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8th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – Homily

8th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A Isaiah 49:14-15 Psalm 62:2-3, 6-7, 8-9 1 Corinthians 4:1-5 Matthew 6:24-34 February 26, 2017 “No one can serve two masters.” These are Jesus’ words to us.  As we hear them our first thought might be that we don’t want any master.  We want to be free. What does […]

“So What’s on the Altar?”

I just a new video.  My previous videos have been approximately one hour-long videos that are video recordings of presentations I have done to parishioners present in the audience. This new video, “So What’s on the Altar?” is a 7 1/2 minute video recorded in church.  In the video I have the altar set up as […]

I Do Belief, Help My Unbelief

In today’s Gospel (February 20, 2017) we hear the story of Jesus driving out another evil spirit.  He has does this before but this time there is a difference. Before coming to Jesus directly, the boy’s father had asked Jesus to drive out the evil spirit but they were unable to do.  Why?  Jesus replies, “This […]

7th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – Homily

7th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18 Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 8, 10, 12-13 1 Corinthians 3:16-23 Matthew 5:38-48 February 19, 2017 Our readings continue on the themes we have been hearing in recent weeks.  Paul continues to speak about what it means to be wise versus foolish and Jesus continues to speak […]

Making Hope Visible

The first reading for today’s (February 15, 2017) Mass comes from the story of Noah and the Great Flood.  The reading picks up at the point where it has just stopped raining for forty days and forty nights.  There is water everywhere. When God first spoke to Noah to tell him about the coming flood […]

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – Homily

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A Sirach 15:15-20 Psalm 119:1-2, 4-5, 17-18, 33-34 1 Corinthians 2:6-10 Matthew 5:17-37 February 12, 2017 Sirach reminds the people “If you choose you can keep the commandments, they will save you, if you trust in God, you too shall live.” We live in a society where many people […]

Assisted Suicide & the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – Homily

This is our diocesan public policy weekend.  This year’s issue reflected below is speaking against a bill introduced in the NYS Legislative recently to allow assisted suicide.  For more on this issue, check out the USCCB “To Live Each Day With Dignity” and the New York State Catholic Conference. 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year […]