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Baptism of the Lord, Year B – Homily

The Baptism of the LordIsaiah 55:1-11Isaiah 12:2-3, 4bcd, 5-6 (3)1 John 5:1-9Mark 1:7-11January 10, 2021 Our Christmas season will end this evening following our celebration of the Baptism of the Lord. Christmas is the celebration of the birth of our savior who is Christ and Lord.  Since Jesus was baptized as an adult, one might […]

The Epiphany of the Lord, Homily

The Epiphany of the LordIsaiah 60:1-6Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13 (11)Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6Matthew 2:1-12January 3, 2021 On Christmas we heard the angel deliver “good news of great joy” to the shepherds, “For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Christ and Lord.” This truly is “good news […]

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, Year B – Homily

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, Year B (Please note there are different options for the readings)Genesis 15:1-6, 21:1-3Psalm 105:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9 (7a, 8a)Hebrews 11:8, 11-12, 17-19Luke 2:22-40December 27, 2020 On Christmas Day Jesus was born in Bethlehem and laid in a manger.  Now, “When the days were completed for purification, according […]

Christmas Homily 2020

Christmas Mass During the NightIsaiah 9:1-6Psalm 96:1-2, 2-3, 11-12, 13 (Luke 2:11)Titus 2:11-14Luke 2:1-14December 25, 2020 Today we hear “good news of great joy.”  After a difficult 2020, we need to hear some good news.  The good news offered by the angel is “For today, in the city of David a savior has been born […]

Keeping God First

As I write this we are just a couple of days from Christmas. Christmas this year will be different because of the Coronavirus. However, no matter how different your celebration is, it will still be Christmas, the celebration of the birth of Jesus. We can still rejoice at the words of the angel to the […]

Angels

As we draw near to Christmas, we hear from the Bible of the role that angels played in the birth of Jesus. This Sunday (Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year B) we hear the story of the Annunciation (Luke 1:26-38), when the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary to tell her she had been chosen to be […]

Baptism of the Lord – Homily

Baptism of the LordIsaiah 42:1-4, 6-7Psalm 29:1-2, 3-4, 3, 9-10 (11b)Acts 10:34-38Matthew 3:13-17January 12, 2020 Christmas day was 18 days ago.  We began our Christmas season with the story of the birth of our savior “who is Christ and Lord.”  Then, we celebrated Jesus, Mary, and Joseph as the Holy Family and heard of their […]

The Epiphany of the Lord – Homily

The Epiphany of the LordIsaiah 60:1-6Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13 (11)Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6Matthew 2:1-12January 5, 2020 At Christmas we heard that the shepherds were the first to hear the “good news of great joy” that “a savior has been born…who is Christ and Lord.”  However, the shepherds were not the only ones to visit Jesus. […]

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph – Homily

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and JosephSirach 3:2-6, 12-14Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5 (1)Colossians 3:12-21Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23December 29, 2019 We continue our celebration of Christmas for Jesus’ birth is too important to celebrate with just a single day.  So, we make it a whole season that will continue until we celebrate the Baptism of the […]

Christmas Homily

Christmas 2019Mass During the NightIsaiah 9:1-6Psalm 96:1-2, 2-3, 11-12, 13 (Luke 2:11)Titus 2:11-14Luke 2:1-14December 25, 2019 There is much joy in seeing so many people here at Christmas as we celebrate something very special, very sacred. What makes this time of year so special? It’s not just here in church.  You can see signs of […]