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: kl@kevinlaughery.com

The Podcasts

Do you think that perhaps Jesus was seeking new recruits because he was having second thoughts about James and John?

Direct download: KML_2022-07-03_830am.mp3
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The return to Ordinary Time and a consideration of vocation was somewhat overshadowed by a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision and its implications.

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This separate celebration of the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist can never be separated from Holy Thursday and the Passion of Jesus.

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Two persons of the Trinity are called "Father" and "Son."  Therefore I decided to stick with family relationships.

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We, the Christian community, can work through our problems together.

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The Christian people began with a small number; Revelation promises that this nucleus will grow into a vast throng.

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We as Christian community must be fed by the Sacred Scriptures.

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The gift of resurrection is the foundation of our Christian community.

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What sort of conversation can be held among three people condemned and dying?  Saint Luke's Passion gives us an example, and it is the opposite of futile.

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Our lives are not games.  We must not manipulate people.  We must treasure the gift of forgiveness which our God has given us, and allow that gift to make us compassionate.

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The story of the father and his two sons never fails to agitate us as we marvel at the behaviors therein portrayed.

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The "problem of evil" is best addressed by our looking at the evil within our own hearts, and opening ourselves to conversion.

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How are promises to be fulfilled?  What is our reaction if we simply see no way to fulfillment?

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Beware the polarities of "I am God" and "I am nothing."  If we understand ourselves as God's beloved creatures, we will be less likely to succumb to temptation.

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The Third and Fifth Sundays of Easter, and the Ascension, are missing.  In the case of the first two, I had left the recorder at home and did not feel like running back for it.  The Ascension marked the return of Deacon Bob Crosby, who preached.

As I recall, on the Third Sunday of Easter, I preached about our need as Christian community to grow comfortable with one another -- which Peter obviously was not when he discovered himself to be in the presence of the risen Jesus.  On the Fifth Sunday of Easter, I focused on the word "elder" in the Acts of the Apostles and the fact that I am technically a presbyter or "elder," and became an elder before I had turned 26.

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There was a lot to talk about, including the Russian attack on Ukraine, in light of the image of having a block of wood in your eye.

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It was a crazy day, and what I have here is a summary.  Love your enemies.

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"Blessed are you who are poor": may there be no obstacles to our accepting this promise of Jesus.  (This file runs a little long; I remembered to turn off the device after I dismissed our catechumen.)

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I don't like to be startled.  Peter, I suppose, needed to be startled.  I trust in God's gentle revelations to me of his presence.

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St. Paul's meditation on love anchors us in a sense of what is valuable.

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How clear is St. Paul's "analogy of the body"!

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The Magi, the baptism of Jesus, the wine at Cana: all these are connected with Epiphany, the manifestation of Jesus to the world.

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In the midst of uncertainty, we have a "theophany" -- God showing himself to us.  Sorry, this file runs a little long; I forgot to turn off the device.

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We see very clearly that the human family is a global community.

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There are tensions even within the Holy Family.  We must not be surprised at the tensions within ours.

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The account of the visit of Mary to Elizabeth is crowned by the Canticle of Mary, the Magnificat.

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John the Baptist speaks of elementary, immediate acts of social justice.

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Luke very deliberately fixes the time of the emergence of John the Baptist.

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We lift up our heads with confident expectation of what God is giving us.

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This is a king whom Pilate cannot fathom.

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As we try to appreciate the gift of everlasting life, we find that anything having to do with love will help us.

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Jesus, both priest and sacrifice, offered his own blood in the heavenly sanctuary.

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Law must find its way into our hearts and habits.

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Jesus is the effective high priest because he shares in humans' weakness.

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Six months away from the Easter Triduum, we read two Scripture passages associated with Good Friday.

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Hebrews: The Word of God penetrates even the spaces within ourselves where there is no space.

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No recordings exist for the last three Sundays of September.  -- Take note of the argument of the Letter to the Hebrews, to be presented during the next seven Sundays.

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As Jesus respects the man he heals, so we must be cognizant of the private and public spheres of everyone's lives.

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We must credit the ancients with insight into disease, even if they did not have direct knowledge of microorganisms.  Jesus is making a different point: to be concerned, not about what passes through you, but rather about the evil which emerges from you.

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To whom shall we go?  Our reception of the Holy Eucharist is personal, not conventional.

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Mary's immaculate conception and assumption follow from our understanding of her as "Mother of God."

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If one is interested in being an "influencer," Jesus' method is not the way to go about it.

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Jesus begins to talk with people who did not perceive the "sign" of the Kingdom but simply want some ready source with which to be sated.

