Faith of the Centurion

Homily for Monday of the 1st Week of Advent Our first reading this morning from the Prophet Isaiah really sums up what we are looking forward to during this Advent season. In this particular passage, God is speaking through the prophet about the promises that He has made to His people. It’s a message thatContinue reading “Faith of the Centurion”

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”

The Lion of Judah

Homily for Thursday of the 33rd Week in Ordinary Time | Memorial of St. Elizabeth of Hungary This morning we have another example of how our readings are speaking to us of the end times. In the Gospel, we hear Jesus foretelling the destruction of the city of Jerusalem, which will happen about 40 yearsContinue reading “The Lion of Judah”

Do Not Be Afraid

Homily for Thursday of the 29th Week in Ordinary Time Throughout his time as Pope, John Paul II (whose feast day we will celebrate on Saturday) consistently told us to not be afraid to follow Christ. He challenged us to not be afraid to proclaim the Gospel in our words, our actions, and our thoughts.Continue reading “Do Not Be Afraid”

The Lord Needs Laborers

Homily for the Feast of St. Luke There is no question that the Lord needs laborers in our world today. He needs each of us to do our part to go out and spread the Gospel to the world, sharing the Good News with those we encounter on a daily basis. The cooperation of humanContinue reading “The Lord Needs Laborers”

Him I Seek. Him I Love.

Homily for the Memorial of St. Ignatius of Antioch Whenever I hear a scripture passage like the one we have this morning from the Gospel of Luke, it always makes me pause and think about my life and reflect on how I am living my life as a disciple of the Lord. I think itContinue reading “Him I Seek. Him I Love.”

Bring God’s Mercy

Homily for the Memorial of St. Callistus This morning we celebrate the memorial of St. Callistus I, who served the Church as pope in the 3rd century. We actually don’t really know much about this saint and even what we do know comes from Hippolytus, who didn’t have the best things to say about him.Continue reading “Bring God’s Mercy”

Docility to the Wisdom of God

Homily for Thursday of the 28th Week in Ordinary Time Time and again we have seen in scripture Jesus calling out the scribes and Pharisees for their hypocrisy. Our Gospel passage for this morning is no different. It is one of the more serious reprimands that Jesus gives to the leaders of the Jewish communityContinue reading “Docility to the Wisdom of God”

Who Is Our Neighbor?

Homily for Monday of the 27th Week in Ordinary Time A couple of Sundays ago now, our Gospel included the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus. In my homily for that particular Sunday, I asked the question: Who is our Lazarus? Who is the one person or group of people that we give ourselvesContinue reading “Who Is Our Neighbor?”