Jesus uses the word righteous in this morning’s Gospel. As long as it’s God through Jesus that makes us right, and we acknowledge that, it’s a beautiful goal. Self-righteous is arrogance. It is God who makes us right with Him, never ourselves.
Can I remind you of the importance of what we call the Eastern Churches? The Church in Rome didn’t flourish until the time of Constantine, while the Churches in the East had been flourishing for centuries. I reflect on that today, the feast of St. Ephrem
Faith is the pearl of great price. Sometimes people can lose their faith, but, more often, our faith becomes stale. We can never go wrong with putting our faith into the furnace of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. He will enflame the embers of our faith.
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.
Saint Paul uses the term the “inner-self” in this morning’s reading. That, of course, is the soul. As we celebrate the feast of Pope Saint John Paul II, we not only think of the impact he had out in the world, but his teachings on grace, mercy, and the interior life.
When I worked at the Apostolic Nunciature in D.C., we had the pleasure of hosting Mother Teresa. After the evening, she wanted to meet the staff – those who prepared the food, kept the house clean and the grounds beautiful. She cared about all people. She learned that from Jesus as we see in this morning’s reading.
Here’s my homily from this morning. I always hear two comments about prayer — “it’s powerful” and “I wish I could prayer better”. Saint Paul addresses that in this morning’s reading. He says to not get discouraged because the Holy Spirit dwells in our hearts and souls. Let the Holy Spirit bring your prayers to God our Father.
Here’s my homily from this morning. Saint Paul describes the interior struggle we all face between good and evil – all of us face it. The good news is that Jesus won this batter for us on the cross.
This morning we were joined by family and friends of our beloved NYPD officers who have taken their lives. In these times, especially when we don’t understand, we need to turn to Jesus. We welcome, love, and pray for you, as well as the ones you continue to rightfully mourn.
Here’s my homily from this morning. God and His Son have often revealed to us how close they are to the poor, humble, and meek – to those that are hidden. It’s no wonder why Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, whose feast we celebrate today, is so loved.