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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?

Christmas

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Originally Delivered on December 25, 1991

Readings: Isaiah 62:1-5; Acts of the Apostles 13:16-17, 22-25; Matthew 1:1-25

On this Christmas Day, we are reminded that we must be a hopeful people because of Jesus. We are again called to be the hope for our sisters and brothers. 

4th Sunday of Advent

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Originally delivered on December 22, 1991

Readings: Micah 5:1-4; Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-45

In this week’s readings, we hear of Elizabeth and Mary both saying “Amen” to God. We are invited to try to emulate Mary in her willingness to serve God. In what way is God asking us, individually and collectively, to say Amen? That is, how might we help to make Jesus present and real in our world?

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.