Watch my homily from Mass this morning on the First Sunday of Lent. Something is very wrong with the world – we call it sin. While some may say Catholics are hung up on sin, I say we are hung up on mercy, grace, redemption and salvation.
What a joy to see such a good crowd at today’s Mass this afternoon. As pitchers and catchers turn up for spring training, we have a hope that spring is near. A good way to think about Lent is as spiritual spring training.
Pope Francis has asked that we observe Word of God Sunday, an invitation to renew our faith that God continues to reveal Himself to us, even today. One of the most powerful ways He speaks to us is through the Bible. Today’s homily:
We have a simple lesson about the meaning of the Church in this morning’s Gospel. There’s a great crowd around Jesus — that’s the Church. They are telling others about Jesus — that’s evangelization.
Today we celebrate the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The birth of every baby is God’s signal that creation should continue. Mary’s birth was a divine affirmation that recreation, renewal, salvation, and redemption go on. Happy Birthday to our Blessed Mother.
In the words of Saint Peter, “Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope.” We listen to the One who called Himself the way, truth, and life. Fear is useless, what’s needed is trust.
Sunday’s Readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/051720.cfm
In the Acts of the Apostles, we learn about the early Church. Today’s Church shares many of those same characteristics. There are seven I’d like to discuss, including an unshakable faith in Jesus Christ.
Today’s Readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/050320.cfm
A Blessed Divine Mercy Sunday! In this morning’s readings, there are three lessons. First, no door can keep Jesus out. Second, Jesus still bears His scars and so do we. Suffering is temporary. The glory of God will shine through. Third, trust in Jesus and keep faith.
Today’s Readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/041920.cfm