2020.04.05 Palm Sunday Homily

Readings and Gospel at USCCB “Let him be crucified!” I remember when I was a child, it was such an awkward line to say during the passion narrative.  To wish death on Jesus. / But as I grew older I began to understand: it is the most natural thing in the world to say. Every […]

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2020.03.29 Homily

Readings and Gospel at USCCB Today we are confronted with the reality of death. A thing which, up until the time of Jesus, was final and complete. Nobody came back from being dead. Dying was the last thing you did, after that, the body was without life, and began to decay. / It is worth […]

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2020.03.22 Homily

Gospel and Readings at USCCB The themes of our Gospel and readings today, are light and vision. In the first reading, Samuel is asked to rely on God’s vision, which sees through external appearance, straight to the heart. Then in the second reading: God is light, allowing us to see and to live righteous and […]

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2020.03.08 Homily

Readings and Gospel at USCCB I once met a holy priest, and heard him preach a few times. His big thing was reading scripture: he encouraged us to read the Bible every day. If we were too busy to spend time reading that day, we should spend double the usual time. / The line he […]

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2020.03.01 Homily

Readings and Gospel at USCCB The Church presents to us a beautiful story of redemption in our first reading and Gospel.  How Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden after being tempted once, and how Jesus did not sin at all, while being tempted three times. What Adam and Eve lost in the Garden, is […]

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2020.02.23 Homily

Readings and Gospel at USCCB There is an epic poem by GK Chesterton, entitled The Ballad of the White Horse, which deals with the story of King Alfred, who drove the Danes out of England during the 800’s. A character in the poem, who goes by the name Eldred, is introduced in this way: But […]

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2020.02.14 Homily

Readings and Gospel at USCCB There is not much that can be added to the words Jesus gives us, it is more than enough to sit and ponder: Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No’ mean ‘No.’ Whoever divorces their spouse and marries another, commits adultery. Whoever looks with lust upon another person, commits […]

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2020.02.09 Homily

Readings and Gospel at USCCB There is a quote, often attributed to St Francis of Assisi, though it’s true source is unknown. It works well with our Gospel and readings today, and it goes like this: “Preach the Gospel at all times, use words if necessary.” / It’s a reminder that our lives are a […]

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2020.02.02 Presentation Homily

Readings and Gospel at the USCCB When I was young, I tried to read a book entitled: “Holiness: A Guide for Beginners” By Dom Hubert Van Zeller, a Benedictine monk. I was a little young to read the book, I didn’t understand most of it. Which was a good thing, we don’t push ourselves to […]

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2020.01.26 Homily

Readings and Gospel at USCCB Jesus said to these men, what he says to all of us every moment of every day: follow after me. He said it to them in a way they could understand: he was calling them from being fishers, to being fishers of men. Asking them to lay down their nets, […]

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