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20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – Homily

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B Proverbs 9:1-6 Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7 (9a) Ephesians 5:15-20 John 6:51-58 August 19, 2018 Last week we heard about how the Jews murmured about Jesus saying, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.”  They thought it was impossible for him to have come down from Heaven […]

Why Is It Hard to Forgive?

As Christians we are called to be people of forgiveness.  Every time we pray the Lord’s Prayer we say, “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”  We acknowledge our need to be forgiven and we pledge to offer the same to others. Yet we find forgiving others (and ourselves) can […]

Knowing God’s Presence in Our Lives

Today’s first reading (8/13/18 – Monday of 19th Week in Ordinary Time, Year 2) from Ezekiel provides what can be both a powerful and confusing image.  It can be confusing to us because it relies on imagery unfamiliar to us but known to the Israelites as images of God.  It can be a powerful image […]

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – Homily

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B 1 Kings 19:4-8 Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 (9a) Ephesians 4:30-5:2 John 6:41-51 August 12, 2018 Elijah was fleeing from King Ahaz and others after defeating the 450 prophets of the false god Baal.  They were seeking to kill him.  In fear and despair Elijah “prayed for death, […]

The Lord’s Prayer – Homily for Holy Hour August 2018

Homily for August 2018 Holy Hour Isaiah 25:6a, 7-9 Psalm 23:1-3, 3-4, 5, 6 Romans 8:26-27 Matthew 6:7-15 We started our monthly holy hour last September as part of our diocesan Year of the Eucharist.  So, it was only logically that the themes of the readings we used helped us reflect on the Eucharist.  After […]

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – Homily

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B Exodus 16:2-4, 12-15 Psalm 78:3-4, 23-24, 25, 54 (24b) Ephesians 4:17, 20-24 John 6:24-35 August 5, 2018 Last week we hear from the Old Testament of when Elisha fed 100 people with 20 loaves.  This was a small miracle serving as a precursor to the huge miracle of […]