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Originally delivered on March 12, 1989
Readings: Isaiah 43: 16-21; Philippians 3: 8-14; John 8:1-11
As a follow-up to last week’s parable of the Prodigal Son, this week’s Gospel is the story of Jesus’ forgiveness of the woman about to be stoned for adultery. He asks those that are without sin to cast the first stone. In this homily, we are reminded first of God’s all encompassing love and forgiveness for us, and second that the ultimate norm of morality is the individual conscience reflecting, as best that person can, the will of God. Jesus’ example in this Gospel story is that we must have love and compassion to bring personal forgiveness and understanding of others.
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.
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.
Originally delivered on January 1, 1989
Readings: Numbers 6:22-27; Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:16-21
Everyone is invited to say “Amen” to God’s calling. The beauty of Mary’s glory is her willingness to say “Amen” to God’s calling to bring forth Jesus to be made human through her. May her example challenge us to be a part of God’s plan for the world.
Originally delivered on December 18, 1988
Readings: Micah 5:1-4; Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-45
Elizabeth greets Mary as “the mother of my Lord.” This Gospel reminds us that perhaps few of us are prophetic, like John the Baptist in last week’s reading, but many more are like Elizabeth. By accepting ourselves, as God has created us, we have the opportunity to bring God’s Grace to the world. Through the simplicity of our roles and actions, we can make a difference in the world. By choosing life rather than death, light rather than darkness, and by caring for others rather than being judgmental, God’s presence is felt by others through us.
Originally delivered on November 27, 1988
Readings: Jeremiah 33:14-16; Thessalonians 3:12-4:2; Luke 21:25-28,34-36
Advent is a time of waiting for the birth of Jesus. What we do while waiting is worth examining. Do we seize the opportunity to improve our current condition and the quality of tomorrow? If we don’t take action to make tomorrow better, how will we ever explain this to ourselves and to God?