Homily: Don’t lose sight of Jesus

When things get tough we can sometimes look for something to distract us. While this can be a good idea, it is also possible that the distraction can be worse than the tough situation. Such is the case with the disciples today. They do not know what to make of Jesus’ speaking of his death, and so they argue about greatness as a distraction. This is a point in the faith journey where it becomes all the more important to trust Jesus. It is when things get tough and stressed that we are invited to trust in Jesus for the greatest growth in faith.

Readings for Today

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on March 14, 2019.

Homily: Don’t lose sight of Jesus

Homily: Don’t lose sight of Jesus
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When things get tough we can sometimes look for something to distract us. While this can be a good idea, it is also possible that the distraction can be worse than the tough situation. Such is the case with the disciples today. They do not know what to make of Jesus’ speaking of his death, and so they argue about greatness as a distraction. This is a point in the faith journey where it becomes all the more important to trust Jesus. It is when things get tough and stressed that we are invited to trust in Jesus for the greatest growth in faith.

Readings for Today

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on March 14, 2019.

Homily: Do you have the faith?

Homily: Do you have the faith?
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Isn’t the woman in today’s gospel really something? What an example of faith! Do you have the faith to persist? I know that I can find it hard to have such faith. It is easy to give up at the slightest challenge. When things do not go exactly has I plan, I can get frustrated. I can give up. But she does not. She has faith. I am reminded of the man who tells Jesus of his faith, yet prays for more faith. So too do I.

Readings for Today

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on March 14, 2019.

Homily: Letter or Spirit?

Homily: Letter or Spirit?
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When we find ourselves stressed, we can be tempted to resort to simplistic, black or white solutions. But in reality, life is clearly not so easily defined. There is a lot of grey. Lots. Today’s gospel pits an age-old question before us. Is it the letter of the law, or the spirit? Is the purpose of the law to punish us, or to provide us with a framework to become our best selves? Today’s gospel indicates that Jesus understood that the gift of the Law in the Old Testament is for our own good. It provides a way of living that leads us closer to becoming who we are meant to be. By stressing the letter of the law, we can miss the forest for the trees, and we can become worse, not better.

Readings for Today

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on March 14, 2019.

Homily: What a Mess (9:30am)

Just a quick look around the world shows there is a lot wrong. Violence. Abuse. Greed. Poverty. Crime. What a mess. How is a Christian supposed to make sense of all this? For some, it is to write angry posts on Twitter or Facebook. For others, it is to become immersed in politics. For still others, it is to throw their hands up and say there is nothing they can do. But today’s gospel gives us a better roadmap. What does Jesus say? “Bring glad tidings to the poor.” “Proclaim liberty to captives.” “Recovery of sight to the blind.” “Let the oppressed go free.” “Proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.” We should do the same.

Readings for Today

Homily given at Saints Joachim and Ann parish, St. Charles, Missouri, on January 27, 2019.

Homily: What a mess (9:30am)

Homily: What a mess (9:30am)
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Just a quick look around the world shows there is a lot wrong. Violence. Abuse. Greed. Poverty. Crime. What a mess. How is a Christian supposed to make sense of all this? For some, it is to write angry posts on Twitter or Facebook. For others, it is to become immersed in politics. For still others, it is to throw their hands up and say there is nothing they can do. But today’s gospel gives us a better roadmap. What does Jesus say? “Bring glad tidings to the poor.” “Proclaim liberty to captives.” “Recovery of sight to the blind.” “Let the oppressed go free.” “Proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.” We should do the same.

Readings for Today

Homily given at Saints Joachim and Ann parish, St. Charles, Missouri, on January 27, 2019.

Homily: What a Mess

Just a quick look around the world shows there is a lot wrong. Violence. Abuse. Greed. Poverty. Crime. What a mess. How is a Christian supposed to make sense of all this? For some, it is to write angry posts on Twitter or Facebook. For others, it is to become immersed in politics. For still others, it is to throw their hands up and say there is nothing they can do. But today’s gospel gives us a better roadmap. What does Jesus say? “Bring glad tidings to the poor.” “Proclaim liberty to captives.” “Recovery of sight to the blind.” “Let the oppressed go free.” “Proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.” We should do the same.

Readings for Today

Homily given at Saints Joachim and Ann parish, St. Charles, Missouri, on January 27, 2019.

Homily: What a mess

Homily: What a mess
DePorres Pages Podcasts

 
 
00:00 / 10:39
 
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Just a quick look around the world shows there is a lot wrong. Violence. Abuse. Greed. Poverty. Crime. What a mess. How is a Christian supposed to make sense of all this? For some, it is to write angry posts on Twitter or Facebook. For others, it is to become immersed in politics. For still others, it is to throw their hands up and say there is nothing they can do. But today’s gospel gives us a better roadmap. What does Jesus say? “Bring glad tidings to the poor.” “Proclaim liberty to captives.” “Recovery of sight to the blind.” “Let the oppressed go free.” “Proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.” We should do the same.

Readings for Today

Homily given at Saints Joachim and Ann parish, St. Charles, Missouri, on January 27, 2019.

Homily: Trust the Promises

One of the hardest parts of preaching is not delivering the homily, but rather to follow one’s own words. It is easy, for example, to say, “Love your enemies”, but much harder to actually do it. The way a Dominican priest faced his death was one of the most edifying moments of my life. “I trust the promises,” he said to me. It got me thinking and reflecting. Do I? Do I trust the promises of Jesus enough to place my life in his hands?

Readings for Today

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on March 14, 2019.

Homily: Trust the Promises

Homily: Trust the Promises
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One of the hardest parts of preaching is not delivering the homily, but rather to follow one’s own words. It is easy, for example, to say, “Love your enemies”, but much harder to actually do it. The way a Dominican priest faced his death was one of the most edifying moments of my life. “I trust the promises,” he said to me. It got me thinking and reflecting. Do I? Do I trust the promises of Jesus enough to place my life in his hands?

Readings for Today

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on March 14, 2019.