1st Sunday of Lent, Year B – Homily

1st Sunday of Lent, Year B – HomilyGenesis 9:8-15Psalm 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9, (10)1 Peter 3:18-22Mark 1:12-15 “Repent and believe in the gospel.” These are the words that were said as ashes were placed on the foreheads of people as we began Lent last Wednesday. They are also among the first words Jesus said as He …

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What Does Lent Mean to You?

Lent starts tomorrow (February 14, 2024).  What comes to mind when you hear the word “Lent”?  Do you have feelings of dread or joy?  Why? Is Lent just something “necessary to get to Easter and the Resurrection”?  We all want to make it to Heaven.  Thus, we look forward to the joy of Easter and …

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5th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – Homily

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – HomilyJob 7:1-4, 6-7Psalm 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6 (3a)1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-3Mark 1:29-39 “Job spoke saying:  Is not man’s life on earth a drudgery?…I shall not see happiness again.” These are the words that begin and end today’s first reading.  Job is experiencing a terrible time in his life.  …

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

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, Year AMatthew 21:1-11Isaiah 50:4-7Psalm 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24 (2a)Philippians 2:6-11Matthew 26:14 – 27:66April 2, 2023 Today we start Holy Week.  It is called holy because it contains the most important events that have ever happened.  These are the events that make our salvation possible.  It starts with …

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I am the Resurrection and the Life

In the midst of the Babylonian Exile God offers Ezekiel a vision that points to the Resurrection and new life (first reading – read all of chapter 37 for the whole story). The Lord promises that He will open our graves and have us rise from them. He offers this promise having just offered a …

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From Darkness to Light

In today’s gospel we hear the story of the man who was born blind. In those days, serious illnesses like blindness were seen as punishment for sin. So, seeing the man who was been blind from birth, Jesus’ disciples ask him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?“. His …

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3rd Sunday of Lent, Year A – Homily

3rd Sunday of Lent, Year AExodus 17:3-7Psalm 95:1-2, 607, 8-9 (8)Romans 5:1-2, 5-8John 4:5-42March 12, 2023 Jesus is making his way through Samaria.  “Tired from his journey,” He pauses to rest at the well. While He is sitting at the well, “a woman of Samaria came to draw water.  Jesus said to her “Give me …

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Do We Give Control to God?

Our first reading today comes from Genesis 12 where the story of Abram, who God would later rename “Abraham.” Before this passage, the only mention of Abraham is his genealogy presented in Genesis 11:10-32. These four verses in today’s first reading tell us two very profound things about Abraham. First, that he has been chosen …

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The Cunning Serpent

“The LORD God formed man out of the clay of the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life.“ These are the words that begin our first reading today. God created humanity. The first part of this verse is taking literally by some. God formed us out of the clay. They use the …

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Ash Wednesday – Homily

Ash WednesdayJoel 2:12-18Psalm 51:304, 5-6ab, 12-13,14 and 172 Corinthians 5:20-6:2Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18February 22, 2023 What are we doing here today?  It’s the middle of the week.  We go to church on Sunday.  Why are we here in the middle of the week? Of course, it is because it is Ash Wednesday.  We are here to …

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