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3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – Homily

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year CNehemiah 8:2-4a, 5-6, 8-10Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 15 (see John 6:63c)1 Corinthians 12:12-30Luke 1:1-4, 4:14-21January 27, 2019 Catholics have a reputation for not knowing the Bible.  In years long past, Catholics were sometimes told not to read the Bible on their own for fear they might misinterpret it.  That […]

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – Homily

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year CIsaiah 62:1-5Psalm 96:1-2, 2-3, 7-8, 9-101 Corinthians 12:4-11John 2:1-11January 20, 2019 Having brought our Christmas season to a close last weekend with our celebration of the Baptism of the Lord, we are now in Ordinary Time. With the word “ordinary” in the name for this season, it might make […]

Praying For Those Who Lead – Holy Hour Homily

Homily for January 2019 Holy Hour1 Samuel 8:1-22Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13Romans 13:1-6Matthew 22:15-22 In much of the Old Testament period, people were led by “kings”.  Yet, before the time of Samuel, Israel did not have a king.  Ultimately God was their king. They did have human leaders.  Moses was the one through whom God […]

Baptism of the Lord – Homily

The Baptism of the LordIsaiah 40:1-5, 9-11Psalm 104:1b-2, 3-4, 24-25, 27-28, 29-30 (1)Titus 2:11-14; 3:4-7Luke 3:15-16, 21-22January 13, 2019 Throughout our Christmas season, I’ve talked about the connections between the feasts and solemnities we celebrate during this season. With our celebration of the Baptism of the Lord today, our Christmas season will draw to a […]

The Manger

In today’s gospel (Tuesday between Epiphany and the Baptism of the Lord), we hear of Jesus feeding the 5,000 as told in Mark 6:34-44. Jesus feeds so many with so little. It is a powerful image. The feeding of the multitude is so powerful and important, it is found in all four gospels. In John’s […]

The Epiphany of the Lord – Homily

The Epiphany of the LordIsaiah 60:1-6Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13 (11)Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6Matthew 2:1-12January 6, 2019 For our Masses on Christmas Eve and Christmas morning, we heard the story of Jesus’ birth from Luke’s gospel.  Our gospel reading for the Feast of the Holy Family was the story of the “Finding in the Temple,” also […]

Mary, the Holy Mother of God – Homily

Mary, the Holy Mother of GodNumbers 6:22-27Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8Galatians 4:4-7Luke 2:16-21January 1, 2019 As we gather here today to celebrate a holy day, it is January 1st.  In our country it is New Year’s Day.  However, the fact that we are beginning a new year on the secular calendar is not what our […]