Sunday, August 20, 2017

Mass: The Entrance - Homily for August 20

Readings for Sunday, August 20 / 20th Sunday of Ordinary Time: Isaiah 56:1, 6-7  |  Psalm 67  |  Romans 11:13-15, 29-32  |  Matthew 15:21-28

The Holy Mass is the place where the "house of prayer for all peoples" comes to life right in our midst. The house of God is here for us to come to worship. Every word and action has a meaning. As we begin this series of reflections on the Mass, we discuss the movement from the Entrance Procession up to the Gloria. May the Lord grant us the grace always to continue to draw close to Him as we do each week in the Liturgy.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Hiding in His Heart - Homily for August 13

Readings for Sunday, August 13 / 19th Sunday of OT: 1 Kings 19:9,11-13  |  Psalm 85  |  Romans 9:1-5  |  Matthew 14:22-33

The Lord invites us today to fly to him and to rest in His Sacred Heart much like Elijah hid in the cave of the mountain. May we have the strength to turn to Him in our need and to remain with Him so as to hear His voice in the silence. 

Sunday, July 30, 2017

We Found the Pearl - Homily for July 30

Readings for Sunday, July 30 / 17th Sunday of Ordinary Time: 1 Kings 3:5, 7-12  |  Psalm 119  |  Romans 8:28-30  |  Matthew 13:44-52

The pearl of great price and the hidden treasure, both of which we ought to be willing to sell all to
obtain, is the Catholic Church. Why? Because the Church is Christ Himself - we are the Body of Christ, she gives us the Words of Christ in the Scripture, she gives us the teaching of Christ, and we even receive the Body of Christ to truly make us united to His Body in flesh and blood. What a gift! And what sadness to go without it. 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Presumption in the Kingdom - Homily for July 23

Readings for Sunday, July 23 / 16th Sunday of Ordinary Time: Wisdom 12:13, 16-19  |  Psalm 86  |  Romans 8:26-27  |  Matthew 13:24-43

The Kingdom of Heaven, the Church, is a living organism that quietly changes the world. Unfortunately, sometime we make presumptions about other members of the Church, or even ourselves. Today the Lord reminds us not to make presumptions, leaving the final judgment to Him alone. 

Monday, July 17, 2017

Seeds and Hope - Homily for July 16

Readings for Sunday, July 16 / 15th Sunday of Ordinary Time:  Isaiah 55:10-11  |  Psalm 65  |  

Romans 8:18-23  |  Matthew 13:1-23

Trying to live the Christian life can be difficult when we don't see fruits from our labors, whether in our own soul or in the world around us. Today the Lord encourages us not to lose hope. 

Monday, July 3, 2017

Gifts for your Priest - Homily for July 2

Readings for Sunday, July 2 / 13th Sunday of Ordinary Time: 2 Kings 4:8-11, 14-16  |  Psalm 89  |  Romans 6:3-4, 8-11  |  Matthew 10:37-42

Generosity shown to a prophet, righteous man, or disciple is repaid by the Lord. Today a great person
to give a gift to is a priest. Check out my top 10 (in no particular order) list of great gifts for your priest.