05.31.2020 Pentecost Homily

Readings and Gospel at USCCB Quiet yourself, and focus on your breathing. In and out, in and out. / Listen for the dull thump of your heart. The rhythm of your life.  / We all have our hearts working hard right now, pumping blood to the lungs for oxygen, moving it to various parts of the […]

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2020.05.24 Ascension Homily

Readings and Gospel at USCCB We have received our marching orders, the command from our God: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations” / That is what it means to be Catholic, to be in a relationship with Christ, that inspires us to go to the ends of the earth, making disciples of all […]

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2020.05.10 Homily

Readings and Gospel at USCCB In my father’s house, there are many dwelling places. / Jesus, prepares for us, a dwelling, a home. Call to mind the comforts of home: the familiarity, the safety, family, friends, a place you know like the back of your hand. Remember how home feels when you return to it […]

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2020.05.03 Homily

Readings and Gospel at USCCB There was a video game I really enjoyed playing about the time when I was finishing up high school and beginning seminary.  The game was called Portal, and it was a series of puzzles that you solved by using two connected portals. Difficult to explain, but you basically used them […]

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2020.04.26 Homily

Readings and Gospel at USCCB Jesus could not be who he destined himself to be, until after the Resurrection. He could not be everywhere present, where two or three are gathered, until he was Resurrected. / What I mean is that our human bodies, are a limiting factor. We can only be in one place, […]

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2020.04.19 Divine Mercy Homily

Readings and Gospel at USCCB The first Sunday after Easter, we celebrate the Divine Mercy, in reference to Sister Faustina and the visions she received, but also more generally to the fact that God’s mercy is endless. We see a sample of it in our Gospel: God gives Thomas exactly what he needs, whether he […]

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2020.04.12 Easter Homily

Readings and Gospel at USCCB Jesus had died. Everyone saw it, “It is finished” and then the blood and water flowing from his pierced heart. He had been killed through the interaction of a corrupt government, a corrupt church hierarchy, and the betrayal of his friend. Just as he said he would. //// But then […]

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2020.04.09 Holy Thursday Homily

Readings and Gospel at USCCB Today we celebrate two amazing things Jesus did: the washing of the feet of his Apostles, which we just heard about, and the institution of the Eucharist, which happened at the Last Supper. / We don’t need to hear about the institution of the Eucharist in the Gospel, because we […]

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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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