Homilies

Matrimony Sunday

We celebrate today “Corpus Christi”: the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ.   For those of “a certain age”, it conjures up images of processions through the streets with the Blessed Sacrament: candles, flowers, people in the streets bowing and even kneeling on the sidewalk as the

Pentecost Sunday

If being Christian were a crime ... would there be enough evidence to convict you?”  I read that rather disturbing question when I was a teenager, and it left enough of an impression that 30 years later, I still remember it.  Every so often, I even ask myself the question again!

The Feast of the Ascension

The Christian community’s experience of the Resurrection is so profound that we continue to meditate on this great mystery for fifty days.  Today’s Feast of the Ascension and next week’s Feast of Pentecost are really a continuation of Easter, the celebration of the great Paschal mystery.

Mother's Day

So much is happening in our community this weekend!  Liturgically, it is the sixth Sunday of Easter, and our readings are rich with the promise of Pentecost.

Confirmation Retreat

Today, on this 4th Sunday of Easter, the image of Jesus as the Good Shepherd is placed before us, as the Church marks the World Day of Prayer for Vocations.  I do not need to remind you that priests and religious are no

The Promise of Resurrection

 “The Lord is risen alleluia! Truly He is risen, alleluia!” This Sunday's Gospel, taken from the final chapter of Luke’s Gospel, relates another appearance of the risen Jesus.

The Faith of Thomas

As we complete our Easter octave, today’s Gospel presents us with the encounter between the Risen Christ and the struggling Apostle Thomas.  I have always liked Thomas.  I can relate to Thomas.  I have even joked that if ever I became Pope (a long shot, to be sure!), I would choose to be called T

We Are an Easter People, and Alleluia is Our Song

In the Eastern churches, Christians greet each other on Easter Sunday morning not by saying “Happy Easter”, but with the acclamation: “Christ is risen, Alleluia!”  To which the other immediately responds, “Truly, he is risen!

Christ Is Risen! Alleluia! Truly, He Is Risen! Alleluia!

We have just heard these words spoken by and Angel to Mary Magdalene and the other Mary, who on going to the tomb to anoint the body of Jesus, found his tomb empty.  This empty tomb is the foundation of our Easter hope:  Christ is risen, just as he has promised.  Because Christ is risen, we share

The Veneration of the Cross

As we continue our liturgy, we begin from where we were last night at the Last Supper when Jesus reminded us that we must love as He does. These were not just words they were actions.  Jesus knelt down and washed the feet of his disciples.

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