Sunday, November 20, 2016

Homily: Feast of Christ the King 2016

This weekend we bring our Liturgical Year as well as our Jubilee Year of Mercy to a close as we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King – a time for us to refocus on who or what is “King” in our lives.

There is no shortage of alternative “Kings”, but lately it would seem, politics has been a dominating “King” in all of our lives. If you are like me, maybe you are exhausted from being barraged for the past 18 months with divisive rhetoric from both sides of the isle filled with anger, fear and hatred and then seeing it repeated and amplified through social media – language and actions devoid of love and mercy…and now we are wondering why hate crimes are on the rise?

So what sets the priorities in your life? Who or what is your King?  Perhaps a bit of wisdom from Elie Wiesel, Pope Francis and Lukan Gospels will point us in the right direction. Click and check it out.

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Saturday, October 8, 2016

Homily: 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

This weekend’s Gospel is the familiar story of Jesus healing ten lepers and only one comes back to give thanks.  But there is another reason that Luke records this story, for while the gift of gratitude is important – the returning, grateful leper has much more to teach us about how to live our lives.  Check it out….

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Homily: 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Based on this Sunday’s Gospel, it would appear that Jesus is encouraging us to be like the Steward who was dishonest in handling the affairs for his Master.  Seems there may be good reason that the Pharisees and scribes are complaining about his teachings.  But like most parables, there is something hidden deep inside this story that is often missed.  And what is hidden may just impact the way you see God.

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Homily: 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus says that he did not come to establish peace, but rather division...and that he came to set the earth on fire, and how he wishes it were already blazing!  Was he just having a bad day with his disciples…or hitting home a point that we often miss? Take a minute and check it out and see what Jesus was really talking to you and me about!

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

More of The Good Samaritan

In light of all that has been happening these past few weeks in Orlando and Dallas and the ensuing protests across the country and the growing political debates, it would seem that the timing of this past Sunday’s Gospel – the story of the Good Samaritan - hit home for many preachers and listeners.  Echoes of various homilies are still being replayed as many look to make sense of the violence and discerning the same question asked by the lawyer in the Gospel: “Who is my neighbor.”

So as you spend time in prayer this week, you may want to hear what others were preaching this past Sunday.  Since homilies are meant to be heard, the following links (just click on the person’s name) will take you to the audio of each message.  None are more than 11 minutes…each person having a different slant on the topic.  Some may be somewhat shocking…but then again, so is the true Gospel.

Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM
(link includes the reading of the Gospel, homily begins at the 3:00 mark)