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29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – Homily

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year CExodus 17:8-13Psalm 121:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 (see 2)2 Timothy 3:14-4:2Luke 18:1-8October 20, 2019 Jesus tells us to “pray always”.  Really?  How can anyone pray “always”?  We have to sleep or we will become “weary”.  We have to work.  We have to eat.  How can we “pray always”? The fact […]

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C2 Kings 5:14-17Psalm 98:1, 2-3, 3-4 (see 2b)2 Timothy 2:8-13Luke 17:11-19October 13, 2019 As our first reading begins today, Naaman is “plunged into the Jordan seven times.”  This might remind us of how Jesus was baptized in the Jordan river.  Following the plunging, we are told that Naaman was […]

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – Homily

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year CHabakkuk 1:2-3; 2:2-4Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9 (8)2 Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14Luke 17:5-10October 6, 2019 Habakkuk the prophet cried out, “How long, O LORD? I cry for help but you do not listen!” Have you ever felt the same way?  Have you asked God for help but feel like you don’t […]

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – Homily

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year CAmos 6:1a, 4-7Psalm 146:7, 8-9, 9-10 (1b)1 Timothy 6:11-16Luke 16:19-31September 29, 2019 Amos speaks of those who have “beds of ivory”, “eat lambs… and calves from the stall.”  They have the “best oils.”  All of these point to people with wealth as they are expensive items.  Thus, they had […]

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – Homily

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year CAmos 8:4-7Psalm 113:1-2, 4-6, 7-8 (see 1a, 7b)1 Timothy 2:1-8Luke 16:1-3September 22, 2019 Our readings start today with the prophet Amos speaking to those “who trample upon the needy and destroy the poor of the land!”  The people to whom he is speaking would say they keep the Sabbath […]

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – Homily

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year CExodus 32:7-11, 13-14Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 17, 19 (Luke 15:18)1 Timothy 1:12-17Luke 15:1-32September 15, 2019 Today’s readings should be familiar to us.  Our Sunday readings are on a three-year cycle so if you have been coming to church all your life, you have heard these several times. Add to that […]

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – Homily

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year CWisdom 9:13-18bPsalm 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14, 17 (1)Philemon 9-10, 12-17Luke 14:25-33September 8, 2019 “Who can know God’s counsel, or who can conceive what the LORD intends?  For the deliberations of mortals are timid.”  These are the words that began our first reading from Wisdom today.  As human knowledge has […]

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – Homily

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year CSirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29Psalm 68:4-5, 6-7, 10-11 (see 11b)Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24aLuke 14:1, 7-14 September 1, 2019 “Jesus went to dine at the home of one of the leading Pharisees.”  The people there observed Jesus carefully, perhaps looking to find something to trap him with.  Jesus is also observing their […]

Who Instilled the Faith in You?

For the last couple of months, our first readings at daily Mass have been from the stories of Genesis, the Exodus, Joshua, and Judges. Today we shift to Paul’s First Letter to the Thessalonians. Most of Paul’s letters are written to communities he helped start. He writes the letters to help them continue to grow […]

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – Homily

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year CIsaiah 66:18-21Psalm 117:1, 2 (Mark 6:15)Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13Luke 13:22-30August 25, 2019 Jesus is asked, “Lord, will only a few people be saved?”. Taken at face value, the question might be interpreted as simply asking how many people are in Heaven?  Conversely, one might ask, “does anyone really end up […]