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.

Direct download: KML_2016-11-20_800am.mp3
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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.

Direct download: KML_2016-10-23_800am.mp3
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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.

Direct download: KML_2016-10-02_800am.mp3
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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.

Direct download: KML_2016-09-25_800am.mp3
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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.

Direct download: KML_2016-09-18_800am.mp3
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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.

Direct download: KML_2016-09-11_800am.mp3
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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.

Direct download: KML_2016-08-21_800am.mp3
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Looking for comfort today?  The Scriptures are more about struggle and perseverance.

Direct download: KML_2016-08-14_800am.mp3
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