Homily: Not such an easy answer

Homily: Not such an easy answer
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Who do you say that I am? This is no doubt a question that we are familiar with from the gospels. Like most good teachers, Jesus starts with easier questions to build up to the challenging question. Who do people say . . . Does not require much personal commitment to answer such a question. It is simply an observation. But the personal answer — that indeed is important. The answer tells a lot about the relationship between Jesus and his disciples. How do you answer this question? There is no aspect of evangelizing that is more important than the answer to this question. So, who do you say that Jesus is?

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

Homily: Does God get fed up?

Homily: Does God get fed up?
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God certainly appears to be at “the end of his rope”, so to speak. He looks at all the evil in the world, and it seems the human project has not been successful. We too can find times where we get fed up even when the project seemed like such a good idea. Think of those moments when parents get frustrated with the actions of their children. Think of those moments when teachers get fed up with the actions of their students. But God is always loving. He loves us so much. Enough to send his Son to save us. And that is good news indeed.

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

Homily: For All Eternity (10:45am)

Homily: For All Eternity (10:45am)
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Just imagine. From all eternity, God knew you. From all eternity, God wanted to create you. And from all eternity, God loved you. You. Specifically you. You were not simply an act of chance, or of luck, but very much an intended creation by God. God loved you, created you, with all of your best qualities implanted in you, his will known for you. You are so unbelievably special, unique, and loved. And in the face of this overwhelming love of God, how is it, then, that you could want anything other than to do his will?

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Homily given at Ascension Parish, Chesterfield, Missouri, on February 24, 2019.

Homily: For All Eternity (9:15am)

Homily: For All Eternity (9:15am)
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Just imagine. From all eternity, God knew you. From all eternity, God wanted to create you. And from all eternity, God loved you. You. Specifically you. You were not simply an act of chance, or of luck, but very much an intended creation by God. God loved you, created you, with all of your best qualities implanted in you, his will known for you. You are so unbelievably special, unique, and loved. And in the face of this overwhelming love of God, how is it, then, that you could want anything other than to do his will?

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Homily given at Ascension Parish, Chesterfield, Missouri, on February 24, 2019.

Jesus is pretty amazing

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It has taken me a while to really appreciate what is written in the Letter to the Hebrews. It is a book that requires deep thought to appreciate it. It does not include narrative like the letters of Saint Paul, or stories like the gospels. Rather, it is something that tells us about who Jesus is, especially in relationship to the Old Testament and statements about the Law. As we begin this year of Ordinary Time, seek to remember the amazing mystery of the God-man Jesus Christ.

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on January 15, 2019.

Jesus is pretty amazing

Jesus is pretty amazing
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Readings for Today

It has taken me a while to really appreciate what is written in the Letter to the Hebrews. It is a book that requires deep thought to appreciate it. It does not include narrative like the letters of Saint Paul, or stories like the gospels. Rather, it is something that tells us about who Jesus is, especially in relationship to the Old Testament and statements about the Law. As we begin this year of Ordinary Time, seek to remember the amazing mystery of the God-man Jesus Christ.

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
Daily Homilies

 
 
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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.

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.