Not about family – about the Word of God

Not about family – about the Word of God
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Readings for Today

At first glance, it may seem that when Jesus speaks of his mother, he is a bit rude. He says her request is not his concern. He seems to indicate he will not see his mother when she comes to talk to him. He doesn’t appear concerned when she is looking for him. But to get a deeper understanding, we need to see a major point of the gospels. Mary, the Mother of God, is not privileged primarily because she is the biological mother of Jesus. No, she is privileged because she hears the Word of God and acts on it. If we are externally religious, appearing to believe, but our actions do not indicate we act on the Word of God we have heard, we are hypocrites. Hear what Jesus has to say: hear the Word of God and act on it.

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on September 25, 2018.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Not about family – about the Word of God

Not about family – about the Word of God
Daily Homilies

 
 
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Readings for Today

At first glance, it may seem that when Jesus speaks of his mother, he is a bit rude. He says her request is not his concern. He seems to indicate he will not see his mother when she comes to talk to him. He doesn’t appear concerned when she is looking for him. But to get a deeper understanding, we need to see a major point of the gospels. Mary, the Mother of God, is not privileged primarily because she is the biological mother of Jesus. No, she is privileged because she hears the Word of God and acts on it. If we are externally religious, appearing to believe, but our actions do not indicate we act on the Word of God we have heard, we are hypocrites. Hear what Jesus has to say: hear the Word of God and act on it.

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on September 25, 2018.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

The Pain for Parents: When a child does not practice the faith

Readings for Today

For some, it is a deeply painful experience where God did not appear to answer a prayer. For some, it is the lack of a compelling reason to believe in God. For others, it is disagreement with one Church teaching or another. These were the three reasons given by a recent study done by Saint Mary’s Press on why some young people are disaffiliated with the Church.  In my ministry, I am not sure there are many more painful ongoing realities than a parent who has adult children who do not practice their faith. Today’s homily invites each of us to enter into the importance of gospel witness.

Homily given at Saint Dominic Priory, Saint Louis, Missouri, on July 12, 2018
Image courtesy Pixabay

The Pain for Parents: When a child does not practice the faith

The Pain for Parents: When a child does not practice the faith
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Readings for Today

For some, it is a deeply painful experience where God did not appear to answer a prayer. For some, it is the lack of a compelling reason to believe in God. For others, it is disagreement with one Church teaching or another. These were the three reasons given by a recent study done by Saint Mary’s Press on why some young people are disaffiliated with the Church.  In my ministry, I am not sure there are many more painful ongoing realities than a parent who has adult children who do not practice their faith. Today’s homily invites each of us to enter into the importance of gospel witness.

Homily given at Saint Dominic Priory, Saint Louis, Missouri, on July 12, 2018
Image courtesy Pixabay

Imagine what God could do with our trust: Homily for Friday, December 15, 2017

Imagine what God could do with our trust: Homily for Friday, December 15, 2017
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There are times when I cannot believe I do not trust in God more.  I cannot point to a single instance where God was not there for me. When I hear today’s readings, it makes me wonder what might happen if I fully trusted God. Think about it.  What would happen if all your trust was placed in God. Imagine how much the world could change if we actually saw Christ fully and totally in every person we met.

This is really the promise of Advent. God promises us happiness and fulfilment if we trust in him.  If we let God show us the way. If we want what God wants. Turn over your life to God today.  Let Jesus into your heart.  Great things await.

Queenship: Homily for Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Queenship: Homily for Tuesday, August 22, 2017
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Readings for Today

Last week on Tuesday we celebrated the Assumption of Mary.  Mary did not sin, and so Mary did not receive the consequences of sin.  She did not die. More than that, today we celebrate her high place in heaven.  Mary is our Queen.  She is the queen of all saints.  Her “yes” to God was total.  She did not hold back any part of her will to following God.

What this means for us is a powerful intercessor.  We know Mary can only lead us to Jesus.  It is not possible she leads us astray.  The Eastern Church, in her icons, demonstrates this.  Mary is always pictured with a hand pointing to Jesus.  He is always the center.  Today, may we ask Mary to pray for us, that we too might follow her generous response to God.

Remember: Homily for Monday, August 21, 2017

Remember: Homily for Monday, August 21, 2017
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Readings for Today

It can be easy to forget all that God has done for us.  We do not remember all of the times God has shown love or mercy.  We quickly forget those times where grace filled our hearts.  This is the state of affairs in the first reading.  People have quickly forgotten the promise made to serve the Lord and to reject evil. In fact, even the judges appointed to lead them forget too.  The people worship other Gods.  They choose not to follow the commandments.

In our own lives too, we can find ourselves rejecting God despite all God does for us.  Each day the stark choice to follow or reject God is before us. Every day we can follow God, receive grace and grow in faith.  Or, every day we can choose to reject God and go our own way.  But our faith tells us rejecting God is not without consequences.  God wants to pour out to us his love, mercy, and grace.  When we reject God, we receive those consequences of our choices where we receive death and destruction.  Ask God for an open heart.  Choose God.

Choice: Homily for Saturday, August 19, 2017

Choice: Homily for Saturday, August 19, 2017
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Readings for Today

There comes a time in our lives, perhaps many times, where we must choose God or reject God.  It is the case that God profoundly respects our freedom.  And so God does not force us to follow him.  Rather, God seeks to give us the grace and persuasion to choose to follow him.  Today Joshua puts this choice before the people.

This is the choice: follow God or reject God.  Serve God or serve ourselves. Be open to grace or harden your heart. What will you do? What will you choose? Today, choose God, serve God, love God.  You will not be sorry.

 

Power of Faith: Homily for Saturday, August 12, 2017

Power of Faith: Homily for Saturday, August 12, 2017
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Readings for Today

Don’t sell God short.  It can be really easy to give up on God or to think there is a situation that is too hard for God to see us through.  Somehow we can sink to thinking that it is all up to us, and that only we can save ourselves.  Think of the disciples in today’s reading.  They had seen Jesus do all kinds of miracles.  How hard could it be?

Yet they failed.  Why? Because they did not believe.  They did not have faith.  And then Jesus reminds them: if you had even a little bit of faith, you could move mountains.  If we had a little bit of faith, imagine what we could do? We could move mountains.

Feast of Saint Andrew, Apostle: Jesus Christ is Lord (November 30, 2016)

Feast of Saint Andrew, Apostle: Jesus Christ is Lord (November 30, 2016)
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Today the readings suggest we are both drawn to God and at the same time sent by God to proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord.  This idea of publicly proclaiming our faith is not always very comfortable for Catholics, but we are invited to share our faith by the Lord Jesus himself.

Readings for Today