Homilies

Be imitators of Christ

One of the great men of the 20th century was a Belgian priest named Father Damien.  Damien was a missionary priest who ministered in the South Seas, eventually being sent to the Hawaiian Islands, which were not yet part of the U.S..  Although we may immediately associate Hawaii with lu

Putting the Team Together

Good morning.  “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.” And so, Jesus begins his mission.  “The time is fulfilled” because Jesus has come among us with the blueprint, God’s plan for us.  He, in Himself, brings the kingdom of God.

Solemnity of the Epiphany

Today, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Epiphany.  Often referred to as “Little Christmas,” Epiphany is in fact just as important as Christmas, as our brothers and sisters in the Eastern Christian churches know only too well.

Third Sunday of Advent

Rejoice in the Lord always: again, I say, rejoice!  The Lord is near.” This antiphon for the Third Sunday of Advent, the lighting of the rose candle, the undercurrent of joy bubbling just beneath the surface of today’s readings, are designed to awaken in us Advent joy.  At the same time, the liturgy of this Sunday also invites us to cultivate an attitude of patience.  What might be the connection between these two virtues, and how are they brought to light in the Scriptures that have just been proclaimed.

That’s how the light gets in

Good morning. E=mc2. We’re all familiar with this equation which is one of Einstein’s greatest discoveries. The ‘c’ in the equation stands for the speed of light.  Light is one of the fundamental characteristics of our universe. It is remarkable in that the speed of light is the same for all observers and nothing, no signal can go faster than the speed of light. Light brings us information and we have learned a great deal about our universe by analyzing the characteristics of the light from distant stars and galaxies.  So light is a good metaphor for Jesus. In the beginning of John’s Gospel, Jesus is referred to as the light of the world and that divine light contains the most important knowledge of all: the knowledge of God’s love for us all which redeems us and takes us out of the darkness of our selfishness. John says in his Prologue,  Jesus’ life “was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

Cultivating a Spiritual Vigilance

In a small country town, a stranger stopped outside the general store and saw a big sign reading: “Danger!  Beware of dog!”  As he entered, he stepped over Rocky, the shopkeeper’s big bloodhound, sound asleep and blocking the entrance.  Looking down at the snoring dog, he turned to the owner and asked, “Is this the dog people are supposed to be afraid of?”  “Yep, that’s him,” the owner answered.  Amused, the man responded, “He certainly doesn’t look very dangerous to me.  Why would you ever post such a sign?”  The owner explained: “Because before I put up that sign, people kept tripping over him!” 

 “Beware, keep alert: for you do not know the time of your Master’s coming.  Keep awake!”

Be Bold and Brave, Reach High and Care Deeply

Our Gospel in today’s liturgy about the talents reminded me of an old TV series.

Build bridges not walls

In the 1950s, Prime Minister Nikita Khruschev famously described Russian foreign policy as follows: “We have no pride; only interests.” Today’s Gospel presents us with the fascinating encounter between Jesus and an unnamed Canaanite woman, a Gentile, living in what would

Becoming a Welcoming People

Although you wouldn’t guess it from the weather so far, summer is here!  A time to wind down from our busy schedules, a time when parish priests are encouraged ro scale their homilies down to "homilettes".   And yet, we continue to gather together on the Lord's day, to be nourished by the God who

Locked doors, the Fire of love, and the Breath of the Spirit

Good morning!  We celebrate this morning the completion of the Easter cycle of our liturgical year. We celebrate “the world (is) charged with the grandeur of God…. Because the Holy (Ghost) Spirit over the bent/World broods with warm breast and with ah!

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