Echoing Mary’s “Yes”

Homily for Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which also happens to be the patronal feast day of the United States. So, happy feast day. This particular feast of the Blessed Mother has deep roots in theContinue reading “Echoing Mary’s “Yes””

Presentation of Mary

Homily for the Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Today we celebrate the feast of the Presentation of Mary, when Mary was presented in the Temple by her parents, Joachim and Anne. It is one of those extra-biblical events that the Church remembers each year to honor the life of the BlessedContinue reading “Presentation of Mary”

A Glimpse of His Glory

Homily for the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord The Feast of the Transfiguration, which we celebrate today, reminds us of one of the most important moments in the life of Christ. In the Gospel that we have just heard, Jesus invites his most intimate inner circle – Peter, James, and John – toContinue reading “A Glimpse of His Glory”

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”