Obstinate Hearts

Homily for Friday of the 1st Week in Ordinary Time This morning, we’ve just heard the famous Gospel passage where the friends of the paralytic lower him down through the roof so that he could be placed in front of Jesus in order to be healed. It was an act of extraordinary faith from theContinue reading “Obstinate Hearts”

A Human “Yes”

Homily for Monday of the First Week in Ordinary Time There are countless examples throughout Scripture when we see how the Lord has relied on a human “yes” at pivotal moments in history. What are some of those examples? Moses agreed to confront Pharaoh. David accepted the call to defeat Goliath and become king. MostContinue reading “A Human “Yes””

Faith of the Leper

Homily for Friday after Epiphany As I prayed with this Gospel passage yesterday, a couple of things stood out to me about this encounter between Jesus and the leper. First of all, the faith of the man with leprosy is incredible. The second thing is the willingness of Jesus to go against the prescriptions ofContinue reading “Faith of the Leper”

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”

Not Fully Trusting in Jesus

Homily for Thursday of the 18th Week in Ordinary Time Every time I hear this particular Gospel passage, I kind of chuckle at how Peter is being praised one second because of his deep understanding on who Jesus is as Messiah and then, seconds later, he is being rebuked for not recognizing who Jesus is.Continue reading “Not Fully Trusting in Jesus”

Prayer. Faith. Trust.

Homily for Tuesday of the 18th Week in Ordinary Time Yesterday, I preached about how the Lord can make up for our limitations, how He can pour out His grace into our lives so that He can supplement our insufficiencies. After Mass yesterday, a couple of you asked me how we can prevent ourselves fromContinue reading “Prayer. Faith. Trust.”

The Lord Makes Up for Our Limitations

Homily for Monday of the 18th Week in Ordinary Time I think for most of us, in at least one moment of our lives, we have been painfully aware of our own limitations. It typically happens when difficult situations arise where we just have no idea how to handle it or what to do toContinue reading “The Lord Makes Up for Our Limitations”

Known By Its Fruit

Homily for Friday of the 16th Week in Ordinary Time The old saying goes that a tree is known by its fruits. That is basically the message of today’s Gospel. As disciples of Jesus, the depth of our relationship with the Savior of the World is revealed in how much we are embracing the WordContinue reading “Known By Its Fruit”

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”