plan to save his people that culminated Jesus’ Crucifixion and Resurrection.  Knowing of the Resurrection helps us to see the value of the Crucifixion.  On at least three distinct […]

“Coming to Know Jesus”

Homily for March 2019 Holy HourExodus 17:3-7Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9 (8)Romans 5:1-2, 5-8John 4:5-42 How much do you know about our faith?  How well do you know Jesus? I’m sure everyone here tonight knows the Lord’s Prayer by heart.  How much time do you pray about what the words of this prayer that comes from […]

A Winter’s Rest – Holy Hour Homily

Homily for February 2019 Holy HourJeremiah 29:1-15Psalm 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24 (2a)Philippians 3:17-21Luke 23:44-53 If you look at the front of tonight’s program, the theme is “A Winter’s Rest.”  I picked this time almost two weeks ago on a cold winter day with snow on the ground.  So, a theme involving winter seemed appropriate.  However, […]

Praying For Those Who Lead – Holy Hour Homily

Homily for January 2019 Holy Hour1 Samuel 8:1-22Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13Romans 13:1-6Matthew 22:15-22 In much of the Old Testament period, people were led by “kings”.  Yet, before the time of Samuel, Israel did not have a king.  Ultimately God was their king. They did have human leaders.  Moses was the one through whom God […]

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 […]

Closeness to God – Holy Hour Homily

Homily for November 2018 Holy Hour Jeremiah 1:4-9 Psalm 18:2-3, 3-4, 47, 51 1 John 4:7-16 John 15:1-17 We come here tonight not to be alone.  No, we come to be here with Jesus, Jesus who is Son of God, consubstantial with the Father.  It is Jesus who is present in the bread in the […]

God Our Help and Our Hope – Homily for October 2018 Holy Hour

Homily for October 2018 Holy Hour Ezekiel 34:1-6, 11-12a Psalm 51:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 17 1 John 1:5-2:2 Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 In the days of Ezekiel many shepherds were more concerned about their own wants than taking care of the flock that God had entrusted to them.  They were doing nothing to strengthen the weak or […]

St. John Fisher, Patron of Our Diocese

Homily for June 2018 Holy Hour Jeremiah 1:4-10 Psalm 91:1-2, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15 1 Peter 4:12-19 Matthew 10:34-39 On the general saints’ calendar, June 22nd, which is this Friday, is an optional memorial of Sts. John Fisher and Thomas More who were both beheaded in 1535 by King Henry VIII.  St. John Fisher was beheaded […]