Jesus Present in Our Midst

Homily for Monday of the 16th Week in Ordinary Time In the Gospel we’ve just heard, the Scribes and the Pharisees approach Jesus and ask him for a sign to prove that He is the Messiah. They have seen all that Jesus has said and done and yet continue to refuse to accept that HeContinue reading “Jesus Present in Our Midst”

We Can’t Shy Away

Homily for Friday of the 14th Week in Ordinary Time In our readings for yesterday morning, we heard Jesus inviting His apostles to participate in the greatest mission of Christian discipleship – going out and bringing the message of the Gospel to the world, of calling the world to repentance and conversion. But in yesterday’sContinue reading “We Can’t Shy Away”

Urgency of Mission

Homily for Thursday of the 14th Week in Ordinary Time In our Gospel today, Jesus invites His disciples to participate in the greatest mission of Christian discipleship – to evangelize and bring people to an encounter with the Good News of salvation, calling them to repentance and belief in the Gospel. He gives them someContinue reading “Urgency of Mission”

Our Doubts and Questions

Homily for the Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle St. Thomas always seems to get a bad rap. The first thing that people always think about when Thomas comes to mind is that he doubted that the Lord appeared to the disciples in the Upper Room in the days after the Resurrection. Sure, he hadContinue reading “Our Doubts and Questions”

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”

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”