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

Readings for Today

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.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

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

Readings for Today

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.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

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

Readings for Today

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.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

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

Readings for Today

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.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Not Just Words: Homily for Monday, August 28, 2017

Not Just Words: Homily for Monday, August 28, 2017
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Readings for Today

Sometimes in reading the bible, the words we read can seem rather ordinary.  In fact, readings might not immediately catch our attention.  But today’s first reading reminds us they are not just words.  Listen carefully to the words of Saint Paul.  “For our Gospel did not come to you in word alone, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with much conviction.”  Whenever we proclaim the Word of God or pray over, it God speaks. Do you forget the bible is the word of God?

Saint Augustine did.  While today we remember him as a great saint, that was not always true.  Day after day his mother prayed for him.  God heard her prayers.  But it was the action of God that made this possible.  Only God was capable of so influencing Augustine he converted.  The movement of God in our hearts is still available.  God can still influence in power, in the Holy Spirit, and with much conviction.

Unity: Homily for Trinity Sunday, June 11, 2017

Unity: Homily for Trinity Sunday, June 11, 2017
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There seems to be an awful lot of anger.  It appears there is not an issue that does not cause two people to get angry with each other.  It becomes difficult to bring up any issue in certain settings, because it is likely emotions will get out of control.  As a result of this anger, people might decide only to seek out those with whom they agree.  They might choose only to read, watch or listen to those news sources that share or confirm their own bias.  As a result, it can be even more difficult to find areas where a person can encounter a differing point of view.

Does anyone have a desire for greater unity?  More civility?  And in the midst of this anger, what’s a Catholic to do? How can Catholics both commit to the truth on the one hand, while on the other hand choosing the method of conversation and dialogue that leads another to listen? Perhaps the answer lies in the unity of three persons in one God.

Trusting the Promises – Homily for Sunday, June 4, 2017

Trusting the Promises – Homily for Sunday, June 4, 2017
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I remember a special hospital room visit that changed my life.  There are moments when the presence of holiness becomes clear.  I lived with a priest who had not been feeling well for some time.  Eventually, he went to the hospital for tests and learned that he had a very serious and aggressive type of cancer.  After the doctor gave the explanation, I asked him how he was doing.  It was not about his physical health.  I will never forget what he said to me. “I’m glad it’s inoperable.”

That was really hard for me to believe.  How could he be glad?  And yet, he was.  His sister had a similar diagnosis and had recently died, and her cancer was operable.  But the operation really provided little.  “Besides,” he said to me, “I trust the promises.”

Today’s celebration of Pentecost is really about trusting the promises because of the Holy Spirit.

Tuesday of the First Week of Advent: The Power of the Spirit (Tuesday, November 29, 2016)

Tuesday of the First Week of Advent: The Power of the Spirit (Tuesday, November 29, 2016)
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We can try to do everything on our own, or we can seek to allow the Spirit of God to enter into our lives.  Which is it?  Perhaps this advent becomes a time to discover opportunities to encounter the Spirit of God and the life-changing power the comes when the Spirit of God is encountered.

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Homily for Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Readings for Today

I do not know if you have ever thought of yourself as “set apart”, but today’s first reading made me think of the ways in which God describes the people of God. We are described as a people “set apart”. So while today it is the fact that Barnabas and Saul are set apart for a mission, the real truth is that each one of us, because of our baptism, has been set apart for some higher purpose. Our vocation, whatever it is, is the reality that each of us has been “set apart” for some particular purpose that God will use for the best.

I have to clarify at the start that “set apart” does not mean “better than.” It is not that by setting apart Barnabas and Paul God is making a statement of worth. As significant was the mission they undertook, in fulfilling their vocation they were no better than any of the rest of us in answering the call of God to follow him. But it does serve as a powerful reminder that when it comes to the Kingdom of God, it is not our effort alone that makes things happen. No, it is when we cooperate with God’s grace that good things happen.

Jesus makes this powerful reminder in the gospel today. We are reminded that believing and following Jesus means believing and following the one who sent Jesus, the Holy Spirit. But remember — we are sent. We do not go of our own accord. As such, we need to be sure that we do all we can to hear the call. We need to open our hearts and minds to the voice of the Spirit that sends us. We need to place ourselves in places where we are likely to encounter the Spirit. We need to pray, to go to Mass, to go to confession, to read the bible, to pray the rosary and find time for silent prayer. We need to put ourselves at the service of those in need so that we can get to meet Jesus. And so, you are set apart. Time to find out why and for what purpose.

Homily for Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Readings for Today

What’s your excuse? We hear urgent words in the Scriptures. Now is the acceptable time! Now is the day of Salvation! But for us, or at least for me, often it is not. I have excuses. “I cannot pray now because I have to get this done.” “I am too busy to help that person today.” “I cannot make time to hear this person’s story, because they will go on and on.” “I cannot accept the invitation of Jesus, because, well, I have decided there are too many other “important” things to do.”

I have excuses. I have excuses to avoid doing and being what God calls me to do and to be. I hide. I run away. I do not listen. I work hard to make sure I do not have that silence and quiet and stillness that might actually enable me to hear. And as election day has arrived, I also know something else. Just as the ads blast at me, I too am more likely to blame others for my failures.

A recent study I read not too long ago concluded that we, almost all of us, only read those sources of news and other things with which we agree. People who agree with Fox News are more likely to watch Fox News, and associate with others who watch Fox News. People who agree with MSNBC are more likely to watch MSNBC and to associate with others who watch MSNBC. More than once, on Facebook, that “incredible waste of time” according to Betty White (most of the time she is quite right), I have found that people draw conclusions about an event that are not true, because they have chosen to get information about this from a highly biased source.

I do this too. I do not always seek to gather multiple perspectives, and there I times when I take something I have read at its word because I already thought that anyway. And on a day like today, I am tempted not to vote, since I have become more than a little cynical of the political process. I guess I feel that little will change regardless of the outcome.

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