Tag: Advent

Wednesday of the 2nd Week of Advent: Have you heard? (December 7, 2016)

“Have you heard?” This question can be quite popular. It may signal some wonderful piece of big news.  Sometimes, the news is gossip.  Sometimes, the news is major, something tragic or happy. Whatever, this question get attention.  People want to know the latest news.  No one wants to be left out. 
In many respects, today’s first reading is about this question.  Have you heard? What big news follows this question? The LORD is the eternal God, creator of the ends of the earth.  Wow.  That’s big.  Have you heard?  When was the last time you asked someone this question  as a faith question? Have you heard? God is the eternal God. Have you heard? God has created the world.  Share your faith.  Ask the question. 
Most of us have friends, acquaintances, and others who may not believe.  They may not know God id the Lord, the eternal God, the creator of the ends of the earth.  They may not be aware that God longs to comfort, to heal, to provide rest.  God longs to remove from us our burdens, and those things that make us weary.  So, have you heard?  God is looking for you.  God wants to enter into an eternal relationship, because God is the Lord.

2nd Sunday of Advent: Time to Get to the Spiritual Gym (December 4, 2016)

Anyone who belongs to a gym and exercises regularly knows that gyms will get crowded soon.  People give gym memberships, or others make New Year’s resolutions.  Either way, shortly after the first of the year, the gym is crowded.  But soon, people begin to fade away, the initial resolutions become weak, and the commitment to get in shape is gone.  Our spiritual lives can become like that too.  We have some initial enthusiasm, but without commitment and discipline, we find that we do not remain engaged in growing spiritually. 
And so with the start of the second week of Advent, time to get into spiritual shape.  Read the bible.  Pray the rosary.  Seek out adoration.  Find the sacrament of confession.  Read a good spiritual book.  Talk to others.  Share your faith.  C’mon!  It is time for all of us to get into spiritual shape!

First Sunday of Advent: Time to Tend the Fire (November 27, 2016)

With all of the hustle and bustle of this time of year, and the tremendous noise of the recently finished national elections, now is the time to “tend the fire” inside of us. Advent is a wonderful time for each of us to tend the fire of our faith so that we might more clearly see the presence of God in our hearts.

Readings for Sunday, November 27, 2016 at http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/112716.cfm.

Homily for Friday, December 19, 2014

Readings for Today

I am no gardener. Every plant I touch dies. It is largely because I do not remember to water the plants I have had. By the time I realize I should have watered the plants, they  are withered and brown. Dead. Dry. Lifeless.

Today we are reminded that with many things, it all matters how things begin. Our attention is focused to the things that come when we follow the Word and promise of God in our lives. Whether it is in the life of David, or Samson, or John the Baptist, great things come, impossible things occur when people are faithful to living the promise of God.

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Homily for Sunday, December 14, 2014

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How do you see the world? Sometimes there can be the temptation to believe that only certain types of academic study really deals with the truth. Others might make judgements about certain aspects of life because of preconceived ideas. We certainly see this in our politics. We can make decisions about what we believe about something simply be considering who came up with the idea.

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Homily for Friday, December 5, 2014

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Isn’t time a funny thing? When we are very little, and we hear someone say, “I will be with you in a little while,” we usually can wait no more than a few seconds. As we grow older, our concept of time changes. It seems to move faster and faster. We arrive at a certain time in our lives, say at 50, and part of us, maybe even all of us wonders how it arrived so quickly. And yet when we were children, we may have felt like we would never get to be able to grow up.

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Homily for Wednesday, December 3, 2014

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I was in high school when Al Michaels asked his famous question when the United States Olympic Hockey team beat the Russians in the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics. In an unbelievable voice, he asked, “Do you believe in miracles?” The win was something else. I remember being quite excited. The Cold War was still in full force, as shortly after these Olympics the United States would boycott the Summer Olympics in the Soviet Union due to the Russian invasion of Afghanistan. And so an Olympic victory over a highly touted Soviet Olympic hockey team was something indeed. But a miracle?

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Homily for Sunday, November 30, 2014

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Sssssh! Watch out! Wake up! Get with it! Shape up! Listen! How many of these warning phrases that call for your attention have you used or heard? I suspect most, if not all of us, have heard or used these phrases or ones that are similar. Sometimes we just need to get someone’s attention. We need to shake someone out of a comfort zone, or a lazy zone, or a time of inattention, that we use these phrases. Each of us can become, usually without even realizing it, inattentive to what is really important.

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Homily for Monday, December 17, 2012

Today’s Readings

Today marks a shift in the readings. Up until this point during the season of Advent we have been focused on the second coming of Jesus. Starting today, we shift gears in the readings to focus on the commemoration of the birthday of Jesus. in other words, we are now seeking to remember more specifically the celebration of Christmas.  And so, today we seek to understand the reason for the long genealogy of Jesus present in today’s gospel.

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