Tag: Holy Spirit

Tuesday of the First Week of Advent: The Power of the Spirit (Tuesday, November 29, 2016)

We can try to do everything on our own, or we can seek to allow the Spirit of God to enter into our lives.  Which is it?  Perhaps this advent becomes a time to discover opportunities to encounter the Spirit of God and the life-changing power the comes when the Spirit of God is encountered.

Homily for Wednesday, April 29, 2015

I do not know if you have ever thought of yourself as “set apart”, but today’s first reading made me think of the ways in which God describes the people of God. We are described as a people “set apart”. So while today it is the fact that Barnabas and Mark are set apart for a mission, the real truth is that each one of us, because of our baptism, has been set apart for some higher purpose. Our vocation, whatever it is, is the reality that each of us has been “set apart” for some particular purpose that God will use for the best.

Homily for Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Readings for Today

What’s your excuse? We hear urgent words in the Scriptures. Now is the acceptable time! Now is the day of Salvation! But for us, or at least for me, often it is not. I have excuses. “I cannot pray now because I have to get this done.” “I am too busy to help that person today.” “I cannot make time to hear this person’s story, because they will go on and on.” “I cannot accept the invitation of Jesus, because, well, I have decided there are too many other “important” things to do.”

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Homily for Saturday, August 9, 2014

Readings for Today

We have all had a moment I suspect, where we become so fed up, about the inability of students, or our children, or to an employee, to grasp something we have taught over and over again.  Why worthy disciples unable to cast out this demon? The frustration of Jesus is not about their inability to learn a new magic trick, but rather because of the weakness of their faith.

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Homily for Sunday, July 20, 2014

Readings for Today

Just yesterday I was standing outside with a couple of individuals, when one of them looked down, ground quickly grabbed what was apparently a weed.  What was so interesting to me, was how effortlessly they noticed that something did not belong. To me, and to the other person standing there, nothing seemed to be out of the ordinary. To one who had the discerning eye of one who knows a lot about plants, the weed was obvious.

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Homily for Sunday, June 8, 2014 (Pentecost)

Vigil Mass Readings for Today

Mass Readings During the Day

Perhaps during the civil war we were as polarized as today, but there does not seem to be another time where the country was so divided by political party.  It absolutely seems we are in a time where if the Democrats say one thing, the Republicans will say the opposite.  And, if the Republicans will say one thing, the Democrats will say the opposite.  In fact, mention certain individuals, like Barach Obama, or George W. Bush, or Mitch McConnell or Nancy Pelosi, and there will be an almost immediate reaction of one sort or the other on the part of the persons who hear these names.

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Homily for Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Readings for Today

It can be hard to go where the Spirit leads. Such is the lesson of today’s readings. When we agree to become belivers, we may not fully appreciate what belief will require from us.

I think of my own life. Where I am a priest today is quite different indeed from where I thought I would be when I was ordained. Perhaps the same is true for you. Maybe you took a job that led you far away from where you grew up.

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Homily for Thursday, May 22, 2014

Readings for Today

“God, who knows the heart, bore witness by granting them the Holy Spirit just as he did us.”  Of course, we learned yesterday the “them” in this quote refers to the Gentiles.  But it seems the critical point for the discussion involves, not surprisingly, the action of God himself.  The Holy Spirit is given to the Gentiles as well as those born into the Jewish faith.  God makes no distinction between them.  The receiving of the Holy Spirit at baptism reveals that baptism provides the unique entry way into the Church.

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