What’s in your jar?

What’s in your jar?
Daily Homilies

 
 
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Readings for Today

It is easy to identify with the two characters in today’s gospel. I find that all too often I am like Simon, who cannot see past the woman’s sinfulness. I think too often it can be the case that I have already made up a judgement about another person, and then find all the evidence I need to see in their behavior what I have already decided, whether it is there or not. But I know I need to be more like the woman, paying attention to the jar I bring, filled with my own sinfulness, and make it, as she did, a sign of God’s abundant mercy. What do you bring to the Lord? And what do you want God to do with it?

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on September 20, 2018.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

What’s in your jar?

What’s in your jar?
Daily Homilies

 
 
00:00 / 3:11
 
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Readings for Today

It is easy to identify with the two characters in today’s gospel. I find that all too often I am like Simon, who cannot see past the woman’s sinfulness. I think too often it can be the case that I have already made up a judgement about another person, and then find all the evidence I need to see in their behavior what I have already decided, whether it is there or not. But I know I need to be more like the woman, paying attention to the jar I bring, filled with my own sinfulness, and make it, as she did, a sign of God’s abundant mercy. What do you bring to the Lord? And what do you want God to do with it?

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on September 20, 2018.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Go Towards the Light

Go Towards the Light
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Readings for Today

There can be an interesting tendency in human life to go to the “dark place” when we face a challenge or problem. If we are not feeling well, and the doctor says more tests are needed, we immediately can think we are dying. If we have a test or difficult project coming up, we can imagine we will fail. If we react poorly to a situation, we can think we have no talents. And yet today’s first reading challenges us to think about love. Regardless of what we are doing, we must love. Imagine what we could do if we loved. Everything begins with God’s love for us. From that we need to love ourselves, and to use that love to love others. Make your challenge to “Strive eagerly for the greatest spiritual gifts.”

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on September 19, 2018.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

We’re all in this together

We’re all in this together
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Readings for Today

Today’s first reading from Saint Paul reminds us, put simply, that we are all in this together. When one member suffers, we all suffer. The effects of others’ sins are felt by all. The grace that comes from good actions is available to everyone. The body is one, but the talents are diverse. We have a sense of this in our own lives, even apart from faith. A friend or a spouse goes through a difficult time, and we feel badly too. Even the reception of the sacraments reminds us we are connected. To be Catholic, or Christian, is not a “me and Jesus thing.” No, it is an “us and Jesus” thing. For better or worse, we are in this together.

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on September 18, 2018.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

We’re all in this together

We’re all in this together
Daily Homilies

 
 
00:00 / 3:24
 
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Readings for Today

Today’s first reading from Saint Paul reminds us, put simply, that we are all in this together. When one member suffers, we all suffer. The effects of others’ sins are felt by all. The grace that comes from good actions is available to everyone. The body is one, but the talents are diverse. We have a sense of this in our own lives, even apart from faith. A friend or a spouse goes through a difficult time, and we feel badly too. Even the reception of the sacraments reminds us we are connected. To be Catholic, or Christian, is not a “me and Jesus thing.” No, it is an “us and Jesus” thing. For better or worse, we are in this together.

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on September 18, 2018.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Hearing for the first time

Hearing for the first time
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Readings for Today

Sometimes, when we hear the same gospel multiple times, we do not really hear it. Perhaps it is because the circumstance does not really apply to us. Such was the case for today’s gospel. I did not really hear it until September 13, 2001. Why? Because before that day, I did not really have any enemies. So when I was told to pray for my enemies, it was easy. But two days after the attacks on the United States, it meant something different. I was aware of enemies. I had to pray for persecutors, because they were real. And I learned about the importance of God’s grace, for it is only God’s grace that makes it possible to forgive.

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on September 13, 2018.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Hearing for the first time

Hearing for the first time
Daily Homilies

 
 
00:00 / 2:51
 
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Readings for Today

Sometimes, when we hear the same gospel multiple times, we do not really hear it. Perhaps it is because the circumstance does not really apply to us. Such was the case for today’s gospel. I did not really hear it until September 13, 2001. Why? Because before that day, I did not really have any enemies. So when I was told to pray for my enemies, it was easy. But two days after the attacks on the United States, it meant something different. I was aware of enemies. I had to pray for persecutors, because they were real. And I learned about the importance of God’s grace, for it is only God’s grace that makes it possible to forgive.

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on September 13, 2018.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

God’s Unique Expression to you

God’s Unique Expression to you
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Readings for Today

Here is a good reminder. Every person is called by God. Every person has a unique call by God. This call from God is at times, difficult, but leads to eternal happiness if answered. Today’s gospel recounts how Jesus chose the apostles. As such, it reminds us of our own personal call to be what God has chosen us to be. The choice of Jesus only occurs after prayer. He prays all night before making his choice. In so doing, we have a model of how to make our own choices.

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on September 11, 2018.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

God’s Unique Expression to you

God’s Unique Expression to you
Daily Homilies

 
 
00:00 / 2:47
 
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Readings for Today

Here is a good reminder. Every person is called by God. Every person has a unique call by God. This call from God is at times, difficult, but leads to eternal happiness if answered. Today’s gospel recounts how Jesus chose the apostles. As such, it reminds us of our own personal call to be what God has chosen us to be. The choice of Jesus only occurs after prayer. He prays all night before making his choice. In so doing, we have a model of how to make our own choices.

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on September 11, 2018.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Fishing like an expert

Fishing like an expert
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Readings for Today

I remember with great fondness my trip to Newfoundland many years ago. A friend of mine in the seminary was from Newfoundland, and another seminarian (and friend of mine) and I spent time there for a vacation. As part of the vacation, we all joined my friend’s brother, who was partner in a group of fishermen, not unlike Peter and Andrew, and James and John. We were cod fishing. It was an experience I will never forget. Suffice to say, we were a problem that day. Fishing lines get caught twice on the bottom of the ocean (me) to tangled fishing lines (the seminarian who went to Newfoundland with me) probably contributed to a poor catch that day. But it was clear the fishermen who allowed us to join them were good at what they did. It strikes me that it is the same with God. When we allow God to take charge, we receive a big catch of fish. And when we try to do things ourselves, we are not successful.

Homily given at Saint Dominic Priory, Saint Louis, Missouri, on September 6, 2018.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.