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Homily – Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A Isaiah 8:23-9:3 1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17 Matthew 4:12-23 January 26, 2014 Why did Jesus come into our human world?  Why would Jesus who is consubstantial with the Father be willing to give up being in Heaven to become one like us? Hopefully, we all immediately think of Jesus’ […]

It’s Really Jesus!

Two recent things have led me to think about our Catholic belief in the Eucharist. First, this Sunday’s gospel contains John the Baptist’s testimony of Jesus as “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (see my homily). Secondly, a couple of different people have asked about the rules for receiving […]

Homily – Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

2nd Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A Isaiah 49:3, 5-6 1 Corinthians 1:1-3 John 1:29-34 January 19, 2014 Here comes Jesus!  One might have expected that as soon as John saw Jesus he might run to Jesus with great joy.  That is not John’s first reaction. John could point Jesus out to the people […]

Homily – Baptism of the Lord, Year A

Baptism of the Lord, Year A Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7 Acts 10:34-38 Matthew 3:13-17 January 12, 2014 Isaiah speaks of the “suffering servant” chosen by the Lord to receive his spirit and who pleases the Lord.  People ask who this “suffering servant” is who has been called by the Lord to bring justice to the nations […]

Homily – The Epiphany of the Lord, Year A

Epiphany, Year A Isaiah 60:1-6 Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6 Matthew 2:1-12 January 5, 2014 The magi see a star and knew it signified the birth of a newborn king and not just any king but a newborn king of the Jews. In those days, it was not uncommon for people to believe that a star would […]

Welcome Bishop Salvatore Matano

Yesterday (Friday, January 3, 2014), Bishop Salvatore Matano was installed as the ninth bishop of our diocese. This brings to an end the vacancy in Rochester that lasted almost sixteen months beginning in September 2012 when Bishop Clark’s retirement was accepted.  You can read more about the installation on the Catholic Courier website.  I will […]

Homily – Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Mary, Mother of God, Year A Numbers 6:22-27 Galatians 4:4-7 Luke 2:16-21 January 1, 2014 God is instructing Moses to have Aaron and his sons, who serve as the priests, to offer a special blessing for the people.  They are in the desert, set free from slavery in Egypt.  It is now time for them […]