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.

Readings for Today

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.

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 March 26, 2019.

Jesus is pretty amazing

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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 15, 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 March 26, 2019.

Don’t be a liar

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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 March 26, 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 March 26, 2019.

Where will you see Jesus?

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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 March 26, 2019.