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

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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Gentleness is needed to heal a raucous and agitated world.  

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As important as family ties are, we must not allow them to impede us from proclaiming the Kingdom of Godl

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We began having public Mass.  We are the assembly, and have always been such.  Fear no one.

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I think that, for a time, I thought my recorder wasn't working, and I missed recording audio for two Sundays.  You can find the video recordings.  -- We focus on the physicality of eating and drinking and recognize that this food and drink feeds us more deeply than other nourishment.

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My apologies to all who are looking for more homilies.  Particularly during this Easter season, I have been forgetful and have not always brought my digital audio recorder to church.  You can see and hear videos on Facebook, St. Jerome Catholic Church, Troy, Illinois.  The videos are archived on YouTube, St. Jerome Church, Troy, Illinois.

Heaven is not "up"!  Indeed, heaven is as close as the human heart when our God has made his dwelling there.

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Mystery and conversion are things we surrender to, without trying to figure them out.

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My apologies for not including Palm Sunday and the Second Sunday of Easter, neither of which I recorded (things have been weird here; have they been weird for you?).  Anyway, the theme of insight continues: things begin to come together and make sense for the two disciples on the road to Emmaus.

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Insight is something which occurs within us and which we must pay more attention to.  The fragments of life coalesce and begin to make sense.  This was the experience of Peter and John at Jesus' empty tomb.

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"Untie him and let him go free."  These words of Jesus, regarding Lazarus, apply to us as well.

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The Year A readings of the Fourth Sunday of Lent are loaded with irony -- all the more so in the circumstances in which we find ourselves.

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News was changing by the hour.  This homily ended up a little disjointed.  I meant to add -- to complete the thought about not being irrational -- that the current challenge is an opportunity for us to bring forth all that is most precious and beautiful within us.  As Jesus thirsted for the faith of the Samaritan woman, we thirst for an outpouring of love from us all.

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"It's a good thing the world is far, far away!"  No, the world is with us, and we are with the world.  Jesus' Transfiguration is his pledge to be with us, whatever the world is suffering.

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We must keep posing to ourselves the question: "Jesus -- he became human -- just like me?"  Yes, he is one with us when we are in the midst of temptation.

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We take a look at St. John XXIII and all the renewal he initiated by calling Vatican II.

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Generosity or codependency?; and why Easter should be one week later.  Also, my apologies for not including the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time.  I left the recorder on and the file ended up being 2.5 hours!

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I had a letter to read.  Light and salt!

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The One presented in the Temple comes with the power to change us, and his influence will feel astringent!  But he derives his authority from his complete union with humanity.

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It's not just these four fishermen who are called by Jesus.  Every one of us has received a call to holiness.

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Some housekeeping matters, and these readings feel like a repeat of last week.  First Corinthians feels familiar to us, because all church is local!

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I was not able to record the homily; what you hear here is a summary.

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As we survey the diversity of the nations, we recognize the ironies of people, supposedly of one community, to fail to communicate.  We talk to one another about projects before us, and we recognize the value of silence.

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Family traditions are of various kinds, even in the Holy Family.

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We consider the secrets which give depth to our life.

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The cycles of time and the process of conversion.

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What is the Kingdom which we await?  And how do we participate in its coming?

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Fifty years of the Lectionary cycle; transforming your tools.

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Getting a church dedicated, and the strangest conversation imaginable.  BONUS: I forgot to turn off the recorder, so you get to hear a baptism also!

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"A church that looks like a church" vs. a church built upon martyrdom.

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The Berlin Wall and scaling the wall of mortality.

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Climbing trees and finding mercy.

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It's time to examine the "interior monologue" that each of us carries on with ourselves.

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Jesus' parable is hilarious.  For one thing, it is almost as if the unjust judge can overhear the narration about his turpitude.

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The homilist was off last weekend. -- The Naaman incident gives us a picture of the evolution of the idea of God, who is supreme and not a "local god."  Naaman still requests two mule-loads of earth from Israel, so he can have a "local connection."

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This was our "Mass in the Grass."  You may remember from last year that my homily was interrupted by a football game and the national anthem.  This year it didn't happen.  I did not say to the congregation, though I was sorely tempted to do so:  "Well, they didn't do civic religion, but they did have whistleblowers."

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Cats have nine lives.  People re-invent themselves.  But our God wills that we be simply a person, not a persona.

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Note the calf in the Old Testament reading and the Gospel.

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So here's what I did at 10:30.

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I've never done this before.  I am giving you two versions of my homily, focusing on planning, with a specific reference to planning at St. Jerome.  I left some things out of one, and I left other things out of the other.

