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 MEMORIAL OF SAINT BERNARD OF CLAIRVAUX

HOMILY FOR THE MEMORIAL OF SAINT BERNARD OF CLAIRVAUX

A Knight for Christ, A Divine Romance “As he now stood before his two oldest boys, holding a large crucifix in his hand and pointing to the wound in Christ’s side, he was manifesting more emotion than they had ever seen him show in all their years, even though Guy was eighteen and Gerard just sixteen. ” ‘My boy,’ said the father, ‘look at this wound often and let it speak to you.  Let it…

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…

St. Ignatius of Loyola – July 31

In the journey of life, there are experiences that God gives us that help us to realign our lives more intimately to Him. Variations of this can happen every day. These experiences are the things of conversion. The conversion experience helps us to be more convicted of the reality that we are created by God and we are meant for Him. There are certain experiences in the Christian life that are meant to be capstones…

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…

St. Boniface – June 5

Saint Boniface is venerated as the Apostle to the Germans. After spending 23 years in a Benedictine monastery in England, he apprenticed as a missionary with St. Willibrord in Holland for one year and then received his own papal commission to spread the Gospel among the barbarian tribes in Germany. In his 40+ years of missionary service, he preached the Gospel broadly, developed communities of faith, built monasteries, and established dioceses throughout the lands of…

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…