Below are the most recent DePorres Pages Homilies.
[audio mp3="//www.deporres.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/2nd-Monday-of-Advent-12112017.mp3"][/audio] Readings for Today The first reading contrasts the desert with blooming flowers. The gospel contrasts the absolute trust that those carrying the paralyzed man and the legalistic Pharisees. This season of Advent is indeed a season of contrasts. Just when we think Jesus could not startle us any more, he does. Jesus not only heals, he forgives sins. God makes deserts bloom. At every turn, we see the gift of new life.
[audio mp3="//www.deporres.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/2nd-Sunday-of-Advent-12102017.mp3"][/audio] Readings for Today I grew up in rural America, and it did not take much for something to get me excited. Life is kind of average and ordinary. But when I was little, visiting relatives, there was the day I rode on "The New Road." I had heard relatives talking about it, and there was a great deal of build up to the day it would actually be open for people to use. It was a four lane divided road that was an upgrade from the small, cracked road that served as the US route before. The level of excitement as we awaited its opening was amazing.
[audio mp3="//www.deporres.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/1st-Saturday-of-Advent-12092017.mp3"][/audio] Readings for Today There is something really interesting to me about people who appear to be quite ordinary, but wind up with extraordinary lives. We celebrate such a person today. Saint Juan Diego is just such a person. He became an extraordinary saint who was the vehicle used by the Blessed Virgin to extend salvation. Just imagine how much the world was impacted by his sharing of the vision. He was a convert to Catholicism. Even after having an appearance of the Blessed Virgin, he goes another way to avoid her, for he is in a hurry to get to Mass. He was not a person of great influence, or power, or money. But he was a man of faith.
[audio mp3="//www.deporres.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/1st-Friday-of-Advent-Solemnity-of-the-Immaculate-Conception-of-the-Blessed-Virgin-Mary-12082017.mp3"][/audio] Readings for Today I remember a dramatic scene in the movie, The Mission, where a war mercenary decided there needed to be a change in his life. He converted and turned his life around. As a sign of his desire to change, he put the implements of his sin, his armor and weapons, in a bag and lugged it up a mountain. It made the journey difficult and slow. So slow in fact, that another person climbing the mountain became frustrated and cut the rope to the bag, and it tumbled all the way back to the bottom of the mountain. He did not go on. He went back down and started over. When he finally reached the top, the natives, members from the village, members he had killed and sold into slavery, finally cut the bag as a sign of reconciliation.
[audio mp3="//www.deporres.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/1st-Thursday-of-Advent-Memorial-of-Saint-Ambrose-12072017.mp3"][/audio] Readings for Today Today is the feast of Saint Ambrose. We might not know much about Saint Ambrose, but he is a very important saint for us. He was one of the first four doctors of the Church. Saint Ambrose was a politician, who unlike today, was so well-loved he was named bishop by pubic acclaim. Perhaps most importantly, Saint Ambrose fought ceaselessly against a heresy that denied the divinity of Christ in a way which made Christ equal with the Father and the Spirit.
[audio mp3="//www.deporres.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/1st-Wednesday-of-Advent-12062017.mp3"][/audio] Readings for Today Today's readings made me hungry. Isaiah discusses rich foods and choice wines. Jesus discusses feeding the great multitudes that followed him. But all this talk about food is not accidental. We can easily see food is a comfortable thing. When we are hungry, food fills. But what do you want to fill up with? For it is not just an empty stomach that can make us hungry, but also an empty soul.
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