Cycle B

Christ the King

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Readings: Daniel 7:13-14; Revelation 1:5-8; John 18:33-37 

Originally delivered on November 24, 1991

We cannot value power and prestige and be followers of Jesus.  Indeed, we are reminded on this day that the last will be first and first will be last.  We are challenged in this homily to stand up to injustices and the abuse of power. This Feast of Christ the King is a call for us to renounce kingship.  Rather we are reminded that king to Jesus meant serving the poor, marginalized, and outcast.  To be king is to be servant of our sisters and brothers.  Today’s feast then is about re-ordering things.  Every person is called to be in full harmony with one another, other creatures, and our Earth. 

Thanksgiving

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Readings: Kings 8:55-61; Timothy 6:6-11, 17-19; Luke 17:11-19

Originally delivered on November 24, 1988

How do we express our thankfulness? Do we say it without any thought? Do we count on symbolic gratitude from others, but how often do we feel grateful for the things that we don’t feel good about?  

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Readings: Daniel 12:1-3; Hebrews 10:11-14, 18; Mark 13: 24-32

Originally delivered on November 13, 1988

What is our personal apocalypse? How have we transformed these times and maintained our courage and hope for the future. Jesus tells us in this day’s Gospel, that God is always with us. We will have trials in our lives, but we are comforted because Jesus is our Savior and already embracing us.

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Readings: Daniel 12:1-3; Hebrews: 10:11-14, 18; Mark 13:24-32

Originally delivered on November 3, 1991

In this week’s homily, Fr. Healy tells us a fairytale, The Kingdom of Love, that illustrates the spirit of of our God, who is Love. We are reminded that God loves each and every one of us, just as we are.  We must risk believing how much God loves his people. 

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings: Kings 17:10-16; Hebrews 9:24-28; Mark 12:38-44

Originally delivered on November 10, 1991

Fr. Healy begins this homily with a family story of his Aunt Kate.  In this Gospel from Mark we hear how to live, and not live, a religious life.  Indeed, we are called to give, like the widow, from our “substance” rather than just what is comfortable. We are therefore challenged to allow ourselves to respond to human situations not from what is practical, but what our hearts tell us to do.  Are we giving from our substance? If so, then we never have to fear how it looks to more practical people. We are already forgiven by God, but are we living as though we’ve heard Jesus’s message that our actions toward our sisters and brothers in need? 

 

 

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Readings: Deuteronomy 6:2-6; Hebrews 7:23-28; Mark 12:28-34

Originally delivered on November 3, 1991

In this week’s homily, Fr. Healy tells us that it’s so simple and yet so difficult to understand the commandment to Love God and our neighbor as ourself. Perhaps our biggest challenge is that we don’t love ourselves.  We are passionately reminded that God loves each of us as we are! When we love ourself, then perhaps we will then be able to truly help our sisters and brothers.

 

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Readings: Jeremiah 31:7-9; Hebrews 5:1-6; Mark 10:46-52 

Originally delivered on October 27, 1991

In the first reading, we hear an expression of hope among the Jews for the coming of the Messiah.  In the gospel, we heat that the Messiah has come in Jesus. Through Him, we are asked to renounce money, comfort, possessions, things, power, prestige, place, etc. We are called to give up security, give to the poor, and follow Jesus.  We should long to be a servant and friend to the poor and marginalized. Indeed, we must see and act as every other person is our sister or brother. Do we really want to see as Jesus sees?