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Christmas

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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. 

4th Sunday of Advent

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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?

3rd Sunday of Advent

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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.

 

2nd Sunday of Advent

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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.

1st Sunday of Advent

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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. 

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?