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”

God’s Visitation Invites Us to Trust and Service

Homily for the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary For this morning’s Feast of the Visitation of Mary, our Gospel passage is what immediately follows the Annunciation, where the Angel Gabriel tells Mary that she is carrying the very Savior of the world in her womb. In that encounter she is alsoContinue reading “God’s Visitation Invites Us to Trust and Service”

Go Out. Proclaim the Gospel.

Homily for the Solemnity of the Ascension Traditionally, the Feast of the Ascension takes place forty days after Easter. But, out of convenience for the faithful, the Bishops of the United States (except in a few locations) have moved the feast to the following Sunday, which is why we celebrate it this weekend. The AscensionContinue reading “Go Out. Proclaim the Gospel.”

The Shepherds and Mary

Homily for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God Eight days have passed since we came together here at Church to celebrate Christmas. Most of the world has already moved on from the message of Christmas. Some have already taken down their Christmas trees, packed away their decorations. Things have gotten back to normal forContinue reading “The Shepherds and Mary”

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”

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”

Sts. Peter and Paul

Homily for the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul Today, we celebrate the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, the two greatest apostles of the Church. The reason these two saints are celebrated together is because the tradition of the Church holds that they were martyred together on this date sometime between 64 and 68Continue reading “Sts. Peter and Paul”

Sacred Heart of Jesus

Homily for the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus As we celebrate the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus this morning, it should be a reminder for us about how we are called to love as disciples and followers of Jesus. Jesus’ heart was a human heart and, because of that, HeContinue reading “Sacred Heart of Jesus”

Ascension of the Lord

Homily for the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord I have always been fascinated by this account of the Ascension of Jesus found in the Acts of the Apostles. This must have been an interesting sight. Jesus had just ascended into heaven and the disciples are left standing there looking up at the sky,Continue reading “Ascension of the Lord”

Called to Give Witness

Homily for the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord In our Gospel reading for today, we have the full account of the Presentation of the Lord from the Gospel of Luke. It includes the Canticle of Simeon, Simeon’s prayer of thanksgiving to God for allowing him to see the Messiah. Remember, it had beenContinue reading “Called to Give Witness”