In Need of Love and Mercy

Homily for Friday of the 13th Week in Ordinary Time In today’s Gospel, we hear the call of St. Matthew. Matthew was an educated man and a tax-collector for the Roman government and so would have likely been well-versed in Aramaic, Hebrew, Latin, and Greek. As the second Person of the Trinity, there is noContinue reading “In Need of Love and Mercy”

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”

A Place for the Lord

Homily for Memorial of St. Irenaeus When I first read this Gospel yesterday in preparing for this morning, I was kind of left scratching my head and thinking, “What is Jesus saying here?” I actually had to go to a Scripture commentary to understand this more and try to figure out what Jesus meant byContinue reading “A Place for the Lord”

Faith and Humility

Homily for the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Imago Dei Retreat Over the last couple of days, y’all have had quite a bit of time to listen to some pretty incredible women of faith share their stories. Hopefully this time has given each of you the opportunity to find clarity in who you are asContinue reading “Faith and Humility”

We Are All Lepers

Homily for Friday of the 12th Week in Ordinary Time The leper in today’s Gospel is someone that I think we can relate to in a couple of different ways. First, in a very real sense this year, as someone with leprosy, he knew what it meant to practice social distancing, or physical distancing, orContinue reading “We Are All Lepers”

Enter through the Narrow Gate

Homily for Tuesday of the 12th Week in Ordinary Time Looking at our current culture, it is pretty obvious just how accurate this Gospel reading is for our time. There are definitely many roads leading to destruction and the road to heaven and life is getting even more narrow as time goes on. It isContinue reading “Enter through the Narrow Gate”

St. Aloysius Gonzaga

Homily for the Memorial of St. Aloysius Gonzaga It has often been said that the greatest saints of a particular age are those who were most counter-cultural to their time, those who weren’t afraid to stand against what the culture was selling. Throughout the history of the Church we have seen how the Lord raisesContinue reading “St. Aloysius Gonzaga”

Jesus Within the Storm

Homily for the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B At various points in our lives, each of us endures hardship of some kind – we all have to journey through the storms that arise. Some of those storms are like the fairly frequent Florida afternoon thunderstorms that come up unexpectedly: a devastating cancer diagnosis,Continue reading “Jesus Within the Storm”

Our Priorities

Homily for Friday of the 11th Week in Ordinary Time Yesterday, I was scrolling through Instagram, which is something that I find myself doing too much of from time to time, and I saw this one video of a protestant pastor sharing something with a group of young people from his church that really struckContinue reading “Our Priorities”

Forgiven as We Forgive

Homily for Thursday of the 11th Week in Ordinary Time Forgiveness is always one of the most challenging things for us to offer to those who have hurt us. But the words of Jesus in our Gospel today show us just how important forgiveness is for us who claim to be Christians. If we doContinue reading “Forgiven as We Forgive”