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Easter

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Originally delivered on April 16, 1995

Readings: Acts 10:34, 37-43; Colossians 3:1-4; Corinthians 5:6-8; John 20:1-9

Fr. Healy begins this last homily at Our Lady Queen of Peace by retelling some favorite funny stories.   He reminds us that we cannot let the meanness and sadness of the “bad guys” to overcome us.  We must find hope in the Risen Christ.  We are not alone in our pain and sorry, but Jesus’s pain on the cross, is so that we can bear our pain.  We must not give up.  We are called to be the Easter people and sing alleluia for ourselves and for our sisters and brothers.  We cannot give in to those that would silence us.  We must always stand up for the truth. We are also called to forgive those that have wronged us. 

Easter

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Originally delivered on April 18, 1992

Readings: Acts 10:34, 37-43; Colossians 3:1-4; Corinthians 5:6-8; John 20:1-9

Fr. Healy recounts a funny story of an Easter Vigil in Newport, RI. He reminds us that we need to enjoy, laugh, hope, and bring joy to the world. Indeed, despite what is happening in our own lives, we are called to bring light the light of Christ to our sisters and brothers. Fr. Healy says hallelujah for three things: apartheid being done in South Africa; women coming into greater equality; and meeting God through human experiences. 

Passion of Our Lord

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Originally delivered on April 9, 1995

Readings: Isaiah 50: 4-7; Paul 2: 6-11; Luke 22:14-23, 56 or 23:1-49

In this homily, we are challenged to ask ourselves “What does crucifying Jesus look like in our times?”  However we celebrate the passion of our Lord, it ends with the sacred recalling of Jesus being utterly rejected and shamed before his sisters and brothers that He came to save. We must ask ourselves if we fear really welcoming Jesus.  Yet we must also remember that He came to save us, despite our imperfections.  We must be with Jesus on the hill if we are to be with Him as the Risen Lord.

5th Sunday of Lent

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Originally delivered on April 2, 1995

Readings: Isaiah 43: 16-21; Philippians 3: 8-14; John 8:1-11

This week’s Gospel is the John’s account of the adulterer.  Fr. Healy invites us to reflect on whether sexual issues are highlighted in our society, perhaps as they were in Jesus’s time, to deflect our attention from other issues. We are reminded that Jesus speaks to us today when he tells the woman, “Nor do I condemn you.  You may go.  But from now on, avoid, the sin.” 

4th Sunday of Lent

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Originally delivered on March 5, 1989

Readings: Joshua 5:9, 10-12; Corinthians 5:17-21; Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

In this famous parable of the Prodigal Son, we hear that Fr. Healy depends on this story because of it reminds us of God’s immeasurable and unconditional love, always forgiving, and always accepting us as HIs children. We can reflect on this story and see which son we might be, but we should also remember that God’s love is infinite and He bestows it on each of us. We don’t need to be perfect, but only willing to accept God’s forgiveness, compassion, and love. Jesus laid down His life for us, as the fatted calf, to celebrate our return to the Father.

3rd Sunday of Lent

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Originally delivered on March 19, 1995

Readings: Exodus 3:1-8, 13-15; Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12; Luke 13:1-9

In this week’s homily, Fr. Healy talks about the role of the preacher to be a messenger of Jesus’s message. In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells us not to do the simplistic thing of blaming people for their struggles.  We are called to love each and every person.  We must stop blaming God and take responsibility for our collective circumstances. 

2nd Sunday of Lent

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Originally delivered on February 19, 1989

Readings: Genesis: 15:5-12, 17-18; Letter of Paul to Philippians 3:17-4:1 or 3:20-4:1: Luke 9:28-36

In this Gospel, Jesus goes up the mountain with Peter, John, and James.  On the mountain, Jesus appears in all HIs glory accompanied by Moses and Elijah. On this second Sunday of Lent, through this Gospel reading, we are reminded of the glorious future to come. But we are reminded to be a people profoundly grateful to God for every great memory that we have, but we also should be determined to make the dream of Jesus come true for tomorrow.