Don’t be a liar

Readings for Today

One thing I try never to do is to call someone a liar. This is largely because detecting a lie is not always a fool-proof process. It can appear that someone is lying, when in fact they are telling the truth. I remember the story of a little boy who was getting in trouble a lot in school. Often he said he did not hear what it was he was supposed to do. Turned out, that he had significant hearing loss in one ear, and in fact, may not have heard. Since he was often in trouble, it seemed hard to believe, especially when he was looking right at his teacher, that he was, in fact, not simply being a smart aleck.

Saint John reminds us that not to love our brothers and sisters means we do not really love God. And if we say we do, we are lying. Do you hear God’s call today to love brothers and sisters?

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on January 22, 2019.

Don’t be a liar

Don’t be a liar
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Readings for Today

One thing I try never to do is to call someone a liar. This is largely because detecting a lie is not always a fool-proof process. It can appear that someone is lying, when in fact they are telling the truth. I remember the story of a little boy who was getting in trouble a lot in school. Often he said he did not hear what it was he was supposed to do. Turned out, that he had significant hearing loss in one ear, and in fact, may not have heard. Since he was often in trouble, it seemed hard to believe, especially when he was looking right at his teacher, that he was, in fact, not simply being a smart aleck.

Saint John reminds us that not to love our brothers and sisters means we do not really love God. And if we say we do, we are lying. Do you hear God’s call today to love brothers and sisters?

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on January 22, 2019.

What do you expect from God? (10:00am)

What do you expect from God? (10:00am)
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Almost everyone has seen them. An advertisement that demonstrates the tremendous results of a product, using a “before” and “after” picture. Today’s readings are similar. The gospel is the “before”, the first reading the after. In the gospel, Bartimaeus answers the question of Jesus: “What do you want me to do for you?” with the answer: “Lord, I want to see.” What do you want God to do for you? How is it specifically you wish God to help you? And when God does, what will you do about it?

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on October 28, 2018.
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What do you expect from God?

What do you expect from God?
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Readings for Today

Almost everyone has seen them. An advertisement that demonstrates the tremendous results of a product, using a “before” and “after” picture. Today’s readings are similar. The gospel is the “before”, the first reading the after. In the gospel, Bartimaeus answers the question of Jesus: “What do you want me to do for you?” with the answer: “Lord, I want to see.” What do you want God to do for you? How is it specifically you wish God to help you? And when God does, what will you do about it?

Homily given at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, University City, Missouri, on October 27, 2018.
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He came to bring division?

He came to bring division?
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We live in an interesting time. The country seems so divided. The Church seems so divided. It seems that everywhere we turn, there is division. But is this what Jesus meant when he said he came to bring division? Was this the baptism to which he was referring? Hardly. Rather, it was a suggestion that to stand up for what is right, for what the gospel demands, means that sometimes we will face opposition. And yet the first reading emphasizes Saint Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians. How do we know when we are called to division and when we are not? The answer is clear. It is Jesus.

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on October 25, 2018.
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He came to bring division?

He came to bring division?
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Readings for Today

We live in an interesting time. The country seems so divided. The Church seems so divided. It seems that everywhere we turn, there is division. In my priory I sow the seeds of division about best type of ice cream. But is this what Jesus meant when he said he came to bring division? Was this the baptism to which he was referring? Hardly. Rather, it was a suggestion that to stand up for what is right, for what the gospel demands, means that sometimes we will face opposition. And yet the first reading emphasizes Saint Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians. How do we know when we are called to division and when we are not? The answer is clear. It is Jesus.

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

He came to bring division?

He came to bring division?
Daily Homilies

 
 

00:00 / 3:08
 

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Readings for Today

We live in an interesting time. The country seems so divided. The Church seems so divided. It seems that everywhere we turn, there is division. But is this what Jesus meant when he said he came to bring division? Was this the baptism to which he was referring? Hardly. Rather, it was a suggestion that to stand up for what is right, for what the gospel demands, means that sometimes we will face opposition. And yet the first reading emphasizes Saint Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians. How do we know when we are called to division and when we are not? The answer is clear. It is Jesus.

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

When God seems far away

When God seems far away
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Readings for Today

Have you ever felt you were without Christ? Probably at some point in our life, we have all felt alone. The current events in the Church can cause that feeling. A difficult illness of a loved one can make us feel alone. The sudden death of someone we love. Or maybe just moments when we struggle with faith. The first reading today describes moments before the community accepted Jesus. But the reading is also clear. Jesus is the source of peace.

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on October 23, 2018.
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When God seems far away

Readings for Today

Have you ever felt you were without Christ? Probably at some point in our life, we have all felt alone. The current events in the Church can cause that feeling. A difficult illness of a loved one can make us feel alone. The sudden death of someone we love. Or maybe just moments when we struggle with faith. The first reading today describes moments before the community accepted Jesus. But the reading is also clear. Jesus is the source of peace.

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on October 23, 2018.
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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.
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