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6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Originally delivered on February 16, 1992

Readings: Jeremiah 17:5-8; Corinthians 15:12, 16-20; Luke 6:17, 20-26

In today’s Gospel, we are reminded of Jesus’ words “But woe to you rich, for your consolation is now.” As a member of one of the wealthiest nations, we are asked to look at our role in keeping the current arrangements that keep some people poor and hungry. We are also asked to think of marriage as an opportunity for two people to give themselves and their lives to their union as an expression of God Himself. 

5th Sunday of Ordinary Time

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Originally delivered on February 5, 1989

Readings: Isaiah 6:1-2, 3-8; Corinthians 15:1-11 or 15:3-8,11; Luke 5:1-11

In this week’s Gospel, we hear Jesus tell us to push beyond our security to take a chance on Him and to enter into the work of the Gospel.  For each person hearing this message, it is a unique experience.  Perhaps god is speaking to us to tithe unto the Lord and to take seriously His challenge to let go of our need for security. 

Presentation of the Lord

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Originally delivered on February 2, 1992

Readings: Malachi 3:1-4; Hebrews 2:14-18; Luke 2:22-40

On this Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, we are reminded that we will likely always experience highs as well as our lows. Our God comforts and challenges us. We must be ready to be servants of our God.

3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

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Originally delivered on January 22, 1989

Readings: Nehemiah 8:2-4, 5-6, 8-10; Corinthians 12:12-30; Luke 1:1-4, 4:14-21

Fr. Healy admits that this Gospel reading is his favorite passage.  He invites us to imagine that we were there in the synagogue when Jesus claimed that He fulfilled the Scripture that day.  As citizens of the Kingdom of God, our resolve must be to “bring glad tidings to the poor, proclaim liberty to captives, recover sight to the blind, and to release prisoners.” As a part of the body of Christ, we must work to ensure that all of our sisters and brothers know, through our actions, that they are also an essential part of the body of Christ. We are called to be Jesus’ presence in our world today.

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Readings: Isaiah 62:1-5; Corinthians 12:4-11; John 2:1-12 

Originally delivered on January 15, 1989

In this week’s Gospel we hear of the first miracle at the wedding of Cana. We are invited to see Mary as a symbol for the Church itself.  Furthermore, we are challenged to be like Mary and get involved.  And in the second reading, Paul tells us that each of us is uniquely gifted.  Do we believe it?  Are we brave enough to use that gift to make glorious things for God?  Anne Frank and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were both ordinary people.  We too are ordinary people.  How might we make our light shine as they did?

 

Baptism of the Lord

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Originally delivered on January 12, 1992

 

Readings: Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7; Acts 10:34-38; Luke 3:15-16, 21-22

 

A Sacrament of initiation, Baptism, is more than a welcome to the Church. Baptism is an initiation into the family. In today’s homily, we are asked to acknowledge Baptism as a commissioning outward to share in the spirit of our family.  Everyone is family, and as such, we are asked to hold a world vision based on Jesus, who taught us tenderness toward each other and justice for all. As a family, we must embrace all people, without exception, and especially immigrants, refugees, and strangers.  All are welcome and all are one. Although we are baptized in water, we are also baptized in fire and spirit.  May God set us on fire to make the spirit of family alive in our world.

Epiphany

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Originally delivered on January 8, 1995

Readings: Isaiah 60:1-6; Ephesians 3:2-3, 5-6; Matthew 2:1-12

Today we are reminded that there are strangers waiting to be welcome by us. They, the strangers, are also waiting to share their gifts with us. To what extent are we living in celebration of one another?