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 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 Sunday of the Most Holy Trinity

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Exodus 34:4B-6 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 John 3:16-18   On this Trinity Sunday, we are first reminded that in our readings for the next couple of weeks the Church is going to take us back to the Paschal mystery we have recently spent 50 days celebrating. Today we are not only reminded that God is “slow to anger and rich in …

Homily for the Fifth Sunday of Easter

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Acts 6:1-7 1 Peter 2:4-9 John 14:1-12   It is very tempting for the deacon to preach on the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, which gives us the account of the formal establishment of the Order of Deacons in the Church. I could share with you how deacons are called to be conformed to Christ the servant, …

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 …

Palm Sunday: Where did all those palms come from?

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Catholic News Agency/EWTN Washington D.C. – With Palm Sunday upon us, Catholics across the globe will soon be handed leaves as they walk into church. Some might fold them into elaborate little crosses. Kids will poke each other with them. But it’s safe to say most won’t know where they came from. The feast commemorates Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem …

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 …

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 …

Pope receives enthusiastic welcome in Philippines

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By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service MANILA, Philippines — Pope Francis did not disappoint hundreds of former street children who were part of a massive campaign to show him one of the centers where they have found safety and love. Although it was not in his official program, Pope Francis walked out of Manila’s Immaculate Conception Cathedral after Mass Jan. …