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Archive of posts tagged Hope

Is There Hope?

Those of you who are long-time readers of my blog know that from time to time, I like to write about the importance of following the news. As Christians we are called to pray for the needs of our brothers and sisters. To do so, we need to know what is going on in the […]

Being Fed With Bread

In today’s first reading (17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – 2 Kings 4:42-44) we hear the story of what I will call a “small” miracle. The event happens in a time of drought. So, water is scarce. That means the harvest would have been scarce. During this time a man brought twenty barley […]

Advent Holy Hour Homily 2020

Advent Holy Hour 2020 with Vespers (Evening Prayer II)2nd Sunday of AdventRomans 8:18-27December 6, 2020 Our reading from Romans begins with Paul speaking of “the sufferings of this present time.”  How has your year been?  In what ways have you suffered? Of course, there is the Coronavirus pandemic that has affected everyone in some way.  […]

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 10, 2019 We live in a troubled world.  We see in is war and terrorism, shootings in schools and marketplaces.  There is starvation and homelessness.  There are the unemployed and those who fear losing their jobs.  The […]


For those of you who don’t know, I serve at St. Michael Church in Newark in Wayne County, New York, which is bordered on the north by Lake Ontario.  That means today (Wednesday, March 15, 2017) we have about 18 inches of the snow on the ground with 5-8 more inches forecasted for today and […]

Making Hope Visible

The first reading for today’s (February 15, 2017) Mass comes from the story of Noah and the Great Flood.  The reading picks up at the point where it has just stopped raining for forty days and forty nights.  There is water everywhere. When God first spoke to Noah to tell him about the coming flood […]

1st Sunday of Advent, Year A – Homily

1st Sunday in Advent, Year A Isaiah 2:1-5 Psalm 122:1-2, 3-4, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 Romans 13:11-14 Matthew 24:37-44 November 27, 2016 It should be apparent that the seasons are changing.  Outside it is evident from the snow we got this past week that winter is coming.  This is not the season change I want to talk […]

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – Homily

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C 2 Kings 5:14-7 Psalm 98:1, 2-3, 3-4 2 Timothy 2:8-13 Luke 17:11-19 October 9, 2016 Both our first reading today and our gospel tell of people who was thankful for being healed of their leprosy. In the first reading, it is Naaman who wasn’t even Jewish.  He was […]

Easter – Jesus Christ is Risen Today

Today we celebrate Easter!  It is a day of Great Joy!  Jesus Savior, our Lord and Savior has risen! It had appeared that Jesus was defeated by his enemies who had him arrested, “tried”, and crucified on a Cross but the Resurrection shows us that the Cross is not a sign of defeat.  Christ is […]