Homily: What a mess

Homily: What a mess
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Just a quick look around the world shows there is a lot wrong. Violence. Abuse. Greed. Poverty. Crime. What a mess. How is a Christian supposed to make sense of all this? For some, it is to write angry posts on Twitter or Facebook. For others, it is to become immersed in politics. For still others, it is to throw their hands up and say there is nothing they can do. But today’s gospel gives us a better roadmap. What does Jesus say? “Bring glad tidings to the poor.” “Proclaim liberty to captives.” “Recovery of sight to the blind.” “Let the oppressed go free.” “Proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.” We should do the same.

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Homily given at Saints Joachim and Ann parish, St. Charles, Missouri, on January 26, 2019.

Homily: Trust the Promises

Homily: Trust the Promises
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One of the hardest parts of preaching is not delivering the homily, but rather to follow one’s own words. It is easy, for example, to say, “Love your enemies”, but much harder to actually do it. The way a Dominican priest faced his death was one of the most edifying moments of my life. “I trust the promises,” he said to me. It got me thinking and reflecting. Do I? Do I trust the promises of Jesus enough to place my life in his hands?

Readings for Today

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on January 22, 2019.

New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions
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Readings for Today

For a long time, I did not make New Year’s Resolutions. Reason being, I did not stick to them. Moreover, I made them and broke them pretty quickly. But in the spiritual life, it does seem important to recognize how God deals with our brokenness. Today the readings hold out to us the great promise that God constantly loves us. Even when we sin, God still loves us. God extends forgiveness. Which gives me a reason to make resolutions again. Even when I fail, I can start over. Even if I do not succeed at first, I can begin again. This is the message of the gospel, and the biggest resolution for all of us. We are called to share the Good News of God’s love with everyone. So keep those resolutions!

Homily recorded at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, University City, Missouri on January 20, 2019.

New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions
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Readings for Today

For a long time, I did not make New Year’s Resolutions. Reason being, I did not stick to them. Moreover, I made them and broke them pretty quickly. But in the spiritual life, it does seem important to recognize how God deals with our brokenness. Today the readings hold out to us the great promise that God constantly loves us. Even when we sin, God still loves us. God extends forgiveness. Which gives me a reason to make resolutions again. Even when I fail, I can start over. Even if I do not succeed at first, I can begin again. This is the message of the gospel, and the biggest resolution for all of us. We are called to share the Good News of God’s love with everyone. So keep those resolutions!

Homily recorded at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, University City, Missouri on January 20, 2019.

New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions
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Readings for Today

For a long time, I did not make New Year’s Resolutions. Reason being, I did not stick to them. Moreover, I made them and broke them pretty quickly. But in the spiritual life, it does seem important to recognize how God deals with our brokenness. Today the readings hold out to us the great promise that God constantly loves us. Even when we sin, God still loves us. God extends forgiveness. Which gives me a reason to make resolutions again. Even when I fail, I can start over. Even if I do not succeed at first, I can begin again. This is the message of the gospel, and the biggest resolution for all of us. We are called to share the Good News of God’s love with everyone. So keep those resolutions!

Homily recorded at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, University City, Missouri on January 20, 2019.

Jesus is pretty amazing

Jesus is pretty amazing
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Readings for Today

It has taken me a while to really appreciate what is written in the Letter to the Hebrews. It is a book that requires deep thought to appreciate it. It does not include narrative like the letters of Saint Paul, or stories like the gospels. Rather, it is something that tells us about who Jesus is, especially in relationship to the Old Testament and statements about the Law. As we begin this year of Ordinary Time, seek to remember the amazing mystery of the God-man Jesus Christ.

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on January 22, 2019.

Don’t be a liar

Don’t be a liar
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Readings for Today

One thing I try never to do is to call someone a liar. This is largely because detecting a lie is not always a fool-proof process. It can appear that someone is lying, when in fact they are telling the truth. I remember the story of a little boy who was getting in trouble a lot in school. Often he said he did not hear what it was he was supposed to do. Turned out, that he had significant hearing loss in one ear, and in fact, may not have heard. Since he was often in trouble, it seemed hard to believe, especially when he was looking right at his teacher, that he was, in fact, not simply being a smart aleck.

Saint John reminds us that not to love our brothers and sisters means we do not really love God. And if we say we do, we are lying. Do you hear God’s call today to love brothers and sisters?

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on January 22, 2019.

Where will you see Jesus?

Where will you see Jesus?
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Readings for Today

There can be an overwhelming temptation in our lives to think we must do everything ourselves. Today Jesus even seems to suggest that to the disciples. But in reality, in today’s gospel, Jesus is helping to make a point. To be truly fed, to be truly satisfied it takes God. Only God can fill the emptiness in our hearts. I am sure the disciples did not expect Jesus to do what he did. In fact, they seemed to be frustrated that Jesus did not see things as he did. And yet, he reminds them that in ordinary ways he does extraordinary things.

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on January 22, 2019.

Do you know where you are going? (11am)

Do you know where you are going? (11am)
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Reading for Today

Can you believe there was a time when a GPS did not tell people how to get to where they needed to go? Some remember the time when we used paper maps, only to discover the most difficult task was to fold the map again after using it. For the magi we read about today, there were three things they did to help them, things that are also important for the spiritual life. They trusted in signs, they were willing to sacrifice, and they learned the importance of being generous.

Homily recorded at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, University City, Missouri on January 20, 2019.

Do you know where you are going? (9am)

Do you know where you are going? (9am)
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Reading for Today

Can you believe there was a time when a GPS did not tell people how to get to where they needed to go? Some remember the time when we used paper maps, only to discover the most difficult task was to fold the map again after using it. For the magi we read about today, there were three things they did to help them, things that are also important for the spiritual life. They trusted in signs, they were willing to sacrifice, and they learned the importance of being generous.

Homily recorded at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, University City, Missouri on January 20, 2019.