Homily for the Ascension of the Lord

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  Acts 1:1-11 Ephesians 1:17-23 Luke 24:46-53 We are given two accounts of our Lord’s Ascension today, and it is actually the first account from the Acts of the Apostles on which the Church has taught from antiquity that the Lord Jesus was with us on Earth for 40 days after His Resurrection. By the Church’s authority, we celebrate the …

Homily for Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper

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Exodus 12:1-8 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 John 13:1-15 Many people will say that Pentecost is “the Birthday of the Church,” and there is, indeed, a good argument for that moniker as it relates to that particular feast. However, I would argue that the real “birth of the Church” is something that we can be said to be celebrating and commemorating on …

Homily for the Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Sirach 27:4-7 1 Corinthians 15:54-58 Luke 6:39-45 Our first reading from the Book of Sirach today tells us “as the test of what the potter molds is in the furnace, so in tribulation is the test of the just.” In the Gospel, Jesus reminds us that “a disciple is not above his teacher, but every one when he is fully …

Homily for the 4th Sunday of Advent

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  Micah 5:1-4A Hebrews 10:5-10 Luke 1:39-45 In the readings from Sacred Scripture throughout the season of Advent we hear much about the twofold character of this holy season. We begin Advent reflecting on the fact that Christ not only came as a little baby, born in a stable cave and laid in a manger (a feeding trough for animals), …

Homily for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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1 Kings 17:10-16 Hebrews 9:24-28 Mark 12:38-44 Holy Mother Church teaches us traditionally that there are seven precepts (or commands) of the Church, six of these are listed in the Catechism of the Catholic Church 2041-2043 (five chronologically, the other immediately following), and the other one, not listed in the present Catechism directly but alluded to in other parts of …

Homily for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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  Genesis 2:18-24 Hebrews 2:9-11 Mark 10:2-16 Those people who take the time to read the daily readings may know that in the daily Gospels in recent weeks we have heard quite a few things from Jesus, either in the form of Parables or in the form of direct words, that we might call “hard sayings,” or those things which …

Homily for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Joshua 24:1-2A, 15-17, 18B Ephesians 5:21:32 John 6:60-69 Today the Church reminds us in the readings before us that our faith is counter-cultural, that following Jesus Christ requires us to have faith in what we cannot see or easily discern, and that we face a choice. We can follow the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, or the gods of …

Homily for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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  Ezekiel 2:2-5 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 Mark 6:1-6   We have all doubtless heard the old saying that familiarity breeds contempt. Nowhere is this better Illustrated than in today’s Gospel. Jesus returns to Nazareth at this early point in his ministry already having a reputation as a miracle worker. Now there were quite a few people in ancient Palestine who …

Homily for the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

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Exodus 24:3-8 Hebrews 9:11-15 Mark 14:12-16, 22-26   In the last couple of weeks, we have concluded the annual Festival observance of the Paschal mystery, when we celebrate the Lord’s Resurrection for 50 days on the calendar of the Church, which we conclude with the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Holy Mother Church uses the liturgical calendar to …

Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Easter

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Acts 4:8-12 1 John 3:1-2 John 10:11-18 The Fourth Sunday of Easter on the Church’s calendar is often called “Good Shepherd Sunday” because this is the Gospel we hear on this day, the Good News that Jesus is the Good Shepherd who loves His sheep, even to the point of laying down His life for them. Jesus uses the analogy …

Homily for the Mass of the Lord’s Supper

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Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 John 13:1-15 Tonight we begin the commemoration of the central events of our faith. The very heart of everything we believe as Catholics, as followers of Jesus Christ is commemorated between now and Sunday morning. We are reminded in the opening passage from Exodus, which is actually one of the most important passages in …

Homily for the First Sunday of Lent

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Genesis 9:8-15 1 Peter 3:18-22 Mark 1:12-15   In the first two readings on this first Sunday of Lent we are reminded of the mercy of God and of his saving power through the waters of Holy Baptism. In the very first reading God speaks to Noah after the Great Flood and makes a covenant with him and all the …

Homily for the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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  Deuteronomy 18:15-20 1 Corinthians 7:32-35 Mark 1:21-28 If today’s readings could be said to have a theme, that would be the theme of authority. The first reading today comes in the book of Deuteronomy, and in that book Moses laid out before he died the authority of God over the Israelite people, the authority of the Sacred Priesthood and …

Homily for the Vigil Mass of Christmas

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Isaiah 62:1-5 Acts 13:16-17, 22-25 Matthew 1:18-25 Tonight’s readings for the Vigil Mass of Christmas give us a small glimpse into the dilemma in which St. Joseph almost certainly found himself. Doubtless we can reasonably assume that when Mary told Joseph that she was with child and that an angel came to her and informed her that she was going …