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.

Homily: Great things happen when you are close to Jesus

Homily: Great things happen when you are close to Jesus
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My daughter is dying. If I can only touch his cloak. Two great stories of faith are presented today. And yet both give us the same idea: Great things happen when you are close to Jesus. And to be close to Jesus, we simply need to open our heart. We can be close to Jesus in the sacraments. We can be close to Jesus in adoration. We can be close to Jesus in our room. Just open your heart to Jesus. Great things will happen.

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

Homily: A rude son?

At first glance, it might seem that Jesus is a rude or ungrateful son. He seems to be ignoring his mother, who has a desire to see him. But as is often the case with the gospels, there is a larger theological point being made. It is not the biological relationship between Jesus and his mother that makes her great, but rather he deep and constant faith in God. Jesus wants to be clear to his followers, indeed to all of us, that it is not an external association that saves us, but getting to know Jesus so well we do his will and accept his undeserved gift of salvation.

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Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on January 29, 2019.

Homily: A Rude Son?

Homily: A Rude Son?
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At first glance, it might seem that Jesus is a rude or ungrateful son. He seems to be ignoring his mother, who has a desire to see him. But as is often the case with the gospels, there is a larger theological point being made. It is not the biological relationship between Jesus and his mother that makes her great, but rather he deep and constant faith in God. Jesus wants to be clear to his followers, indeed to all of us, that it is not an external association that saves us, but getting to know Jesus so well we do his will and accept his undeserved gift of salvation.

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

Homily: Trust the Promises

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?

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