The most recent daily homilies posted can be found here. We're working on making sure this is as up to date as possible. Generally speaking, the homily for each day is posted the night before.
There can be times when we get bogged down in the faith life because it seems overwhelming. We can make things too complicated. We can think too much. Today's gospel reminds us that it all boils down to love. There is first, and primarily, the love that Jesus has for each one of us. And there is the task of loving God and neighbor, and then sharing the fruits of that love with others. Love God. Love Neighbor. Make Disciples.
Coming back to high school a few years, or even many years after graduation is an interesting experience. But either way, it serves as a powerful reminder of God's love for each one of us, a love more powerful than anything that can be placed before it.
Water and Blood. Baptism and Eucharist. Words in the bible often refer to something other than the obvious. Today is such an example. Water is part of both readings. Whenever we see or read about water, the first thought should be baptism. This is true whether we read about New Testament letters, like today, or stories from the Old Testament. The flood in the book of Genesis points to baptism. The faithful, those who trust in God, are saved.
Love. This word is at the center of the gospel. Without love, little in the gospel makes sense. However, today it is difficult to understand exactly what love is. It has been weakened so much. Love, in popular language, can apply to just about anything. In fact, the way it is used, love can be applied to people or things. But someone once said, we love people, and use things, not the other way around.
I have to confess that I am not a big fan of shrines for saints. The reason is that when I am at a shrine, it always seems like the saint is someone so "plastic" they could not possibly have been a real person. The shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton is not like that. Rather, Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton is presented as an ordinary person, who quest for God was a response to extraordinary grace.