Act Like Christ
20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Readings: Proverbs: 9:1-6; Ephesians 5:15-20; John 6:51-58
Originally delivered on August 14, 1994
In this week’s Gospel, Jesus again tells us that He is the Bread of Life. In the first reading, Fr. Healy points out that God is referred to as feminine. Our thinking, therefore, is challenged by Jesus, in both the first and Gospel readings, to let Him be our food and drink so that we might respond in His Spirit to our current realities.
10th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Readings: Genesis 3:9-15; Corinthians 4:13-5:1; Mark 3:20-35
Originally delivered on June 9, 1991
Today we are asked to let go of our excuses for our failings and sins. We are also challenged to work to transform the earth to be that envisioned by Jesus. Fr. Healy passionately urges us to consider how racism still exists and to find our voices and take action to eliminate this sin in our society.
Readings: Exodus: 24: 3-8; Hebrews: 9:11-15; Mark 14:12-15, 22-26
Originally delivered on June 6, 1988
In today’s homily, Fr. Healy reminds us that we all carry burdens, but in Jesus we can be free of our burdens. Because of His willingness to die for us, we are already forgiven for our sins. If we really understand Jesus, then we must understand that Jesus is going to ask us to risk many things, but through our weekly communion, we will find the strength from Him because Jesus has already paid the ultimate price for us.
Readings: Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40; Romans 8:14-17; Matt 28:16-20
Originally delivered on May 29, 1988
In this week’s homily, we are reminded that the importance of the Trinity is that it shows our God is in community with us. God is not alone, distant, judgmental, etc. but rather God loves us and is involved and in communication with us. We are therefore called to be involved with our sisters and brothers.
5th sunday of Easter
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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