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Easter Vigil 2013

Easter Vigil 2013 Genesis 1:1-2:2 Genesis 22:1-18 Exodus 14:15-51:1 Isaiah 55:1-11 Romans 6:3-11 Luke 24:1-12 March 30, 2013 Tonight we hear the story of Salvation History.  We hear it in the readings but also in our Exsultet.  We are reminded of how Christ is the light of the world in our opening fire, fire that […]

Good Friday Homily

Good Friday 2013 Isaiah 52:13-53:12 Hebrews 4:14-16, 5:7-9 John 18:1-19:42 March 29, 2013 The news is devastating. Jesus, the one they thought to be the Messiah, has been arrested, beaten, mocked, scourged, and crucified.  He is now dead. How could this be? He was supposed to defeat the enemy.  The Israelites were ready to be […]

Holy Thursday Homily

Holy Thursday 2013 Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 John 13:1-15 March 28, 2013 Tonight is a night like no other night but neither is a night that stands all by itself. It was the night of the Passover.  The Passover is the greatest of the Israelite feasts that they celebrated as a perpetual institution […]

I’m Sure God Exists

This has been a busy week.  There is a lot of preparation that goes with the celebration of the Triduum.  There was also the Diocesan Day of Penance on Tuesday during which I spent 8 1/2 hours hearing confessions. So after Mass was over last night for Holy Thursday, I finally found some quiet time […]

The Easter Triduum is Upon Us

It is Thursday morning of Holy Week.  At 7 p.m. this evening, we will celebrate the Mass of Lord’s Supper where Jesus celebrated the Passover with his disciples, washed their feet and gave us the gift of the Eucharist.  I’ll be saying more about that in my homily this evening. But tonight is not an […]

People Want to be Forgiven II

Today’s readings (3/27/13), contrast two “people”.  In the reading from Isaiah we hear of the Suffering Servant.  Ultimately this prophecy finds fulfillment in Jesus but we can all fulfill in some way as Christian disciples seeking to God’s Will.  In the gospel reading, we hear how Judas Iscariot goes to the chief priests and ask […]

Passion (Palm) Sunday

Palm Sunday, Year C Luke 19:28-40 Isaiah 50:4-7 Philippians 2:6-11 Luke 22:14-23:56 March 24, 2013 Today we begin no ordinary week.  This week celebrates Jesus’ final days on Earth and so today we begin with his journey into Jerusalem. He receives a royal welcome with the cloaks laid out and palms waving.  He enters riding […]

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego

Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego, and King Nebuchadnezzar – I think I will remember these names forever.  They appear in today’s first reading. I think back to 1999, shortly after I returned to church after many years of not going.  I had the opportunity to attend Mass on Wednesdays during Lent.  I was going to be the Altar Server.  […]

Judgment and Condemnation – Homily

5th Sunday in Lent, Year C Isaiah 43:16-21 Philippians 3:8-14 John 8:1-11 March 17, 2013 As Jesus continues his ministry to teach the people, once again the scribes and the Pharisees come to test Jesus.  They come bringing the woman who was caught in adultery. They really don’t care that she was caught in sin.  […]

People Want to Be Forgiven

Over the past few weeks, I have spoken in homilies and during the announcements about the Sacrament of Reconciliation (confession) and opportunities for people to confess their sins.  With some assistance from our parish Evangelization Team, I created two videos and some handouts on this sacrament (available at http://renewaloffaith.org/ls/reconciliation.htm).  It is also the season of Lent […]