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?

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? (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)
DePorres Pages Podcasts

 
 
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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.

Homily: Make me see (Year A)

Homily: Make me see (Year A)
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Every year I have to have my eyes checked. There is a history of glaucoma in my family, and so I need to be sure it is caught early if I develop it. There are so many aspects of the testing, but I leave more grateful for my eyesight. the real and important challenge is to make sure I give the same care to my sight spiritually. Do I look for God? Do I see God clearly? Do I look to live my life in the light, or in the darkness? If we allow Jesus to cure our blindness, then we will be sure to see the light of his presence in all we do.

Readings for Today

Homily given at Our Lady of Lourdes, University City, Missouri, on March 31, 2019.

Homily: Make me see

Every year I have to have my eyes checked. There is a history of glaucoma in my family, and so I need to be sure it is caught early if I develop it. There are so many aspects of the testing, but I leave more grateful for my eyesight. the real and important challenge is to make sure I give the same care to my sight spiritually. Do I look for God? Do I see God clearly? Do I look to live my life in the light, or in the darkness? If we allow Jesus to cure our blindness, then we will be sure to see the light of his presence in all we do.

Readings for Today

Homily given at Our Lady of Lourdes, University City, Missouri, on March 30, 2019.

Homily: Make me see (Year A)

Homily: Make me see (Year A)
DePorres Pages Podcasts

 
 
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Every year I have to have my eyes checked. There is a history of glaucoma in my family, and so I need to be sure it is caught early if I develop it. There are so many aspects of the testing, but I leave more grateful for my eyesight. the real and important challenge is to make sure I give the same care to my sight spiritually. Do I look for God? Do I see God clearly? Do I look to live my life in the light, or in the darkness? If we allow Jesus to cure our blindness, then we will be sure to see the light of his presence in all we do.

Readings for Today

Homily given at Our Lady of Lourdes, University City, Missouri, on March 30, 2019.

Homily: Christian Life is not a bowl of cherries

Perhaps you have heard the expression, “Life is like a bowl full of cherries.” It is a phrase designed to tell us that life is just simply wonderful, in fact, that it cannot get better. Today’s first reading and gospel tell a different story about the Christian life. Doing the right thing does not always appear to be wonderful. In fact, doing the right thing, living as God wants us to live, is in fact, sometimes, the recipe to things appearing to get worse, not better. Jeremiah is threatened with death for being God’s prophet. Jesus is attacked for liberating the possessed. And we too, in our lives, can find that when we do what is right, we too can be threatened or persecuted. But in all of this, God is always with us. And as long as we know that, we too, like Jeremiah and Jesus, will have great cause for joy.

Readings for Today

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School on Thursday, March 28, 2019, in Town and Country, Missouri.

Homily: Christian Life is not a bowl of cherries

Homily: Christian Life is not a bowl of cherries
Daily Homilies

 
 
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Perhaps you have heard the expression, “Life is like a bowl full of cherries.” It is a phrase designed to tell us that life is just simply wonderful, in fact, that it cannot get better. Today’s first reading and gospel tell a different story about the Christian life. Doing the right thing does not always appear to be wonderful. In fact, doing the right thing, living as God wants us to live, is in fact, sometimes, the recipe to things appearing to get worse, not better. Jeremiah is threatened with death for being God’s prophet. Jesus is attacked for liberating the possessed. And we too, in our lives, can find that when we do what is right, we too can be threatened or persecuted. But in all of this, God is always with us. And as long as we know that, we too, like Jeremiah and Jesus, will have great cause for joy.

Readings for Today

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School on Thursday, March 28, 2019, in Town and Country, Missouri.