Homily: Go and sin no more (Year C)

Homily: Go and sin no more (Year C)

 
 
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We live in an age where it seems like the most important thing to do. Namely, to find dirt on someone else, especially someone we do not like. We often have already decided what we will believe about someone we do not like. But Jesus always takes us as we are. He always sees what is in our heart. And if the heart desires to turn away from sin, Jesus is always ready with forgiveness. No where is this more evident today than when we go to confession. Society is ready to condemn. Jesus stands ready to forgive.

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Homily given at Saint Cletus Catholic Church in Saint Charles Missouri on April 7, 2019.

Homily: Faith is hard

Homily: Faith is hard
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Why did the people of Israel make a golden calf? Why did they, as the responsorial psalm says, exchange their glory? Sometimes we can think they were completely turning their back on their faith. I am not sure that tells the whole story. Just before we come to the section we hear today, we are told that Moses is delayed coming down the mountain. The people become scared. Moses had been their human connection to God. So they make something tangible to take the place of Moses, and to make them feel closer to God. We can be tempted in the same way. Yet, because of the person Jesus, fully human and divine, we really do have all we need.

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Homily: Water gives life

Homily: Water gives life
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Whenever we encounter a story in the bible about water, our minds should immediately be drawn to baptism. Just as the water flowing in the first reading gives physical life to all around it, the water of baptism gives spiritual life to all people who encounter it. The gospel challenges us to see the desire of God to save as something very big, very expansive. Salvation is larger and bigger than a narrow view of what the purpose of a rule is in the bible. Are you willing to say yes to the tremendous and expansive love of God?

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Homily given on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at Christian Brothers College High School in Town and Country, Missouri.

Homily: It will be on the test

For anyone who has taught, especially high school students, there is a question that can come up quite frequently. “Will this be on the test?” While teachers hope to instill a love of learning for its own sake, it is often the case that the reality is quite different. Interestingly, we can also ask a type of question like this when it comes to God. Do I need to forgive my brother every time he sins? The challenge during the season of Lent is to move beyond the minimum to place ourselves into the powerful presence of God.

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

Homily: Curiosity saves lives (12pm)

There is an old saying, that curiosity killed the cat. I am not sure if that is really true, but I know it was not true in the case of today’s first reading. Moses becomes curious. “I must go over to look at this remarkable sight,
and see why the bush is not burned.” And because he acts on his curiosity, he encounters God. And in this encounter, Moses discovers that his prayers have been answered. Only not in the way he expected. We are about half way through Lent. Ask God to help you use the remedy for sin, to pray, to fast, and to give alms. In so doing, your curiosity might very well lead you closer to God.

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Homily given at Saint Clare of Assisi, Ellisville, Missouri, on March 24, 2019.

Homily: Curiosity saves lives (10am)

There is an old saying, that curiosity killed the cat. I am not sure if that is really true, but I know it was not true in the case of today’s first reading. Moses becomes curious. “I must go over to look at this remarkable sight,
and see why the bush is not burned.” And because he acts on his curiosity, he encounters God. And in this encounter, Moses discovers that his prayers have been answered. Only not in the way he expected. We are about half way through Lent. Ask God to help you use the remedy for sin, to pray, to fast, and to give alms. In so doing, your curiosity might very well lead you closer to God.

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Homily given at Saint Clare of Assisi, Ellisville, Missouri, on March 24, 2019.

Homily: The powerful prayer

Today Jesus gives us a lesson in prayer. The prayer, one we say often, is the Our Father. But do we really think about what we are saying? Do with listen carefully with our hearts to consider what the words we say mean for our lives of faith? The Our Father is a powerful lesson on prayer. First, it indicates that prayer is about a relationship with God. We pray together in a privileged way as God allows us to call him Father. Second, we pray that God’s kingdom will come. We may not realize that when we do so, when we pray for the coming of the kingdom we are praying for the fullness of God’s kingdom to come, namely the Second Coming of Jesus and our Final Judgement. Third, the pray implies a profound trust in God that God will take care of each one of us. And lastly, it reminds us of the deep connection between our forgiveness of others and our forgiveness by God.

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Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on March 12, 2019.

Homily: It will be on the test

Homily: It will be on the test
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For anyone who has taught, especially high school students, there is a question that can come up quite frequently. “Will this be on the test?” While teachers hope to instill a love of learning for its own sake, it is often the case that the reality is quite different. Interestingly, we can also ask a type of question like this when it comes to God. Do I need to forgive my brother every time he sins? The challenge during the season of Lent is to move beyond the minimum to place ourselves into the powerful presence of God.

Readings for Today

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

Homily: Curiosity saves lives (12pm)

Homily: Curiosity saves lives (12pm)
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There is an old saying, that curiosity killed the cat. I am not sure if that is really true, but I know it was not true in the case of today’s first reading. Moses becomes curious. “I must go over to look at this remarkable sight,
and see why the bush is not burned.” And because he acts on his curiosity, he encounters God. And in this encounter, Moses discovers that his prayers have been answered. Only not in the way he expected. We are about half way through Lent. Ask God to help you use the remedy for sin, to pray, to fast, and to give alms. In so doing, your curiosity might very well lead you closer to God.

Readings for Today

Homily given at Saint Clare of Assisi, Ellisville, Missouri, on March 24, 2019.

Homily: Curiosity saves lives (10am)

Homily: Curiosity saves lives (10am)
DePorres Pages Podcasts

 
 
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There is an old saying, that curiosity killed the cat. I am not sure if that is really true, but I know it was not true in the case of today’s first reading. Moses becomes curious. “I must go over to look at this remarkable sight,
and see why the bush is not burned.” And because he acts on his curiosity, he encounters God. And in this encounter, Moses discovers that his prayers have been answered. Only not in the way he expected. We are about half way through Lent. Ask God to help you use the remedy for sin, to pray, to fast, and to give alms. In so doing, your curiosity might very well lead you closer to God.

Readings for Today

Homily given at Saint Clare of Assisi, Ellisville, Missouri, on March 24, 2019.