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Originally delivered on April 2, 1989
Readings: Acts of the Apostles 5: 12-16; Revelation 1:9-11, 12-13, 17-19; John 20:19-31
In this week’s homily, we’re invited to rethink what it meant for Thomas to doubt the existence of the risen Lord until Thomas saw Jesus for himself. What if Thomas is the hero in the story? Perhaps Thomas was the only one who recognized that to be the Messiah required Jesus to suffer human pain and suffering and Thomas was acknowledging that human suffering of our Messiah by asking to see his wounds and put his hands in His flesh. Furthermore, it might be that this Gospel story tells us not so much about Thomas’ disbelief, but rather that we can experience a relationship with our God by being in relationship with our sisters and brothers, reaching out to them, and touching their lives in a similar way to how Thomas touched Jesus’ wounds and hurts.
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.
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.
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 5, 1989
Readings: Joshua 5:9, 10-12; Corinthians 5:17-21; Luke 15:1-3, 11-32
In this famous parable of the Prodigal Son, we hear that Fr. Healy depends on this story because of it reminds us of God’s immeasurable and unconditional love, always forgiving, and always accepting us as HIs children. We can reflect on this story and see which son we might be, but we should also remember that God’s love is infinite and He bestows it on each of us. We don’t need to be perfect, but only willing to accept God’s forgiveness, compassion, and love. Jesus laid down His life for us, as the fatted calf, to celebrate our return to the Father.
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.