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

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

Direct download: KML_2022-05-22_830am.mp3
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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.

Direct download: KML_2022-04-10_830am.mp3
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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.

Direct download: KML_2022-04-03_830am.mp3
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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.

Direct download: KML_2022-03-27_830am.mp3
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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.

Direct download: KML_2022-03-20_830am.mp3
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How are promises to be fulfilled?  What is our reaction if we simply see no way to fulfillment?

Direct download: KML_2022-03-13_830am.mp3
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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.

Direct download: KML_2022-03-06_830am.mp3
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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.

Direct download: KML_2022-02-27_1030am.mp3
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It was a crazy day, and what I have here is a summary.  Love your enemies.

Direct download: KML_2022-02-20_summary.mp3
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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.)

Direct download: KML_2022-02-13_830am.mp3
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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.

Direct download: KML_2022-01-16_830am.mp3
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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.

Direct download: KML_2022-01-09_830am.mp3
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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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