Sanctification: Purpose

Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time Introduction – Over the last couple of weeks now, we have been reflecting on this idea of sanctification. Our series began with the celebration of the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. It was a day that we recalled Jesus’ baptism by John the Baptist inContinue reading “Sanctification: Purpose”

Sanctification: Mission

Homily for the 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B INTRODUCTION – Tonight we have the second part of our homily series Sanctification, which began last weekend. For those of you who were here this past Sunday, the first part of the series focused on how Jesus sanctified baptism, raising it from merely a ritualContinue reading “Sanctification: Mission”

Meeting Us in Temptation

Homily for Saturday of the 1st Week in Ordinary Time This past weekend, we celebrated the close of the Christmas season with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. Throughout Christmas, we were constantly invited to think about how Jesus, as He stepped down from Heaven, took on our human flesh and became oneContinue reading “Meeting Us in Temptation”

Do Not Forget the Works of the Lord

Homily for Friday of the 1st Week in Ordinary Time This morning, I’m going to do something I don’t normally do in a homily – preach on the Responsorial Psalm. The Psalmist tells us, “Do not forget the works of the Lord.” The temptation for all of us, especially over the last several months –Continue reading “Do Not Forget the Works of the Lord”

The Messianic Secret

Homily for Thursday of the 1st Week in Ordinary Time Throughout a lot of the passages that we read in the Gospel of Mark, we hear Jesus give this instruction to many of the people that He heals or people that have come to understand something about His mission: “See that you tell no oneContinue reading “The Messianic Secret”

How Will We Respond?

Homily for Monday of the 1st Week in Ordinary Time Yesterday, we celebrated the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. When Jesus emerged from the water, we heard how the heavens were opened, the Spirit of the Lord descended upon Jesus and the voice of the Father declared: “You are my beloved Son; withContinue reading “How Will We Respond?”

Faithful Until Death

Homily for the Memorial of St. Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions Again this morning, our readings are calling attention to the end times, reminding us of the fragility of life and the uncertainty about when the Lord is going to call us to return to Himself. This last week of the liturgical year is always anContinue reading “Faithful Until Death”

Quality Over Quantity

Homily for Monday of the 34th Week in Ordinary Time In our gospel today, Jesus is challenging us to think about quality over quantity. He uses the story about the widow putting money in the treasury to prove his point. How did Jesus know how much the widow put in the treasury? If you aren’tContinue reading “Quality Over Quantity”