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The Gospel is not a mere etiquette lesson.  It is an opening onto a fuller life.

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We cannot stand on the sidelines.  There are no sidelines.

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Jesus is ironic when he speaks of "not peace, but the sword."

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People are waiting for the return of the Master.  But will they recognize him?  Some thoughts on the vacuous, stupid idea called "white supremacy."

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I registered displeasure with a lack of silence at the beginning of Mass, as we considered the honesty of Ecclesiastes.

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I am using "Amazing Parish" with my pastoral staff currently.  I am finding that ASKING is a big part of my pastoral leadership.  Jesus says, "Ask and you shall receive."

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We consider hospitality and limits while contemplating Guatemala and poor Martha.

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What is our treasure?  What is abundance?  We consider the empty-handed 72 disciples and our own volunteerism.

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Freedom is the opportunity to choose a direction and a commitment.

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On the God who gets things done.

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There's no "problem" with Jesus' Ascension.  We must take seriously our incorporation as the Body of Christ, alive and animated.

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"That all may be one" -- a truly mind-expanding aspiration.

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Sorry -- I forgot to turn the recorder off until I had reached the intercessions.  Jean Vanier, who died May 7, is the embodiment of Jesus' command "Love one another."

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While you're at it, be kind to yourself.

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Just be kind.

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We gather following coordinated Easter Sunday attacks on Catholic churches in Sri Lanka.

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We must consider the woman caught in adultery in light of the never-ending abuse of women -- and where is the man?

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We must remember that a fattened calf is far more palatable than a golden calf.

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Jesus addresses the issue of "theodicy," or the problem of evil and what God does about it.

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"Let my people go!"  How did Moses find it possible to respond to that voice from a burning yet unconsumed bush?

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Is life a pie or the sky?  (This is unrelated to the concept of "pie in the sky when you die," which we will have to treat at another time.)

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Listen for Jesus' sly sense of humor as he proposes the image of a wooden beam in someone's eye.

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Instead of a coughing fit, a brief summary of my homily.

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The people who know their poverty will always remain connected with their God, in accord with the tree whose roots have a reliable source of water.

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Can we find a hitherto unnoticed strength in ourselves?  Paul's reflection on love celebrates love as a strength!

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A government shutdown is the opposite of the harmony described by Saint Paul in his description of the Christian community according to the "analogy of the body."

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We want to know that we are "chosen" and "espoused."  Our God assures us that his love for us is of this quality.

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Uncertainty about the identity of the Magi does not impede us from appreciating their role in "manifesting" the Savior to all nations.

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Families allow children to become themselves.  Pain is necessarily part of the process, even in the Holy Family.

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An exploration of how secrets indicate a rich interior life.

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Joy is not anesthesia.  Joy acknowledges the depth and complexity of human life, including grief and pain.

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On "bucket lists" and our need to be free from artificial goals.

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What kind of kingdom is this "kingdom of God"?  It is not merely a glib bit of religious jargon.  It announces itself through the relationships we form.

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Reflecting on "the end of days" helps us to rest in God's providence.

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How freeing it is to discover that one's needs are few.

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My malfunctioning phone was good for some laughs.  It's working now.  Law makes sense when it is actually forming our lives.

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What do we do with joyful words of Scripture, when people are gunned down as they are worshiping?

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In honor of St. Jerome, we replaced the hard-hitting statement of the Letter of James with the reflection from Second Timothy on the value of Scripture.

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This was our "Mass on the Grass" in Troy City Park.  I was distracted and did not start the recording right away.  At a nearby football game, the national anthem began to be sung, and I said, "I guess we have to pause."  This recording begins toward the end of the national anthem.

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We have the classic text of James about faith and works, Peter's act of faith in Jesus, and the context in which Peter's faith will be tested: the mission of the Suffering Servant.

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Our interactions with strangers and with those whom we should know well: these interactions can be evaluated in light of the Word of God today.

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From Bishop Paprocki, September 2, 2018


My dear brothers and sisters in Christ:


The past few weeks have seen an unprecedented unfolding of a highly disturbing series of events in the Church here in the United States. In June, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, a former priest of the Archdiocese of New York and Archbishop Emeritus of Washington D.C., was removed from public ministry for credible and substantiated allegations of abuse of a minor. In July, Pope Francis accepted McCarrick’s resignation from the College of Cardinals.


On August 14, a Pennsylvania Grand Jury reported that more than 300 priests across Pennsylvania sexually abused children over seven decades, protected by church leaders who covered it up. Then, on the heels of that devastating report, On August 22 the Vatican’s former ambassador to the United States—officially called an Apostolic Nuncio—wrote an extensive letter claiming that Pope Francis knew about the sex abuse allegations against former Cardinal McCarrick for years, but chose to cover up the charges.

