Homily for the Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B

I had a conversation with this non-Catholic young man from a local Catholic High School. The young man said to me “I know you Catholics believe Jesus is your happiness, but I’m happy doing many of the things Jesus would not approve of. I don’t understand why I should believe in Him.” He continued, “I don’t see any reason why I shouldn’t seek to be rich and lie and cheat if I have to in…

Homily for the Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B

Today’s readings reflect that echo in the heart of every man—the echo that manifests God, the God that is Love: the God Who calls us to participate of his intimate life. This echo is a longing that has been with us since the creation of the first man. St. Bernard of Clairvaux, in his Sermons on the Song of Songs, distinguishes different moments [throughout salvation history] in this ardent longing—which is a longing for the…

Homily for the Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B

Once George Weigel was asked which books have had the biggest effect on his thinking. One book he mentioned was The Sources of Christian Ethics by Fr Servais Pinckaers, O.P. He then went on to explain why it was such an important book for him: because it roots the Christian life not in a series of rules to be kept (or broken or minimized or explained away), but in the invitation from God to beatitude,…

Homily for the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B

We welcome today’s invitation, “Come, eat of my food, and drink of the wine I have mixed!” (Prov 9:5). Then, just as we are ready to dive in, St. Paul seems to slap our reaching hand and admonishes, “Do not get drunk on wine, in which lies debauchery” (Eph 5:18). We are conflicted because we are hungry and thirsty and sometimes desperately so. What are we to do? First, the first reading refers to Wisdom’s…

Homily for the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B

The Missionaries of Charity, the community founded by Saint Theresa of Calcutta, now serve in over 130 countries with more than 4,500 sisters ministering to the poor.  Most of them have learned multiple languages and skills in order to serve the needs of those they “meet in the street” on a daily basis.  In all of their chapels throughout the world two words are inscribed next to the crucifix of Our Lord: “I thirst.”  These…

Homily for the 16th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B

Of the many metaphors, images, forms, and figures used by Jesus to explain the Kingdom of God and His role relative to this world and that which is to come, it is the image of the Good Shepherd (Jn. 10:14) that is, perhaps, most familiar to the Christian world.  As a common fixture in the ancient world, the shepherd and his role relative to his flock were well known to the contemporaries of Christ.  It…

Homily for the Nativity of John the Baptist

We all love birthdays! We instinctively know that the birth of a person into this world is something that should be celebrated. We celebrate because we are happy that this person is in the world with us. Our knowing them has somehow made our life better. However, when the Church celebrates a birthday in our liturgical calendar, whether it is the Nativity of Jesus Christ, Our Lady, or St. John the Baptist, we are reflecting…

Homily for the 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B

In the B readings for the eleventh Sunday of Ordinary time, Jesus uses the image of the kingdom of God as likened to the sowing of seeds. The first reading from Ezekiel also uses the analogy of God planting a tender shoot that shall “put forth branches and bear fruit”. Finally in Paul’s letter to the Corinthians he directs us to be courageous because all that we do in our bodies while in the world…

Homily for the 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B

In the Collect for this Sunday’s celebration of the Mass we pray, “O God, from whom all good things come, grant that we, who call on you in our need, may at your prompting discern what is right, and by your guidance do it.” This prayer presents to us three truths: God is creator and source of all that is good. God created us in his own image and likeness, allowing us to share in…

Homily for the 7th Sunday of Easter – Year B

In one of his reflections on the Song of Songs in the Theology of the Body series general audiences (June 6, 1984), St. John Paul II elaborates on the nature of human and divine love. It is entitled, “Love Is Ever Seeking and Never Satisfied,” a title we can all relate to. We live in the desire of love and as believers we have encountered human and divine love, yet we remain on a journey…