Do Not Fear! Be Strong!

Do Not Fear! Be Strong!

 
 
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Readings for Today
These are days when it is not difficult to become afraid. Look at the world. There is crime all around us. There is fighting, war, and violence in many parts of the world. It is difficult to imagine any parent, when hearing about the sexual abuse crisis in the Church not to be thinking of the safety of their own children. You might be hearing questions about why you stay in the Catholic Church. So it can be reassuring to focus on God. Through the prophet Isaiah, God tells us not to give into fear, but to trust in him. In the gospel God opens our ears and frees us to speak. But it takes courage. Hear the word of God. Speak about the truth. And see the beauty and magnificence the Lord God has in store.

Homily given at Our Lady of Lourdes, University City, Missouri, on September 8, 2018.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

 

Do Not Fear! Be Strong!

Do Not Fear! Be Strong!
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Readings for Today

These are days when it is not difficult to become afraid. Look at the world. There is crime all around us. There is fighting, war, and violence in many parts of the world. It is difficult to imagine any parent, when hearing about the sexual abuse crisis in the Church not to be thinking of the safety of their own children. You might be hearing questions about why you stay in the Catholic Church. So it can be reassuring to focus on God. Through the prophet Isaiah, God tells us not to give into fear, but to trust in him. In the gospel God opens our ears and frees us to speak. But it takes courage. Hear the word of God. Speak about the truth. And see the beauty and magnificence the Lord God has in store.

Homily given at Our Lady of Lourdes, University City, Missouri, on September 8, 2018.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Prove God’s Holiness

Prove God’s Holiness
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Readings for Today
“I will prove the holiness of my great name.” In an age of doubt and unbelief, God must prove his holiness. For most of us, that has occurred numerous times. But when Ezekiel mentions becoming clean by the sprinkling of clean water, we think of the ultimate proof of God’s holiness: salvation. When we were baptized, we were saved. God does not need to forgive us, extend mercy, or prove anything to us. But he does. And that is because God is holy. So today, seek to prove God’s holiness by living a life that witnesses to the power of the gospel.

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri on August 23, 2018.
Photo by Pixabay.

Prove God’s Holiness

Prove God’s Holiness
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Readings for Today

“I will prove the holiness of my great name.” In an age of doubt and unbelief, God must prove his holiness. For most of us, that has occurred numerous times. But when Ezekiel mentions becoming clean by the sprinkling of clean water, we think of the ultimate proof of God’s holiness: salvation. When we were baptized, we were saved. God does not need to forgive us, extend mercy, or prove anything to us. But he does. And that is because God is holy. So today, seek to prove God’s holiness by living a life that witnesses to the power of the gospel.

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri on August 23, 2018.
Photo by Pixabay.

Water and blood. Baptism and Eucharist. Homily for Saturday, January 6, 2018

Water and blood. Baptism and Eucharist. Homily for Saturday, January 6, 2018
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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.

Today is just such an example.  The readings remind us of the very important difference between John’s baptism and the baptism of Jesus. John’s baptism points to human effort. Jesus’ baptism points to divine salvation. The Incarnation of Jesus is not simply a nice Christmas set.  Rather, it is the miracle of God’s becoming human.  And, because Jesus is both human and divine, the sacraments lead to salvation.

The lowly: Homily for Saturday, September 9, 2017

The lowly: Homily for Saturday, September 9, 2017
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Readings for today

Saint Peter Claver was known for his tremendous care for the poor.  The office of readings today, part of the prayers priests and deacons pray each day comes from his description of his care for the slaves. He reminds us that before one can speak of faith, it is important to provide trust and care.  The description of his care and the later catechesis is beautiful.

In such a fractured country, we are reminded of the need to express care and concern for one another.  Without care and trust, not much else is possible.  And we do not trust each other.  We argue and we are divided. Perhaps we can heal and come together through the intercession of Saint Peter Claver.

Without Sin: Homily for Assumption of Mary, August 15, 2017

Without Sin: Homily for Assumption of Mary, August 15, 2017
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Readings for Today (Vigil Mass)

Readings for Today (Mass during the day)

There are moments when we might wish to have lived in a different time.  How many have longed to be alive in the time of Jesus? How many seek to live during the time of our favorite saint? When we think this way, we forget that regardless of when we live, the mission is always to follow Jesus.  We must see how Jesus is alive.  We must seek God in all things. It does not matter when we live, but what we do.

Where is God in your life? How does God call you to holiness? What is it that gives life? We live during the present age because God wants us to.  And because God wants us to, God also gives us all the grace we need.  Becuase Mary knew this and remained close to God, she was rewarded by God with the immediate presence.  She did not have to wait for death but rather went right to God.

 

Journey: Homily for Sunday, July 2, 2017

Journey: Homily for Sunday, July 2, 2017
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Readings for Today

It has been said that life is a journey.  It is used as an analogy because we often know little of what lies ahead.  We can be surprised by wonderful happy moments or sudden tragic sadness.  Sometimes, in fact most of the time, life is ordinary.  Just like any trip.

The first reading focuses on seeing and recognizing the presence of God.  and because of our baptism, we can see the world in a way, because of God’s grace, where we never journey alone, since we are led by God. Through good and bad, thick and thin, happiness and sadness, and even the ordinary, God is always there.

Grace: Homily for Thursday, January 26, 2017

Grace: Homily for Thursday, January 26, 2017

 
 
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Readings for Today

Grace. I remember the old definition of a sacrament.  Especially that every sacrament gives grace.  And so I was reminded today of my ordination.  Saint Paul tells Timothy that he should be attentive to the flame that is burning in him because Paul has imposed hands upon him.  And as a result of this, Timothy is filled with courage.  Timothy can proclaim the gospel.  The grace given is powerful and has changed his life.

I thought of my own ordination because like Timothy, I too have received grace from the imposition of hands.  And so have you.  At our baptism, and again at Confirmation, we received grace from these sacraments.  At ordination, again, I received grace.  If you were married, you received grace.  And this grace is given, and hopefully received.

It can bring us the amazing courage to witness to the gospel.  It can help us to be those deeds God does through us that we are all called to receive. This grace is given to us so that we can be the light to the world.  This grace allows us to show others in our words and deeds the power of Jesus.

Homily for Sunday, February 7, 2016

Homily for Sunday, February 7, 2016
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It is easy to forget that so much of our relationship with God is not dependent upon us. All we need to do is to place ourselves in the presence of God. By doing so, we both lose those sins and shortcomings that keep us from being the person God has created us to be, and we are able to be sent forth for the mission that God gives to only us. As we move into the season of Lent this Wednesday, let us place ourselves in God’s presence to receive the powerful and life-changing love of God.