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Originally Delivered on December 25, 1991
Readings: Isaiah 62:1-5; Acts of the Apostles 13:16-17, 22-25; Matthew 1:1-25
On this Christmas Day, we are reminded that we must be a hopeful people because of Jesus. We are again called to be the hope for our sisters and brothers.
Originally delivered on December 22, 1991
Readings: Micah 5:1-4; Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-45
In this week’s readings, we hear of Elizabeth and Mary both saying “Amen” to God. We are invited to try to emulate Mary in her willingness to serve God. In what way is God asking us, individually and collectively, to say Amen? That is, how might we help to make Jesus present and real in our world?
Originally delivered on December 15, 1991
Readings: Zephaniah 3:14-18; Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:10-18
Fr. Healy begins this homily reflecting on Pope John XXIII. We are reminded that God is always with us, despite our Advent prayers and celebrations for Jesus to come to again with all His power and glory. We are challenged to ask ourselves what keeps us from feeling God among us. We are therefore invited again to be intimate with God by being in relationship with our sisters and brothers.
Originally delivered on December 8, 1991
Readings: Readings: Baruch 5:1-9; Philippians 1:4-6,8-11; Luke 3:1-6
We are challenged to let the martyrs in El Salvador to make us wonder how well we receive the Gospel to level the mountains and fill up the valleys. Are we answering the call to our own prophesy? Furthermore, we are reminded that the goal of the prophet is not to always be right, but rather, to be be sincere to our conscience. The words of today’s Gospel should be our encouragement because we will see the glory of our God.
Originally delivered on December 1, 1991
Readings: Jeremiah 33:14-16; Thessalonians 3:12-4:2; Luke 21:25-28,34-36
Today we are reminded that when we gather for Eucharist, we are indeed a family with all that being family entails. On this first Sunday of Advent, we are reminded that we cannot rest, waiting for our Lord, when our sisters and brothers are still hurting.
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?