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 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 …

Homily for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Isaiah 55:6-9 Philippians 1:20C-24, 27A Matthew 14:22-33   Many of our separated brothers and sisters will repeat the falsehood that the Church teaches that we are “saved by works,” while some people (including not a few poorly catechized Catholics that I’ve encountered over the years) seem to believe that our works do not matter at all. We are reminded in …

Homily for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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1 Kings 19:9A, 11-13A Romans 9:1-5 Matthew 14:22-33   The prophet Elijah begins our readings today by going to Mount Horeb, also called Mount Sinai, and one of the things that we don’t see in that passage (merely because of where the text today begins) is the reality that Elijah is fleeing to the “mountain of God” in fear of …

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 Prayer Vigil for Life, Holy Trinity Parish in Jefferson City

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Gospel: Matthew 18:1-6, 10-11   At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them, and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever …

Homily for the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Genesis 3:9-15, 20 Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12 Luke 1:26-38 Today, Holy Mother Church commemorates and celebrates the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. This feast celebrates the Church’s dogmatic teaching that the Blessed Mother was given the gift from God of being conceived without original sin. That is to say, that from the moment …

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 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 …