Homilies for August 2017

August 6, 2017—Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord Readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/080617.cfm Dn 7:9-10, 13-14; Ps 97:1-2, 5-6, 9; 2 Pt 1:16-19; Mt 17:1-9 “It’s an adrenaline-fueled thrill ride.” “Twice the action, and … [Read more...]

Homilies for July 2017

July 2, 2017 - 13th Sunday of Ordinary Time Readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/070217.cfm 2 Kgs 4:8-11, 14-16a; Ps 89:2-3, 16-17, 18-19; Rom 6:3-4, 8-11; Mt 10:37-42 The gradual conversions of pious saints pale in comparison … [Read more...]

Homilies for June 2017

General Method: Read and meditate on the readings at least a week before the homily. Then decide on a main point you want to make, and an exhortation for the congregation. Then write the homily straight through in one sitting. Make sure … [Read more...]

Homilies for May 2017

Fourth Sunday of Easter—May 7, 2017 Readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/042617.cfm ACTS 2:14A, 36-41; PS 23: 1-3A, 3B4, 5, 6; 1 PT 2:20B-2; JN 10:1-10 “I am the gate for the sheep.” (John 10:7). The Poverty of the Shepherd A … [Read more...]

Homilies for April 2017

Fifth Sunday of Lent—April 2, 2017 Readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/040217.cfm EZ 37:12-14; PS 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8; ROM 8:8-11; JN 11:1-45 As St. Paul tells us today, we are consecrated to the truth, not to the ways of … [Read more...]

Homilies for March 2017

Ash Wednesday—March 1, 2017 Readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/030117.cfm JL 2:12-18; PS 51:3-4, 5-6AB, 12-13, 14 and 17; 2 COR 5:20—6:2; MT 6:1-6, 16-18 “For our sake he made him to be sin who did not know sin….” I used … [Read more...]

Homilies for February 2017

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time—February 5, 2017 Readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/020517.cfm IS 58:7-10;PS 112:4-5, 6-7, 8-9;1 COR 2:1-5; MT 5:13-16. Living as Salt and Light Light. Where would we be without it? In the dark. We … [Read more...]

Homilies for January 2017

The Octave Day of Christmas—January 1, 2017 Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God Readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/010117.cfm NM 6:22-27; PS 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8; GAL 4:4-7; LK 2:16-21. One of the most beautiful … [Read more...]

Homilies for December 2016

Second Sunday of Advent—December 4, 2016 Readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/120416.cfm; IS 11:1-10; PS 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17; ROM 15:4-9; MT 3:1-12. Purpose: To foster a deeper conversion in the hearers through an increase … [Read more...]

Homilies for November 2016

32nd Sunday of the Year—November 6, 2016 Readings: 2 MC 7:1-2, 9-14; PS 17:1, 5-6, 8, 15; 2 THES 2:16-3:5; LK 20:27-38 http://usccb.org/bible/readings/110616.cfm They can no longer die, for they are like angels; and they are the … [Read more...]

Homilies for October 2016

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time—October 2, 2016 Readings: HAB 1:2-3; 2:2-4; PS 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9; 2 TM 1:6-8, 13-14; LK 17:5-10 http://usccb.org/bible/readings/070316.cfm   Exegetical notes During the next five Sundays, our … [Read more...]

Homilies for September 2016

Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time—September 4, 2016 Lectionary 129 Readings: Wis 9:13-18b; Ps 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14-17;Phmn 9-10, 12-17;Lk 14:25-33 The first reading from the Book of Wisdom contains many spiritual gems, in which we … [Read more...]

Homilies for August 2016

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time— August 7, 2016 Readings: Wis 18:6-9; Ps 33:1, 12, 18-19, 20-22; Heb 11:1-2, 8-19:  Lk 12:32-48. We do a lot of moving around in a single day. We move from home, to work, to school, to the grocery … [Read more...]

Homilies for July 2016

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time—July 3, 2016 Readings: Is 66:10-14c; Ps 66:1-3, 4-5, 6-7, 16, 20; Gal 6:14-18; Lk 10:1-12, 17-20 http://usccb.org/bible/readings/070316.cfm   The New Rule “Pride goes before disaster, and a haughty … [Read more...]

Homilies for June 2016

Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time—June 5, 2013  Readings: 1 Kgs 17:17-24; Ps 30:5-6, 11, 12, 13; 2 Gal 1:11-14A, 15AC, 16A, 17, 19; Lk 7:11-17. http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/060516.cfm The accounts today from our Gospel, and 1 … [Read more...]