What must I do to inherit eternal life? (7:30 am)

What must I do to inherit eternal life? (7:30 am)
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“What must I do to inherit eternal life?” What prompted the man to ask this question? What was he hoping Jesus would say? Did his “going away sad” last for the rest of his life, or did he seek to discover the meaning behind the command of Jesus to sell all he had? Have you thought about what Jesus might answer you when you ask the question? It might involve giving what you have to the poor, but it also might mean removing some other barrier to God from your life. The answer to this question is couched in wisdom. Do you plead and pray for wisdom? Do you seek to allow the Word of God to be living and effective in your life? Remove whatever keeps you from knowing the will of God from your life. Follow Jesus.

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on October 13, 2018.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

What must I do to inherit eternal life? (6:00pm)

What must I do to inherit eternal life? (6:00pm)
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Readings for Today

“What must I do to inherit eternal life?” What prompted the man to ask this question? What was he hoping Jesus would say? Did his “going away sad” last for the rest of his life, or did he seek to discover the meaning behind the command of Jesus to sell all he had? Have you thought about what Jesus might answer you when you ask the question? It might involve giving what you have to the poor, but it also might mean removing some other barrier to God from your life. The answer to this question is couched in wisdom. Do you plead and pray for wisdom? Do you seek to allow the Word of God to be living and effective in your life? Remove whatever keeps you from knowing the will of God from your life. Follow Jesus.

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on October 13, 2018.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

What must I do to inherit eternal life? (7:30 am)

Readings for Today

“What must I do to inherit eternal life?” What prompted the man to ask this question? What was he hoping Jesus would say? Did his “going away sad” last for the rest of his life, or did he seek to discover the meaning behind the command of Jesus to sell all he had? Have you thought about what Jesus might answer you when you ask the question? It might involve giving what you have to the poor, but it also might mean removing some other barrier to God from your life. The answer to this question is couched in wisdom. Do you plead and pray for wisdom? Do you seek to allow the Word of God to be living and effective in your life? Remove whatever keeps you from knowing the will of God from your life. Follow Jesus.

Homily given at Our Lady of Lourdes, University City, Missouri, on October 14, 2018.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Saint Augustine – A reminder of hope

Saint Augustine – A reminder of hope
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Readings for Today

So much of what happens in our lives is about finding what is important. What things are we going to prioritize? In whom will we trust? Which persons will get our time? What endeavors will receive energy and attention? Reading the life of Saint Augustine informs us that he changed completely his priorities. Living a selfish, sense-filled life led to unhappiness. Developing a relationship with God led to fulfillment. If you feel your life is not on track, Saint Augustine might be the reminder that we have reason to hope. God forgives our sins. God stills our heart. God reaches out to us over and over again, allowing us to rest in God.

Saint Augustine – A reminder of hope

Saint Augustine – A reminder of hope
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Readings for Today

So much of what happens in our lives is about finding what is important. What things are we going to prioritize? In whom will we trust? Which persons will get our time? What endeavors will receive energy and attention? Reading the life of Saint Augustine informs us that he changed completely his priorities. Living a selfish, sense-filled life led to unhappiness. Developing a relationship with God led to fulfillment. If you feel your life is not on track, Saint Augustine might be the reminder that we have reason to hope. God forgives our sins. God stills our heart. God reaches out to us over and over again, allowing us to rest in God.

Just a little bit of God’s grace can clean a mess

Just a little bit of God’s grace can clean a mess
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Readings for Today

It is common for a teacher to try to use an familiar example to help students grasp and understand a complex topic. The prophet Jeremiah uses such images quite often when trying to get the people to convert. Today’s image is quite strange, but the point is clear. If we allow ourselves to be away from God, when God has done so many things for us, we will rot. The good news is indeed the gospel. Just a little bit of God’s grace is enough to help us to experience grace and life.

To be a good shepherd do penance

To be a good shepherd do penance
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Readings for Today

There is a tremendous responsibility given to any leader. Leadership is not simply the case of giving orders. It is far more important than that. It is about providing the example that inspire others to follow. And, when a leader fails, it is about having the courage to admit wrongdoing, and doing something so that words do not ring hollow, but represent a desire to make up for sin. Fridays are traditionally days when penance is done, so today is a good day to do what it takes to repent.

Homily given at Saint Dominic’s Priory, Saint Louis, Missouri, on July 27, 2018
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Authentic Faith: Homily for Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Readings for Today

Will you be true? Will you be genuine and sincere? Even if you fail, will you seek the conversion that has no guile? Will you be who you say you are? There are two examples of authenticity in today’s readings.  The first is a long life of authenticity, that of Eleazar.  Even when given a shortcut, Eleazar remains true.  He makes this authentic choice not merely for his own relationship with God, but also with concern for others. What will people make of an old faithful man who appears to turn away from God?

Zaccheus, the man of conversion in the gospel, shows us how authentic a search for God can  be even from a sinful life. Zaccheus, in his own conversion, shows us how to convert. We must acknowledge honestly our sinfulness.  When we do so, we have this powerful relationship with Jesus.  Jesus comes into our hearts because we invite him to forgive our sins and to change our lives.

Has God Rejected Us?: Homily for Saturday, November 4, 2017

Has God Rejected Us?: Homily for Saturday, November 4, 2017
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It can feel at times like God has rejected us.  Such is the question in today’s first reading.  The recent events of our lives, those violent acts that have made the news can cause the feeling of rejection.  But how often are the evils in our world the result of human sin?

To be sure, in some way, all evil is the result of the fall from grace.  All evil arises from sin, for God is only goodness. What humans need always to recall is the constant need for forgiveness and conversion.  Every sin we commit contributes to the proliferation of evil in our world.  So ask God for the grace of conversion.

The Reluctant Prophet: Homily for Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Reluctant Prophet: Homily for Tuesday, October 10, 2017
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Readings for Today

The book of Jonah is a wonderful book.  In parts it is satire, in other parts is speaks a powerful message against close-mindedness.  Jonah is commissioned by God to preach to Nineveh, the capital of Assyria, Israel’s arch-enemy.  Yesterday the reading was the story of how Jonah simply did not want to go to preach to Nineveh.  In escaping from God, Jonah winds up in quite a predicament.  Running from God is not the answer.

Today he is going to go to Nineveh, but he is none too happy about it.  He does not like Nineveh or its people.  He is even more frustrated when the message he proclaims is heard and the people of Nineveh repent.  In a time with so much animosity and anger, the message of the book of Jonah serves as a reminder to us to recognize that God will save whomever he wishes.  Our role is not to second-guess God, but to say yes to him and to witness to his message.