Homily: God chose you

Homily: God chose you
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We can think that we are the ones who make a decision to have a relationship with Jesus. Truth is, God chooses us. Long before we even existed God chose us to be in a relationship with him. Such is the comfort and consolation of our faith. God loves us. God chooses us. And God wants us to live forever with him. What are you waiting for?

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Homily given on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at Christian Brothers College High School, in Town and Country, Missouri.

Homily: Our model of conversion

Homily: Our model of conversion
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Today’s first reading provides us with a good example of what it means to convert. The process is apparent when we look at the life of the Ethiopian eunuch. He begins by reading the bible, because, I suspect, in some way was curious about this “new way.” But his understanding is limited, until Philip accompanies him in his journey, sharing both his personal faith, and providing deeper understanding to Philip. Finally, the moment of conversion, where the eunuch is so convinced in his relationship with Jesus that he cannot put off, even for a moment, the grace of baptism. Would that we had such excitement in our following of Jesus.

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Homily given on Thursday, May 9, 2019, at Christian Brothers College High School in Town and Country, Missouri.

Homily: When anger turns evil

Homily: When anger turns evil
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There seems to be so much anger these days. We hear people insult each other, disagree, and blame others for all the problems of the world. Times of change can be one reason there is so much anger. When humans are in periods of rapid change, we can be so afraid that we fear the change. While not all change is good, all change needs to be evaluated against the standard of the gospel. In today’s first reading, the anger of the people leads to murder. Can we allow God to insert his grace into our hearts so we can be persons of peace in the midst of change?

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Homily given Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at Christian Brothers College High School in Town and Country, Missouri.

Homily: Just Imagine

Homily: Just Imagine
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The first reading today from the Acts of the Apostles describes an almost unbelievable world. People sharing, prayer, and being of one mind. Sounds like a great world in which to live. It is what we can do when we turn our lives over to Jesus and live in harmony with his will. The resurrection of Jesus changes everything. While the world today, as it was then, is still filled with all kinds of evils, now, like then, things can still be amazing when we love like God loves.

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Homily given on April 30, 2019, at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri.

Homily: Is Easter simply “Not Lent”?

Homily: Is Easter simply “Not Lent”?
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Sherry Weddell, probably best known as the author of “Forming Intentional Disciples”, posed a question on her forum: Do we see Easter simply as a time known as “Not Lent”? That is to say, does Easter become reduced to that day when we can go back to having what we gave up for Lent? For those who came into the Church at the Easter Vigil, or indeed for all of us, this period of time is known as the mystagogy. This is the time when we attempt to explain to the newly baptized the meaning of the mysteries they now celebrate. The Church recognizes this, which is why the Easter Season is 50 days.

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Homily given on April 23, 2019, at Christian Brothers College High School in Town and Country, Missouri.

Homily: Which snake: Death or Life?

Homily: Which snake: Death or Life?
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There is for many people a fear of snakes. Some suggest this is why the cunning tempter depicted in Genesis is a serpent. Today there are seraph serpents that bite the people and cause death. But this second story about the rebellion of the people ends differently. Rather than resulting on condemnation for all, God uses the seraph serpent as a sign that ultimately things are different. It is not the snake that condemns; it is the God who saves. There is now a new pathway to salvation made clear. The Son of Man will be lifted up. And we can be saved.

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Homily given on April 9, 2019 at Christian Brothers College High School in Town and Country, Missouri.

Homily: Faith is hard

Homily: Faith is hard
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Why did the people of Israel make a golden calf? Why did they, as the responsorial psalm says, exchange their glory? Sometimes we can think they were completely turning their back on their faith. I am not sure that tells the whole story. Just before we come to the section we hear today, we are told that Moses is delayed coming down the mountain. The people become scared. Moses had been their human connection to God. So they make something tangible to take the place of Moses, and to make them feel closer to God. We can be tempted in the same way. Yet, because of the person Jesus, fully human and divine, we really do have all we need.

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Homily: Water gives life

Homily: Water gives life
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Whenever we encounter a story in the bible about water, our minds should immediately be drawn to baptism. Just as the water flowing in the first reading gives physical life to all around it, the water of baptism gives spiritual life to all people who encounter it. The gospel challenges us to see the desire of God to save as something very big, very expansive. Salvation is larger and bigger than a narrow view of what the purpose of a rule is in the bible. Are you willing to say yes to the tremendous and expansive love of God?

Readings for today

Homily given on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at Christian Brothers College High School in Town and Country, Missouri.

Homily: Christian Life is not a bowl of cherries

Perhaps you have heard the expression, “Life is like a bowl full of cherries.” It is a phrase designed to tell us that life is just simply wonderful, in fact, that it cannot get better. Today’s first reading and gospel tell a different story about the Christian life. Doing the right thing does not always appear to be wonderful. In fact, doing the right thing, living as God wants us to live, is in fact, sometimes, the recipe to things appearing to get worse, not better. Jeremiah is threatened with death for being God’s prophet. Jesus is attacked for liberating the possessed. And we too, in our lives, can find that when we do what is right, we too can be threatened or persecuted. But in all of this, God is always with us. And as long as we know that, we too, like Jeremiah and Jesus, will have great cause for joy.

Readings for Today

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School on Thursday, March 28, 2019, in Town and Country, Missouri.

Homily: Christian Life is not a bowl of cherries

Homily: Christian Life is not a bowl of cherries
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Perhaps you have heard the expression, “Life is like a bowl full of cherries.” It is a phrase designed to tell us that life is just simply wonderful, in fact, that it cannot get better. Today’s first reading and gospel tell a different story about the Christian life. Doing the right thing does not always appear to be wonderful. In fact, doing the right thing, living as God wants us to live, is in fact, sometimes, the recipe to things appearing to get worse, not better. Jeremiah is threatened with death for being God’s prophet. Jesus is attacked for liberating the possessed. And we too, in our lives, can find that when we do what is right, we too can be threatened or persecuted. But in all of this, God is always with us. And as long as we know that, we too, like Jeremiah and Jesus, will have great cause for joy.

Readings for Today

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School on Thursday, March 28, 2019, in Town and Country, Missouri.