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”

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”

Of You My Heart Speaks

Homily for Friday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time There is a line in this morning’s Responsorial Psalm that I found to be truly beautiful. The psalmist says: “Of you my heart speaks.” Honestly, I think we could spend hours praying with what that phrase means and how it relates to each one ofContinue reading “Of You My Heart Speaks”

Anger and Unforgiveness

Homily for Thursday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time Sometimes I find myself sitting through Mass, listening to the words of Scripture being read, and suddenly thinking: how does this reading apply to my life? Other times, it kind of smacks me in the face. This morning’s Gospel is pretty easy for all ofContinue reading “Anger and Unforgiveness”

Giving Out of Our Poverty

Homily for Tuesday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time This passage from the First Book of Kings is one of my favorite stories in scripture. It is a story that reminds us of how much we receive from the Lord when we are faithful to what He is asking us to do for Him.Continue reading “Giving Out of Our Poverty”