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22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – Homily

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8 James 1:17-18, 21b-22, 27 Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 August 30, 2015 Some of the Pharisees, along with some of the scribes, have come to observe what Jesus and His disciples are doing.  They are shocked that His disciples eat with “unclean” hands.  As these Pharisees […]

Decide Today Whom You Will Serve

This weekend, Immaculate Conception welcomes a missionary to speak out the work of their group’s ministry.  So, I will not be preaching this weekend but I do want to offer some reflection on the first reading and the gospel (21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B). In the first reading, Joshua has gathered the people […]

Husbands, Wives, and Subordination

This weekend (Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B) our second reading is Ephesians 5:21-32.  The passage speaks of marriage and how it is a symbol of Christ’s love for the Church.  This reading is among the suggested readings for weddings but it is seldom, if ever, used. Why?  Because of one line in the […]

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – Homily

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B Proverbs 9:1-6 Ephesians 5:15-20 John 6:51-58 August 16, 2015 Our first reading comes from the Book of Proverbs where “wisdom” is personified as “Lady Wisdom.”  Today we hear Lady Wisdom inviting in the simple and those who lack understanding to come and eat at her table to forsake […]

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today, August 15th, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Normally it would be a Holy Day of Obligation but since it falls on a Saturday this year, it is not a day of obligation, but it is still an important day. The gospel reading for today is the story […]

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – Homily

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B 1 Kings 19:4-8 Ephesians 4:30:5-2 John 6:41-51 August 9, 2015 Elijah is tired and worn out.  How many of us have felt the same way at times? In Elijah’s case he is serving as a prophet of the Lord in a time when people have turned away from […]

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – Homily

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B Exodus 16:2-4, 12-15 Ephesians 4:17, 20-24 John 6:24-35 August 2, 2015 The Israelites were grumbling.  They were concerned that they could find nothing to eat in the desert.  A legitimate concern, but how soon they forgot how they came to the desert.  God had set them free from […]