Homilies by Father Joseph Keating

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May 20, 2018 – Pentecost Sunday

Forty days and ten have passed since we gathered to celebrate the central mystery of our faith—the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Today, on the Solemnity of Pentecost, we arrive at the culmination of Easter, when the Church is confirmed, that is, strengthened by the gift of the Holy Spirit. Today, using our imaginations, we dare […]

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 […]