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Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, Year A – Homily

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the LordGospel at the Procession – Mark 11:1-10Isaiah 50:4-7Psalm 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24 (2a)Philippians 2:6-11Mark 14:1-15:47March 28, 2021 Our gospel for the blessing of the palms began, “When Jesus and his disciples drew near to Jerusalem.”  Taken at face value, the words “drew near to Jerusalem” tell us that […]

Lenten Penance Service Homily

Penance Service for LentGenesis 3:1-11Psalm 51Matthew 27:27-31March 24, 2021 Next week we celebrate Holy Week.  On Sunday we will bless the palms and hear the story of Jesus’ Passion as told in Mark’s Gospel.  On Holy Thursday we celebrate the Last Supper.  Then on Good Friday we will hear the story of Jesus’ Passion as […]

5th Sunday of Lent, Year A (RCIA) – Homily

5th Sunday of Lent, Year A (RCIA)Ezekiel 37:12-14Psalm 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 (7)Romans 8:8-11John 11:1-45March 21, 2021 Today we hear of the last of seven signs done by Jesus.  And it is no small sign! Lazarus, the one who Jesus loved and the brother of Martha and Mary, was ill.  They sent word to Jesus […]

Solemnity of St. Joseph – Homily

Solemnity of St. Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary1 Samuel 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16Psalm 89:2-3, 4-5, 27 and 29Romans 4:13, 16-18, 22Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24aMarch 19, 2021 Today we celebrate this Solemnity of St. Joseph.  I emphasize “solemnity” because it is the highest rank of saint days that we have.  We don’t know a lot […]

We Need to See as God Sees

If we are going to understand and appreciate what our faith teaches we must see as God sees, not as human beings see (see 1 Samuel 16:7). For instance, I recently wrote an article, “Chastity and Sexuality”, to help people understand Catholic teaching on sexuality and chastity. Our faith teaches that the way we understand […]

4th Sunday of Lent, Year A (RCIA) – Homily

Fourth Sunday of Lent, Year A (RCIA)1 Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13aPsalm 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6 (1)Ephesians 5:8-14John 9:1-41March 14, 2021 Samuel was a prophet in the days of King Saul.  Saul was not a good king.  So, God chose to appoint a new king.  He sent Samuel to the house of Jesse in Bethlehem to […]

Seeking Your Input

If you are a regular reader of my blog, then you know that when the Coronavirus pandemic shutdown began, the number of articles I post here greatly increased. I very much enjoy written articles here, as well as on my general website (www.renewaloffaith.org). I also greatly enjoy doing the video presentations/webinars and making the recordings […]

Third Webinar in Series “Treating Life with Dignity and Love”

Last night I hosted the third webinar in my series, “Treating Life with Dignity and Love.” The recording of the webinar and the slides are now available online at www.renewaloffaith.org/prolife3. You can now register for Part IV on April 14th, 6:30 pm, at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_-XKK13xrRIGGxxufAbg5-A. If you missed either of the two previous webinars in this […]

It Has Been a Year

In March of last year we began to feel locally the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic. The Coronavirus was known to be out there. Knowing it was coming, precautions were put in place. In church it began with the suspension of the Sign of Peace at Mass, as well as stopping the distribution of the […]

3rd Sunday of Lent, Using Year A Readings for RCIA – Homily

Third Sunday of Lent, Year A (RCIA)Exodus 17:3-7Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9 (8)Romans 5:1-2, 5-8John 4:5-42March 7, 2021 Jesus is on the road through Samaria with his disciples.  While his disciples went into town to buy food, He stops to rest by Jacob’s well around noon.  There seems to be nothing special in this. While He […]