Homily from the Sixth Sunday of Easter. The great temptation to stay in our own "version" of the Church. God has given us the gift of the Church. The Church is His Body...the Church is His Bride. And we cannot have Jesus without His Church. Mass Readings from May 22, 2022: Acts 15:1-2, 22-29 Psalms 67:2-3, 5-6, 8Revelation 21:10-14, 22-23 John 14:23-29
Published 05/23/22
Homily from the Fifth Sunday of Easter. The best you on the worst day of your life. There are a few things that we ought to never be surprised by. One of them is suffering. God does not abandon us in our suffering, he leads us through them. Mass Readings from May 15, 2022: Acts 14:21-27 Psalms 145:8-13Revelation 21:1-5John 13:31-35
Published 05/15/22
Homily from the Fourth Sunday of Easter. You are not abandoned. You are not alone. You are not afraid. Our lives are marked by stress. Not only is stress unavoidable, it is necessary. The main question is: what is our response to stress? Mass Readings from May 8, 2022: Acts 13:14, 43-52 Psalms 100:1-3, 5Revelation 7:9, 14-17 John 10:27-30
Published 05/09/22
Homily from the Third Sunday of Easter. Use your potential. Jesus called Peter to sacrifice his potential so that his life and his death might glorify God. You are I are called to pick our spot, to pour ourselves out in such a way that God would be known, loved, and glorified. Mass Readings from May 1, 2022: Acts 5:27-32, 40-41 Psalms 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11-13Revelation 5:11-14 John 21:1-19
Published 05/02/22
Homily from the Sunday of Divine Mercy. Mercy is the love that we deserve the least when we need it the most. The fact of the Resurrection of Jesus has introduced something new into this world of misery. The Cross and Resurrection introduced the possibility of mercy. Not only have we encountered the mercy of God, but we have been commissioned to be mercy in the midst of a world filled with misery. Mass Readings from April 4, 2022: Acts 5:12-16 Psalms 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24Revelation 1:9-13,...
Published 04/25/22
Homily from the Mass of Easter Day. What did he see? John ran to the tomb and looked in. He saw and believed. What did he see? Mass Readings from April 17, 2022: Acts 10:34, 37-43 Psalms 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23Colossians 3:1-4 John 20:1-9
Published 04/17/22
Homily from Good Friday of the Lord's Passion. The heart of envy. The crown of thorns reveals the darkness of the human heart. This darkness is in each one of us in the form of envy. Mass Readings from April 15, 2022: Isaiah 52:13—53:12 Psalms 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-17, 25Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9 John 18:1—19:42
Published 04/16/22
Homily from the Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper. All of Jesus’ words are summed up in one word. On the cross, Jesus’ life ends with the same perspective He has had from the beginning: He trusts His Father. Mass Readings from April 14, 2022: Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14 Psalms 116:12-13, 15-181 Corinthians 11:23-26 John 13:1-15
Published 04/15/22
Homily from Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion. This one word connects and transforms the entire story. There is a last word that does not merely disclose the Heart...it completes The Story. Mass Readings from April 10, 2022: Isaiah 50:4-7 Psalms 22:8-9, 17-20, 23-24Philippians 2:6-11 Luke 22:14—23:56
Published 04/10/22
Homily from the Fifth Sunday of Lent. Some last words have the power to define a person's life. From the Cross, Jesus utters His last words. He thirsts for us to allow Him to forgive us. Mass Readings from April 3, 2022: Isaiah 43:16-21 Psalms 126:1-6Philippians 3:8-14 John 8:1-11
Published 04/04/22
Homily from the Fourth Sunday of Lent. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? This central Last Word of Jesus from the Cross is possibly the most important. He not only expresses the depths to which He enters into the consequences of sin, but the depth of His trust in the Father and the power of His sacrifice. Mass Readings from March 27, 2022: Joshua 5:9, 10-12 Psalms 34:2-72 Corinthians 5:17-21 Luke 15:1-3, 11-32
Published 03/28/22
Homily from the Third Sunday of Lent. The best gifts can be given in the worst of circumstances. When He had virtually nothing left to give, Jesus still gave. He gave His own mother to be our mother. The one person who knew Him most and loved Him best, Jesus entrusted to all of His beloved disciples. Mass Readings from March 20, 2022: Exodus 3:1-8, 13-15 Psalm 103: 1-4, 6-8, 111 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12 Luke 13:1-9
Published 03/21/22
