Tag: Eucharist

Who is Melchizedek? Homily for Wednesday, January 18, 2017

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Who is Melchizedek?  He is an interesting individual that we might hear at ordinations, but not really very often.  In the book of Genesis he is the King of Salem, who rewards Abraham on his victory, something other kings of the day could not do.  He offers bread and wine, which is seen both later in the Old Testament, and certainly in the New Testament as a foreshadowing of Christ.

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Homily for Sunday, August 23, 2015

For St. Thomas Aquinas, the will is most rightly used when God’s glory becomes more manifest in our world. In other words, what becomes particularly important, is that when it comes to choosing, ultimately every choice we make can only be evaluated with regards to the purpose for which the choices made. For human beings then, the choice is ultimately about whether or not one follows God, or makes choices that help us to move closer and closer to God.

Homily for Sunday, August 16, 2015

I suspect all of us have had the occasion to have our eyes tested for vision and other things. It is important, because being able to see clearly is important. Since I have, on both sides of my family, a history of Glaucoma in the family, I get a battery of such tests each year. While they are not difficult or painful tests, they do serve as a reminder of how precious the gift of sight is, and how many threats there can be to seeing well. Having had to use reading glasses for the past couple of years, I am reminded even more often of the importance of being able to see clearly.

Today’s readings show the importance of seeing clearly in another way. That is, just as we may need glasses to see clearly, at the same time, to gain understanding it matters how we see something. Things may not be what they appear if we do not see something clearly. Just as a person may need glasses or contacts to make things visible, so too we learn today that a person needs wisdom to see things clearly.

The “glasses” of faith are used when we engage Wisdom. The definition I have always found helpful for wisdom is this: wisdom is seeing as God sees. The reason I like this definition is that so much of what we do and know in life only really makes sense when we consider how God views things. If we do not consider that human beings are made in God’s image and likeness, it becomes easy to throw them away.

Homily for Friday, May 29, 2015

For most, the worst thing to happen is to be forgotten. Think of a children whose parents forget to pick them up. Or how about when a person is forgotten when a relationship comes to an end. It is not a pleasant feeling. It can make us angry, frustrated, sad, depressed.

Homily for the Easter Vigil, April 4, 2015

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We live in an age where technology has made so many things instant. The news comes to us immediately, we can text one another at the moment, and in many ways the world is just a click or two away. But this immediacy comes with a cost. Maybe it is not true for everyone, but I find in my own life I need to work at a longer attention span, back to a time when I find it (a little) easier to wait. There is the “black hole” that technology and its uses can become in our lives. Perhaps one of the biggest weaknesses is that the immediacy of technology can cause us to forget and become ignorant of our history.

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Homily for Holy Thursday, April 2, 2015

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The Body of Christ. Tonight provides us the powerful celebration that helps us to focus upon the beauty of the Body of Christ as presented to us in the Scriptures. The Body of Christ. It is the Eucharist. It is the people of God. Tonight’s readings put before us both profound truths. At the center of Catholic worship is the Eucharist. This is because it is true that the center of Catholic worship is Christ. It can be no other way.

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Homily for Thursday, November 27, 2014

Readings for Today (These are the readings for Thanksgiving Day (USA)

You have probably heard the quote from Meister Eckhart, “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” In a way, this is true. It’s true for a variety of reasons. When I think of the Thanksgiving holiday, I am reminded always at the meaning of the word Eucharist is thanksgiving. This it’s an important reminder for me, because it seems to me that in understanding this quote by Meister Eckhart, we need to remember the for Catholics, the primary action of Thanksgiving is the Eucharist.

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Homily for Wednesday, November 12, 2014

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I do not know if you have noticed on Facebook, but there is an increasing number of people who are being challenged to be grateful. I have seen three day challenges, seven day challenges and even thirty day challenges. The idea is that for three, seven or thirty consecutive days a person who accepts the challenge is supposed to publicly post on Facebook what they are grateful for, so that these things are not taken for granted.

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Homily for Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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I am sure that you have heard the expression, “You are what you eat.”  This phrase was an attempt to help people to eat in a more healthy way.  The implication was that if all you did was to eat jelly donuts, your body would begin to look like an overstuffed jelly donut.  On the other hand, if a person were to eat fruits and vegetables, their body would be more healthy.

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Homily for Sunday, June 22, 2014

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Every early student of philosophy has probably used the line from St. Thomas Aquinas, “all I have written is so much straw.”  I know I did. the intent was to suggest that even Thomas Aquinas, did not think his work is too valuable. The problem of course, was that those of us who were new to studying St. Thomas Aquinas, did not know the context in which this quote was made.  it seems the brother Reginald, in writing the words of St. Thomas Aquinas dictated, heard the following sentence. “The end of my labors has come. All that I have written appears to be as so much straw after the things that have been revealed to me.”  St. Thomas Aquinas compares what is written is so much straw in the context of the things that have been revealed to him.  This is no small distinction.

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