Homily: A Campaign for Jesus

Homily: A Campaign for Jesus
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I already have a little doom that we are on the verge of another campaign season for president. So I was a little surprised yesterday when the opening prayer referred to Lent as a campaign. Why would it do so? If we think of a political campaign, the most successful are those where the image of the candidate and the message of the campaign are authentic. In other words, the candidate is what the campaign says. Lent then can be seen similarly. And the campaign of Lent is successful when we find ourselves becoming more and more like Jesus by what we do.

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Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on March 26, 2019.

Homily: Giving Up for Jesus

With the first day of Lent tomorrow, Ash Wednesday, it is a time when people are thinking about what they will do for Lent. It is common practice to make some type of sacrifice during the season. But what to do? The real purpose of Lent is to become closer to Jesus, to become more like him. And so the real purpose of “what do do for Lent” is to do whatever opens us up to become more like Jesus. It is about conversion. The disciples tell Jesus they have given up everything, but not as an example of willpower. No, they have given up everything to follow Jesus. When we think of this Lent, what do we need to do in order to more closely follow Jesus.

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Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on March 26, 2019.

Homily: Giving Up for Jesus

Homily: Giving Up for Jesus
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With the first day of Lent tomorrow, Ash Wednesday, it is a time when people are thinking about what they will do for Lent. It is common practice to make some type of sacrifice during the season. But what to do? The real purpose of Lent is to become closer to Jesus, to become more like him. And so the real purpose of “what do do for Lent” is to do whatever opens us up to become more like Jesus. It is about conversion. The disciples tell Jesus they have given up everything, but not as an example of willpower. No, they have given up everything to follow Jesus. When we think of this Lent, what do we need to do in order to more closely follow Jesus.

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Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on March 26, 2019.

Homily: Don’t lose sight of Jesus

When things get tough we can sometimes look for something to distract us. While this can be a good idea, it is also possible that the distraction can be worse than the tough situation. Such is the case with the disciples today. They do not know what to make of Jesus’ speaking of his death, and so they argue about greatness as a distraction. This is a point in the faith journey where it becomes all the more important to trust Jesus. It is when things get tough and stressed that we are invited to trust in Jesus for the greatest growth in faith.

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Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on March 26, 2019.

Homily: Don’t lose sight of Jesus

Homily: Don’t lose sight of Jesus
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When things get tough we can sometimes look for something to distract us. While this can be a good idea, it is also possible that the distraction can be worse than the tough situation. Such is the case with the disciples today. They do not know what to make of Jesus’ speaking of his death, and so they argue about greatness as a distraction. This is a point in the faith journey where it becomes all the more important to trust Jesus. It is when things get tough and stressed that we are invited to trust in Jesus for the greatest growth in faith.

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Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on March 26, 2019.

Homily: Not such an easy answer

Homily: Not such an easy answer
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Who do you say that I am? This is no doubt a question that we are familiar with from the gospels. Like most good teachers, Jesus starts with easier questions to build up to the challenging question. Who do people say . . . Does not require much personal commitment to answer such a question. It is simply an observation. But the personal answer — that indeed is important. The answer tells a lot about the relationship between Jesus and his disciples. How do you answer this question? There is no aspect of evangelizing that is more important than the answer to this question. So, who do you say that Jesus is?

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Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on March 26, 2019.

Homily: Does God get fed up?

Homily: Does God get fed up?
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God certainly appears to be at “the end of his rope”, so to speak. He looks at all the evil in the world, and it seems the human project has not been successful. We too can find times where we get fed up even when the project seemed like such a good idea. Think of those moments when parents get frustrated with the actions of their children. Think of those moments when teachers get fed up with the actions of their students. But God is always loving. He loves us so much. Enough to send his Son to save us. And that is good news indeed.

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Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on March 26, 2019.

Homily: Do you have the faith?

Homily: Do you have the faith?
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Isn’t the woman in today’s gospel really something? What an example of faith! Do you have the faith to persist? I know that I can find it hard to have such faith. It is easy to give up at the slightest challenge. When things do not go exactly has I plan, I can get frustrated. I can give up. But she does not. She has faith. I am reminded of the man who tells Jesus of his faith, yet prays for more faith. So too do I.

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Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on March 26, 2019.

Homily: Letter or Spirit?

Homily: Letter or Spirit?
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When we find ourselves stressed, we can be tempted to resort to simplistic, black or white solutions. But in reality, life is clearly not so easily defined. There is a lot of grey. Lots. Today’s gospel pits an age-old question before us. Is it the letter of the law, or the spirit? Is the purpose of the law to punish us, or to provide us with a framework to become our best selves? Today’s gospel indicates that Jesus understood that the gift of the Law in the Old Testament is for our own good. It provides a way of living that leads us closer to becoming who we are meant to be. By stressing the letter of the law, we can miss the forest for the trees, and we can become worse, not better.

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Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on March 26, 2019.

Homily: When it just seems too big

Homily: When it just seems too big
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I have to say that sometimes hearing the gospel just seems to demand things that are really, really big. It can feel overwhelming. Can I really trust God completely? Could I really set out on a journey with nothing — no food, no sack, no money in their belts? I cannot believe that it is even possible. But then I think of the love of Jesus. I think of all that he has done for me. I think that despite my unworthiness, he offers salvation to me anyway. Even though the task is big, the love of God and his grace is even bigger.

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Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on March 26, 2019.