Homily of 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time, September 24th

The first reading is taken from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah 55:6-9. In this text the prophet urges the Chosen People to seek Yahweh, to come close to Him in friendship. To do this the sinner must abandon his evil ways. He need not fear: Yahweh is “rich in forgiving,” He will forgive all sins of a repentant sinner. Though He is infinite and transcendent, yet He can and does come close to and is a true friend of all who seek Him. He is a personal God, not an abstract idea. The second reading is from the Letter of St. Paul to the...

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Homily of 24th Sunday of Ordinary Time, September 17th

The first reading is taken from the Book of Sirach 27:30, 28:7. In the verses read today, Sirach tells us that we must forgive our neighbor if we want God to forgive us our own sins. We must be merciful if we hope to obtain mercy from God. We must not seek revenge on a neighbor lest God should take vengeance on us. If we remember our end in life we will keep God’s commandments and we will not be angry with a neighbor who offends us. The second reading is from the St. Paul to the Romans 14:7-9. In these three verses St. Paul emphasizes...

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Homily of the 23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time, September 10th

The first reading is taken from the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel 33:7-9. The vocation of a prophet, as envisioned in terms of Ezekiel’s oracles, is to judge the evil and the wicked and to dissuade them from their ways. The prophet has the responsibility of announcing the judgment of God, not his own judgment, and non-fulfillment of preaching the message of God involves death for the prophet, whereas he will save his life if he is faithful to the message given to him to preach. -Excerpted from A Celebrants Guide to the New Sacramentary...

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Homily of 22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time, September 3rd

The first reading is taken from the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah 20:7-9 in which we hear Jeremiah giving voice to this internal anguish of mind; he hates what he has to say to his people, yet he is compelled by God to say it. The second reading is from the Letter of St. Paul to the Romans 12:1-2 in which he tells the Roman Christians (converts, for the most part, from paganism) that they must prove themselves worthy of this great favor, they must live truly Christian lives. The Gospel is from Matt. 16:21-27. From all eternity this was...

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Homily of 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time, August 13th

The first reading is taken from the first Book of Kings 19:9a, 11-13a and relates the story of Elijah in the cave and the Lord coming to him in a “still small voice.” The second reading is from the Letter of St. Paul to the Romans 9:1-5 in which St. Paul speaks of the sorrow of heart that he has because the Jews, as a nation, had refused to see Christ as the Messiah who was promised to them by God through their patriarchs and prophets. The Gospel is from St. Matthew 14:22-33. Our Lord sent His disciples to row across the lake,...

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