Homily for Vespers for October 19th, 2016-“Vespers for Life” at Holy Trinity, Jefferson City

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Tonight we have come together to celebrate and to pray. We celebrate life, and we do so by celebrating and praying these Vespers together-the Liturgy of the Hours, the Church’s second most important form of prayer and public worship, eclipsed only by the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass itself. In doing so we pray for all the …

Homily for the Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Amos 6:1(a), 4-7 1 Timothy 6:11-16 Luke 16:19-31   Many people over the years, certainly in relatively more recent history, have attempted to use the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus that Jesus tells us in the Gospel today (Luke 16:19-31) as a kind of social or political commentary, but it is much simpler than that. Those who would …

Homily For the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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First Reading: Amos 8:4-7 Second Reading: 1 Timothy 2:1-8 Gospel: Luke 16:1-13   Jesus tells us in the Gospel today tells us the servant who is trustworthy in small matters is trustworthy in great ones and the servant who cannot be trusted in small matters cannot be trusted in great ones. Most of us know from human experience that this …

Homily for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10 Hebrews 12:1-4 Luke 12:49-53       People didn’t care very much for what the Prophet Jeremiah had to say. He was telling people that unless they repented, Jerusalem was going to fall and the people of Judah would be taken into captivity by the Babylonians. This was going to happen, Jeremiah said, because people refused to …

The Shepherd Who Does Not Mince Words

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Our own Bishop took quite a bit of flack in some quarters this past week when he made a post to Facebook that criticized one of the nominees for Vice President of the United States this year. That candidate, Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia, has come out saying that he is a “traditional Catholic” but that he is “pro-choice.” He …

The Poor of the World Stand Up for Christian Morality

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The Catholic blogosphere certainly has not missed the headlines from this past week that the Primates of the Anglican Communion have censured the Episcopal Church in the United States for a period of three years because the Episcopal Church here has sanctioned and blessed “same-sex marriage,” even incorporating it into the marriage rites of that ecclesial community. In a very …

So Much Has Been Learned, So Much To Be Learned

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Some of my confreres in diaconate formation have gotten on me about the lack of entries here at Life At 25, even though I have had good reason. That reason is that I am the primary daytime caregiver for our nine month-old daughter Riley, and I find that I have lots of ideas for writing, but little time in the …

Support Your New Parish Priests

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It may very well be a sight for sore eyes to see a post here at Life At 25, especially since we haven’t posted anything since the feast of the Annunciation of the Lord. If you have been a regular reader on this blog over the preceding months and years and you read that post, you know that I am now …

A Reflection On the Annunciation

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As I said in a previous post on Ash Wednesday, the lives of both my wife and myself were, from the beginning of this Lent and before, destined for change and radical reform because our new daughter would be coming into the world before the end of Lent. Riley Amelia has arrived, and even now, it is clear that our …

Pray For the Elect During Lent

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Lent is a time when the Church asks us to consider our lives and amend them, “giving up” those things which are an impediment to our relationship to Christ and “adding” or “doing” those things, in prayer, fasting, and almsgiving that will enrich our relationship with Jesus Christ and his Church. We are called during this time to journey with …

Ash Wednesday At the Field Hospital

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Today in our parishes around the Diocese of Knoxville and the world, after the homily is given, all kinds of people will approach the altar. If years’ past are any indication, there will be people at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass today that we do not see any other day of the year. At my own parish, the Mass …