The Mountaintop

Homily for the Feast of the Transfiguration In the Gospel today we hear about Jesus’ mountaintop experience, where He has an encounter with Elijah and Moses that leaves him totally transformed in his human appearance. Peter, James, and John are privileged to witness this moment and they become frightened when they see what happens toContinue reading “The Mountaintop”

Not Fully Trusting in Jesus

Homily for Thursday of the 18th Week in Ordinary Time Every time I hear this particular Gospel passage, I kind of chuckle at how Peter is being praised one second because of his deep understanding on who Jesus is as Messiah and then, seconds later, he is being rebuked for not recognizing who Jesus is.Continue reading “Not Fully Trusting in Jesus”

Prayer. Faith. Trust.

Homily for Tuesday of the 18th Week in Ordinary Time Yesterday, I preached about how the Lord can make up for our limitations, how He can pour out His grace into our lives so that He can supplement our insufficiencies. After Mass yesterday, a couple of you asked me how we can prevent ourselves fromContinue reading “Prayer. Faith. Trust.”

The Lord Makes Up for Our Limitations

Homily for Monday of the 18th Week in Ordinary Time I think for most of us, in at least one moment of our lives, we have been painfully aware of our own limitations. It typically happens when difficult situations arise where we just have no idea how to handle it or what to do toContinue reading “The Lord Makes Up for Our Limitations”

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”