Known By Its Fruit

Homily for Friday of the 16th Week in Ordinary Time The old saying goes that a tree is known by its fruits. That is basically the message of today’s Gospel. As disciples of Jesus, the depth of our relationship with the Savior of the World is revealed in how much we are embracing the WordContinue reading “Known By Its Fruit”

Jesus is Personal with Us

Homily for the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene Something I always think about whenever this Gospel passage is read at Mass or when I have prayed with it is just how personal Jesus is to Mary Magdalene. Jesus, disguised as the gardener, sees how His death has affected one of His closest disciples. Mary isContinue reading “Jesus is Personal with Us”

Jesus Present in Our Midst

Homily for Monday of the 16th Week in Ordinary Time In the Gospel we’ve just heard, the Scribes and the Pharisees approach Jesus and ask him for a sign to prove that He is the Messiah. They have seen all that Jesus has said and done and yet continue to refuse to accept that HeContinue reading “Jesus Present in Our Midst”

You Are Not Alone

Homily for the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time You are not alone. You are loved. Jesus cares about you. You are important to Him. Do you believe those statements? Speaking from personal experience, it’s not always easy to believe those things. We get hurt in life, things happen to us that make us feel likeContinue reading “You Are Not Alone”

Chosen and Sent

Homily for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time Pope Benedict XVI once said that “it is the duty of the Church to proclaim always and everywhere the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” This is a task that has been the responsibility of the Church from the very beginning. (And by Church, I don’t just mean theContinue reading “Chosen and Sent”

We Can’t Shy Away

Homily for Friday of the 14th Week in Ordinary Time In our readings for yesterday morning, we heard Jesus inviting His apostles to participate in the greatest mission of Christian discipleship – going out and bringing the message of the Gospel to the world, of calling the world to repentance and conversion. But in yesterday’sContinue reading “We Can’t Shy Away”

Urgency of Mission

Homily for Thursday of the 14th Week in Ordinary Time In our Gospel today, Jesus invites His disciples to participate in the greatest mission of Christian discipleship – to evangelize and bring people to an encounter with the Good News of salvation, calling them to repentance and belief in the Gospel. He gives them someContinue reading “Urgency of Mission”

Our Doubts and Questions

Homily for the Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle St. Thomas always seems to get a bad rap. The first thing that people always think about when Thomas comes to mind is that he doubted that the Lord appeared to the disciples in the Upper Room in the days after the Resurrection. Sure, he hadContinue reading “Our Doubts and Questions”