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4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – Homily

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B Deuteronomy 18:15-20 Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 7-9 1 Corinthians 7:32-35 Mark 1:21-28 January 28, 2018 As Jesus began to teach for the first time following his baptism we hear that, “The people were astonished as his teaching for he taught them as one having authority and not as the […]

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – Homily

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B Jonah 3:1-5, 10 Psalm 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9 1 Corinthians 7:29-31 Mark 1:14-20 January 21, 2018 Back at the start of December we began a new liturgical year.  Our readings as found in the Lectionary for Sunday are based on a three-year cycle.  Each of the three years features […]

Homily for January 2018 Holy Hour – Unity in Faith

Homily for January 2018 – Year of the Eucharist Isaiah 60:1-6 Psalm 25:1, 4-5, 8-10, 14 1 Corinthians 1:10-17 Luke 10:25-37 The Jews were called to be the people of God.  What we call the Old Testament was the Hebrew Scriptures to them.  What they called the Torah, what we know as the Pentateuch (the […]

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – Homily

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B 1 Samuel 3:3b-10, 19 Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10 1 Corinthians 6:13c-15a, 17-20 John 1:35-42 January 14, 2018 “What are you looking for?” “What are you looking for?”  These are the very first recorded words of Jesus in John’s gospel.  Jesus directs these words to the two […]

The Epiphany of the Lord – Homily

The Epiphany of the Lord Isaiah 60:1-6 Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13 Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6 Matthew 2:1-12 January 7, 2018 As the Babylonian Exile ends, Isaiah told the people, “Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem!  Your light has come, the glory of the Lord shines upon you.”  They have been set free by the Lord. The […]

From Too Many Priests to Too Few Priests

Today we celebrate the Memorial of St. John Neumann, the first American to be canonized.  He was born in 1811 in Bohemia in Europe.  He was studying to become a priest there when the bishop there announced there would be no further ordinations as there were too many priests.  Today, this might seem impossible for us to believe but […]

Mary as Mother of God and New Year’s Resolutions – Homily

Mary, the Holy Mother of God Numbers 6:22-27 Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8 Galatians 4:4-7 Luke 2:16-21 January 1, 2018 January 1st is associated with various things.  In our secular society, it is the beginning of the new calendar year.  The beginning of a “new” year is seen as an opportunity to make changes with […]