Homily: Life without the snooze button (11am)

Homily: Life without the snooze button (11am)
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I do not usually tell people what I am doing for Lent. I really believe that it is best left between me and God, so I do not take credit for it. It is important, for me, not to see my Lent as a time where I reward my will power. Lent is not about that. Rather, it is a time for me to open myself more fully to God’s grace in order to become more like Christ. This year, though, to provide an example of how this might work, I decided to share that for Lent, I have given up the snooze button. Anyone who knows me just a little bit is aware that I am not a morning person. But I thought this was good not just to see if I could do it (I am not completely confident) but rather to see if I could use the extra time for prayer. In today’s gospel, we see that Jesus was led by the Spirit, where he encountered temptation. In doing so, Jesus foreshadows that he has won the victory over sin and death, and so too can we share in that victory.

Readings for Today

Homily recorded at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, University City, Missouri on March 10, 2019.

Homily: Life without the snooze button (9am)

Homily: Life without the snooze button (9am)
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I do not usually tell people what I am doing for Lent. I really believe that it is best left between me and God, so I do not take credit for it. It is important, for me, not to see my Lent as a time where I reward my will power. Lent is not about that. Rather, it is a time for me to open myself more fully to God’s grace in order to become more like Christ. This year, though, to provide an example of how this might work, I decided to share that for Lent, I have given up the snooze button. Anyone who knows me just a little bit is aware that I am not a morning person. But I thought this was good not just to see if I could do it (I am not completely confident) but rather to see if I could use the extra time for prayer. In today’s gospel, we see that Jesus was led by the Spirit, where he encountered temptation. In doing so, Jesus foreshadows that he has won the victory over sin and death, and so too can we share in that victory.

Readings for Today

Homily recorded at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, University City, Missouri on March 10, 2019.

Homily: I don’t like this gospel (10:45am)

Homily: I don’t like this gospel (10:45am)
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I do not like this gospel much. It is filled with commands of Jesus that represent tall orders for those who follow him. Love your enemies. Pray for those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Lend without expecting repayment. Yikes! None of these commands seem even a little bit possible. I do not really want to love my enemy. I do not want to pray for those who hate me. And yet, we are all in the same boat. If we wish to have an eternal relationship, then we must open our hearts to the word of God, to receive God’s grace, and to convert so that Jesus can make our hearts more like his.

Readings for Today

Homily given at Ascension Parish, Chesterfield, Missouri, on February 24, 2019.

Homily: I don’t like this gospel (9:15am)

Homily: I don’t like this gospel (9:15am)
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I do not like this gospel much. It is filled with commands of Jesus that represent tall orders for those who follow him. Love your enemies. Pray for those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Lend without expecting repayment. Yikes! None of these commands seem even a little bit possible. I do not really want to love my enemy. I do not want to pray for those who hate me. And yet, we are all in the same boat. If we wish to have an eternal relationship, then we must open our hearts to the word of God, to receive God’s grace, and to convert so that Jesus can make our hearts more like his.

Readings for Today

Homily given at Ascension Parish, Chesterfield, Missouri, on February 24, 2019.

Homily: I don’t like this gospel (5pm)

Homily: I don’t like this gospel (5pm)
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I do not like this gospel much. It is filled with commands of Jesus that represent tall orders for those who follow him. Love your enemies. Pray for those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Lend without expecting repayment. Yikes! None of these commands seem even a little bit possible. I do not really want to love my enemy. I do not want to pray for those who hate me. And yet, we are all in the same boat. If we wish to have an eternal relationship, then we must open our hearts to the word of God, to receive God’s grace, and to convert so that Jesus can make our hearts more like his.

Readings for Today

Homily recorded at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, University City, Missouri on March 10, 2019.

Homily: For All Eternity (10:45am)

Homily: For All Eternity (10:45am)
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Just imagine. From all eternity, God knew you. From all eternity, God wanted to create you. And from all eternity, God loved you. You. Specifically you. You were not simply an act of chance, or of luck, but very much an intended creation by God. God loved you, created you, with all of your best qualities implanted in you, his will known for you. You are so unbelievably special, unique, and loved. And in the face of this overwhelming love of God, how is it, then, that you could want anything other than to do his will?

Readings for Today

Homily given at Ascension Parish, Chesterfield, Missouri, on February 24, 2019.

Homily: For All Eternity (9:15am)

Homily: For All Eternity (9:15am)
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Just imagine. From all eternity, God knew you. From all eternity, God wanted to create you. And from all eternity, God loved you. You. Specifically you. You were not simply an act of chance, or of luck, but very much an intended creation by God. God loved you, created you, with all of your best qualities implanted in you, his will known for you. You are so unbelievably special, unique, and loved. And in the face of this overwhelming love of God, how is it, then, that you could want anything other than to do his will?

Readings for Today

Homily given at Ascension Parish, Chesterfield, Missouri, on February 24, 2019.

Homily: What a Mess (9:30am)

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 27, 2019.

Homily: What a mess (9:30am)

Homily: What a mess (9:30am)
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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 27, 2019.

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 27, 2019.