Uncomfortable with Jesus’ Message

Homily for Monday of the 3rd Week of Lent Many times throughout His preaching, Jesus made those who were hearing His message uncomfortable. Speaking the Truth will often cause that reaction in others. But Jesus’ words were not meant to be condemnatory. In fact, they were meant to be the exact opposite. He simply wantedContinue reading “Uncomfortable with Jesus’ Message”

Petitions of the Our Father

Homily for Tuesday of the 1st Week of Lent In our Gospel that we’ve just heard, Jesus introduces the disciples to a new way of prayer that leads to a deeper and more intimate relationship with God as Father. Some of the Church Fathers, Origen being one of them, believed that the Our Father markedContinue reading “Petitions of the Our Father”

We Have a Choice to Make

Homily for Monday of the 1st Week of Lent In this reading that we have just heard from the Book of Leviticus, Moses is instructing the people of Israel on how they are called to live. It’s sort of an expansion of the Ten Commandments. Think about the teachings of the Church today and howContinue reading “We Have a Choice to Make”

Forgotten Identity

Homily for the First Sunday of Lent Put yourself in Jesus’ shoes. You’ve been wandering in the desert for 40 days and nights. You’re starving! You’re tired! You’re exhausted! Then suddenly, as you’re feeling all of those things, when you might be at the most vulnerable state, the Devil comes and throws these three temptationsContinue reading “Forgotten Identity”

Confessing Christ as Messiah

Homily for Thursday of the 6th Week in Ordinary Time In this morning’s Gospel, we see kind of the turning point in Mark’s account of Jesus’ public ministry. Throughout the Gospel thus far, we have seen that many have thought of Jesus as a miracle worker or as a prophet. Even some of those whoContinue reading “Confessing Christ as Messiah”

It Was Very Good

Homily for Tuesday of the 5th Week in Ordinary Time Over the last couple of days, our first readings have been from the Creation narrative of the Book of Genesis. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the Church reminds us of the story of creation as we approach the beginning of the Lenten season,Continue reading “It Was Very Good”

Jesus in Our Midst

Homily for Monday of the 5th Week in Ordinary Time Over the last week, our Gospels during our weekday Masses have been focusing on some pretty similar themes. The Church has been inviting us to consider our faith in Jesus. We have heard about the miracles that He had been performing in His public ministry.Continue reading “Jesus in Our Midst”