Greater Than Our Doubts

Homily for December 23 | Friday of the 4th Week of Advent Elizabeth, a woman who was once barren, has given birth to John. What an incredible miracle for the Lord to have blessed her in that way. And because of that, everyone in her family knew; everyone in the town knew; they were allContinue reading “Greater Than Our Doubts”

Praise, Thanksgiving, Fidelity

Homily for December 22nd | Thursday of the 4th Week of Advent There is such a beautiful connection between the two women that we hear about in our readings this morning. Both women, Hannah and Mary, are overjoyed at the news of the birth of their sons and offer the Lord praise and fidelity. Remember,Continue reading “Praise, Thanksgiving, Fidelity”

Trust Leads to Mighty Deeds

Homily for December 19th | Monday of the 4th Week of Advent In our readings this morning, we hear the beginnings of the lives of two people who would become so central in the history of salvation: Samson and John the Baptist. Between the two, there are quite a few parallels. Both Samson and JohnContinue reading “Trust Leads to Mighty Deeds”

Burning and Shining Lamp

Homily for Friday of the 3rd Week of Advent In our Gospel this morning, Jesus is continuing to speak about John the Baptist, reminding the people how he was the messenger that pointed them to recognize that salvation was at hand. Jesus calls John “a burning and shining lamp.” But, John’s light was not hisContinue reading “Burning and Shining Lamp”

Go Into the Desert

Homily for Thursday of the 3rd Week of Advent In our Gospel this morning Jesus poses a question to the crowd, asking them: “What did you go into the desert to see?” It’s actually a question that He asks them three separate times. I wonder if Jesus does that because He wants to not onlyContinue reading “Go Into the Desert”

Halfway Point of Advent

Homily for Saturday of the 2nd Week of Advent We are now at the halfway point of our Advent season. Christmas is only two weeks away. This weekend would be a good time for us to reflect on how the Lord has been moving and acting in our lives over the past couple of weeks.Continue reading “Halfway Point of Advent”

St. Nicholas

Homily for the Memorial of St. Nicholas As we have already heard in our opening prayer for this morning, today we celebrate the Feast of St. Nicholas. On this day every year, I think about my favorite story of St. Nicholas. Growing up, Nicholas was a very devout young man who lived with his uncleContinue reading “St. Nicholas”

God is Present

Homily for the Memorial of St. Francis Xavier Throughout this first week of Advent, we have been reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah, hearing of the promises that the Lord would bring His people out of misery, suffering, and darkness. The Lord assured His people that He would bring about their liberation andContinue reading “God is Present”

Faith of the Centurion

Homily for Monday of the 1st Week of Advent Our first reading this morning from the Prophet Isaiah really sums up what we are looking forward to during this Advent season. In this particular passage, God is speaking through the prophet about the promises that He has made to His people. It’s a message thatContinue reading “Faith of the Centurion”