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3rd Sunday of Advent

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Originally delivered on December 15, 1991

Readings: Zephaniah 3:14-18; Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:10-18

Fr. Healy begins this homily reflecting on Pope John XXIII. We are reminded that God is always with us, despite our Advent prayers and celebrations for Jesus to come to again with all His power and glory.  We are challenged to ask ourselves what keeps us from feeling God among us.  We are therefore invited again to be intimate with God by being in relationship with our sisters and brothers.

 

2nd Sunday of Advent

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Originally delivered on December 8, 1991

Readings: Readings: Baruch 5:1-9; Philippians 1:4-6,8-11; Luke 3:1-6

We are challenged to let the martyrs in El Salvador to make us wonder how well we receive the Gospel to level the mountains and fill up the valleys.  Are we answering the call to our own prophesy? Furthermore, we are reminded that the goal of the prophet is not to always be right, but rather, to be be sincere to our conscience. The words of today’s Gospel should be our encouragement because we will see the glory of our God.

1st Sunday of Advent

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Originally delivered on December 1, 1991

Readings: Jeremiah 33:14-16; Thessalonians 3:12-4:2; Luke 21:25-28,34-36

Today we are reminded that when we gather for Eucharist, we are indeed a family with all that being family entails. On this first Sunday of Advent, we are reminded that we cannot rest, waiting for our Lord, when our sisters and brothers are still hurting. 

Christ the King

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Readings: Daniel 7:13-14; Revelation 1:5-8; John 18:33-37 

Originally delivered on November 24, 1991

We cannot value power and prestige and be followers of Jesus.  Indeed, we are reminded on this day that the last will be first and first will be last.  We are challenged in this homily to stand up to injustices and the abuse of power. This Feast of Christ the King is a call for us to renounce kingship.  Rather we are reminded that king to Jesus meant serving the poor, marginalized, and outcast.  To be king is to be servant of our sisters and brothers.  Today’s feast then is about re-ordering things.  Every person is called to be in full harmony with one another, other creatures, and our Earth. 

Thanksgiving

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Readings: Kings 8:55-61; Timothy 6:6-11, 17-19; Luke 17:11-19

Originally delivered on November 24, 1988

How do we express our thankfulness? Do we say it without any thought? Do we count on symbolic gratitude from others, but how often do we feel grateful for the things that we don’t feel good about?  

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Readings: Daniel 12:1-3; Hebrews 10:11-14, 18; Mark 13: 24-32

Originally delivered on November 13, 1988

What is our personal apocalypse? How have we transformed these times and maintained our courage and hope for the future. Jesus tells us in this day’s Gospel, that God is always with us. We will have trials in our lives, but we are comforted because Jesus is our Savior and already embracing us.

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Readings: Daniel 12:1-3; Hebrews: 10:11-14, 18; Mark 13:24-32

Originally delivered on November 3, 1991

In this week’s homily, Fr. Healy tells us a fairytale, The Kingdom of Love, that illustrates the spirit of of our God, who is Love. We are reminded that God loves each and every one of us, just as we are.  We must risk believing how much God loves his people.