Homilies by Father Joseph Keating

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April 29, 2018 – Fifth Sunday of Easter (B)

The process of growing grapes is very finicky and precise, and, in many ways, it is counterintuitive.  Whereas, for just about any cash crop, one needs to find fertile soil, give the plants plentiful water, rotate the crops, and begin each season by planting new seed,by contrast, with grapes, it’s different.  The best soil for […]

April 15, 2018 – Third Sunday of Easter (B)

Today we continue our celebration, overcome with Paschal joy, because Christ is risen, alleluia!  We rejoice because he is risen, and this is the central proclamation of our faith, that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, and rose again on the third day! I often think, especially in this season, what […]

March 30, 2018 – Good Friday

What is there to say in the aftermath of a tragedy?  What can one do?  In the past year, we have read the news, so much bad news, about shootings at schools and churches, about terrorist attacks, starvation and wars raging in various parts of the globe.  This constant stream of bad news can make […]

February 25, 2018 – Second Sunday of Lent

The Winter Olympics are wrapping up, and it reminds me of my favorite winter sport—skiing.  I love to watch the downhill, slalom, even the ski jumping.  And if you’ve ever skied before, you know that when you’re up on a mountain, covered in snow, and the sun comes out, the mountain turns dazzling white.  It […]

February 18, 2018 – First Sunday of Lent

The words that close the gospel reading today are the same words spoken to each of us as we received ashes on our heads:  “Repent, and believe in the gospel.”  As I mentioned on Wednesday, Lent is a time for us to take on the ascetical practices of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving.  And in addition […]