Homily: When it just seems too big

Homily: When it just seems too big
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I have to say that sometimes hearing the gospel just seems to demand things that are really, really big. It can feel overwhelming. Can I really trust God completely? Could I really set out on a journey with nothing — no food, no sack, no money in their belts? I cannot believe that it is even possible. But then I think of the love of Jesus. I think of all that he has done for me. I think that despite my unworthiness, he offers salvation to me anyway. Even though the task is big, the love of God and his grace is even bigger.

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Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on March 26, 2019.

Where will you see Jesus?

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There can be an overwhelming temptation in our lives to think we must do everything ourselves. Today Jesus even seems to suggest that to the disciples. But in reality, in today’s gospel, Jesus is helping to make a point. To be truly fed, to be truly satisfied it takes God. Only God can fill the emptiness in our hearts. I am sure the disciples did not expect Jesus to do what he did. In fact, they seemed to be frustrated that Jesus did not see things as he did. And yet, he reminds them that in ordinary ways he does extraordinary things.

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on March 26, 2019.

Where will you see Jesus?

Where will you see Jesus?
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Readings for Today

There can be an overwhelming temptation in our lives to think we must do everything ourselves. Today Jesus even seems to suggest that to the disciples. But in reality, in today’s gospel, Jesus is helping to make a point. To be truly fed, to be truly satisfied it takes God. Only God can fill the emptiness in our hearts. I am sure the disciples did not expect Jesus to do what he did. In fact, they seemed to be frustrated that Jesus did not see things as he did. And yet, he reminds them that in ordinary ways he does extraordinary things.

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on March 26, 2019.

God’s Unique Expression to you

God’s Unique Expression to you
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Here is a good reminder. Every person is called by God. Every person has a unique call by God. This call from God is at times, difficult, but leads to eternal happiness if answered. Today’s gospel recounts how Jesus chose the apostles. As such, it reminds us of our own personal call to be what God has chosen us to be. The choice of Jesus only occurs after prayer. He prays all night before making his choice. In so doing, we have a model of how to make our own choices.

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on September 11, 2018.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

God’s Unique Expression to you

God’s Unique Expression to you
Daily Homilies

 
 

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Readings for Today

Here is a good reminder. Every person is called by God. Every person has a unique call by God. This call from God is at times, difficult, but leads to eternal happiness if answered. Today’s gospel recounts how Jesus chose the apostles. As such, it reminds us of our own personal call to be what God has chosen us to be. The choice of Jesus only occurs after prayer. He prays all night before making his choice. In so doing, we have a model of how to make our own choices.

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on September 11, 2018.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

You have all the gifts from God you need – make disciples

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It was the Christmas gift to end all Christmas gifts. So important to me was this Christmas gift, that I pulled the “nuclear option” with my parents: “If you get me this gift, I will never need another gift from you ever again.” Wow. Of course, after a few months, this toy lost its luster, and it is today probably in some landfill somewhere. At the tender age of 7, I had not yet understood how to discern what gifts were really the important ones. It can be like that with God’s gifts too. We have all we need from God to make disciples, but we often think we are unprepared.

Homilies given at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish on July 14 and July 15, 2018.
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Will you be the one to introduce this culture to Jesus?

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Have you ever seen yourself as a person who is called to introduce others to the person of Jesus? Most Catholics do not. They do not envision that they are the ones to go door to door to talk about Jesus. This is often seen as something “the Protestants do”, or the Mormons. But as Catholics, we are not so likely to view ourselves as those door to door evangelists. But if not us, how is it that people are to get to know Jesus? How is it that others will be brought to our Church? How is it that Jesus can get more disciples? Today’s readings issue a profound challenge to each of us to see ourselves as missionaries.

Will you be the one to introduce this culture to Jesus?


Readings for Today
Have you ever seen yourself as a person who is called to introduce others to the person of Jesus? Most Catholics do not. They do not envision that they are the ones to go door to door to talk about Jesus. This is often seen as something “the Protestants do”, or the Mormons. But as Catholics, we are not so likely to view ourselves as those door to door evangelists. But if not us, how is it that people are to get to know Jesus? How is it that others will be brought to our Church? How is it that Jesus can get more disciples? Today’s readings issue a profound challenge to each of us to see ourselves as missionaries.

Homilies given at St. Pius V Parish, Saint Louis, Missouri, on Saturday, July 7, 2018 and Sunday, July 8, 2018.
Image courtesy Pixabay.

Will you be the one to introduce this culture to Jesus?

Will you be the one to introduce this culture to Jesus?
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Readings for Today

Have you ever seen yourself as a person who is called to introduce others to the person of Jesus? Most Catholics do not. They do not envision that they are the ones to go door to door to talk about Jesus. This is often seen as something “the Protestants do”, or the Mormons. But as Catholics, we are not so likely to view ourselves as those door to door evangelists. But if not us, how is it that people are to get to know Jesus? How is it that others will be brought to our Church? How is it that Jesus can get more disciples? Today’s readings issue a profound challenge to each of us to see ourselves as missionaries.

Homilies given at St. Pius V Parish, Saint Louis, Missouri, on Saturday, July 7, 2018 and Sunday, July 8, 2018.
Image courtesy Pixabay.

Success, Failure, Everything in between: Homily for Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Success, Failure, Everything in between: Homily for Wednesday, October 18, 2017
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Today we learn that there are all different kinds of preachers.  We read about Saint Paul, whose efforts are well-documented, and whose success is known.  There are those who have left the preaching.  And there are those who are downright destructive to the preaching.  Today we celebrate Saint Luke.  He was an evangelist, and also the author of the Acts of the Apostles.  His efforts are noted by Saint Paul as quite helpful.

It serves as a reminder there are zealous and effective preachers, there are those who are holy, but perhaps not as effective. And, there are those who leave altogether, while still others are harmful to the mission. Where do you find yourself? Are you an effective disciple, making other disciples? Are you still trying to figure out what you believe? Or are you a big skeptic? Make time to get to know Jesus better, who can make all things better.