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
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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.

God’s Promise is stronger than our sin

Readings for Today

The words we hear today are particularly harsh. We are described as maggots. Worms. The geography is the desert a place of tremendous extremes. And a look around at our world suggests that maybe life is pretty harsh sometimes. But in the midst of all of this, God does not give up on His people. Even with the harsh description, God still loves this people. He still loves us. And he promises us something really magnificent. He promises salvation. And he gives us the help to accept it.

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

God’s Promise is stronger than our sin

God’s Promise is stronger than our sin
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Readings for Today

The words we hear today are particularly harsh. We are described as maggots. Worms. The geography is the desert a place of tremendous extremes. And a look around at our world suggests that maybe life is pretty harsh sometimes. But in the midst of all of this, God does not give up on His people. Even with the harsh description, God still loves this people. He still loves us. And he promises us something really magnificent. He promises salvation. And he gives us the help to accept it.

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

Imagine what God could do with our trust: Homily for Friday, December 15, 2017

Imagine what God could do with our trust: Homily for Friday, December 15, 2017
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Readings for Today

There are times when I cannot believe I do not trust in God more.  I cannot point to a single instance where God was not there for me. When I hear today’s readings, it makes me wonder what might happen if I fully trusted God. Think about it.  What would happen if all your trust was placed in God. Imagine how much the world could change if we actually saw Christ fully and totally in every person we met.

This is really the promise of Advent. God promises us happiness and fulfilment if we trust in him.  If we let God show us the way. If we want what God wants. Turn over your life to God today.  Let Jesus into your heart.  Great things await.

Seeking the presence of God: Homily for Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Seeking the presence of God: Homily for Tuesday, December 5, 2017
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Readings for Today

Yesterday we discussed a world that seems filled with darkness.  We thought about despair, and how easy it is to lose hope. But ultimately we tried to remember that God keeps his promises. Today’s readings remind us of the need to be attentive.  God is active and alive. This activity is not only in the world,  but also in our soul. God is active in our hearts, in our souls, in our lives. And the images from Isaiah remind us that God’s presence is miraculous indeed.

Do you seek to find how God has been present in your life? Do you search your heart and soul to discover the spirit-filled presence of God? The list of wonderful, unbelievable things that God does in Isaiah, the promise of God’s greatness is impressive.  But so too is the list of things God longs to do in your life. Advent is a time of seeking to find the God that longs to do this for you. And when you discover that, and when God keeps his promise, be sure to give God thanks and praise.