Homilies

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.

Inspired by Pope Francis’ Palm Sunday homily (2014)

This week begins with the festive procession with olive branches: the entire population welcomes Jesus. The children and young people sing Hosanna, praising Jesus as their King. But this week continues in the mystery of Jesus’ death and, eventually, his resurrection.

Opening Ourselves Up to New Life

Two years ago, this weekend, the Church rejoiced to hear those familiar Latin words:Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum: habemus papam!

Third Sunday of Lent

Not long ago, an unsolicited “junk fax” came in and caught my attention:

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1st Sunday of Lent

This past Wednesday, hundreds of us gathered here in the church, morning and evening, to be marked with ashes.  Ashes that symbolize our mortality and vulnerability; our acknowledgement of our sinful condition and dependence on God’s mercy; our openness to conversion, to the inner transformation

Living the Name that God Called Us

This week's Guest Homilist is Catherine Cherry.

I’m here because Father Ray and I will be giving a CAFE on Wednesday, February 25th, on “Called by your Name”.  It’s about the deeper name that God calls you, that is deeper than the name your parents gave you.  I will come back to this.

World Day of the Sick and the Feast of our Lady of Lourdes

“If I proclaim the Gospel, this gives me no ground for boasting, for an obligation is laid on me, and woe to me if I do not proclaim the Gospel!”

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