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The Star that Leads to Jesus: Homily for Ephiphany Sunday, January 7, 2018

The Star that Leads to Jesus: Homily for Ephiphany Sunday, January 7, 2018

Readings for Today

Today we are reminded of the importance of following Jesus.  As we encounter the example of the Magi who followed the star, without knowing exactly where it led, we are reminded that our lives of faith are about following someone.  The challenge is that we can choose to follow stars that do not lead to Jesus.  We can be tempted by the allure of the popularity of social media, or the tug of consumerism, or the need to be constantly distracted so that we do not ever confront ourselves about areas where we need to convert.

Water and blood. Baptism and Eucharist. Homily for Saturday, January 6, 2018

Water and blood. Baptism and Eucharist. Homily for Saturday, January 6, 2018

Readings for Today

Water and Blood.  Baptism and Eucharist. Words in the bible often refer to something other than the obvious.  Today is such an example.  Water is part of both readings.  Whenever we see or read about water, the first thought should be baptism. This is true whether we read about New Testament letters, like today, or stories from the Old Testament.  The flood in the book of Genesis points to baptism.  The faithful, those who trust in God, are saved.

It all has to do with love: Homily for Friday, January 5, 2018

It all has to do with love: Homily for Friday, January 5, 2018

Readings for Today

Love.  This word is at the center of the gospel.  Without love, little in the gospel makes sense.  However, today it is difficult to understand exactly what love is. It has been weakened so much.  Love, in popular language, can apply to just about anything.  In fact, the way it is used, love can be applied to people or things.  But someone once said, we love people, and use things, not the other way around.

Ordinary person, Extraordinary Grace: Homily for Thursday, January 4, 2018

Ordinary person, Extraordinary Grace: Homily for Thursday, January 4, 2018

Readings for Today

I have to confess that I am not a big fan of shrines for saints. The reason is that when I am at a shrine, it always seems like the saint is someone so "plastic" they could not possibly have been a real person.  The shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton is not like that.  Rather, Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton is presented as an ordinary person, who quest for God was a response to extraordinary grace.

We’re made in God’s Image: Homily for Wednesday, January 3, 2018

We’re made in God’s Image: Homily for Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Readings for Today

Do you know you are made in God's image? Most of us would answer yes.  But do we really believe it? How often do we excuse doing something wrong by saying, "I'm only human?" When we know we are in God's image, we know we are at our best when we are human. It is when we sin that we are less than human.

Who is the liar? Homily for Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Who is the liar? Homily for Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Readings for Today

There are some people who really, really hate religion.  It is not just that they disagree with this or that thing, but the very existence of religion makes their blood boil. And it is not just that they do not want any religion mentioned, they do not want anyone else to mention it either.  It is about destroying any public reference to religion. Religion is simply something that is meant to be private. Period.

Treasuring things in your heart: Homily for Monday, Janaury 1, 2018

Treasuring things in your heart: Homily for Monday, Janaury 1, 2018

Readings for Today

This might not be the time of year you feel like slowing down.  It may not be the time of year you can slow down.  But today's gospel is an invitation to contemplation. As we consider the role and person of Mary, Mother of God, we are given the model of someone with a contemplative heart.  And this contemplative heart allows Mary to overcome some very difficult things.

Open Your Heart. Hear God Speak. Do What God Wants. Homily for Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Open Your Heart. Hear God Speak. Do What God Wants. Homily for Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Readings for Today

There is such a contrast to the first reading and the gospel.  Ahaz seems to be taking the high road by not wanting to tempt God, but he is not.  He does not want a sign from God, because he wants to do something different.  Mary does not seek a sign from God, but when God asks, she says yes.  Ahaz does not cultivate a relationship with God. Mary orders her entire life around her faith in God. Do you want a sign from God, or not?

Presence of God: Past, Present & Future: Homily for Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Presence of God: Past, Present & Future: Homily for Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Readings for Today

Finding the presence of God in your life is important.  What helps is to think of past, present, and future.  Today's readings provide some help in that regard.  As we look back to the Old Testament, we can see how the plan of salvation was revealed by God.  Today, we can seek to find how God is active today.  And it is also the case that we can find the promises from God of how God is active tomorrow.  This is really the season of Advent in a nutshell.

A Heart Ready for God: Homily for Monday, December 18, 2017

A Heart Ready for God: Homily for Monday, December 18, 2017

Readings for Today

With all of the revelations of sexual misconduct and harassment, today's gospel presents us with the courageous man.  The real man.  Saint Joseph, who confronted with unbelievable news that Mary was pregnant -- and knowing he was not the father.  And despite this, not wanting to shame Mary.  Not wanting to take out any sort of revenge on Mary. Because he was righteous, Joseph had a heart open to the presence of God. He was ready, so when God did speak to him in a dream, he knew who God was.

Rejoice Always. Pray without ceasing. Know who you are. Homily for Sunday, December 17, 2017

Rejoice Always. Pray without ceasing. Know who you are. Homily for Sunday, December 17, 2017

Readings for Today

Do you really know who you are? Or do you try to pretend you are someone other than you are? Do you try to convince others, and worse yet, yourself, that you are someone you are not? Probably all of us fall prey to this at some time in our life.  Maybe too many times. Worse yet is when we try to convince God we are someone other than the person God has created us to be.  At these times, we are really lost.

Seeing the presence of God: Homily for Saturday, December 16, 2017

Seeing the presence of God: Homily for Saturday, December 16, 2017

Readings for Today

Our eyesight is really important.  Imagine how life would be changed if we could not see.  As important as our physical sight is, however, how much more important is our spiritual sight.  How much more do we need to open the eyes of our soul to see just how active God is in our lives. The beauty of the bible is that the presence and purpose of God is made clear to us.  The Lord's plan is like that of a master builder making a masterpiece.

Imagine what God could do with our trust: Homily for Friday, December 15, 2017

Imagine what God could do with our trust: Homily for Friday, December 15, 2017

Readings for Today

There are times when I cannot believe I do not trust in God more.  I cannot point to a single instance where God was not there for me. When I hear today's readings, it makes me wonder what might happen if I fully trusted God. Think about it.  What would happen if all your trust was placed in God. Imagine how much the world could change if we actually saw Christ fully and totally in every person we met.

Sin is ugly, God is forgiving: Homily for Thursday, December 14, 2017

Sin is ugly, God is forgiving: Homily for Thursday, December 14, 2017

Readings for Today

The words in the readings today are not pretty.  O worm Jacob.  O maggot Israel.  We are reminded in very stark terms that sin is pretty ugly.  There can be a tendency today to minimize sin. We can think that we are really not all that bad.  We can dismiss how even a little sin in our life can lead to more.  But today's readings are not about the ugliness of sin alone.  They are also about the beauty of God's forgiveness.