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 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 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 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 the Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

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The 34th and Final Sunday of Ordinary Time, and of the Year of Grace 2016 Homily 2 Sam 5-1-3 Colossians 1:20-20 Luke 23:25-43   An internet meme that was circulating several weeks back contained a picture of Jesus Christ the King and it said “no matter who is elected President, Jesus Christ is still the King.” Never have we needed …

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 …

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 …

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 …

The Needle’s Eye

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As the old year of 2014 ended and 2015 was about to begin, the Holy See issued its annual report, which showed that the number of Catholics world-wide continues to grow, and that growth is evident across all continents. However, within the numbers there appears another notable trend, and that is that a vast majority of the growth in the …

Keep the Mass in Christmas

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Today is the Vigil of the Nativity of the Lord, popularly known as Christmas Eve. Tonight when those of us who do so celebrate Vespers, or Evening Prayer, the Church says that the solemnity of Christmas officially begins. Advent comes to an end as we enter into our celebration of the Nativity of the Lord. Some parishes will celebrate Masses …