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: 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: 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.

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

Homily: Do you manifest God’s holiness? (11am)

Homily: Do you manifest God’s holiness? (11am)
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There are certain bible stories that at first glance can seem to be difficult. The story of how Moses is denied entry to the Promised Land is one of them for me. He tapped the rock twice, not once. But that was enough. Considering all the Israelites put him through, this seems like a minor infraction. But the reading gives us a clearer view. Moses did not manifest God’s holiness. This Holy Week gives us the ultimate picture of manifesting God’s holiness, for in every instance, that is what Jesus does. The people mentioned in our readings this week face choices. Do they manifest God’s holiness or not? It is the same choice we face during this Holy Week. Do we manifest God’s holiness?

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Homily given at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish on April 13, 2019, in University City, Missouri.

Homily: Do you manifest God’s holiness? (9am)

Homily: Do you manifest God’s holiness? (9am)
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There are certain bible stories that at first glance can seem to be difficult. The story of how Moses is denied entry to the Promised Land is one of them for me. He tapped the rock twice, not once. But that was enough. Considering all the Israelites put him through, this seems like a minor infraction. But the reading gives us a clearer view. Moses did not manifest God’s holiness. This Holy Week gives us the ultimate picture of manifesting God’s holiness, for in every instance, that is what Jesus does. The people mentioned in our readings this week face choices. Do they manifest God’s holiness or not? It is the same choice we face during this Holy Week. Do we manifest God’s holiness?

Readings for Today

Homily given at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish on April 13, 2019, in University City, Missouri.

Homily: Do you manifest God’s holiness? (5pm)

Homily: Do you manifest God’s holiness? (5pm)
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There are certain bible stories that at first glance can seem to be difficult. The story of how Moses is denied entry to the Promised Land is one of them for me. He tapped the rock twice, not once. But that was enough. Considering all the Israelites put him through, this seems like a minor infraction. But the reading gives us a clearer view. Moses did not manifest God’s holiness. This Holy Week gives us the ultimate picture of manifesting God’s holiness, for in every instance, that is what Jesus does. The people mentioned in our readings this week face choices. Do they manifest God’s holiness or not? It is the same choice we face during this Holy Week. Do we manifest God’s holiness?

Readings for Today

Homily given at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish on April 13, 2019, in University City, Missouri.

Homily: Go and sin no more (Year C)

Homily: Go and sin no more (Year C)

 
 
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We live in an age where it seems like the most important thing to do. Namely, to find dirt on someone else, especially someone we do not like. We often have already decided what we will believe about someone we do not like. But Jesus always takes us as we are. He always sees what is in our heart. And if the heart desires to turn away from sin, Jesus is always ready with forgiveness. No where is this more evident today than when we go to confession. Society is ready to condemn. Jesus stands ready to forgive.

Readings for Today

Homily given at Saint Cletus Catholic Church in Saint Charles Missouri on April 7, 2019.

Homily: Lazarus Come Out! (Year A)

Homily: Lazarus Come Out! (Year A)
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It is so hard to mourn the loss of someone we love. Even for people of faith who believe in the next life, the dramatic change that a death causes is difficult. We can be filled with sadness, doubt, grief, confusion and anger. It is hard to know what Martha and Mary felt over the death of their brother Lazarus, but there faith is never in question. Martha understands her faith. Jesus helps her to see what believing in him means. Today’s reading for RCIA (Year A) is part of a common theme of the readings which focus on baptism, and our response to God’s call. Will you heed the voice of Jesus and come out from your sinfulness and accept his new life?

Readings for Today

Homily given at Saint Cletus Catholic Church in Saint Charles Missouri on April 7, 2019.