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.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Papal Intention for July 2017

Papal Intention for July 2017

Pope's Prayer Intention - That our brothers and sisters who have strayed from the faith, through our prayer and witness to the Gospel, may rediscover the merciful closeness of the Lord and the beauty of the Christian life.

Prayer for the Pope

V. Let us pray for Francis, our Pope.
R. May the Lord preserve him, give him life, 
and make him blessed upon the earth, 
and deliver him not up to the will of his enemies.

Our Father... Hail Mary...

O God, Shepherd and Ruler of all Thy faithful people, look mercifully upon Thy servant Francis, whom Thou hast chosen as shepherd to preside over Thy Church. Grant him, we beseech Thee, that by his word and example, he may edify those over whom he hath charge, so that together with the flock committed to him, may he attain everlasting life. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.