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 December 13, 2018.

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 December 13, 2018.

Ask God for Directions (11am)

Readings for Today

It was a very large mall in Ottawa, and I could not, for the life of me, find my way out. Too embarrassed to ask for directions, I thought my life might be over. Every exit sign I saw led to a place that said “Emergency Exit only. Opening door will sound alarm.” I think of that experience today in encountering today’s readings. There are a lot of ways in which we can feel lost. Advent is a time to recall that Jesus is the way.

Homily recorded at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, University City, Missouri on December 9, 2018.

Ask God for Directions

Readings for Today

It was a very large mall in Ottawa, and I could not, for the life of me, find my way out. Too embarrassed to ask for directions, I thought my life might be over. Every exit sign I saw led to a place that said “Emergency Exit only. Opening door will sound alarm.” I think of that experience today in encountering today’s readings. There are a lot of ways in which we can feel lost. Advent is a time to recall that Jesus is the way.

Homily recorded at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, University City, Missouri on December 8, 2018.

Ask God for directions (11am)

Ask God for directions (11am)
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Readings for Today

It was a very large mall in Ottawa, and I could not, for the life of me, find my way out. Too embarrassed to ask for directions, I thought my life might be over. Every exit sign I saw led to a place that said “Emergency Exit only. Opening door will sound alarm.” I think of that experience today in encountering today’s readings. There are a lot of ways in which we can feel lost. Advent is a time to recall that Jesus is the way.

Homily recorded at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, University City, Missouri on December 22, 2018.

Ask God for directions

Ask God for directions
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Readings for Today

It was a very large mall in Ottawa, and I could not, for the life of me, find my way out. Too embarrassed to ask for directions, I thought my life might be over. Every exit sign I saw led to a place that said “Emergency Exit only. Opening door will sound alarm.” I think of that experience today in encountering today’s readings. There are a lot of ways in which we can feel lost. Advent is a time to recall that Jesus is the way.

Homily recorded at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, University City, Missouri on December 22, 2018.

The End is Near

Readings for Today

The readings for today signify the change that happens in the last week of the liturgical year. They turn a little more harsh. They focus on last things. The judgement is coming. We are told to think about our lives and what they mean. And while there is the comfort of God’s love and care for each of us, there is also the warnings that are given to help us to stay focused upon God.

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on December 13, 2018.

The End is Near

The End is Near
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Readings for Today

The readings for today signify the change that happens in the last week of the liturgical year. They turn a little more harsh. They focus on last things. The judgement is coming. We are told to think about our lives and what they mean. And while there is the comfort of God’s love and care for each of us, there is also the warnings that are given to help us to stay focused upon God.

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on December 13, 2018.

Pleased to crush him? (5:00 pm)

Pleased to crush him? (5:00 pm)
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Readings for Today

The LORD was pleased to crush him in infirmity. What an odd line from the first reading today. What does it mean for God to be pleased to crush him in infirmity. In order to understand this, we first have to recognize that faith requires seeing the world differently. What may help is looking at what does not please God. God is not pleased by empty sacrifices. God is not pleased by sin. What does please God is recognizing that every human being is made in God’s image and likeness. God is pleased with the outcome of the infirmity of the Suffering Servant. God is pleased to offer, albeit in a dramatic way, the gift of salvation. For our part, we must recognize how unbelievably different is what awaits us in heaven if we follow Jesus.

Homily given at Our Lady of Lourdes, University City, Missouri, on October 21, 2018.
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