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A Year to Bear Fruit

As I began reflecting upon today’s gospel and the idea of “bearing good fruit” I thought about how it takes time to bear fruit.  If we plant a seed we know it will take time for the seed to grow before it ever bears fruit.  On the other hand, if we walk into an orchard […]

Stop Judging

Stop judging, these are the first words Jesus says to his disciples in today’s gospel.  Jesus goes on to tell us that we will be judged by the same standard by which we judge others.  He also tells us we must look at our own sins before the sins of others. All of this is […]

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – Homily

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A Jeremiah 20:10-13 Psalm 69:8-10, 14, 17, 33-35 Romans 5:12-15 Matthew 10:26-33 Jesus says “Fear no one.” What do you fear?  For our new graduates, they can be happy and excited to have graduated but life transitions can bring the unknown and new things.  Whether it be a new […]

St. John Fisher and the Fortnight For Freedom

Today, June 22nd, is the Optional Memorial of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More.  In the Diocese of Rochester (United States), St. John Fisher is the patron saint of our diocese.  That means for our diocese today is a feast day. St. John Fisher was the Bishop of the Diocese of Rochester in England (Hence, […]

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Year A – Homily

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14b-16a Psalm 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20 1 Corinthians 10:16-17 John 6:51-58 Moses speaks to the Israelites of how they were “afflicted with hunger” and God fed them “with manna, a food unknown” to them.  We identify the manna as “bread” but it was a type of […]

The Most Holy Trinity – Homily

The Most Holy Trinity Exodus 34:4b-6, 8-9 Daniel 3:52-55 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 John 3:16-18 Last week we celebrated Pentecost and the gift of the Holy Spirit and that brought our Easter season to a close.  That means we are now in Ordinary Time but for this Sunday and next we celebrate two feasts that our […]

Pentecost Homily

Pentecost Acts 2:1-11 Psalm 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34 1 Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13 John 20:19-23 Our Easter Season draws to a close today with our celebration of Pentecost but we should never think of Pentecost as simply an end to Easter.  Pentecost is an “event” in our church.  It is often referred to as the […]

NASCAR Driver Johnny Sauter and Faith

Last night I was watching the NASCAR truck race.  Johnny Sauter won the race and in victory lane on national TV said it was great to win in the month of June, the month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and he thanked the Virgin Mary.  There was no grandstanding.  I searched his name on […]