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 Second Sunday of Advent

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Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11 2 Peter 3:8-14 Mark 1:1-8 Today’s readings show us the twofold message of the season of Advent in very clear detail. Many of us are aware of the first message, because we are already preparing for the family and secular celebrations that commemorate, sometimes however unknowingly, the first part of the meaning of Advent.  We know that …

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 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Homily   2 Kings 4:8-11, 14-16A Romans 6:3-4, 8-11 Matthew 10-37-42   Today we are reminded afresh by Jesus in the Gospel just what the cost of discipleship truly is. When He tells us that those who love father or mother, son or daughter more than Him are not worthy of Him, He is not telling us not to love …

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, …

Reflection/Homily for the Service of Tenebrae on Good Friday

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Homily   Hebrews 4:16-5:6   So let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help. Every high priest is taken from among men and made their representative before God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He is able to deal patiently with the ignorant and erring, for he himself is …

Homily for the Third Sunday of Lent: In Spirit and In Truth

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Homily   Exodus 17:3-7 Romans 5:1-2, 5-8 John 4:5-42   It is noteworthy that the woman at the well in today’s Gospel was there drawing water at around Noon, the Scripture tells us. Not only are we told that this is Jacob’s well, which is mentioned in the Old Testament (so Jesus’ presence there already had a kind of heightened …

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 …