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The Ascension of the Lord

Ascension ThursdayActs 1:1-11Psalm 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9 (6)Ephesians 1:17-23Mark 16:15-20May 13, 2021 Today we celebrate the Ascension of the Lord. The Ascension might seem like just a step along the way from the Resurrection to Pentecost.  In the chronology of the events, it is a step in the sequence of events but it is an important […]

6th Sunday of Easter, Year B – Homily

6th Sunday of Easter, Year BActs 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48Psalm 98:1, 2-3, 3-4 (2b)1 John 4:7-10John 15:9-17May 9, 2021 Peter is led by God to the house of Cornelius.  There Cornelius falls “at his feet” to pay homage to Peter.  Peter does not accept the homage for he knows he is “also a human being.”  Peter […]

5th Sunday of Easter, Year B

5th Sunday of Easter, Year BActs 9:26-31Psalm 22:26-27, 29, 30, 31-32 (26a)1 John 3:18-24John 15:1-8May 2, 2021 The story told in the Acts of the Apostles is the story of the early church.  Acts tells us how “the church throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria was at peace.  It was being built up and walked […]

4th Sunday of Easter, Year B – Homily

4th Sunday of Easter, Year BActs 4:8-12Psalm 118:1, 8-9, 21-23, 26, 28, 29 (22)1 John 3:1-2John 10:11-18April 25, 2021 Who is our shepherd? Who is it that we expect to help us?  Do we trust in man, meaning do expect other people to provide what we really need?  Do we trust in princes, do we […]

3rd Sunday of Easter, Year B – Homily

3rd Sunday of Easter, Year BActs 3:13-15, 17-19Psalm 4:2, 4, 7-8, 9 (7a)1 John 2:1-5aLuke 24:35-48April 18, 2021 Easter is a season of resurrection.  The Resurrection of Jesus is pivotal in our Christian faith.  Thus, Jesus doesn’t want us to just know about his Resurrection.  He wants us to understand what it means to be […]

2nd Sunday of Easter, Year B – Homily

2nd Sunday of Easter, Year BActs 4:32-35Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24 (1)1 John 5:1-6John 20:19-31April 11, 2021 On this Second Sunday of Easter we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday.  In today’s gospel Jesus gives the power to forgive sins to the disciples when He says, “Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain […]

Easter Sunday, Year B

Easter Sunday, Year BActs of the Apostles 10:34a, 37-43Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23 (24)Colossians 3:1-4John 20:1-9April 4, 2021 “Mary Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning.” Why?  Why go early in the morning?  Whose tomb was she going to?  When she arrived at the tomb, she saw that the stone had been removed from […]

Good Friday – Homily

Good Friday:  Celebration of the Lord’s PassionIsaiah 52:13-53:12Psalm 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17, 25 (Luke 23:46)Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9John 18:1-19:42April 2, 2021 I begin with two questions.  First, who is responsible for the death of Jesus?  Secondly, why was He put to death? We have just heard the story of Jesus’ Passion, the suffering He endured.  […]

Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord’s Supper – Homily

Holy Thursday:  Mass of the Lord’s SupperExodus 12:1-8, 11-14Psalm 116:12-13, 15-16bc, 17-181 Corinthians 11:23-26John 13:1-15April 1, 2021 Our readings tonight begin in the time of the first Passover, that saving time when the Lord set his people free from slavery in Egypt.  More specifically, today’s passage gives instructions on how they are to celebrate the […]

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 […]