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What do you trust? A question of where to place our faith

What do you trust? A question of where to place our faith

Readings for Today

This weekend's homilies were given at Our Lady of Lourdes, Saint Louis, MO, at the 5pm Mass on June 9, 2016, and at the 9 and 11am Masses on June 10, 2016.

In what do you trust? Science? Wealth? Politics? Only yourself? Or is it that you do the will of God and seek primary relationship with Jesus? This weekend's readings challenge us to seek to do the will of God, to place primary trust in Jesus, and to live as he wishes. It it not to suggest that science is bad, for I want my doctor to know good science.  It is not that wonderful things cannot be done with someone who is generous with their wealth. It is not that people should not work to make political change.  But if we are seeking peace and fulfillment, happiness and salvation, it is first found when we follow Jesus. Only then do we find the peace that surpasses understanding.

What does it mean to be a Brother?

What does it mean to be a Brother?

Readings for Today

Coming back to high school a few years, or even many years after graduation is an interesting experience.  But either way, it serves as a powerful reminder of God's love for each one of us, a love more powerful than anything that can be placed before it.

Jesus: The Source and the Way to Unity

Jesus: The Source and the Way to Unity

Homily for the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ

Readings for Today

Homilies were at Our Lady of Lourdes, in Saint Louis, Missouri, and at Saints Joachim and Ann, in Saint Charles, Missouri.

We are more divided than ever.  We are angry. We are isolated. And we are more lonely than ever. So how is it that we fix this? Jesus, of course. Jesus gives us the gift of himself, and seeks to bring us together through his grace.

Trinity Sunday Homily, St. Mary Magdelen, St. Louis, May 27, 2018

Trinity Sunday Homily, St. Mary Magdelen, St. Louis, May 27, 2018

Readings for Today

In order to understand the Trinity, we first need to think about love.  In a very small way, we experience love with each other.  Think of Charlie Brown and the little red haired girl, or Calvin and Susie, or Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley.  Think about the first time you realized that the boy or girl in your class at school was looking a little different to you this year.  For many, there was probably that moment when you realized that you loved the person you were to marry. Think of your friends, or your relatives, and what it is like to love them.  As wonderful as it all is to have these human loves, each pales in comparison to the love of the Trinity.  Can you enter into this loving relationship so that your life might be changed for the better, for ever?

Trinity Sunday Homily, Our Lady of Lourdes, St. Louis, May 26, 2018

Trinity Sunday Homily, Our Lady of Lourdes, St. Louis, May 26, 2018

Readings for Today

In order to understand the Trinity, we first need to think about love.  In a very small way, we experience love with each other.  Think of Charlie Brown and the little red haired girl, or Calvin and Susie, or Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley.  Think about the first time you realized that the boy or girl in your class at school was looking a little different to you this year.  For many, there was probably that moment when you realized that you loved the person you were to marry. Think of your friends, or your relatives, and what it is like to love them.  As wonderful as it all is to have these human loves, each pales in comparison to the love of the Trinity.  Can you enter into this loving relationship so that your life might be changed for the better, for ever?

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.