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Pentecost

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Readings: Genesis: 11:1-9; Romans 8:22-27; John 7: 37-39

Originally delivered on May 19, 1991

Considered the birthday of the Church, today we celebrate Pentecost. Fr. Healy reminds us that ordinary people do extraordinary things, through the power of the Holy Spirit.  We are called to share our beliefs in deeds, touching other people’s lives in our world. We must believe that we have the fire and gift of God within and moves us. Fr. Healy passionately reminds us that we are called to love one another, especially refugees, as Jesus loves us. Indeed, we must have a passion for peace. We must be energized by the Holy Spirit to use our individual talents to serve the community because we are one body in Christ.

7th Sunday of Easter

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Readings: Acts: 1:15-17, 20-26; John 4:11-16; John 17:11019

Originally delivered on May 12, 1991

We must be ever ready to discover beauty, truth, and goodness in new ways because God is forever revealing and proclaiming the wonder of God in the universe. We must be open to learning about God’s creation.  We are called today to let go of our ways of thinking so that we might be open to seeing and understanding God’s revelations to us. John tells us in the Gospel that God is Love and that if we are loving, then we are of God, despite our sinfulness.  Indeed, God is in us and we should exalt, rejoice, and celebrate because we ourselves are a reflection of God.

6th Sunday of Easter

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Readings: Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48, John 4:7-10, John 15:9-17

Originally delivered on May 5, 1991

In the first reading, we hear of Peter’s struggles to understand God’s vision for inclusiveness and welcomes non-Jews into the new Church. Then, in the second reading, we are reminded that we don’t need to earn God’s love.  God is love and god already loves us as we are.  We are asked to try to love one another as God loves us. In the Gospel, Jesus says, “there is no greater love than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” and “The command I give you is this: that you love one another.” What might we need to give up in order to more fully embrace God’s calling to love one another as He loves us?

5th Sunday of Easter

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Originally delivered on May 1, 1994

Readings: Acts 9:26-31; John 3:18-24; John 15:1-8

Today, we are invited again into a relationship with God.

5th sunday of Easter

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Readings: Acts 9:26-31; John 3:18-24; John 15:1-8

Originally delivered on May 1, 1988

In the first reading, we hear about Paul’s conversion. We are invited to examine if we are being too nice, rather than making some uneasy. We have been baptized and anointed in Confirmation, but are we passionate for Jesus? In the Gospel, we hear that if we live as His branch on the His vines, that we will be animated by the Spirit of Jesus and our prayers will be answered.

5th Sunday of Easter

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Originally delivered on April 28, 1991

Readings: Acts 9:26-31; John 3:18-24; John 15:1-8

Today we are challenged to get more serious in our following of Jesus. We have to be ready for God to change our circumstances and see the world in a whole new light. Like Paul, we might even switch sides. In the epistle, we are reminded that we are to love one another as Jesus loves. We are called to “love in deed and in truth and not merely talk about it.”

4th Sunday of Easter

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Originally delivered on April 21, 1991

Readings: Acts 4:8-12; John 3:1-2; John 10:11-18

Today we are reminded is that while we may not know what the hereafter holds, we can be assured that we are God’s children. God is Love and God loves us.  In the gospel, Jesus tells us that He is the Good Shepherd. Will we follow Him when confronted with the events in our lives? Let us all ask God not that we are right, but rather, like Christ.