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

Jesus demonstrates his own weariness, which is quite similar to what is described by Job.  We need refreshment in the midst of activity.

Direct download: KML_2015-02-08_800am.mp3
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"Predictions are always difficult, especially about the future."  Prophecy is not necessarily about the future; God, speaking through prophets, has a lot to say to us about how things are right now, and how they must change.

Direct download: KML_2015-02-01_800am.mp3
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Satire is in the news, and it's in the Bible.  The Book of Jonah gives us the portrait of an unwilling prophet and as we laugh at Jonah, we learn to laugh at our own resistance to God.

Direct download: KML_2015-01-25_800am.mp3
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Here I am.  How do I hear and understand a call from the God who has given me life?

Direct download: KML_2015-01-18_800am.mp3
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Baptism symbolizes many things, including a thirst for human existence to make sense.

Direct download: KML_2015-01-11_800am.mp3
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Can "foreign" people really be as human as we are?  Somehow we resist this obvious fact of life.  The manifestation of Jesus to the nations helps us break through our self-imposed barriers so that we appreciate our kinship with all people.

Direct download: KML_2015-01-04_800am.mp3
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The family of Abraham and Sarah, and the Holy Family, help us to see how God's promises are fulfilled in history and through crises.

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We understand Mary of Nazareth to have been the most free person of all.  We consider whether we will dispose ourselves to cooperate with God as Mary did.

Direct download: KML_2014-12-28_800am.mp3
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What is the opposite of joy?  Not suffering, but rather, numbness.

Direct download: KML_2014-12-14_800am.mp3
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We yearn for a straight path to the meaning of our life.

Direct download: KML_2014-12-07_800am.mp3
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Break open the heavens and come down among us, that we might be roused from our dullness.

Direct download: KML_2014-11-30_800am.mp3
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The last judgment is carried out according to criteria which leave us absolutely depending on God's mercy.

Direct download: KML_2014-11-23_800am.mp3
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