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What good are five loaves and two fish for a crowd of five thousand?  Do we perceive the "sign" in this merciful act of Jesus?

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Let us go rest in an out-of-the-way place -- but it's not out of the way if throngs of people come there.

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Going out on mission: Do we recognize that our not clinging to our property is the sign of the truth of the treasure of the Kingdom?

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Jesus was not accepted in the place where he grew up.  And the homilist gets lots of pushback when he attempts to state that Americans are in the same sinful state as all other human beings.

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God did not make death.  Jesus gives life and health to all.

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Anxiety is something we all experience.

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I don't recall why there is no recording for June 6.

Take a risk -- it's a small step, like a mustard seed, and you will experience much growth.

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Love is something shared.  God as Trinity is the height of sharing and loving.

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The Holy Spirit works with us to repair an atomized human society.

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The power of "up" and "down," and "sitting at the right hand," upon our imaginations.

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The many dimensions of love.

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You can't beat the vine and the branches for clarity.

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Deep thoughts on shepherding.

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It is I, myself.  Look, I'm eating.  Do not be afraid of ghosts.

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Faith and love require that we enter more deeply into Christian community.

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We note how Peter and John, entering Jesus' empty tomb, reach a moment of insight which convinces them of his resurrection.

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Barabbas is "son of the father."  Jesus, "son of the father" in the deepest sense, takes the place of every last one of us.

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Jesus is the grain of wheat which loses its identity in order to bring forth an unexpected harvest.

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Jesus revives Lazarus because he is God and can do so, but also because he is human and he feels the bitterness of bereavement.

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The best-known verse of the Bible, and the end of the Hebrew Bible.

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You'd think those beholding the healing of a man born blind would rejoice.  Instead, he is a problem.

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On the foolishness of God.

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Pope Francis in Iraq and the beauty of dialogue.

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What does it mean to rise from the dead?

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Jesus is entirely like us, having experienced the struggle with temptation.

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The man who is healed talks too much.  We need to consider whether we, likewise, talk too much.

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A discussion of the mysteries of time, on a recording which I think runs on until almost the Eucharistic Prayer.

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On preferring the authority of one's arguments over an argument from authority.

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On the "Sunday of the Word of God," we have to consider the context of the Scriptures we hear at Mass.  Jonah was called by God, but he was quite an unwilling prophet!

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Sorry, merely a summary on the matter of being called by God.

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My response to the desecration which occurred on January 6, 2021.

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An irony: We who have been given the good news may, with great strength, resist it.  Thank God for crises.

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God establishes the continuity of history.

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On the unexpected power (not the expected male power) which results in the world's salvation.

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At first I heard an echo in this recording.  I have, to my great relief, found that the recording was just playing twice on my computer.

Joy springs from within.

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Does repentance bring comfort?

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Considering the meaning of "the end," "it is finished," and so forth, in terms of completion rather than demise.

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Are we like goats?  We make a lot of noise, and we will eat anything.

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The word "talent" presents difficulties, since it seems to refer to performance.  Our God in fact wants us to go deeper than performance and recognize essential qualities which are not easily subject to observation.

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"Stay awake!"  In fact, the point of the parable is the exercise of forethought, as opposed to vigilance.

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On sainthood as a process.

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The great commandments.

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Every twelve years: "Caesar's Coin" just before a presidential election.

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More perversity.

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Perversity -- and a tribute to Joaquin Lavado (Quino), noted for his comic strip "Mafalda."

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Of Brownies and brownie points.

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"The parable that everybody hates": proof that Jesus intended his parables to be provocative.

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The parable of the unforgiving debtor: Do we get it?

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Campus minister Emily Rogers of the Newman Center of Eastern Illinois University interviews Fr. Kevin Laughery on racism.

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Sorry, no audio for this Sunday.  You can hear the homily by viewing the St. Jerome live stream.  (My wearable mic wasn't working, but the ambo mic was.)

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Part 2 of two parts.  Peter doesn't understand that the Messiah (and those who proclaim his name) has to suffer and die.

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Part 1 of two parts.  Peter expresses faith in Jesus and Jesus calls him the "rock" on which he will build the Church.

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Our lives are rich and full -- so much so that we could sing arias about them.

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When we are afraid, we want people to affirm that they feel afraid, too.

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Jesus is not the "victim" here.  He has something in mind when vast throngs come to him.

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This was the weekend when we added a public Mass.  -- Does everything work out for good?  If we keep in mind the human family instead of a narrow focus on ourselves, we will be pleasantly surprised!

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I can't recall why I don't have a recording for July 12.  -- Have you rebuked temerity lately?

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