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:

The Podcasts

We may muse about "the end of the world," but our God is calling us to consider how he is pleased to re-create us and preserve in us the love which alone endures.

Direct download: KML_2011-12-04_800am.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:18pm CDT

"Advent" denotes an arrival -- but how often do we protest that God is absent from human existence?  We can consider the ways in which we have been inattentive to God's presence.

Direct download: KML_2011-11-27_800am.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:08pm CDT

What do we seek when we are powerless?  We hope that someone will exercise personal kindness toward us.  This is the very tenor of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, who is united with all who are cast down.

Direct download: KML_2011-11-20_800am.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:01pm CDT

God is demanding.  He did not create us idly.  He created us for a purpose.  Are we willing to find out this purpose?

Direct download: KML_2011-11-13_800am.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:43am CDT

We must keep sufficient oil with our lamps so that we can keep peering into what seems to us to be obscurity, and thus to welcome the clarity which emerges.

Direct download: KML_2011-11-06_800am.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:37am CDT

In light of the scriptural expression of tension regarding religious leadership, a reflection on the sexual-abuse scandal in the Catholic Church.

Direct download: KML_2011-10-30_800am.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:41pm CDT

I was on vacation for two weekends.

What is our principle for conducting our lives?  We may be stuck in a childhood mode, assuming that "good behavior" or "conformity" is equivalent to living the great commandments, which call for an entrance into relationship when the childhood carry-over essentially has us saying, "I'm good; now leave me alone!"

Direct download: KML_2011-10-23_800am.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:03pm CDT

The focus is on the word "anxiety" as we find it in Philippians, so we can find our way through the vineyard of life's challenges and appreciate the Savior who willilngly entered it on our behalf.

Direct download: KML_2011-10-02_800am.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm CDT

The Scriptures today call us to take seriously the need of all of us to undergo ongoing conversion to the God who emptied himself for the sake of our salvation.

Direct download: KML_2011-09-25_800am.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:46pm CDT

There's a lot going on: Catechetical Sunday, Appeal Sunday for our diocesan services assessment, and so on.  Only at the end of a litany of "business" did I comment on "the parable that drives everyone crazy."  The challenge of this tale of the workers in the vineyard can be met only if we drop our tendency to analyze every element of the story (allegorizing) and focus on the gift of the day's wage as expressive of the Kingdom of God, offered in its wholeness to people who can't earn it.

Direct download: KML_2011-09-18_800am.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:22pm CDT