Here’s my homily from this morning. Remember Joseph from the Old Testament? Pharaoh said, “Go to Joseph; Joseph will take care of you.” In the New Testament, Joseph, the son of Jacob, is the foster father of Jesus. Since the beginning of the Church, we have followed that wisdom of Pharaoh.
Here’s my homily from Sunday Mass. I propose to you that what Saint Patrick did for the people of Ireland was a transfiguration – he let them see God the way He really is, full of glory and mystery. We call Saint Patrick an Apostle because he brought the Faith to Ireland. From Mount Tabor to Fifth Avenue, we extol that Faith in the one, true God, and thank God for a man like Patrick.
We stand in utter need of God’s mercy. As we’re told in the first reading from Ezekiel, in a certain way, God depends on our mercy, too. God wants us all to be saved, but He won’t force it. It’s a gift. The conversation of heart necessary to accept God’s gift depends somewhat on us.
Here’s my homily from this morning. Whenever I visit prisons, I’m amazed at the reverence of those in custody. When I speak with them, I understand why. They have been abandoned & let down, even by themselves. They have nowhere else to go to, like Queen Esther in this morning’s reading.
We have a beautiful cycle in this morning’s Gospel. God’s Word comes down from Heaven – His revelation and the Eternal Word, God the Son. Our words go back up to Heaven in the gift of prayer.
Here’s my homily from this morning. Having heard the Gospel, we recall the five-finger rosary of Mother Teresa – “You did it to me.” As Jesus said, whenever we help the poor, the hungry, the immigrant, those in prison … we did it to Him.
Here’s my homily from the first Sunday of Lent. If you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved from sin, Satan, and eternal death.
The Fridays of Lent are a good time for us to ask about fasting and penance because it was on Friday that Jesus died for our sins on the cross. Why do we fast? Why do we give things up? Church wisdom gives us three pretty good reasons.
One of the frequent attacks on religion is that religion is very coercive and oppressive – people of faith have no freedom. Of course, the opposite is the case. As Moses says in this morning’s reading, there’s nothing more freeing than the act of faith.
The Book of Sirach reminds us that in the same way that our sins wound God, our good works and virtue please him. If our sins make Him cry, our good works make Him smile.