The reaction to hearing this convergence of distressing reports has been very understandable anger and even outrage on the part of many people—including myself. While I felt compelled to respond immediately to the news, since that time, I have only experienced increasing anger, disgust, and a desire to act.
The words from Jesus in the Gospel of Mark about the evils that come from the violation of the natural law are critical to keep in mind as we reflect on the recent revelations of what can only be described as horrifying abuse and neglect of authority among some priests and bishops of the Church in our own country. We may notice that all the things Jesus lists are the subjects of the Ten Commandments: “From within people, from their hearts, come evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly. All these evils come from within and they defile.”

As Saint Thomas Aquinas tells us, the original and proper use of law is to help people to live virtuously. It is to encourage their basic goodness, and to help them live together in harmony. The basis of all Gospel teaching about law is that there is the eternal law of God, and the natural law within humans, which shares in the eternal. The summary of the natural law for us is the Ten Commandments. These are not arbitrary rules imposed upon us by a stern God. They are reminders of the best part and highest aspirations of the natural human law that lives within all of us. Given that we are fallen creatures, we sometimes forget how to live in harmony with each other and with God. The Ten Commandments remind us of how to do this. Unfortunately, too many people have forgotten or ignored these basic precepts.

In light of this current distressing situation, I have called for a response that must include several components, namely, public prayers of repentance and acts of atonement, new measures for review of bishops’ handling of cases and a reaffirmation of my own commitment to a zero-tolerance policy in our diocese, and a call for spiritual renewal at all levels of the Church. I would like to share additional detail and perspective on each of these three components of response — especially the first.

With regard to public prayers and acts of atonement, I am personally committing myself to a period of prayer and fasting in reparation and atonement as a way of confronting this crisis in our Church on spiritual grounds. Specifically, I am abstaining from all meat and alcohol (except the sacramental wine used at Mass) for forty days, which I began on August 28, the Feast of Saint Augustine, and will continue until October 7, the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. During those weeks, I will also fast between meals on Fridays. On October 7, I plan to run a marathon in Long Beach, California, with the LIFE Runners, a pro-life running group. There is a lot of pain involved in training and in the actual running of a marathon. In the past, I have offered up that pain for various intentions. This year I am offering the pain of my marathon training and running in repentance for the sins of all clergy—bishops, priests and deacons. I will also include this intention in the many rosaries that I will pray in the course of my running.

Further, at 7:00 PM on Monday, October 1, the Feast Day of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus — known as the “Little Flower” — I will lead a liturgical service of “Repentance and Prayer for those Harmed in the Church” at our Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield. Each of our Deans will conduct this liturgical service of “Repentance and Prayer for those Harmed in the Church” at the same time at a location to be designated in each of our deaneries. As sins of sexual depravity and complicity in their cover-up have deeply infected and wounded the Church, it is crucial that we pray for these evils to be eradicated from the whole Church.

Our priests will also gather for a liturgical service of “Repentance and Prayer for those Harmed in the Church” at the beginning of our upcoming Convocation of Priests on Monday evening, September 17, at 7:00 PM at Mother of Perpetual Help Church in Maryville, Illinois.
As I have previously said, we bishops of the United States must offer public prayers of repentance and acts of atonement for the sins of all bishops, priests and deacons. Having spoken with Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), it is my understanding that we will have prayers of repentance and acts of atonement at our next meeting in November in Baltimore.

I humbly invite all of you to join me in the holy battle for purification of our Church throughout the world and here at home by participating in prayers of repentance, by fasting, and by coming to the prayer service on October 1 at 7:00 PM at the Cathedral or at the location in your deanery. The nature of the battle at hand can be seen in these well-known verses in Genesis: “Then the Lord said to Cain, ‘Where is Abel your brother?’ He said, ‘I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?’ And the Lord said, ‘What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying out to me from the ground’” (Gen 4: 9-10). There is no such thing as private sin. The horrible sins that we have all endured learning about — and the souls of those damaged by them — hurt us all in the mystical body of Christ. In the same way, the prayers and sacrifices of the faithful are effective in bringing about spiritual healing to the whole Body of Christ.

