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…

Homily for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C

“Jesus came down with the twelve and stood on a stretch of level ground with a great crowd” (Lk 6:17). This detail from the opening of today’s Gospel remind us of the kenosis of the Incarnation. The Eternal Word, Son of the Father, became flesh. He became one like us, standing on level ground with the great crowd of humanity. The verses skipped by today’s Gospel segment echo this truth. They speak of the people…

Homily for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C

When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at the knees of Jesus and said, “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.” Notice that once Peter realizes that this mysterious Jesus of Nazareth has brought it about that Peter and his companions become part of a miraculous catch of fish, he is overcome with emotion and falls at the knees of Jesus, pleading with Him to leave. (Of course, with the help of…

Homily for the Feast of St. Francis Xavier – Year C

St. Francis Xavier April 7, 1506 – December 2, 1552 (Feast Day Dec. 3) Recently, I tore my ACL and had surgery to repair it. When I first met the surgeon, I was presented with three options for the ACL graft that would, essentially, replace my shredded ligament. I chose to go with the cadaver graft, which meant that the surgeon would remove what was left of my ACL and replace it with a ligament…

Homily for the Third Sunday of Advent – Year C

“Rejoice in the Lord always, I say it again rejoice!” These words of St. Paul echo the sentiment of the Church for this third Sunday of Advent. We rightly rejoice as we joyfully await the imminent coming of our Savior…our day of Redemption! It is now just over a week before we celebrate the birth of Jesus and this is indeed reason for rejoicing, for the birth of Jesus ushered in the Kingdom of God…

Homily for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Year C

On this feast in which we celebrate the purity in which Mary was conceived we are invited to meditate on the favor of redemption given to her from the moment of her creation. The angel Gabriel is sent to her to declare “the Lord is with [her]” and that she has “found favor with God.” However, the Church also invites us to reflect on the fact that this gift of favor (which in its “ever-perfect”…