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The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph – Homily

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and JosephSirach 3:2-6, 12-14Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5 (1)Colossians 3:12-21Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23December 29, 2019 We continue our celebration of Christmas for Jesus’ birth is too important to celebrate with just a single day.  So, we make it a whole season that will continue until we celebrate the Baptism of the […]

Christmas Homily

Christmas 2019Mass During the NightIsaiah 9:1-6Psalm 96:1-2, 2-3, 11-12, 13 (Luke 2:11)Titus 2:11-14Luke 2:1-14December 25, 2019 There is much joy in seeing so many people here at Christmas as we celebrate something very special, very sacred. What makes this time of year so special? It’s not just here in church.  You can see signs of […]

4th Sunday of Advent, Year A – Homily

4th Sunday of Advent, Year AIsaiah 7:10-14Psalm 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6 (7c, 10b)Romans 1:1-7Matthew 1:18-24December 22, 2019 It’s almost Christmas but not yet.  We have to wait a couple of more days.  On this Fourth Sunday of Advent, our reading from Isaiah prophesized a birth from a virgin.  Our gospel today tells part of the story […]

Advent Penance Homily 2019

Advent Penance Service 2019Isaiah 57:14-21Psalm 63Matthew 3:1-12December 19, 2019 Christmas is coming but it is not yet here. We get excited for Christmas.  Psalm 63, our responsorial psalm today, is one of my favorite psalms because it expresses our desire to know God with versus like: “My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my […]

3rd Sunday of Advent, Year A – Homily

3rd Sunday of Advent, Year AIsaiah 35:1-6a, 10Psalm 146:6-7, 8-9, 9-10 (Isaiah 35:4)James 5:7-10Matthew 11:2-11December 15, 2019 “Be patient.” “Be patient, brothers and sisters, until the coming of the Lord.”  These are the words that begin our second reading today.  We hear them as we approach our celebration of the First Coming of Jesus at […]

Holy Hour Homily

Advent Holy Hour Matthew 26:36-46December 8, 2019 We are here this evening for what we call a “holy hour”.  One might ask we do we holy hours at all and why today. To understand why we do “holy hours” at all we need to consider two things.  First and foremost, it is rooted in the […]

2nd Sunday of Advent, Year A – Homily

2nd Sunday of Advent, Year A Isaiah 11:1-10Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17 (3)Romans 15:4-9Matthew 3:1-12 December 8, 2019 Advent is a time to reflect on the coming of Jesus.  Last week’s gospel spoke of the Second Coming.  The birth of Jesus that we celebrate at Christmas is the First Coming of Jesus.  Today our gospel […]

1st Sunday of Advent, Year A – Homily

1st Sunday of Advent, Year AIsaiah 2:1-5Psalm 122:1-2, 3-4, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9Romans 13:11-14Matthew 24:37-44December 1, 2019 Soon it will be Christmas but not yet.  If you look at the stores, Christmas items have been out for a while.  That doesn’t make it Christmas. Before we can celebrate Christmas, we first celebrate Advent.  The season of […]