Homily from the Second Sunday of Lent. Both men were loved. They weren't both saved. The second Last Word of Jesus from the Cross is missing something. Jesus has begged for mercy for all...including the two criminals who were crucified with Him. But they did not both receive mercy. One received mercy and one rejected mercy. Mass Readings from March 13, 2022: Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18 Psalms 27:1, 7-9, 13-14Philippians 3:17—4:1 Luke 9:28-36
Published 03/14/22
Homily from the First Sunday of Lent. Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing. The first last words of Jesus reveal not just what, but Who was on His mind in the last moments of His life. Mass Readings from March 06, 2022: Deuteronomy 26:4-10 Psalms 91:1-2, 10-15Romans 10:8-13 Luke 4:1-13
Published 03/07/22
Homily from the Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Our words disclose, disguise, and direct our hearts. The words we use are powerful. They can build up and they can destroy. But they can also reveal our character. Mass Readings from February 27, 2022: Sirach 27:4-7 Psalms 92:2-3, 13-161 Corinthians 15:54-58 Luke 6:39-45
Published 02/28/22
Homily from the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time. Vulnerability is having enough courage and self-possession to let life in. All of our fears stem from the fact that we are woundable. We care about rejection, inadequacy, and the future because we know that all of those things have the potential to hurt us, But the fear of being vulnerable does not have to define our lives. Mass Readings from February 20, 2022: 1 Samuel 26:2, 7-9, 12-13, 22-23 Psalms 103:1-4, 8, 10, 12-131 Corinthians...
Published 02/21/22
Homily from the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time. We are called to do today what prepares us for the challenge of tomorrow. We have become more comfortable with the "completed" past than the unknown future. Rather than desiring to launch into the challenge of the future, many of us have become paralyzed by fear of the future. When we are rooted in the Word of God each day, we become more rooted in God Himself each day. When we are rooted in the Lord, there is no room for fear of the future. ...
Published 02/15/22
Homily from the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The fear of being inadequate is the fear that I won't be able to rise to the challenge. Fear is a gift. It is meant to keep us alive. But it can also keep us from living. There are two sources of fear are our biology and the stories we tell ourselves. We may not be able to change our biology, but we can change the stories we tell. Mass Readings from February 6, 2022: Isaiah 6:1-8 Psalm 138:1-5, 7-81 Corinthians 15:1-11 Luke 5:1-11
Published 02/07/22
Homily from the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Do not sacrifice your identity and integrity on the altar of approval. We all need acceptance. It is a basic human requirement. But we also must have the courage and freedom to know who we are and what we are about independent of the accepting group. Mass Readings from January 30, 2022: Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19 Psalms 71:1-6, 15-171 Corinthians 12:31—13:13 Luke 4:21-30
Published 01/31/22
Homily from the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. Imagine living your entire life and not knowing why. The return of the exiled Jews from Babylon was a great gift. But it also highlighted the reality that many of them did not know why they were Jewish. Do Catholics know why they are Catholic? Or do we lose our way precisely because we have lost our why? Mass Readings from January 23, 2022 Nehemiah 8:2-6, 8-10 Psalms 19:8-10, 151 Corinthians 12:12-30 Luke 1:1-4, 4:14-21
Published 01/24/22
Homily from the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time. Jesus changes shame into joy. Mass Readings from January 16, 2022: Isaiah 62:1-5 Psalms 96:1-3, 7-101 Corinthians 12:4-11John 2:1+11
Published 01/17/22
Homily from the Baptism of the Lord. Jesus changed the water. Now the water changes you. Why was Jesus baptized? Not because He needed it, but because we need it. We need baptism to be saved, to be children of God, and to be in a new and real relationship with God. Mass Readings from January 9, 2022:Isaiah 42:1-4,6-7Psalms 29:1-2, 3-4, 3, 9-10Acts 10:34-38Luke 3:15-16, 21+22
Published 01/09/22
Homily from the Epiphany of the Lord. Worship can help us escape the trap that life is about us. When life is about us, it is not food for the human heart. When we realize that life is about Someone other than us, we are allowed to have a heart that is larger…a heart that is large enough to give. Mass Readings from January 2, 2021: Isaiah 60:1-6 Psalms 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-13 Ephesians 3:2-3, 5-6 Matthew 2:1-12
Published 01/02/22
Homily from the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Everyone is part of a family in some way. Be careful with each other. Mass Readings from December 26, 2021: Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14 Psalms 128:1-2, 3, 4-5 Colossians 3:12-21 Luke 2:41-52
Published 12/26/21