Homily: What a Mess

Just a quick look around the world shows there is a lot wrong. Violence. Abuse. Greed. Poverty. Crime. What a mess. How is a Christian supposed to make sense of all this? For some, it is to write angry posts on Twitter or Facebook. For others, it is to become immersed in politics. For still others, it is to throw their hands up and say there is nothing they can do. But today’s gospel gives us a better roadmap. What does Jesus say? “Bring glad tidings to the poor.” “Proclaim liberty to captives.” “Recovery of sight to the blind.” “Let the oppressed go free.” “Proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.” We should do the same.

Readings for Today

Homily given at Saints Joachim and Ann parish, St. Charles, Missouri, on January 26, 2019.

Homily: What a mess

Homily: What a mess
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Just a quick look around the world shows there is a lot wrong. Violence. Abuse. Greed. Poverty. Crime. What a mess. How is a Christian supposed to make sense of all this? For some, it is to write angry posts on Twitter or Facebook. For others, it is to become immersed in politics. For still others, it is to throw their hands up and say there is nothing they can do. But today’s gospel gives us a better roadmap. What does Jesus say? “Bring glad tidings to the poor.” “Proclaim liberty to captives.” “Recovery of sight to the blind.” “Let the oppressed go free.” “Proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.” We should do the same.

Readings for Today

Homily given at Saints Joachim and Ann parish, St. Charles, Missouri, on January 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?

Readings for Today

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on January 22, 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 January 22, 2019.

New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions
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Readings for Today

For a long time, I did not make New Year’s Resolutions. Reason being, I did not stick to them. Moreover, I made them and broke them pretty quickly. But in the spiritual life, it does seem important to recognize how God deals with our brokenness. Today the readings hold out to us the great promise that God constantly loves us. Even when we sin, God still loves us. God extends forgiveness. Which gives me a reason to make resolutions again. Even when I fail, I can start over. Even if I do not succeed at first, I can begin again. This is the message of the gospel, and the biggest resolution for all of us. We are called to share the Good News of God’s love with everyone. So keep those resolutions!

Homily recorded at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, University City, Missouri on January 20, 2019.

New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions
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Readings for Today

For a long time, I did not make New Year’s Resolutions. Reason being, I did not stick to them. Moreover, I made them and broke them pretty quickly. But in the spiritual life, it does seem important to recognize how God deals with our brokenness. Today the readings hold out to us the great promise that God constantly loves us. Even when we sin, God still loves us. God extends forgiveness. Which gives me a reason to make resolutions again. Even when I fail, I can start over. Even if I do not succeed at first, I can begin again. This is the message of the gospel, and the biggest resolution for all of us. We are called to share the Good News of God’s love with everyone. So keep those resolutions!

Homily recorded at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, University City, Missouri on January 20, 2019.

New Year’s Resolutions

Readings for Today

For a long time, I did not make New Year’s Resolutions. Reason being, I did not stick to them. Moreover, I made them and broke them pretty quickly. But in the spiritual life, it does seem important to recognize how God deals with our brokenness. Today the readings hold out to us the great promise that God constantly loves us. Even when we sin, God still loves us. God extends forgiveness. Which gives me a reason to make resolutions again. Even when I fail, I can start over. Even if I do not succeed at first, I can begin again. This is the message of the gospel, and the biggest resolution for all of us. We are called to share the Good News of God’s love with everyone. So keep those resolutions!

Homily recorded at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, University City, Missouri on January 19, 2019.

New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions
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Readings for Today

For a long time, I did not make New Year’s Resolutions. Reason being, I did not stick to them. Moreover, I made them and broke them pretty quickly. But in the spiritual life, it does seem important to recognize how God deals with our brokenness. Today the readings hold out to us the great promise that God constantly loves us. Even when we sin, God still loves us. God extends forgiveness. Which gives me a reason to make resolutions again. Even when I fail, I can start over. Even if I do not succeed at first, I can begin again. This is the message of the gospel, and the biggest resolution for all of us. We are called to share the Good News of God’s love with everyone. So keep those resolutions!

Homily recorded at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, University City, Missouri on January 20, 2019.

Jesus is pretty amazing

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 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 January 22, 2019.