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Originally delivered on February 13, 1994
Readings: Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46; Corinthians 10:31-11:1; Mark 1:40-45
The first and last readings today are about leprosy. Fr. Healy suggests that we all have leprosy from time to time. Fr. Healy surmises that leprosy is something that scares, threatens, or makes someone feel insecure. Even those with “gifts” can be ostracized as a leper. We’ve all counted another “out”, so that we can be sure that we are “in.” We are challenged to look for God in the faces of those that we’d otherwise reject, including gays, lesbians, people living with HIV/AIDS, and those of different races or ethnicities.
Originally delivered on February 10, 1991
Readings: Job 7:1-4, 6-7; Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23; Mark 1:29-39
In the first reading, Job represents our hopelessness. In the Gospel, however, Jesus sees people’s illnesses and heals them. Indeed, He brings us hope. We are therefore to called to come out of our despair and to see the possibilities that make us glad, even in the midst of our pain and misery. We are being called to bring the hope of Jesus in our world.
Readings: Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Corinthians 7:32-35; Mark 1:21-28
Originally delivered on January 31, 1988
In the first reading, we hear that God will speak to us, His people, through the prophets. And to the prophets, God makes it clear that the prophets but speak for Him and not for themselves or someone other than God. In the Gospel then, we hear that Jesus spellbound those in the synagogue with his teaching with his ability to recognize and drive out evil. In the second reading, Paul speaks to the Corinthians about serving the Lord and dealing with life as married people. Fr. Healy explains that Paul, who believes that God’s kingdom is near, was offering his thoughts but that others since have used his words beyond what Paul may have intended. We are implored to be discerning followers of Christ. (note that unfortunately, the tape of this homily is incomplete.)
Originally delivered on January 27, 1991
Readings: Jonah 3:1-5, 10; Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20
In today’s liturgy, we are reminded that, like Simon and Andrew, through Jesus, we will be fishers of men. Like Jonah, sometimes our purpose too gets lost. We must draw strength from one another in our challenging journey. If we are trying to do our best, then “the catch” will be in the hands of the Lord.
Originally delivered on January 17, 1988
Readings: Samuel 3: 3-10, 19; Corinthians 6:13-15, 17-20; John 1:35-42
We are each challenged to be witnesses of Christ and have our words and deeds be in harmony with God’s calling of us to be His prophets. But we also must use of gift of discernment to recognize the authentic word of God spoken by our sisters and brothers and distinguish it from the pretense of some who actually speak in their own name. Originally delivered on the eve of the celebration of the national holiday honoring Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., we are reminded that some try to question the credentials of those that preach the message of Jesus. But we are reminded that the measure for true prophecy is whether the preacher echoes the Gospel of love for all people, without exception.
Originally delivered on January 6, 1991
Readings: Isaiah 60: 1-6; Ephesians 3:2-3, 5-6; Matthew 2:1-12
Today we are invited to reflect on how Mary felt about the shepherds and magi visiting just after giving birth to Jesus. And yet, we are reminded that though we may be strangers with some, we are all family which requires us to examine our definition or understanding of family. Perhaps it wasn’t easy for Mary to welcome the strangers, she set an example and welcomed them. We are called, as members of the great family of God, to share the good news that God is Love and Mercy and we are all God’s children.