Sunday Homilies

from Father Kevin Laughery, Troy St. Jerome and St. Jacob St. James Parishes, Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. Note: Comments from this page do not reach me; instead, email:

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I am happy to pass along this document, more conciliatory in tone when speaking of other Christians and people of other faiths than what I refer to as "the July thing."

Category:Fr. Kevin's Blog -- posted at: 12:49pm CST

Family brings to mind familiarity -- and from ancient times it has been held that "familiarity breeds contempt."  Today's scriptures affirm that this does not have to be.  As we appreciate the growth of our family members, we find that learning to forgive is liberating.
Direct download: KML_2007-12-30_8am.MP3
Category:Sunday Homilies -- posted at: 11:36am CST

I am quite certain that this homily, at the first Mass of Christmas, will be my best effort for the solemnity of the Incarnation.  The mystery of the Word Made Flesh calls us to look deep within ourselves to discover the joy which can emerge from misery as we ask what it means to be human, and ask as well why the Son of God would will to enter this life of ours.
Direct download: KML_2007-12-24_4pm.MP3
Category:Sunday Homilies -- posted at: 10:49pm CST

We men like to assert our power.  The power or potency to beget children is greatly esteemed.  Today we hear of power being wielded in a way which calls all our power-posturing into question.
Direct download: KML_2007-12-23_8am.MP3
Category:Sunday Homilies -- posted at: 9:10am CST

As I was uploading this, the host admonished me: "Please be patient."  Patience provides a near-universal challenge to human beings.  It is difficult to see what patience gives us.  Perhaps if we slowed down the processes of our minds, and simply stood quietly before the incredible images supplied by the prophet Isaiah, we might discover that in the slowness God gives much to us.
Direct download: KML_2007-12-16_1015am.MP3
Category:Sunday Homilies -- posted at: 3:05pm CST

On a weekend of difficult weather and general distraction, a brief reflection on knowledge of God covering the earth as water covers the sea.
Direct download: KML_2007-12-09_1015am.MP3
Category:Sunday Homilies -- posted at: 6:47pm CST

This somewhat windy homily takes the image of the man hammering his sword into a plowshare and applies it to the dream of the parish's becoming more completely a faith community.
Direct download: KML_2007-12-02_8am.MP3
Category:Sunday Homilies -- posted at: 9:15am CST

Let's get past the reflexive response, "We're Americans -- we don't need kings!"  There is a great richness in the concepts of kingship and kingdom, and we can enrich ourselves by considering these concepts.  Jesus, truly God and truly human, subjected himself to ultimate degradation and made the cross his throne.  If we are in the midst of degradation, his presence there can mean everything to us.
Direct download: KML_2007-11-25_1015am.MP3
Category:Sunday Homilies -- posted at: 12:07pm CST

Well, I was listening to the "Mass in Slow Motion," and I found a misstatement.  I said "Archimedes" when I meant "Aristotle."  Archimedes was a mathematician and engineer; Aristotle was the philosopher who theorized about the structure of being as "substance" and "accident" and whose ideas theologians borrowed -- for better or for worse -- in applying the concept of "transubstantiation" to the Holy Eucharist.
Category:Fr. Kevin's Blog -- posted at: 6:28pm CST

This recording is close to an hour and a half.  I provide explanations of the various parts of the Mass.  We must conduct our lives remembering that we are the ancestors of the people of the future.  Will they be able to look back upon us with gratitude?
Direct download: KML_2007-11-18_1015am.MP3
Category:Sunday Homilies -- posted at: 1:33pm CST