Below are the most recent DePorres Pages Homilies.
[audio mp3="//www.deporres.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/28th-Friday-Ordinary-Time-10202017.mp3"][/audio] Readings for Today Remember those wonderful moments when you take out a jacket you have not worn for a while and you find a $20 bill? It makes for a nice surprise because it is a free gift. We did not expect it, but we have it nonetheless. While it is not exactly the same, Saint Paul writes about the gift of salvation in a similar way. Let's be clear. We do not earn our salvation. It is a free gift, given to us by God, even though we do not deserve it.
[audio mp3="//www.deporres.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/28th-Thursday-Memorial-of-Saints-John-de-Brefeuf-Isaac-Jogues-Priests-and-Companions-Martyrs-Ordinary-Time-10192017.mp3"][/audio] Readings for Today There has been a lot of controversy around Confederate War Memorials. Whenever a memorial is put up, the reason for the memorial is important. Hence, the controversy. The gospel today mentions those who put up memorials during Jesus' day. Memorials to the prophets, whose message was not heard or believed. Prophets were killed. To erect memorials to them now is seen as hypocritical.
[audio mp3="//www.deporres.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/28th-Wednesday-Feast-of-Saint-Luke-Ordinary-Time-10182017.mp3"][/audio] Readings for Today Today we learn that there are all different kinds of preachers. We read about Saint Paul, whose efforts are well-documented. There are those who have left the preaching. And there are those who are downright destructive to the preaching. Today we celebrate Saint Luke. He was an evangelist, and also the author of the Acts of the Apostles. His efforts are noted by Saint Paul as quite helpful.
[audio mp3="//www.deporres.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/28th-Tuesday-Memorial-of-St-Ignatius-of-Antioch-Ordinary-Time-10172017.mp3"][/audio] Readings for today Have you ever thought about God's great gift? Because of God's grace, we can know things we have no ability to know otherwise. Because of God's revelation, the path we should travel is before us. We can know Jesus. We can understand what it means to follow him. We can understand how much we are loved by God.
[audio mp3="//www.deporres.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/28th-Monday-Ordinary-Time-10162017.mp3"][/audio] Readings For Today This eleventh chapter of Luke's gospel is an interesting one. It appears to be centered, for the most part, around the idea of prayer. We hear Luke's version of the Our Father. Then there is a parable about the need for persistence in prayer. There is the questioning of the source of Jesus' power, which reminds us of the ways in which we can doubt the good deeds of others. Today the focus is on the power of a sign. Jonah and Solomon are mentioned as examples of signs given already. And to those who doubt, no sign will be given. It is not unlike when Jesus went to his hometown. No miracle was performed because of a lack of faith.
[audio mp3="//www.deporres.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/28th-Sunday-Ordinary-Time-10152017.mp3"][/audio] Readings for Today Do you love celebrations? Do you get excited when an invitation arrives in the mail? Today's readings are all about invitations and celebrations. The first reading uses rich imagery to describe the invitation to the ultimate feast. Rich food and choice wines are on the menu. Yum! God has everything prepared. Get ready, because the feast is going to be something really special.
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