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Archive of posts filed under the Homilies category.

The Day is at Hand

In today’s gospel, Jesus speaks the coming of the Son of Man. Noah had been commissioned by the Lord to build an ark. The people did not know that a great flood was coming. “They were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day that Noah entered the ark.” They had […]

We Need to be Thankful

Thanksgiving DaySirach 50:22-241 Corinthians 6:3-9Luke 17:11-9November 24, 2022 Today we celebrate Thanksgiving Day.  It is a national holiday for us.  It is a secular holiday but it is a day that we need to celebrate. Why do we need Thanksgiving Day?  If you watch the news, you hear of a lot of bad things that […]

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Year C – Homily

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Year C2 Samuel 5:1-3Psalm 122:1-2, 3-4, 4-5 (see 1)Colossians 1:12-20Luke 23:35-53November 20, 2022 Today we celebrate our Lord Jesus Christ as King of the Universe.  The Jews had been waiting for a new messiah king for a long time.  Some embraced Jesus.  Some rejected him.  Some of […]

The Time to Get Ready is now.

In two weeks our current liturgical year will draw to a close. Our gospel comes from a time shortly before Jesus’ Passion. He knows his time on earth will be coming to end soon. He wants to prepare his disciples. He speaks to them of “the end.” The opportunity comes when the people ask him […]

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – Homily

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14Psalm 17:1, 5-6, 8, 15 (15b)2 Thessalonians 2:16-3-5Luke 20:27-38November 6, 2022 The Sadducees come to Jesus with a question.  Given that this passage starts by saying the Sadducees “deny that there is a resurrection,” we realize they aren’t asking with the best intent.  They want to […]

Annual Mass of Remembrance – Homily

It is our tradition, as it is in many parishes, to offer an annual Mass of Remembrance for those who died in the last year. Here is my homily for our Mass of Remembrance this year. All Souls’ Day – Annual Mass of RemembranceWisdom 3:1-9Psalm 23Philippians 3:20-21John 11:17-27November 2, 2022 Losing a loved one is […]

All Saints Day – Homily

All Saints DayRevelation 7:2-4, 9-14Psalm 24:1bc-2, 3-4ab, 5-6 (see 6)1 John 3:1-3Matthew 5:1-12aNovember 1, 2022 There are numerous people who have been canonized as saints in our Catholic Church.  Each of them has their own feastday.  For example. St. John Fisher, who is the patron saint of our diocese shares June 22nd with St. Thomas […]

You Matter to God

At times we may feel like no one is listening, that no one cares about us. We might feel like we do not matter. We feel small and insignificant. How can little old me matter to God. After all, “Before the LORD the whole universe is as a grain from a balance or a drop […]

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – Homily

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year CSirach 35:12-14, 16-18Psalm 34:2-3, 17-18, 19, 23 (7a)2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18Luke 18:9-14October 23, 2022 Once again Jesus tells a parable, this time “to those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else.”  One would hope none of us would in this category but since it is […]

Be Persistent in Prayer

It is necessary for us “to pray always without become weary.” Today Jesus tells a parable of a woman who persists in her request. She is awaiting a decision from a judge. The judge, “who neither feared God nor respected any human being“, was in no hurry to make his decision. She did not give […]