Grace: Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles, June 29, 2017

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Readings for the Vigil

Readings for Today

These two very important saints, Peter and Paul, are two wonderful stories of grace.  It was the working of the grace of God that made it possible for these saints to become so holy.  Peter is the clumsy leader with a big heart.  He is on the one hand, very eager to serve Jesus, but often gets in his own way.  Even though he betrays Jesus, he loves Jesus.  He is able to accept forgiveness, and his enthusiasm and love of God does great things.

Paul is a story of grace too.  He goes from persecuting Christ to following him.  His eloquent speech, and his zeal for the faith are well known, since he wrote so much about his work.  Both saints remind us that God’s grace does great things.  Both saints were great leaders.  Ask them to pray for continued great leadership in the Church.

Homily for Saturday, April 18, 2015

Readings for Today

Just what should you do when a crisis confronts you? Life has no shortage of them. We hear about them constantly on the news. Some crises are the result of natural disasters. Consider the residents of Fairdale, Illinois, whose entire town was destroyed by a tornado. Consider the Christians that were thrown overboard trying to get to Italy. Consider those Christians in the Middle East who are martyrs for their family. How about those girls kidnapped a year ago who still have not been found? Imagine the crisis this has caused for their family. I could go on, but I think the picture is clear.

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Homily for Friday, January 23, 2015

Readings for Today

There may be no question that is more important for each person to answer than the question of personal identity. Who am I? What am I supposed to be? What am I supposed to become? What is the meaning and purpose of my life? Just what does God want from me? We may not always be preoccupied with such questions, but I suspect that many of us try to find some meaning and purpose for our existence.

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Today’s Preaching: September 9, 2014

Readings for Today’s Preaching

I have used this gospel as proof that Jesus was not a morning person, like me. See, when he needed to do something very early in the morning he stayed up all night rather than the harsh reality of having to wake up early. Truth is, the actions of Jesus serve as a very important example of the importance of prayer.

Perhaps you have seen the joke that is a an analysis of the talents and skills of the apostles. It points out that Peter is too impulsive, James and John are too ambitious, and makes interesting observations about each one in terms of their suitability for leadership.

Jesus knew that choosing his leaders was not primarily about seeking a business consultant. Rather, he spent the night in prayer seeking the prompting a of the spirit for the most effective persons of faith. We know they were not perfect. We know there were failures on their part. But the example of Jesus serves as an important example to us. Namely, we need to recognize that when it comes to discipleship, it is the Spirit who knows the human heart.

It can be said, I think, that the growth needed by the disciples was spiritual growth. When they think in only rational terms, they usually fail to understand the priorities of Jesus. We see in the gospel it takes time for the disciples to see clearly. In fact, it really is only after the Holy Spirit descends upon them they are able to see the world from the perspective of faith.

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