Cycle A

Christ the King

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Originally delivered on November 22, 1987

Readings: Ezekial 34:11-12, 15-17; Corinthians 15:20-26, 28; Matthew 25: 31-46

In today’s Gospel, Fr. Healy says that Jesus tells us the bottom line.  That is, we will be judged by how we treated the “least” among us. Do we put things before the needs of our sisters and brothers?  Indeed, we are called to do more for the marginalized, poor, and ostracized. We are all supposed to stand as equals in front of our God.

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Originally delivered on November 15, 1987

Readings: Ezekial 34:11-12, 15-17; Corinthians 15:20-26, 28; Matthew 25: 31-46

We are reminded that the Scriptures are written in a cultural context and that we must look through this context and look for the deeper meaning.  In the first reading from Ezekial, we are challenged to reach out to the poor and give what we can.  In the Gospel, we are told that we should use our unique gifts to help serve God to advance the spirit and the purpose of the Gospel. We are urged to make those actions now, not to wait.

32nd Sunday IN Ordinary Time

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Originally delivered on November 8, 1987

Readings: Wisdom 6:12-16; Thessalonians 4:13-17 or 4:13-14; Matthew 25: 1-13

In today’s homily, Fr. Healy reminds us that Jesus teaches us to not put things off.  We are also reminded that the disciples believed that Jesus would come again within their lifetimes. We are implored not to lose the sense of urgency that Jesus is coming.  We must act and be the Christ to our sisters and brothers.

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Originally delivered on October 31, 1993

Readings: Malachi 1:14-2:2, 8-10; Thessalonians 2:7-9, 13; Matthew 23:1-12

In this homily, Fr. Healy discusses the significance of Vatican II, the Church in Haiti, and those that are marginalized by the institutional Church. He characterizes Vatican II as revolutionary and a calling for us to be part of the universal Church in both spirit and responsibility. We are reminded that our conscience is the ultimate law of morality because it is our sacred inner core where we meet God.  We must remember that Jesus responded that the two greatest commandments were to love God and to love our neighbor as ourselves.

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Originally delivered on October 24, 1990

Readings: Exodus 22:20-26; Thessalonians 1:5-10; Matthew 22:34-40

This day’s liturgy presents to us the two faces of God.  The first, from the Old Testament, warns us that if we don’t welcome others, such as aliens, widows, and orphans, then we’ll see the terrifying face of God’s vengeance.  The second, from the Gospel of Matthew, is a loving God that says that our love for God and our neighbor is the basis for all of the commandments.  Fr. Healy, joined by Fr. Antoine Adrien of Haiti, asks us to consider how the law of love applies to the issues of the day in Bosnia, Somalia, and Haiti. In this homily, we also hear the rare recorded words of Fr. Antoine, who speaks of the pain and frustration of Haiti.

 

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Originally delivered on October 21, 1990

Readings: Isaiah 45:1, 4-6; Thessalonians 1:1-5; Matthew 22:15-21

In today’s readings, we hear that all power is given by God only as a means of creating the Kingdom of God here on earth. How are those in power today helping to do just that?  How do we participate in that political process?  We must ask “What would Jesus do?” and then follow those answers of Jesus rather than what any politician might say.

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Originally delivered on October 10, 1993

Readings: Isaiah 25: 6-10; Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20; Matthew 22: 1-14 or 22:1-10

We are reminded today that we are all invited to the wedding banquet.  Today, we are asked, just as a bride and groom, to let go in order to more fully receive Jesus’ promise.   Each and every one of us is invited to the banquet of our Lord, without exception and without conditions, and yet, we are equally called to serve the fellow guests, our sisters and brothers.