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31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – Homily

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C Wisdom 11:22-12:2 Psalm 145:1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13, 14 2 Thessalonians 1:11-2:2 Luke 19:1-10 October 30, 2016 Zacchaeus is described as being “short in stature.”  He was short enough that he couldn’t see Jesus through the crowd.  Being small, he probably won’t have been able to fight his way […]

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – Homily

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18 Psalm 34:2-3, 17-18, 19, 23 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18 Luke 18:9-14 October 23, 2016 Today Jesus tells us about two people praying, a Pharisee and a tax collector.  One becomes justified but not both. As we know, the Pharisee was one of the religious leaders […]

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – Homily

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C Exodus 17:8-13 Psalm 121:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 2 Timothy 3:14-4:2 Luke 18:1-8 October 16, 2016 The Israelites had to defend themselves from an attack by Amalek.  Joshua leads the battle but Moses is instrumental in the success of the battle. Moses does not physically engage in the battle.  […]

What is the Point of Prayer?

I don’t think many people would argue with the statement that prayer is important.  Well, actually they might without meaning to.  By this I simply acknowledge the fact that not everybody prays.  Maybe they mean to but it isn’t the most important thing to them and so they let all their time be taken up by […]

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – Homily

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C 2 Kings 5:14-7 Psalm 98:1, 2-3, 3-4 2 Timothy 2:8-13 Luke 17:11-19 October 9, 2016 Both our first reading today and our gospel tell of people who was thankful for being healed of their leprosy. In the first reading, it is Naaman who wasn’t even Jewish.  He was […]

St. Francis of Assisi

Today, October 4th, we celebrate the Memorial of St. Francis of Assisi.  He is among the more popular saints.  I myself have read biographies about him and have a picture of him sitting on a table in my sitting room.  In the picture, he is standing outside in the woods dressed in his Franciscan robe […]

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C & Respect Life Sunday

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C Habakkuk 1:2-3, 2:2-4 Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9 2 Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14 Luke 17:5-10 October 2, 2016 The Apostles ask Jesus to increase their faith.  It seems like a good request.  I suspect many of us, myself included, make the same request.  It’s a challenge to believe.  We can […]