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

Readings for Today

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.

Be prepared: Homily for Friday, September 1, 2017

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I was only a boy scout for one day.  The meeting time conflicted with religious education classes, and so I was not able to be a boy scout.  I did learn enough that first day, however, to know that being prepared is an important motto.  Boy scouts always make sure they have what they need.  In rain or snow, sun or cold, boy scouts had what they needed.

Being prepared is a good motto for the spiritual life too.  We must always be ready to have whatever it is that Jesus wants to give us. We must be ready for whatever moments he is present.  How do we do this? We do this by being ready in prayer, in the sacraments, at Mass, and in all other ways our prayer life can be strengthened.  And when we do this, it is at those times that we find ourselves prepared.

Delighting in the grace of conversion: Homily for Saturday, February 13, 2016

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It cannot possibly be that THAT PERSON is a Christian! How easy it is to decide who is beyond conversion. Yet, it might even be us. But imaging how wonderful it would be if we all could celebrate God’s grace by throwing a big party when we find ourselves embracing God. Such is the case with Levi. And as Isaiah reminds us today, but turning our lives over to God, even darkness and gloom can turn to light and celebration.

Homily for Saturday, July 12, 2014

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Catholics are not very good at talking publicly about their faith. And be sure, for many years really was not a pressing need for Catholics to think of themselves as evangelists. After all, parishes were filled, priests were abundant, and Catholic schools did not lack for students.  and perhaps in these days of abundant, at least in the United States, we lost sight of the gospel mandate of Jesus: go, teach, and make disciples of all nations.

Both the first reading of the gospel today speak of this type of reluctance on the part of those called to proclaim the life of faith which God calls everyone. For Isaiah, it is his wickedness that stands in the way. In the gospel, disciples are afraid because of the immense task of confronting evil in their day. What stands in the way for us?

For if we believe that we have found a tremendous and new way of life, one that is the pathway to living forever, to finding deep fulfillment, and discovering the purpose for which we were created, I would we not want to share this with others? Perhaps for the same reasons we encounter in today’s readings.

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Homily for Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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It is interesting how God chooses his apostles.  Today we celebrate St. Barnabas, who is the one who mentors St. Paul, brings him to the Christians, and searches him out in Tarsus.  God’s choices are interesting, because at the beginning of Paul’s ministry, it is Barnabas whose name is mentioned first and it is Barnabas who appears to be the more prominent apostle.  Indeed, the preaching of Barnabas brings many believers to the Church.

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Homily for Thursday, May 22, 2014

Readings for Today

God, who knows the heart, bore witness by granting them the Holy Spirit just as he did us.”  Of course, we learned yesterday the “them” in this quote refers to the Gentiles.  But it seems the critical point for the discussion involves, not surprisingly, the action of God himself.  The Holy Spirit is given to the Gentiles as well as those born into the Jewish faith.  God makes no distinction between them.  The receiving of the Holy Spirit at baptism reveals that baptism provides the unique entry way into the Church.

Because “we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus“, this salvation is open to all who desire a relationship with Jesus.  It is Jesus who sends us forth to teach and to baptize all the nations, not simply those we know or our comfortable with being around.  No, we are called to go forth even to those places which might makes us uncomfortable.

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