He came to bring division?

He came to bring division?
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We live in an interesting time. The country seems so divided. The Church seems so divided. It seems that everywhere we turn, there is division. But is this what Jesus meant when he said he came to bring division? Was this the baptism to which he was referring? Hardly. Rather, it was a suggestion that to stand up for what is right, for what the gospel demands, means that sometimes we will face opposition. And yet the first reading emphasizes Saint Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians. How do we know when we are called to division and when we are not? The answer is clear. It is Jesus.

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on October 25, 2018.
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When God seems far away

When God seems far away
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Readings for Today

Have you ever felt you were without Christ? Probably at some point in our life, we have all felt alone. The current events in the Church can cause that feeling. A difficult illness of a loved one can make us feel alone. The sudden death of someone we love. Or maybe just moments when we struggle with faith. The first reading today describes moments before the community accepted Jesus. But the reading is also clear. Jesus is the source of peace.

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on October 23, 2018.
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When God seems far away

Readings for Today

Have you ever felt you were without Christ? Probably at some point in our life, we have all felt alone. The current events in the Church can cause that feeling. A difficult illness of a loved one can make us feel alone. The sudden death of someone we love. Or maybe just moments when we struggle with faith. The first reading today describes moments before the community accepted Jesus. But the reading is also clear. Jesus is the source of peace.

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on October 23, 2018.
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Things are not always what they seem

Things are not always what they seem
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Readings for Today

How can the poor be blessed? How can enemies be loved? How can persecutors be forgiven? The challenge with hearing the gospel is often that the gospel seems to turn everything upside down. Saint Luke the Evangelist is remembered, I think, for two significant reasons. First, there is his ability to bring the gospel to bear on everyday life. Second, it is his attention to those who have so little. And yet, they have a lot. How is it that God calls you today?

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on October 18, 2018.
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Things are not always what they seem

Readings for Today

How can the poor be blessed? How can enemies be loved? How can persecutors be forgiven? The challenge with hearing the gospel is often that the gospel seems to turn everything upside down. Saint Luke the Evangelist is remembered, I think, for two significant reasons. First, there is his ability to bring the gospel to bear on everyday life. Second, it is his attention to those who have so little. And yet, they have a lot. How is it that God calls you today?

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on October 18, 2018.
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Condemnation or Forgiveness: Don’t be stupid

Condemnation or Forgiveness: Don’t be stupid
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Readings for Today

While he could be, Saint Paul was not always known for gentleness. He concurred in the act of killing. He was bold in his speech. When he was sent off to Tarsus early after his conversion, the whole Church was at peace. And so, it should not come as a surprise that he calls the Galatians stupid. And, not just once, he does so twice. What is the cause of this outburst from Saint Paul? The Galatians wanted to go back to following the letter of the law, which leads to condemnation, rather than following Jesus, whose forgiveness and love can lead to eternal life. Do you follow Jesus and make yourself available for his love and mercy? Or, do you focus only on the letter of the law rules, and see only how you break them? Follow Jesus.

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on October 11, 2018.
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Condemnation or Forgiveness: Don’t be stupid

Readings for Today

While he could be, Saint Paul was not always known for gentleness. He concurred in the act of killing. He was bold in his speech. When he was sent off to Tarsus early after his conversion, the whole Church was at peace. And so, it should not come as a surprise that he calls the Galatians stupid. And, not just once, he does so twice. What is the cause of this outburst from Saint Paul? The Galatians wanted to go back to following the letter of the law, which leads to condemnation, rather than following Jesus, whose forgiveness and love can lead to eternal life. Do you follow Jesus and make yourself available for his love and mercy? Or, do you focus only on the letter of the law rules, and see only how you break them? Follow Jesus.

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on October 11, 2018.
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What God Wants

What God Wants
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Readings for Today

Mother Theresa is known to have said that sin is wanting for ourselves something that God does not want for us. This quote does not simply refer to wanting something sinful. In fact, it can also refer to wanting a spiritual gift that God does not give us. It can frustrate us. It can make us jealous of others who have this gift. But any gift that God wants us to have is only good to the degree it leads us into deeper relationship with God.

Homily given at Saint Dominic Priory, Saint Louis, Missouri, on October 6, 2018.
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Contemplation and Action: Choosing the Better Part

Contemplation and Action: Choosing the Better Part
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Readings for Today

“It is the Mass that matters most.” In an article about the great “labor priest”, Msgr. George Higgins, this was the quote pulled for the title of the article. Perhaps no Catholic figure of the 20th Century did more for the rights of workers than Msgr. George Higgins. That said, as important as his actions were, it is safe to say his contemplation in the presence of the Lord. He insisted on giving a benediction at Labor meetings. He spent hours in prayer each day. He clearly understood why Jesus said Mary had chosen the better part. Jesus was not suggesting actions did not matter. He was not providing a convenient excuse to do nothing. Rather, he stressed an important truth easily forgotten: action without prayer and contemplation is not better. Martha’s sin was to presume that what she was doing was more important than Mary. We too can fall into this trap. We can believe that even Catholic social activism can be “prayer.” We may meet Christ in others, but we come to know Christ in contemplation.

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on October 9, 2018.
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Contemplation and Action – Choosing the better part

Readings for Today

“It is the Mass that matters most.” In an article about the great “labor priest”, Msgr. George Higgins, this was the quote pulled for the title of the article. Perhaps no Catholic figure of the 20th Century did more for the rights of workers than Msgr. George Higgins. That said, as important as his actions were, it is safe to say his contemplation in the presence of the Lord. He insisted on giving a benediction at Labor meetings. He spent hours in prayer each day. He clearly understood why Jesus said Mary had chosen the better part. Jesus was not suggesting actions did not matter. He was not providing a convenient excuse to do nothing. Rather, he stressed an important truth easily forgotten: action without prayer and contemplation is not better. Martha’s sin was to presume that what she was doing was more important than Mary. We too can fall into this trap. We can believe that even Catholic social activism can be “prayer.” We may meet Christ in others, but we come to know Christ in contemplation.

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on October 9, 2018.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.