Cycle B

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 8, 1994

In today’s homily, we are reminded that we are called to love one another – sometimes easy and other times difficult. God is Love.  When we live in love then we live in God and God in us.  We are not to set a measure on what makes others lovable.  We must love everyone, just as God loves each of us. We are therefore called to be more forgiving with others. Indeed, in today’s Gospel, we hear: “There is no greater love than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”  

3rd Sunday of Easter

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Readings: Acts 5:12-16; Revelation 1:9-11, 12-13, 17-19; John 20:19-31

Originally delivered on April 17, 1994

In this homily, we are reminded that our sins are always forgiven.  Indeed, God is Mercy and Redemption.  It’s so amazing that it’s difficult for many of us to believe.  Nonetheless, we must try to reflect God’s forgiveness in how we treat one another.  We must love one another, just as God loves us.

 

Easter

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Reading: Matthew 28:1-10 

Originally delivered on March 31, 1991 (Scheduled to be posted on April 4, 2021)

As we sing our Easter alleluias, how can we acknowledge the despair that exists by many in our world? Perhaps our alleluia can be strength for those hurting. 

Baptism of the Lord

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Readings: Isaiah 42: 1-4, 6-7; Acts: 10:34-38; Mark 1:7-11

Originally delivered on January 13, 1991

How do we give others power or authority over our lives?  When we are baptized in Jesus, it is a proclamation that we are joined with Jesus as Lord. No one is Lord except Jesus.  Therefore, we must stand with Jesus when contemplating actions, policies, laws, etc. Our challenge is to keep asking ourselves where Jesus is leading us. 

Baptism of the Lord

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Readings: Isaiah 42: 1-4, 6-7; Acts: 10:34-38; Mark 1:7-11

Originally delivered on January 10, 1988

On this Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Fr. Healy invites us to reflect on what it means to us to be initiated into an exclusive club of some type. What about our initiation into the Church?  Indeed, everyone is welcomed into the Body of Christ. To be a member of Christ’s Church, we are called to look outward, embracing our sisters and brothers.  To be a Catholic is to be a part of the world.  We are called to work to bring the vision of Christ to our world. 

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?