In addition to public prayers of repentance and acts of atonement, I reiterate my increased resolve and continued commitment to a zero-tolerance policy in this Diocese, and all the practical steps outlined in my statement of August 19. I pledge our diocese’s full cooperation with law enforcement officials to make every available effort to protect our people. We will review the firm commitments we have made and the concrete steps we have taken to protect against clergy misconduct in our diocese. We are also willing to consider any additional actions that would be helpful in making our safe environment program more effective.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, I have called for a profound spiritual renewal at all levels of the Church. When I say all levels, I include not only bishops, priests and deacons, but also the highest level of the hierarchy, the Pope. In his August 20th letter to the People of God, Pope Francis writes, “With shame and repentance, we acknow-ledge as an ecclesial community that we were not where we should have been, that we did not act in a timely manner, realizing the magnitude and the gravity of the damage done to so many lives. We showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned them.” I presume that he includes himself among the “we” to whom he refers. Indeed, in a letter this past April 11 to the bishops of Chile, Pope Francis asked forgiveness for his “serious errors of assessment and perception.” In a meeting with abuse survivors in Chile this past May, Pope Francis said, “I was part of the problem, I caused this and I’m sorry.”
Now, with reference to the situation in our own country, the former Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, has revealed a set of facts and circumstances that are deeply troubling as they relate to the awareness, actions, and inactions at the very highest levels of the Church. Archbishop Viganò has provided his written testimony stating that Pope Francis “must honestly state when he first learned about the crimes committed by McCarrick, who abused his authority with seminarians and priests. In any case, the Pope learned about it from me on June 23, 2013 and continued to cover for him.” When asked about this aboard the papal plane on his return flight from Ireland on August 26, Pope Francis said, “Read the statement carefully and make your own judgment. I will not say a single word on this.” Frankly, but with all due respect, that response is not adequate. Given the gravity of the content and implications of the former Nuncio’s statement, it is important for all the facts of this situation to be fully reviewed, vetted, and carefully considered. Toward that end, Pope Francis, Vatican officials and the current Apostolic Nuncio should make public the pertinent files indicating who knew what and when about Archbishop (formerly Cardinal) McCarrick and provide the accountability that the Holy Father has promised.
Over the past few days I have given several media interviews to reporters inquiring about these matters. I have pledged to share as much information as possible and work for solutions to rectify the situation. One reporter asked what I would say to people whose faith in the institution of the Church has been shaken by these scandals. I answered by saying that, ultimately, we are not called to put our faith in an institution; we are called to put our faith in Jesus Christ. Our Lord gave us the Church as a means to help us to get to heaven, but the Church is not an end in itself. Our Lord also gave us bishops, priests and deacons to help the Christian faithful on this journey of faith. We must never forget that this is a ministry of service and not of privilege.

Even in the face of adversity, we must remain convinced that Christ has not abandoned us, and so we must not give up on our commitment to live as His disciples. We must recognize that this is exactly what Satan wants, for he is the prince of darkness. He wants us to turn our back on our Lord and His Church. On the contrary, like the disciples in the early Church, we must use this unfortunate set of circumstances to commit ourselves to live ever more fully for Christ as His disciples. We must keep saying “yes” to God for the rest of our lives.

May God give us this grace. Amen.

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The anguish of the People of God is met by the utterly personal gift of Jesus' very flesh and blood.

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This was recorded at St. James.  The acoustics are quite different.  I recall the image of the pelican feeding her young with her own blood.

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Ephesians focuses on the renewal of our minds, another way of describing conversion.

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This was a difficult homily to give.  You will soon hear why.

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If people get paid to speak on God's behalf, do they just end up saying what the employer wants to hear?

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The definition of slavery might well be what Psalm 123 presents: always having one's gaze upon the master, never turning away.  But this figure is given to us because we must not miss God's mercy and love toward us.

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Might we take the time now to dust off the much-maligned word, NICE?

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Did you ever notice how the births of Jesus and John are at the solstices?

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The Kingdom of God is manifested in the surprising growth which occurs within and among us.

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The Holy Eucharist cannot be separated from the Easter mystery and all which occurred as Jesus gave himself for our salvation.

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Embrace and submit to the paradox of God, one and three.

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The gifts of the Holy Spirit lead to the growth in us of the Spirit's fruits.  Surely we must want to live this way: carried and calmed by joy, peace, and all the other fruits of the Spirit.

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"God is love."  We may struggle to understand the pull of love.  We find our answers as we appreciate that "God is love."

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In our polarized society, we must recognize our absolute need to be branches on the one vine, Jesus, who leads us out of tribalism into life-giving union.

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This was First Communion weekend in my parishes.  "This is the church, this is the steeple" leads to a discussion of the Church as the people, and of our need to be shepherded.

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We used the Gospel from the Easter Vigil: Mark's account of the discovery of the empty tomb.  We can identify with the fear which the women felt when they were charged with announcing Jesus' resurrection to the world.

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As we near the celebration of the Passion of the Lord, the image of the grain of wheat becomes very helpful to us.

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The homiletic treatment of the strange story of Abraham and Isaac.

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