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14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – Homily

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B Ezekiel 2:2-5 Psalm 123:1-2, 2, 2-4 (2cd) 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 Mark 6:1-6 July 8, 2018 One might think that people from Jesus’ “native place” would welcome him with great fanfare as the hometown boy.  If somebody becomes famous today, their hometown often puts up a big welcome sign […]

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – Homily

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B Wisdom 1:13-15, 2:23-24 Psalm 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11, 12, 13 (2a) 2 Corinthians 8:7, 9, 13-15 Mark 5:21-43 July 1, 2018 Today we hear of Jesus doing two great healings.  One is for a twelve-year-old girl who, by the time Jesus’ arrives at the home, has “died”.  The […]

Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist – Homily

Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist Vigil                                                                            Day Jeremiah 1:4-10                                                          Isaiah 49:1-6 Psalm 71:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 15, 17 (6b)                             Psalm 139:1-3, 13-14, 14-15 (14a) 1 Peter 1:8-12                                                              Acts 13:22-26 Luke 1:5-17                                                                 Luke 1:57-66, 80 June 24, 2018 Today would normally be the 12th Sunday of Ordinary Time in Year B of […]

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 […]

Our Ancestral Heritage

Today’s first reading (June 18, 2018) 1 Kings 21:1-16, begins with two people wanting the same property. The first, Naboth, is the owner of the property. The second is King Ahab. Ahab wants the property to be his “vegetable garden, since it is close by.” Ahab is willing to give Naboth a “better vineyard in […]

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – Homily

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B Ezekiel 17:22-24 Psalm 92:2-3, 13-14, 15-16 (2a) 2 Corinthians 5:6-10 Mark 4:26-34 June 17, 2018 Using a parable, Jesus speaks to the crowds about the farmer scattering seed on the land and then waiting for it to grow without knowing how it grows.  The farmer knew to plant […]

10th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – Homily

10th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B Genesis 3:9-15 Psalm 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 (7bc) 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1 Mark 3:20-25 June 10, 2018 As Jesus came home, a crowd once again gathered.  How we long to see great crowds come to church!  We see large crowds at Christmas and Easter.  If something terrible happens in […]

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Year B – Homily

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Year B Exodus 24:3-8 Psalm 116:12-13, 15-16, 17-18 (13) Hebrews 9:11-15 Mark 14:12-16, 22-26 June 3, 2018 As we celebrate today’s Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, our diocesan Year of the Eucharist draws to a close. When Bishop Matano proclaimed this Year […]

Seeing With the Eyes of Faith

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  At the Annunciation, Mary found out she had been chosen to be the mother of Jesus.  Mary’s reaction is not one of pride.  She does not begin to brag that she has been chosen as Jesus’ mother.  She does not expect people […]

The Most Holy Trinity, Year B – Homily

The Most Holy Trinity, Year B Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40 Psalm 33:4-5, 6, 9, 18-19, 20, 22 (12b) Romans 8:14-17 Matthew 28:16-20 May 27, 2018 Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity.  It would be a wonderful time to fully explain the Trinity.  I can’t do that.  It’s not that’s it not allowed.  […]