We begin a New Day! (9am)

Readings for Today

In education, endings and beginnings are really important. Today we begin a new season in the Church, the first one of a new liturgical year. When starting a lesson, teachers seek to provide an overview of what they will be doing. During Advent, we are given a time by the Church to think about what we need to do to improve our spiritual life. All goals should have a simple goal: to become closer to Jesus.

Homily recorded at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, University City, Missouri on December 22, 2018.

Admire or Follow?

Admire or Follow?
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Readings for Today

Soren Kierkegaard, the Danish philosopher and theologian, was known for asking just how seriously people, Christians, took their faith. He asked, “Do we admire Jesus, or follow Jesus?” In other words, do we just see Jesus as a magnificent hero, but not someone we might have to imitate in our own lives, or is it the case that we really follow Jesus, living our own lives just as Jesus did. It is certainly not a pointless question. This Advent season is a good time to reflect on just how seriously we take our relationship with Jesus.

Homily recorded at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, University City, Missouri on December 22, 2018.

Above and Beyond

Readings for Today

What an interesting reaction to Saint John the Baptist in today’s gospel. There are groups of people who are asking him what conversion means. The answers Saint John the Baptist gives are quite demanding. And yet, rather than getting angry or frustrated, the people recognize that indeed what they are being told to do should in fact be what they do. That if they do these things, rather than being sad, they will receive great joy. Today is Gaudete Sunday, the day where the focus is on rejoicing. What is God asking of you this Advent?

Homily recorded at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, University City, Missouri on December 22, 2018.

Above and Beyond

Above and Beyond
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Readings for Today

What an interesting reaction to Saint John the Baptist in today’s gospel. There are groups of people who are asking him what conversion means. The answers Saint John the Baptist gives are quite demanding. And yet, rather than getting angry or frustrated, the people recognize that indeed what they are being told to do should in fact be what they do. That if they do these things, rather than being sad, they will receive great joy. Today is Gaudete Sunday, the day where the focus is on rejoicing. What is God asking of you this Advent?

Homily recorded at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, University City, Missouri on December 22, 2018.

Ask God for Directions (11am)

Readings for Today

It was a very large mall in Ottawa, and I could not, for the life of me, find my way out. Too embarrassed to ask for directions, I thought my life might be over. Every exit sign I saw led to a place that said “Emergency Exit only. Opening door will sound alarm.” I think of that experience today in encountering today’s readings. There are a lot of ways in which we can feel lost. Advent is a time to recall that Jesus is the way.

Homily recorded at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, University City, Missouri on December 9, 2018.

Ask God for Directions

Readings for Today

It was a very large mall in Ottawa, and I could not, for the life of me, find my way out. Too embarrassed to ask for directions, I thought my life might be over. Every exit sign I saw led to a place that said “Emergency Exit only. Opening door will sound alarm.” I think of that experience today in encountering today’s readings. There are a lot of ways in which we can feel lost. Advent is a time to recall that Jesus is the way.

Homily recorded at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, University City, Missouri on December 8, 2018.

Ask God for directions (11am)

Ask God for directions (11am)
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Readings for Today

It was a very large mall in Ottawa, and I could not, for the life of me, find my way out. Too embarrassed to ask for directions, I thought my life might be over. Every exit sign I saw led to a place that said “Emergency Exit only. Opening door will sound alarm.” I think of that experience today in encountering today’s readings. There are a lot of ways in which we can feel lost. Advent is a time to recall that Jesus is the way.

Homily recorded at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, University City, Missouri on December 22, 2018.

Ask God for directions

Ask God for directions
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Readings for Today

It was a very large mall in Ottawa, and I could not, for the life of me, find my way out. Too embarrassed to ask for directions, I thought my life might be over. Every exit sign I saw led to a place that said “Emergency Exit only. Opening door will sound alarm.” I think of that experience today in encountering today’s readings. There are a lot of ways in which we can feel lost. Advent is a time to recall that Jesus is the way.

Homily recorded at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, University City, Missouri on December 22, 2018.

We begin a New Day! (11am)

Readings for Today

In education, endings and beginnings are really important. Today we begin a new season in the Church, the first one of a new liturgical year. When starting a lesson, teachers seek to provide an overview of what they will be doing. During Advent, we are given a time by the Church to think about what we need to do to improve our spiritual life. All goals should have a simple goal: to become closer to Jesus.

Homily recorded at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, University City, Missouri on December 22, 2018.

We begin a New Day! (11am)

We begin a New Day! (11am)
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´╗┐Readings for Today

In education, endings and beginnings are really important. Today we begin a new season in the Church, the first one of a new liturgical year. When starting a lesson, teachers seek to provide an overview of what they will be doing. During Advent, we are given a time by the Church to think about what we need to do to improve our spiritual life. All goals should have a simple goal: to become closer to Jesus.

Homily recorded at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, University City, Missouri on December 22, 2018.