Homily for Easter Sunday – Year C

Recall the scene of the Easter Vigil: the flickering light of the Paschal flame heralds first light into the dimly lit Church; the lector approaches the ambo to read the long creation narrative. Our mind wanders. Maybe we remain unmoved. Since remaining so would be a terrible thing, let us condense the narrative. In the beginning, God speaks, “Let there be!” and it is so. First, he establishes three realms: “God said, ‘Let there be…

Homily for Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion – Year C

Wow! Talk about the Feast Day of the suffering, self-sacrificing, Theology of the Body! Today we celebrate, and yes I mean celebrate, albeit with mourning and sadness the Crucifixion and Death of Our Love – Jesus. It is always difficult to watch one we love suffer, especially someone so good and innocent. Liturgically it is called “Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion.” Passion is from the Latin word passio, which suggests suffering and death, but…

Homily for Holy Thursday – Year C

Today we celebrate with great solemnity the Liturgy of the Lord’s Supper, commemorating the night when Our Lord Jesus Christ instituted the Paschal Sacrifice of Himself for the salvation of the world. It would take place in the “Upper Room,” the same upper room where He will institute four of the Church’s sacraments: Holy Eucharist, Holy Orders, Holy Confession and Holy Confirmation. Jesus would institute two of them at the Lord’s Supper: the Holy Eucharist…

Homily for Fifth Sunday of Lent – Year C

What impulse, what desire drives us? What is the longing of all longings? Hidden in the deepest marrow of our bones what is the ache that angstily seeks to be satisfied? Is it not to be intimately known and totally accepted? To be truly seen, and then completely received. Saint John Paul II beautifully taught: Man cannot live without love. He remains a being that is incomprehensible for himself, his life is senseless, if love…

Homily for Fourth Sunday of Lent – Year C

What is God telling us this fourth week of Lent this year? He may very well be reminding us, His adopted sons and daughters, that this Sunday is the midway point of the Lenten journey. This is the time to rejoice that the Lord has provided for his people, Israel, for centuries during their times of famine, slavery, wandering, which was to penitentially prepare them for their entrance into the Promised Land. What Joshua did…

Homily for the Solemnity of the Annunciation – Year C

My brothers and sisters in Christ, on this beautiful Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, we hear in this familiar Gospel, the Virgin Mary’s response to the Archangel Gabriel, “behold, I am the Handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Mary said yes to the Mystery of the Word of God becoming man for our salvation. The Eternal Son of God taking on human flesh in Mary’s…

Homily for the Third Sunday in Lent – Year C

God in his love for us gives the way to live fruitful lives in the midst of struggle and adversity. God knows well what we are suffering. He has come to rescue us and to lead us into communion with Himself. The book of Exodus tells the story of God revealing Himself to Moses in the burning bush. “There an angel of the Lord appeared to Moses in fire flaming out of a bush” (Exod….

Homily for the Eighth Sunday in Ordinary – Year C

The second reading today screams of the glorious theology of our bodies! Our bodies are currently those that are “corruptible which will clothe itself with incorruptibility.” They are those “which are mortal that will cloth itself with immortality.” Our bodies were made to last forever…they were made for eternity. The death (corruptibility) of the human body was not something that God destined for us from the beginning of time (Original Man) It was only through…

Homily for the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter – February 22 – Year C

Do you have a problem with authority? It seems that many people do. It may not be outright rebellion, but at least skepticism. Do those in charge really have my best interests in mind? So much of what following a leader depends on is trusting that what is prescribed is really good for us. With so many examples of bad leadership, whether political, social, or religious, it is no wonder that many people, especially those…