What must I do to inherit eternal life? (7:30 am)

What must I do to inherit eternal life? (7:30 am)
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“What must I do to inherit eternal life?” What prompted the man to ask this question? What was he hoping Jesus would say? Did his “going away sad” last for the rest of his life, or did he seek to discover the meaning behind the command of Jesus to sell all he had? Have you thought about what Jesus might answer you when you ask the question? It might involve giving what you have to the poor, but it also might mean removing some other barrier to God from your life. The answer to this question is couched in wisdom. Do you plead and pray for wisdom? Do you seek to allow the Word of God to be living and effective in your life? Remove whatever keeps you from knowing the will of God from your life. Follow Jesus.

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on October 13, 2018.
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What must I do to inherit eternal life? (6:00pm)

What must I do to inherit eternal life? (6:00pm)
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Readings for Today

“What must I do to inherit eternal life?” What prompted the man to ask this question? What was he hoping Jesus would say? Did his “going away sad” last for the rest of his life, or did he seek to discover the meaning behind the command of Jesus to sell all he had? Have you thought about what Jesus might answer you when you ask the question? It might involve giving what you have to the poor, but it also might mean removing some other barrier to God from your life. The answer to this question is couched in wisdom. Do you plead and pray for wisdom? Do you seek to allow the Word of God to be living and effective in your life? Remove whatever keeps you from knowing the will of God from your life. Follow Jesus.

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on October 13, 2018.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

What must I do to inherit eternal life? (7:30 am)

Readings for Today

“What must I do to inherit eternal life?” What prompted the man to ask this question? What was he hoping Jesus would say? Did his “going away sad” last for the rest of his life, or did he seek to discover the meaning behind the command of Jesus to sell all he had? Have you thought about what Jesus might answer you when you ask the question? It might involve giving what you have to the poor, but it also might mean removing some other barrier to God from your life. The answer to this question is couched in wisdom. Do you plead and pray for wisdom? Do you seek to allow the Word of God to be living and effective in your life? Remove whatever keeps you from knowing the will of God from your life. Follow Jesus.

Homily given at Our Lady of Lourdes, University City, Missouri, on October 14, 2018.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

What must I do to inherit eternal life? (6:00 pm)

Readings for Today

“What must I do to inherit eternal life?” What prompted the man to ask this question? What was he hoping Jesus would say? Did his “going away sad” last for the rest of his life, or did he seek to discover the meaning behind the command of Jesus to sell all he had? Have you thought about what Jesus might answer you when you ask the question? It might involve giving what you have to the poor, but it also might mean removing some other barrier to God from your life. The answer to this question is couched in wisdom. Do you plead and pray for wisdom? Do you seek to allow the Word of God to be living and effective in your life? Remove whatever keeps you from knowing the will of God from your life. Follow Jesus.

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on October 13, 2018.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

No doubt about it: Jesus is Lord

Readings for Today

If I were in the shoes of Saint Thomas, I would have reacted just as he did. I would have doubted. I mean, rising from the dead. How many people can say that have witnessed a death, and seen new life. It is too bad we remember Thomas too often for his doubt. Thomas believed. He shed his life. How did he move from doubt to faith? By a personal encounter with Jesus. Spend some time with Jesus to get to know him better today.

No doubt about it: Jesus is Lord

No doubt about it: Jesus is Lord
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Readings for Today

If I were in the shoes of Saint Thomas, I would have reacted just as he did. I would have doubted. I mean, rising from the dead. How many people can say that have witnessed a death, and seen new life. It is too bad we remember Thomas too often for his doubt. Thomas believed. He shed his life. How did he move from doubt to faith? By a personal encounter with Jesus. Spend some time with Jesus to get to know him better today.

Homily given at Saint Dominic Priory, Saint Louis, Missouri, July 3, 2018.
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Unsatisfied: Homily for Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Unsatisfied: Homily for Wednesday, September 20, 2017
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Readings for Today

Have you noticed the excitement any time Apple announces something new? I face the challenge of being tempted by something new.  I am not satisfied.  It seems that regardless of the circumstance, I want something more, something better, something new.  There simply never seems to be a moment where I can be satisfied.

But this is not something new.  Saint Augustine said as much centuries ago. “You move us to delight in praising You; for You have formed us for Yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in You.” Because all of the moments of dissatisfaction have one thing in common:  they do not have anything to do with God.  And only in God can our hearts be truly at rest.

Despair to Hope: Homily for Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Despair to Hope: Homily for Tuesday, September 19, 2017

 
 
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Readings for today

Today we encounter a woman who is understandably in the depths of despair.  Her son is dead, and to make matters worse, she is a widow.  This parent must face the death of her son alone. Can there be any greater heartache to a parent than to lose their child? I cannot think of one. I bet most parents cannot think of one, either.

And yet, in the height of her sadness and loss, she encounters Jesus.  And as Jesus always does, Jesus brings life.  Sometimes in moments like today’s gospel, he does so in an easily observable way.  At other times, it is in the challenge that might mean initial sadness before receiving life.  Regardless, today we are all reminded that Jesus is the author and source of life.  Let Jesus raise life in you.

Holy Suffering: Homily for Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Holy Suffering: Homily for Wednesday, June 7, 2017
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Readings for Today

There are moments in life where we find ourselves at a desperate place.  At these times, it seems that there is simply nothing more we can do.  They can be moments of such suffering that we are not even sure if we can bear it.  At other times, it is the result of such hardships that it seems too much.  It can be illness, tragedy, death, ruin, whatever.  What is it that can make suffering something that does not destroy but rather gives life?  Is there such a thing as holy suffering?

Fortunately for us, there is.  Because of the life-giving act of Jesus, suffering has become redemptive when the suffering humans endure is united with his suffering on the cross.  Today in the readings, there is real, deep, powerful outpouring of prayer, seeking the healing of God.  Perhaps today’s readings serve as a reminder to us that we have to turn to God always, but perhaps most of all when it appears that all is lost.

Homily for Saturday, May 23, 2015

Readings for Today

Gossip. It is a very dangerous thing. It can be a hard thing to resist, because most of us enjoy the thought of getting the scoop on the big story. Gossip can be tempting because we can think of it as a way to get ahead in friendships and in social circles. Gossip can serve as a reminder that there are those people who have it worse than we do. Rather than evoking sympathy, however, it fills us with joy, because the tough situation has avoided us.

Gossip can also be a challenge because it can be used to get ahead as well. Gossip can drop innuendos, subtle and not so subtle hints that might cause someone else to draw a wrong conclusion. And it can be that the person does not even fully realize the motivation behind gossip. They can engage in harmful behavior because they do not know themselves well enough to avoid it.

Is this the case with Peter in today’s gospel? Is this why he gets what appears to be a rebuke from Jesus. “What concern is it of yours?” I know that I can be tempted to get more wrapped up into the things of others and not paying anywhere near enough attention to my own spiritual growth. The gospel shows a bad effect of gossip. The conclusion from the conversation between Jesus and Peter is that John will not die. Of course, this is wrong.

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