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26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – Homily

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A Ezekiel 18:25-28 Philippians 2:1-11 Matthew 21:28-32 September 28, 2014 What does the word “Church” mean to you? We call the buildings we worship in “churches” but is “church” just a building? Without a doubt, our church buildings are a focal point of our faith.  The design, layout, and […]

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – Homily

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A Isaiah 55:6-9 Philippians 1:20c-24, 27a Matthew 20:1-16a September 21, 2014 The landowner goes out and hires workers for the day and agrees to pay them the “usual daily wage”.  There is nothing usual here, it’s the standard practice of that day. As the day continues, the landowner keeps […]

Homily – Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Exaltation of the Holy Cross Numbers 21:4b-9 Philippians 2:6-11 John 3:13-17 September 14, 2014   Today we take a step away from what would normally be the Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time for this feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. This feast dates back to the fourth century when St. Helena found the […]

A New Experience

Today I did something that I haven’t had to do in seven years of priesthood and I would have preferred if I never needed to do it. In a little over seven years I have probably done over 180 funerals (some Masses, some services outside Mass, and some simple graveside services).  The oldest person I ever did […]

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – Homily

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A Ezekiel 33:7-9 Romans 13:8-10 Matthew 18:15-20 September 7, 2014   Ezekiel serves the Lord as a prophet.  Part of his duties as a prophet is to be a “watchman”.  A watchman stands on lookout to watch for trouble and, when there is trouble, alert the people. As a […]