Homilies from 2016

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December 25, 2016 – Nativity of the Lord

My dear brothers and sisters, finally I can truly wish you a MERRY CHRISTMAS!  Today is born for us a Savior—Christ the Lord!  Christmas is truly a time of rejoicing, and we who are gathered today for Mass understand the source of that joy, the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ. For […]

December 18, 2016 – 4th Sunday of Advent

Have you ever asked God to give you a sign?  I know that I did plenty of times when I was discerning seminary.  Usually it went something like this:  “OK God, if the next person to walk around the corner is a pretty girl, then I’ll know I’m supposed to get married.  If not, then […]

December 11, 2016 – 3rd Sunday of Advent

Brothers and Sisters in Christ the key words for us today are rejoicing and prophecy.  We rejoice because Jesus is present, among us today, right now in this Holy Mass and as His disciples we are called to leave here today, strengthened and nourished to be His prophets. As we enter into this 3rd week […]

December 4, 2016 – 2nd Sunday of Advent (A)

Well, we are one week closer to Christmas, and since we are in Advent, we have just begun a new liturgical year.  As you know, last year was a jubilee year, the Year of Mercy, declared by the Holy Father.  A few weeks ago, one of my parishioners asked me, “since the Year of Mercy […]

November 27, 2016 – 1st Sunday of Advent (A)

  Wake O wake and sleep no longer, brothers and sisters!  It’s a new year!  Happy new year, by the way.  As this Advent hymn states, “Awake, God’s own Jerusalem! … Zion hears the sound of singing; Our hearts are thrilled with sudden longing; She stirs, and wakes, and stands prepared.” It’s a beautiful hymn—one […]

November 1, 2016 – Solemnity of All Saints

In the Psalm today we hear these words: “Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord?  Who may stand in his holy place?” I remember the first time I saw real mountains.  I went to Colorado the summer after I graduated from high school.  I was on a hiking trip with my Scout troop, and […]