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Who Instilled the Faith in You?

For the last couple of months, our first readings at daily Mass have been from the stories of Genesis, the Exodus, Joshua, and Judges. Today we shift to Paul’s First Letter to the Thessalonians. Most of Paul’s letters are written to communities he helped start. He writes the letters to help them continue to grow […]

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – Homily

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year CIsaiah 66:18-21Psalm 117:1, 2 (Mark 6:15)Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13Luke 13:22-30August 25, 2019 Jesus is asked, “Lord, will only a few people be saved?”. Taken at face value, the question might be interpreted as simply asking how many people are in Heaven?  Conversely, one might ask, “does anyone really end up […]

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – Homily

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year CJeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10Psalm 40:2, 3, 4, 18 (14b)Hebrews 12:1-4Luke 12:49-53August 18, 2019 Jesus’ words today may seem strange or even disheartening to us.  We are more comfortable when Jesus tells us to love our neighbor (not that we always do) than today’s words that He comes “to set the […]

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – Homily

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year CWisdom 18:6-9Psalm 93:1, 12, 18-19, 20-22 (17b)Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19Luke 12:32-48August 11, 2019 “Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.”  The Lord has chosen to make all of us his children.  As our Father, He chooses to be “our help and our shield.”  Yet, we need […]

You Can’t Fight Hate with Hate

We continue to see violence. This Saturday, August 3rd, there was a shooting in El Paso, Texas at a Walmart. The death toll now stands at 22 with more than two dozen injured. Law enforcement officials say the evidence points to it as a hate crime against Mexicans. Then, during the night there was a […]

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – Homily

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year CEcclesiastes 1:2; 2:21-23Psalm 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14, 17 (95:8)Colossians 3:1-5, 9, 11Luke 12:13-21August 4, 2019 We hear that “someone in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me.” We are not told the person’s name.  The person is only identified as “someone.”  […]