Homily: God chose you

Homily: God chose you
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We can think that we are the ones who make a decision to have a relationship with Jesus. Truth is, God chooses us. Long before we even existed God chose us to be in a relationship with him. Such is the comfort and consolation of our faith. God loves us. God chooses us. And God wants us to live forever with him. What are you waiting for?

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Homily given on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at Christian Brothers College High School, in Town and Country, Missouri.

Homily: Can you hear me now?

Homily: Can you hear me now?
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I remember having a conversation, a number of years ago, with a little boy, a bit of a troublemaker. He always seemed to be in trouble. And many times, despite the teacher being right in front of him, he would boldly proclaim that he did not hear her give the instruction to sit down, or get out different work, or whatever. Finally, an astute nurse arranged for him to have a hearing test. The test showed that he had a profound loss of hearing in one hear. Indeed, he was being punished for telling the truth! He probably did not hear the teacher. Today in the gospel Jesus tells us that we can know the shepherd and hear his voice. But often we find ourselves, like the little boy, unable to hear. It can be due to sadness, loss, stubbornness, or a desire not to hear. Yet, when we are able to recognize our deafness and seek to hear the voice of the shepherd, we experience the true care of one who loves us more than we can imagine.

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Homily given on Sunday, May 12, at Christian Brothers College High School, in Town and Country, Missouri.

Homily: Our model of conversion

Homily: Our model of conversion
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Today’s first reading provides us with a good example of what it means to convert. The process is apparent when we look at the life of the Ethiopian eunuch. He begins by reading the bible, because, I suspect, in some way was curious about this “new way.” But his understanding is limited, until Philip accompanies him in his journey, sharing both his personal faith, and providing deeper understanding to Philip. Finally, the moment of conversion, where the eunuch is so convinced in his relationship with Jesus that he cannot put off, even for a moment, the grace of baptism. Would that we had such excitement in our following of Jesus.

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Homily given on Thursday, May 9, 2019, at Christian Brothers College High School in Town and Country, Missouri.

Homily: When anger turns evil

Homily: When anger turns evil
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There seems to be so much anger these days. We hear people insult each other, disagree, and blame others for all the problems of the world. Times of change can be one reason there is so much anger. When humans are in periods of rapid change, we can be so afraid that we fear the change. While not all change is good, all change needs to be evaluated against the standard of the gospel. In today’s first reading, the anger of the people leads to murder. Can we allow God to insert his grace into our hearts so we can be persons of peace in the midst of change?

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Homily given Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at Christian Brothers College High School in Town and Country, Missouri.

Homily: Just Imagine

Homily: Just Imagine
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The first reading today from the Acts of the Apostles describes an almost unbelievable world. People sharing, prayer, and being of one mind. Sounds like a great world in which to live. It is what we can do when we turn our lives over to Jesus and live in harmony with his will. The resurrection of Jesus changes everything. While the world today, as it was then, is still filled with all kinds of evils, now, like then, things can still be amazing when we love like God loves.

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Homily given on April 30, 2019, at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri.

Homily: I bet you doubt too

Homily: I bet you doubt too
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I bet you doubt too. It is easy for Thomas to be singled out today for doubting the word of the apostles about the resurrection of Jesus. Sometimes the resurrection is so familiar to us we forget what it means. Dead people do not come back to life. But we may find ourselves doubting our faith too. Can a person be a scientist and a person of faith, or do you doubt? Can persons change their whole lives because of the gospel, or do they doubt? Do I engage in daily prayer because I need to foster my relationship with Jesus or do I doubt? Can I say, as Thomas did, “My Lord and my God!”

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Homily given on April 28, 2019, at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri.

Homily: I bet you doubt too

Homily: I bet you doubt too
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I bet you doubt too. It is easy for Thomas to be singled out today for doubting the word of the apostles about the resurrection of Jesus. Sometimes the resurrection is so familiar to us we forget what it means. Dead people do not come back to life. But we may find ourselves doubting our faith too. Can a person be a scientist and a person of faith, or do you doubt? Can persons change their whole lives because of the gospel, or do they doubt? Do I engage in daily prayer because I need to foster my relationship with Jesus or do I doubt? Can I say, as Thomas did, “My Lord and my God!”

Readings for Today

Homily given on April 27, 2019, at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, University City, Missouri.

Homily: Is Easter simply “Not Lent”?

Homily: Is Easter simply “Not Lent”?
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Sherry Weddell, probably best known as the author of “Forming Intentional Disciples”, posed a question on her forum: Do we see Easter simply as a time known as “Not Lent”? That is to say, does Easter become reduced to that day when we can go back to having what we gave up for Lent? For those who came into the Church at the Easter Vigil, or indeed for all of us, this period of time is known as the mystagogy. This is the time when we attempt to explain to the newly baptized the meaning of the mysteries they now celebrate. The Church recognizes this, which is why the Easter Season is 50 days.

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Homily given on April 23, 2019, at Christian Brothers College High School in Town and Country, Missouri.

Homily: Come as you are, See who you become! (10:45am)

Homily: Come as you are, See who you become! (10:45am)
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I drove past a billboard the other day that advertised Saint Louis Community College. The slogan they used was this: Come as you are, See who you become! I thought this was a perfect invitation to use for the practice of the faith. Come to Church however you are, and let the presence of the risen Christ change you — convert you. And then be amazed at the type of person you become. The risen Jesus makes all this possible. He forgives sins! He gives grace! When we witness to the power of his resurrection, making sure the resurrection is not simply so much nonsense, but is in fact, by our witness to it, the powerful event that changes everything.

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Homily given on April 21, 2019, at Ascension Catholic Church in Chesterfield, Missouri.

Homily: Come as you are, See who you become! (9:15am)

Homily: Come as you are, See who you become! (9:15am)
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I drove past a billboard the other day that advertised Saint Louis Community College. The slogan they used was this: Come as you are, See who you become! I thought this was a perfect invitation to use for the practice of the faith. Come to Church however you are, and let the presence of the risen Christ change you — convert you. And then be amazed at the type of person you become. The risen Jesus makes all this possible. He forgives sins! He gives grace! When we witness to the power of his resurrection, making sure the resurrection is not simply so much nonsense, but is in fact, by our witness to it, the powerful event that changes everything.

Readings for Today

Homily given on April 21, 2019, at Ascension Catholic Church in Chesterfield, Missouri.