Our Christian Mission

Homily for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time | Introduction Homily to Holy Family For the last couple of weeks now, the readings at our Sunday liturgies have been inviting us to reflect on the idea of Christian mission. The mission of every follower of Jesus is to go out into the world and proclaimContinue reading “Our Christian Mission”

Preparing Our Hearts for New Wine

Homily for Saturday of the 13th Week in Ordinary Time Through this parable that we hear this morning from Matthew’s Gospel, the Lord is inviting us to take a deeper look at the state of our hearts. He’s asking us to reflect on what might be in our hearts that is preventing us from experiencingContinue reading “Preparing Our Hearts for New Wine”

Wholehearted “Yes”

Homily for Monday of the 13th Week in Ordinary Time This morning’s Gospel is Matthew’s equivalent to what we heard from Luke yesterday. It again shows us that sometimes there is a hesitancy within us when the Lord is asking us to follow Him. At times we’re afraid of what that might mean; or maybeContinue reading “Wholehearted “Yes””

Hesitant Discipleship

Homily for the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Farewell Homily for HNJ In the Rite of Baptism, in the prayer that accompanies the anointing with the Sacred Chrism, we are reminded that we become like Christ in a particular way through that sacrament. Through it, we are called to embrace the threefold mission ofContinue reading “Hesitant Discipleship”

Jesus, Make Our Hearts Like Yours

Homily for the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is one of the most important solemnities that we celebrate in the life of the Church. It not only reminds us of the beauty of Jesus’ heart — fully human and fully divine — but it also givesContinue reading “Jesus, Make Our Hearts Like Yours”

Made for Greatness

Homily for Friday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time In our Gospel this morning, we hear this passage that most of us have heard numerous times throughout our lives. Jesus tells us to store up for ourselves treasure in Heaven. But what exactly does that mean? I think it’s pretty safe to say thatContinue reading “Made for Greatness”

Setting the Record Straight

Homily for Tuesday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time In our Gospel readings recently for daily Mass, we’ve been reading through the beginning of Matthew’s account of the Sermon on the Mount. And what we have seen, especially yesterday and today, is Jesus basically setting the record straight on the Law. In fact, inContinue reading “Setting the Record Straight”

Jesus Wants to Change Our Lives

Homily for the Memorial of St. Anthony of Padua, Doctor of the Church This morning, we celebrate the Memorial of St. Anthony of Padua. Throughout his life, Anthony had such an incredible faith in God and that determined how he lived his life. He sought to truly be a disciple of the Lord and committedContinue reading “Jesus Wants to Change Our Lives”

Son of Encouragement

Homily for the Memorial of St. Barnabas, Apostle This morning we celebrate the Memorial of St. Barnabas, one of the apostles to the Gentiles. We know from many of the epistles of St. Paul and from the Acts of the Apostles that Barnabas was one of Paul’s companions who traveled throughout the ancient world proclaimingContinue reading “Son of Encouragement”