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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One of the strangest conversations imaginable comes from three men crucified together.  Christ the King rules from the instrument of his execution.

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We are mortal.  We have no control over our dissolution.  We cast our lot with the Savior who reached out to us by taking mortality upon himself.

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Does the promise of eternal life encourage us to suppose that the here and now does not matter?  No; for eternity is found in every passing moment.

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The charming story of Zacchaeus assures us that conversion can come to our household as well.  

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The homilist was away on October 9 and 16.  -- If we can offer the prayer "Be merciful to me, a sinner," and if we steel ourselves for the long haul of faithfulness, we will be properly oriented toward our God.

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The homilist was not supposed to be here today: explanation is on audio.  We must struggle to see that an honest day's work contributes to the entire vision.

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The rich man with Lazarus at his door: was he unaware of him?  The rich man convicts himself, demonstrating his acquaintance with this poor man.  We likewise know that Lazarus and his fellows are at our door.

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Initiative: it is applied for evil and for good.  If we are dedicated to the Kingdom of God, we will exercise initiative on its behalf.

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Toward the end of the Year of Mercy, we consider the golden calf, the fatted calf, butter calves, and Paul's self-description as not knowing what he was doing in his unbelief.

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The homilist did not preach on August 28.  -- What does the Kingdom of God demand of us?  Great flexibility.  We think of the slave Onesimus and the sacred character of human labor.  We remember the inner struggle of St. Teresa of Kolkata.

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"Enter through the narrow gate."  Jesus has gone through the narrowest gate of all: the death we all must face.  We therefore enter into the love which led him there.

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Looking for comfort today?  The Scriptures are more about struggle and perseverance.

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We are called to trust that our God is eager for us to enter into his Kingdom.  Faith bids us perceive that every moment of our existence is an opening into eternal joy. 

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We must reconsider the fantasies our minds have woven.  We must affirm that God holds our life in his hands.  

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Is it possible to bargain with God?  Abraham thought so.  Our pleading in prayer leads us to purify our intentions.  God is eager to give us the help we really need.

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The homilist was away the past two Sundays.  -- Hospitality need not lead us to anxiety.  Paying attention to our guests in fact leads us to the peace of contemplating the goodness of God.  Our sufferings are united with those of Jesus.

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Elisha eliminated obstacles to his answer of the call of Elijah.  We must turn from the half-hearted responses of would-be disciples of Jesus.  Renunciation leads to the deepest freedom.

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Our classifying, labeling, and dismissing of people leads to such things as the Orlando mass shooting last Sunday.  Saint Paul calls for no such classifying.

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Every Catholic Christian must become intimately familiar with the Scriptures.  David and Bathsheba are linked today with Jesus' proclamation of forgiveness for the woman who approaches him.

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Saint Paul, in Galatians, calls us to an appreciation of the ways in which God is changing and converting us.  Elijah and Jesus proclaim resurrection as they act in favor of the sons of widows.

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It is well for us to appreciate Melchizedek as a "type" of Jesus: both offer bread and wine.

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I think this is the first time I ever got an "Awww..." over something I said in a homily.  And on Trinity Sunday?!?

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Our existence in the flesh is good.  Spirit supplies what we need when flesh can go no further.

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Let us be especially aware of the description, from Hebrews, of Jesus entering the heavenly sanctuary, and know that his gift of self is utterly personal.

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Borrowing from the Seventh Sunday of Easter, we read Jesus' aspiration "that all may be one" and consider, in light of the first reading, that unity is achieved and maintained painstakingly.

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On love as feeling and as virtue.

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From day to day, as in the case of the Apostles, it may seem that few are being gathered in.  We hold before us the image of the "multitude" of the Book of Revelation.

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Love itself can be uncomfortable.  Just ask Peter.

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I may have recorded Easter, but it may have been part of a recording which did not get shut off for hours.  -- Doing right by Thomas, and the perils of having chewing gum in school.

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A consideration of a strange and wonderful conversation: "This day you will be with me in paradise."

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We tend to be our own judge, jury, and executioner.  God does a new thing: setting us free from our self-imposed prisons.

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The annoying parable of the Prodigal Son.  (I can't remember why I don't have a recording for Feb. 28.)

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"Isn't life awful -- and wonderful?"  The Transfiguration prepares for the fullness of the mystery of death and resurrection.

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More calls.  Our vocation is founded upon Jesus' resurrection; Paul hands on to us the testimony of the earliest witnesses to Jesus' rising.

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An exercise in avoiding perfectionism: So what if the blog page is a little bit out of chronology?  -- The importance of feelings in human life.

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On saving the good wine for later.

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Temptation as a disordered appeal to our ego.

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The call of Jeremiah and Jesus' rejection at the beginning of his ministry, as well as the reflection on love as the greatest gift, cause us to consider our giftedness.

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Going deeper into baptism than the concept of "your ticket to heaven." 

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Epiphany is always a good time to look at xenophobia.  Have you any idea why we might want to look at xenophobia?

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Presenting Scriptural proof that Mary and Joseph drove a Dodge.

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Imagine the meeting of Mary and Elizabeth, and consider the awareness of God's favor which these women enjoyed.

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Joy is made of stern stuff.

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In the midst of further horror (San Bernardino), we join with the ancients who longed so deeply for a straight path to God.

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Embrace Advent -- the alternative to Black Friday.

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What is truth?  We refrain from the cynicism of Pontius Pilate and embrace the fullness of truth to be found in our suffering servant.

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The end of the world?  In light of the griefs of the past week (Paris massacres), perhaps God is giving us a chance to begin the world!

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"The widow's mite" and our concerns about being good "stewards" of the temporal affairs God has entrusted to us.

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The homilist was away from the ambo throughout October.  -- We consider our call to holiness as we remember Pope Francis and his evocation of Dorothy Day.

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"Whoever is not against us is for us."  As we reflect on the visit of Pope Francis to the United States, we are to find every strength and advantage in a principle of inclusion.

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