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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 […]

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 […]

2nd Sunday of Lent, Year B – Homily

Second Sunday of Lent, Year BGenesis 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18Psalm 116:10, 15, 16-17, 18-19 (9)Romans 8:31b-34Mark 9:2-10February 28, 2021 “God put Abraham to the test,” and it was no easy test! Abraham had waited for many years to have a son.  When Isaac was finally born, Abraham loved him deeply and recognized him as a […]

First Sunday of Lent, Year B – Homily

First Sunday of Lent, Year BGenesis 9:8-15Psalm 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9 (10)1 Peter 3:18-22Mark 1:12-15February 21, 2021 In the beginning God created Adam and Eve.  They lived in the Garden of Eden until the first sin. Satan came and tempted them.  They gave into temptation and ate the forbidden fruit.  Hence, the first sin, the original […]

Two Images

When I pray, there are two images I like to use. They are images of the same thing. The first image is: and the second image is: One might look at these images and say, “Father, they are not images of the same thing. One is a Crucifix and the other is the Eucharist. They […]

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – Homily

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year BLeviticus 13:1-2, 44-46Psalm 32:1-2, 5, 11 (7)1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1Mark 1:40-45February 14, 2021 The “leper came to Jesus.”  The very fact that the leper came to Jesus would be amazing to the people around Jesus.  Even more amazing would be that Jesus touched him. Why?  Because it broke the Levitical […]

What Are You Doing for Lent?

When we began the new liturgical year with the 1st Sunday of Advent on November 29, 2020, I spoke in my homily about new years’ resolutions. Then, what I said was in the context of our readiness for the Second Coming. We should ask ourselves what do we need to change in our lives. In […]

Passion (Palm) Sunday, Year A – Homily

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the LordGospel for the Procession Matthew 21:1-11Isaiah 50:4-7Psalm 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24 (2a)Philippians 2:6-11Matthew 26:14-27:66April 5, 2020 The appointed time draws near so Jesus goes to Jerusalem.  As He nears Jerusalem, He receives a royal welcome as the “crowd spread their cloaks and cut branches from the trees.”  The […]