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Baptism of the Lord – Homily

The Baptism of the LordIsaiah 40:1-5, 9-11Psalm 104:1b-2, 3-4, 24-25, 27-28, 29-30 (1)Titus 2:11-14; 3:4-7Luke 3:15-16, 21-22January 13, 2019 Throughout our Christmas season, I’ve talked about the connections between the feasts and solemnities we celebrate during this season. With our celebration of the Baptism of the Lord today, our Christmas season will draw to a […]

The Manger

In today’s gospel (Tuesday between Epiphany and the Baptism of the Lord), we hear of Jesus feeding the 5,000 as told in Mark 6:34-44. Jesus feeds so many with so little. It is a powerful image. The feeding of the multitude is so powerful and important, it is found in all four gospels. In John’s […]

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 6, 2019 For our Masses on Christmas Eve and Christmas morning, we heard the story of Jesus’ birth from Luke’s gospel.  Our gospel reading for the Feast of the Holy Family was the story of the “Finding in the Temple,” also […]

Mary, the Holy Mother of God – Homily

Mary, the Holy Mother of GodNumbers 6:22-27Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8Galatians 4:4-7Luke 2:16-21January 1, 2019 As we gather here today to celebrate a holy day, it is January 1st.  In our country it is New Year’s Day.  However, the fact that we are beginning a new year on the secular calendar is not what our […]

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

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph1 Samuel 1:20-22, 24-28Psalm 84:2-3, 5-6, 9-101 John 3:1-2, 21-24Luke 2:41-52December 30, 2018 Today, as part of our Christmas season that will continue for two more weeks, we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. It might seem easy to think of the […]

Jesus is My Hero! – Christmas Homily

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, 2018 Today we celebrate something very special.  Today we celebrate a birth.  The birth of any baby can bring joy and a warm smile to many faces.  The birth we celebrate today brings “abundant joy” and “great rejoicing.”  Think […]

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 […]