Act Like Christ

5th sunday of Easter

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Readings: Acts 9:26-31; John 3:18-24; John 15:1-8

Originally delivered on May 1, 1988

In the first reading, we hear about Paul’s conversion. We are invited to examine if we are being too nice, rather than making some uneasy. We have been baptized and anointed in Confirmation, but are we passionate for Jesus? In the Gospel, we hear that if we live as His branch on the His vines, that we will be animated by the Spirit of Jesus and our prayers will be answered.

5th Sunday of Easter

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Originally delivered on April 28, 1991

Readings: Acts 9:26-31; John 3:18-24; John 15:1-8

Today we are challenged to get more serious in our following of Jesus. We have to be ready for God to change our circumstances and see the world in a whole new light. Like Paul, we might even switch sides. In the epistle, we are reminded that we are to love one another as Jesus loves. We are called to “love in deed and in truth and not merely talk about it.”

4th Sunday of Easter

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Originally delivered on April 21, 1991

Readings: Acts 4:8-12; John 3:1-2; John 10:11-18

Today we are reminded is that while we may not know what the hereafter holds, we can be assured that we are God’s children. God is Love and God loves us.  In the gospel, Jesus tells us that He is the Good Shepherd. Will we follow Him when confronted with the events in our lives? Let us all ask God not that we are right, but rather, like Christ.

2nd Sunday of Advent

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Originally delivered on December 9, 1990

Readings: Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11; Peter 3:8-14; Mark 1:1-8

Today, we are asked to look at why we might characterize or dismiss the prophets?  In the readings, we hear of two prophets, Isaiah and John the Baptist. Both give us a message to “Prepare ye the way of the Lord.”  We are called to examine ourselves and see if we are an obstacle to God’s plan of peace. Are we willing to pay the price for being peacemakers? If we take Isaiah and John the Baptizer seriously, we must acknowledge the radical call to nothing less than conversion as things as they are and a turning around to be as God wants them to be. Indeed, we are confronted, through this homily, to be like Christ in our responses to the troubles and evils in our world. That is, we are called to love and not avenge. We must bring peace where there is war; kindness and understanding where there is blindness to the truth.  We may be sinners, but we are called to be prophets.

32nd Sunday IN Ordinary Time

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Originally delivered on November 8, 1987

Readings: Wisdom 6:12-16; Thessalonians 4:13-17 or 4:13-14; Matthew 25: 1-13

In today’s homily, Fr. Healy reminds us that Jesus teaches us to not put things off.  We are also reminded that the disciples believed that Jesus would come again within their lifetimes. We are implored not to lose the sense of urgency that Jesus is coming.  We must act and be the Christ to our sisters and brothers.

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Originally delivered on September 5, 1993

Readings: Ezekial 33: 7-9; Romans 13: 8-10; Matthew 18: 15-20

In today’s readings, we first hear Ezekial telling us that we must speak the truth.  Paul then tells us that we must love our neighbor as we love ourself.  Indeed, it must be our life’s work.  Finally, in the Gospel, Jesus tells us to talk to the person.  Sometimes we need others to help us, even the whole Church, if necessary, but understand that sometimes nothing will work, but still love them. We must know and believe that when we’ve done our best, we can leave it in God’s hands.  There are dramatic examples of people following these words and being prophets in our time. We too are called to be prophets.

 

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Originally delivered on August 30, 1987

Readings: Jeremiah 20: 7-9; Romans 12:1-2; Matthew 16: 21-27

In today’s Gospel, Jesus rebukes Peter and tells him to “Get out of my sight, satan!” Like Peter, the Church, and all of us, will stray from God.  We must return to the will of God, knowing that Jesus will be with us through the turmoil.  Indeed, Jesus already knows that we will be human.  That is, weak and sometimes even cowardly.  And yet, Jesus is with us. We are told of Father Antoine Adrien and his courage in standing up for the poor of Haiti as well as the ways that the Church has failed to serve the people of Haiti.  Like Peter, we, the Church, are both courageous and incredibly weak at other times. In each of those times, Jesus is with us; sometimes encouraging us and sometimes scolding us, but always as a means of reminding us to follow His ways, regardless what that means for our journey.