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The Gift of the Holy Spirit

Today we draw our Easter season to a close with our celebration of Pentecost. As our first reading begins, “When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, there were all in one place together.” For the Jews, it was the time for Pentecost as they celebrated it. For Jesus’ disciples, Jesus had told them to wait […]

7th Sunday of Easter, Year C – Homily

7th Sunday of Easter, Year CActs 7:55-60 Psalm 97:1-2, 6-7, 9 (1a, 9a)Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20John 17:20-26 May 29, 2022 Jesus knew He was about to be arrested, tried, and crucified.  The Gospel of John presents in chapters 14-17 Jesus’ final words to his disciples before his arrest.  Chapter 17 presents Jesus’ final prayer just […]

6th Sunday of Easter, Year C – Homily

6th Sunday of Easter, Year CActs 15:1-2, 22-29 Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8 (4) Revelation 21:10-14a, 22-23John 14:23-29 May 22, 2022 Some of the people had been upset by teachings they heard. It has disturbed their peace of mind.  This is not what Jesus desires for his people. Rather, Jesus says, “Do not let your […]

5th Sunday of Easter, Year C – Homily

5th Sunday of Easter, Year CActs 14:21-27 Psalm 145:8-9, 10-11, 12-13 Revelation 21:1-5aJohn 13:31-33a, 34-35May 15, 2022 Paul and Barnabas continued to proclaim “the good news.”  Through their ministry and God’s grace, “a considerable number of disciples” were made. God gives us grace as his disciples.  The Sacraments are a vital part of this.  It […]

A Time of Distress

As we celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Easter in Year C, our first reading continues to come from the Acts of the Apostles. The Acts of the Apostles tells the story of the early church. In chapter 2 the disciples receive the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. They then go out to proclaim the good news. […]

3rd Sunday of Easter, Year C – Homily

3rd Sunday of Easter, Year CActs 5:27-32; 40b-41 Psalm 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11-12, 13 (2a) Revelation 5:11-14John 21:1-19 May 1, 2022 Last week we heard how the disciples gathered in the locked room for fear of the Jews.  This happened not once, but twice.  Both times Jesus came to them. The disciples have left the […]

Divine Mercy Sunday, Year C – Homily

Divine Mercy Sunday (2nd Second of Easter), Year CActs 5:12-16Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24 (1) Revelation 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19John 20:19-31April 24, 2022 It is not always easy to follow God.  We see this with the prophets in the Old Testament.  For example, in 1 Kings 19, Elijah flees and hides in a cave when Jezebel, the […]

Easter Sunday Morning, Year C – Homily

Easter Sunday, Year CActs of the Apostles 10:34a, 37-43Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23 (24)Colossians 3:1-4John 20:1-9April 17, 2022 Early, “while it was still dark,” Mary of Magdala came to the tomb on the first day of the week. Whose tomb?  Why is she going there while it was still dark? To begin to understand this, we […]

Easter Vigil, Year C – Homily

Easter Vigil, Year CGenesis 1:1-2:2Genesis 22:1-18Exodus 14:15-15:1Isaiah 55:1-11Romans 6:3-11Luke 24:1-12April 16, 2022 “In the beginning…the earth was a formless wasteland, and darkness covered the abyss.” From the formless, God created order.  From the darkness, God brought light, not just light as physical light.  God also brought “light” in bringing order and meaning to the earth. […]

What Holy Week Offers

Today is Monday of Holy Week. What we celebrate at the end of Holy Week are the most solemn liturgies of the year. Today’s readings lead me to think about what God offers us this week. Today’s first reading, Isaiah 42:1-7, is the first of four suffering servant oracles in the Book of the Prophet […]