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.

Readings for Today

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.

Readings for Today

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.

Readings for Today

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

For our own good (11:00am)

For our own good (11:00am)
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Readings for Today

Today’s first reading is almost like a graduation speech. Moses, talking to the people on the verge of entering the promised land, reminds them about the love and care of God. He reminds them that God is close to them. And while hearing that something is “for our own good” might bring back some bad memories from childhood, the moral code that is given to the people is indeed designed to make them more happy and fulfilled. It is also designed to help them to learn about priorities. By following God’s law, the people learn about the import of human dignity, prayer to God, and a grace filled life. Today, ask God to help you to discover those things that are really important.

Homily given at Our Lady of Lourdes, University City, Missouri, on September 2, 2018.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

For our own good (11:00 AM)

For our own good (11:00 AM)

 
 

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Readings for Today

Today’s first reading is almost like a graduation speech. Moses, talking to the people on the verge of entering the promised land, reminds them about the love and care of God. He reminds them that God is close to them. And while hearing that something is “for our own good” might bring back some bad memories from childhood, the moral code that is given to the people is indeed designed to make them more happy and fulfilled. It is also designed to help them to learn about priorities. By following God’s law, the people learn about the import of human dignity, prayer to God, and a grace filled life. Today, ask God to help you to discover those things that are really important.

Homily given at Our Lady of Lourdes, University City, Missouri, on September 2, 2018.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

For our own good (5:15)

For our own good (5:15)
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Readings for Today

Today’s first reading is almost like a graduation speech. Moses, talking to the people on the verge of entering the promised land, reminds them about the love and care of God. He reminds them that God is close to them. And while hearing that something is “for our own good” might bring back some bad memories from childhood, the moral code that is given to the people is indeed designed to make them more happy and fulfilled. It is also designed to help them to learn about priorities. By following God’s law, the people learn about the import of human dignity, prayer to God, and a grace filled life. Today, ask God to help you to discover those things that are really important.

Homily given at Our Lady of Lourdes, University City, Missouri, on September 1, 2018.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

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For your own good (5:15pm)
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Readings for Today

Today’s first reading is almost like a graduation speech. Moses, talking to the people on the verge of entering the promised land, reminds them about the love and care of God. He reminds them that God is close to them. And while hearing that something is “for our own good” might bring back some bad memories from childhood, the moral code that is given to the people is indeed designed to make them more happy and fulfilled. It is also designed to help them to learn about priorities. By following God’s law, the people learn about the import of human dignity, prayer to God, and a grace filled life. Today, ask God to help you to discover those things that are really important.

Homily given at Our Lady of Lourdes, University City, Missouri, on September 1, 2018.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Fire: Homily for the 19th Week, August 16, 2017

Fire: Homily for the 19th Week, August 16, 2017
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I had a little bit of a challenge when I took a psychological test called the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, or the MMPI for short.  The test is a long (very long) series of statements that are either marked true of false by the person taking the test. The test is constructed in such a way that it can be determined whether or not someone is trying to lie on the test.  I found one of the questions a challenge.  The sentence read, “I am fascinated by fire.” Well, the truth is, well, yes.  Yes, I am fascinated by fire.  But would the test scorer read too much into this? While I am fascinated by a campfire or a fire in a fireplace, I am not fascinated by a building fire.  I have no interest in arson.

The response to the psalm today mentions being filled with fire.  Fire is a powerful image of faith.  There is the fire at the Easter Vigil.  Saint Catherine of Siena said that if we became what we were created to be we would set the world on fire.  When looking at a campfire, we realize its complexity.  There is an interesting chemical process in a fire.  There are many different temperatures.  There are many different chemicals.  There is a power in fire.  And today we realize the same is true for us when we experience the fire of faith in our soul.