Homily: Do you manifest God’s holiness? (11am)

Homily: Do you manifest God’s holiness? (11am)
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There are certain bible stories that at first glance can seem to be difficult. The story of how Moses is denied entry to the Promised Land is one of them for me. He tapped the rock twice, not once. But that was enough. Considering all the Israelites put him through, this seems like a minor infraction. But the reading gives us a clearer view. Moses did not manifest God’s holiness. This Holy Week gives us the ultimate picture of manifesting God’s holiness, for in every instance, that is what Jesus does. The people mentioned in our readings this week face choices. Do they manifest God’s holiness or not? It is the same choice we face during this Holy Week. Do we manifest God’s holiness?

Readings for Today

Homily given at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish on April 13, 2019, in University City, Missouri.

Homily: Do you manifest God’s holiness? (9am)

Homily: Do you manifest God’s holiness? (9am)
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There are certain bible stories that at first glance can seem to be difficult. The story of how Moses is denied entry to the Promised Land is one of them for me. He tapped the rock twice, not once. But that was enough. Considering all the Israelites put him through, this seems like a minor infraction. But the reading gives us a clearer view. Moses did not manifest God’s holiness. This Holy Week gives us the ultimate picture of manifesting God’s holiness, for in every instance, that is what Jesus does. The people mentioned in our readings this week face choices. Do they manifest God’s holiness or not? It is the same choice we face during this Holy Week. Do we manifest God’s holiness?

Readings for Today

Homily given at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish on April 13, 2019, in University City, Missouri.

Homily: Do you manifest God’s holiness? (5pm)

Homily: Do you manifest God’s holiness? (5pm)
DePorres Pages Podcasts

 
 
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There are certain bible stories that at first glance can seem to be difficult. The story of how Moses is denied entry to the Promised Land is one of them for me. He tapped the rock twice, not once. But that was enough. Considering all the Israelites put him through, this seems like a minor infraction. But the reading gives us a clearer view. Moses did not manifest God’s holiness. This Holy Week gives us the ultimate picture of manifesting God’s holiness, for in every instance, that is what Jesus does. The people mentioned in our readings this week face choices. Do they manifest God’s holiness or not? It is the same choice we face during this Holy Week. Do we manifest God’s holiness?

Readings for Today

Homily given at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish on April 13, 2019, in University City, Missouri.

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.

Readings for Today

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

Homily: Make me see (Year A)

Homily: Make me see (Year A)
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Every year I have to have my eyes checked. There is a history of glaucoma in my family, and so I need to be sure it is caught early if I develop it. There are so many aspects of the testing, but I leave more grateful for my eyesight. the real and important challenge is to make sure I give the same care to my sight spiritually. Do I look for God? Do I see God clearly? Do I look to live my life in the light, or in the darkness? If we allow Jesus to cure our blindness, then we will be sure to see the light of his presence in all we do.

Readings for Today

Homily given at Our Lady of Lourdes, University City, Missouri, on March 31, 2019.

Homily: Make me see

Every year I have to have my eyes checked. There is a history of glaucoma in my family, and so I need to be sure it is caught early if I develop it. There are so many aspects of the testing, but I leave more grateful for my eyesight. the real and important challenge is to make sure I give the same care to my sight spiritually. Do I look for God? Do I see God clearly? Do I look to live my life in the light, or in the darkness? If we allow Jesus to cure our blindness, then we will be sure to see the light of his presence in all we do.

Readings for Today

Homily given at Our Lady of Lourdes, University City, Missouri, on March 30, 2019.

Homily: Make me see (Year A)

Homily: Make me see (Year A)
DePorres Pages Podcasts

 
 
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Every year I have to have my eyes checked. There is a history of glaucoma in my family, and so I need to be sure it is caught early if I develop it. There are so many aspects of the testing, but I leave more grateful for my eyesight. the real and important challenge is to make sure I give the same care to my sight spiritually. Do I look for God? Do I see God clearly? Do I look to live my life in the light, or in the darkness? If we allow Jesus to cure our blindness, then we will be sure to see the light of his presence in all we do.

Readings for Today

Homily given at Our Lady of Lourdes, University City, Missouri, on March 30, 2019.

Homily: Christian Life is not a bowl of cherries

Perhaps you have heard the expression, “Life is like a bowl full of cherries.” It is a phrase designed to tell us that life is just simply wonderful, in fact, that it cannot get better. Today’s first reading and gospel tell a different story about the Christian life. Doing the right thing does not always appear to be wonderful. In fact, doing the right thing, living as God wants us to live, is in fact, sometimes, the recipe to things appearing to get worse, not better. Jeremiah is threatened with death for being God’s prophet. Jesus is attacked for liberating the possessed. And we too, in our lives, can find that when we do what is right, we too can be threatened or persecuted. But in all of this, God is always with us. And as long as we know that, we too, like Jeremiah and Jesus, will have great cause for joy.

Readings for Today

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School on Thursday, March 28, 2019, in Town and Country, Missouri.

Homily: Christian Life is not a bowl of cherries

Homily: Christian Life is not a bowl of cherries
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Perhaps you have heard the expression, “Life is like a bowl full of cherries.” It is a phrase designed to tell us that life is just simply wonderful, in fact, that it cannot get better. Today’s first reading and gospel tell a different story about the Christian life. Doing the right thing does not always appear to be wonderful. In fact, doing the right thing, living as God wants us to live, is in fact, sometimes, the recipe to things appearing to get worse, not better. Jeremiah is threatened with death for being God’s prophet. Jesus is attacked for liberating the possessed. And we too, in our lives, can find that when we do what is right, we too can be threatened or persecuted. But in all of this, God is always with us. And as long as we know that, we too, like Jeremiah and Jesus, will have great cause for joy.

Readings for Today

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School on Thursday, March 28, 2019, in Town and Country, Missouri.

Homily: Life without the Snooze Button (11am)

I do not usually tell people what I am doing for Lent. I really believe that it is best left between me and God, so I do not take credit for it. It is important, for me, not to see my Lent as a time where I reward my will power. Lent is not about that. Rather, it is a time for me to open myself more fully to God’s grace in order to become more like Christ. This year, though, to provide an example of how this might work, I decided to share that for Lent, I have given up the snooze button. Anyone who knows me just a little bit is aware that I am not a morning person. But I thought this was good not just to see if I could do it (I am not completely confident) but rather to see if I could use the extra time for prayer. In today’s gospel, we see that Jesus was led by the Spirit, where he encountered temptation. In doing so, Jesus foreshadows that he has won the victory over sin and death, and so too can we share in that victory.

Readings for Today

Homily recorded at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, University City, Missouri on March 10, 2019.