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Homily – Holy Family, Year A

Holy Family, Year A Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14 Colossians 3:12-21 Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23 December 29, 2013 “Bearing with one another and forgiving one another.” These are words that Paul writes to the Colossians.  Who do you think of as you hear these words?  Who is it that you feel you have to bear with?  Who do […]

Homily – Christmas 2013

Christmas 2013, Year A Isaiah 9:1-6 Titus 2:11-14 Luke 2:1-14 December 25, 2013 This summer a prince in line to the throne of England was born.  As a king-to-be, he was born in a private suite in the hospital.  There were people waiting outside the hospital as soon as they knew mom had gone to […]

Homily – 4th Sunday of Advent, Year A

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A Isaiah 7:10-14 Romans 1:1-7 Matthew 1:18-24 December 22, 2013 God offers King Ahaz a sign! If God offered you a sign what would you ask for? Would you ask for something simple or go “big”? World peace?  Miracle cure?  A job? I’m sure various things come to mind […]

Homily – 3rd Sunday of Advent – Year A

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A Isaiah 35:1-6a, 10 James 5:7-10 Matthew 11:2-11 December 15, 2013 “Are you the one?” John the Baptist is in jail for preparing the Way of the Lord and has heard of Jesus.  He wants to know if Jesus is the Messiah.  So, he sends disciples to inquire, “Are […]

Homily – Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A Isaiah 11:1-10 Romans 15:4-9 Matthew 3:1-12 December 8, 2013 Every time we celebrate Mass we listen to words from the Bible.  Why? Paul offers us an explanation when he writes to the Romans, “Whatever was written previously was written for our instruction that by endurance and by the […]

My Latest Presentation – “Attitude of Gratitude”

Check out my latest presentation “Attitude of Gratitude” at http://renewaloffaith.org/basics/gratitude.htm. Peace, Fr. Jeff

Homily – First Sunday of Advent, Year A

1st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A Isaiah 2:1-5 Romans 13:11-14 Matthew 24:37-44 December 1, 2013 Even before Thanksgiving Christmas items were appearing in the stores.  I saw a Santa in a mall two weeks before Thanksgiving.  Radio stations are beginning to play Christmas music.  The Christmas lights are going up. But it isn’t Christmas […]