Cycle C

5th Sunday of Lent

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Originally delivered on April 5, 1992

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

In this week’s homily, we hear of others’ reactions to Fr. Healy’s penchant for speaking emphatically and his rationale for becoming a lawyer.  But more importantly, he discusses the law as it relates to today’s Scripture readings.  In the Gospel about the woman about to be stoned for adultery, we are reminded how Jesus showed compassion to her as well as breaking the law when He says, “Let the one among you who has no sin be the first to cast a stone at her.”  He shares with us, his thoughts on various legal issues of the day.  He compels us to be called by today’s Gospel to remember that we must follow the law of love if we are to imitate Christ.

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Originally delivered on June 25, 1992

Readings: Isaiah 66: 10-14, Paul to the Galatians 6:14-18; Luke 10:1-12, 17-20 or 10:1-9

 

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Originally delivered on January 26, 1992

Readings: Nehemiah 8:2-4, 5-6, 8-10; Corinthians 12:12-30; Luke 1:1-4, 4:14-21

In this week’s homily, we are asked to imagine that we are a Jew waiting for the Messiah in order to fully comprehend the power of the Gospel story where Jesus announces that he is the Messiah for whom the Jews had been waiting.  We are asked  to think about the part of us that wants the responsibility of living The Good News to be for someone else, but not ourselves.  Today, in the second reading, we are reminded that we are part of the body of Christ.  There is no insignificant part of the body.  As such, we must be the living Christ to our sisters in brothers around the world.  We are anointed.  We are called.  We will never have the perfection of Jesus. We will be misunderstood, rejected, ignored, or even stopped in our attempts, but we must continue to try. 

 

 

Epiphany

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Originally delivered on January 5, 1992

Readings: Isaiah 60:1-6; Ephesians 3:2-3, 5-6; Matthew 2:1-12

In today’s Gospel we hear of the three foreigners coming to welcome the baby Jesus.  We too are called to welcome the foreigners, refugees, or aliens in our lives.  We also hear of Herod’s attempt to thwart God’s plan.  May we each hear this week’s Gospel and look at how we, like Herod, might be acting to thwart God’s plan here on earth. We are challenged, as Christians, to welcome all as our sisters and brothers by raising our voices in protest when some are excluded. 

 

 

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Originally delivered on July 23, 1989

Readings: Gn 18:1-10a; Col 1:24-28; Luke 10:38-42

 

7th Sunday of Easter

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Originally delivered on May 31, 1992

Readings: Acts of the Apostles 7: 55-60; Revelation 22: 12-14, and John 17: 20-26

God is love.  Our loving, parental God sent His Son, Jesus, to all the people of the earth to lead them back to His Father’s house to celebrate together forever.  So simple, yet our challenge is to find its meaning for us in our hectic, challenging lives.  Stephen understood this message and gives witness of this understanding to others.  We, as Christians, are called to be like Stephen, to love one another as our God loves us.  Like Stephen, our witness may cost us our lives, but we are called to give witness by showing our passion for people, our brothers and sisters, especially those we might call our enemies. 

Easter

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Originally delivered on March 26, 1989

In this homily, Fr. Healy tells us stories from past Easters, including many about his mother, and the lessons that he learned from those experiences.  He reminds us that our laughter lifts us and that we might do well to take ourselves a little less seriously.  We are the people called by God to bring joy and laughter to a weeping world.  

Passion Sunday

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Originally delivered on March 19, 1989

On this Sunday, we celebrate the Passion of our Lord.  Each of us, in our way, is destined to experience our own “way of the cross” through our disappointments, suffering, and frustrations.  Through these experiences of hurt and fear, we are reminded that we can get closer to understanding the love Jesus has for us by his own human suffering at Calvary.  By commingling His humanity with his divinity, Jesus experiences and shares our suffering. He is with and in us. We try to deepen our passion and reverence for our Lord, Jesus Christ.  This year, let us realize that our passion is also His. 

3rd Sunday of Lent

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Originally delivered on March 22, 1992

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

In this passionate homily, Fr. Healy discusses his vision of what preaching is or should be. He says that “like the Eucharist, it is both consolation and comfort while also being confrontation and challenge to bring about the conversion to God.” He goes on to explain that the task of the homilist is to take the eternal truth and give it a contemporary context — an immediacy for us each Sunday. From the first reading, we are reminded that God is beyond our imagination, but also present with us each day, as He was for Moses in the burning bush. But we are reminded that each people hear God’s words from their own perspective, a perspective that we would do well to consider, even if it is not our own perspective. We are asked to make a new effort to reject easy interpretations of God’s words and to honor our diversity in hearing others’ perspectives.  From the Gospel, we are reminded through Jesus’ parable of the fig tree, that God always loves us,  always forgives us, and always has hope for us.

Epiphany

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Originally delivered on January 8, 1989

Readings: Isaiah 60:1-6; Ephesians 3:2-3, 5-6; Matthew 2:1-12

Christmas is not complete until Epiphany when we welcome others, foreigners as the Magi where, to know of the Good News of Jesus.  Our universal Catholic Church is not complete until all are invited to share of the promise of the Gospel.  We celebrate the spirit of Christmas when we share ourselves with all of God’s people.  When we don’t embrace all people, regardless of our differences, we are not only depriving them, but are also depriving ourselves of part of the beauty of God’s creation.