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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 Lent

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Originally delivered on March 13, 1988

Readings: Chronicles 36:14-17, 19-23; Ephesians 2:4-10; John 3:14-21

In today’s Gospel from John, we hear, “Everyone who practices evil hates the light; he does not come near it for fear his deeds will be exposed.  But he who acts in truth comes into the light, to make clear that his deeds are done in God.” Fr. Healy, through his own family story, reminds us how difficult it is to stand up for what we believe. Sometimes, we must give up the shelter and comfort of the hiding in the darkness.  Indeed, in today’s Gospel, we are called to stand in the light and stand up for truth.

2nd Sunday of Advent

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Originally delivered on December 6,1987

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

Are we too busy or preoccupied to be called to level mountains and fill valleys? Will we be spectators or will we, in fact, work to ensure justice and fairness?  We are called to prepare the way of the Lord.  We hear in today’s readings we hear that “In the Lord’s eyes, one day is a thousand years and a thousand years are as a day.”  That is, justice may not be done in our time, but in God’s time which is a mystery to us.  The only question is if we will work to be part of God’s plan for justice on earth.

 

5th Sunday of Ordinary Time

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Originally delivered on February 8, 1987

Readings: Isaiah 58:7-10 (73A); 1 Corinthians 2:1-5; Matthew 5:13-16

In this week’s homily, Fr. Healy reflects on his experiences as a missionary in Tanzania.  He hopes for a day when every person would feel and believe that would believe that they “are the light of the world” and “the salt of the earth.” He invites us to think about to whom Jesus spoke those words.  Just as He did then, He is indeed speaking to us, as the ordinary people.  This means that we who have heard these words are meant to be a difference to a suffering world. We are reminded of the responsibilities of being called and the examples that we’ve seen in our parish and community of taking action.

Christmas

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Originally delivered on December 25, 1989

Readings: Isaiah 62:1-5; Acts 13:16-17, 22-25; Matthew 1:1-25

On this Christmas day, Fr. Healy teases us with the possible homilies that he might give us.  He reminds us that Jesus, as a baby, is like us as frail, frightened human beings.  We are called to be love, forgiveness, and decency to a world terribly in need of these Godly gifts. Indeed, we are a privileged people, but we are also called to act in order to make a difference in His world.

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Originally delivered on June 25, 1989

Readings: Zechariah 12:10-11, Paul to the Galatians 3: 26-29; Luke 9: 18-24 

 

Through a marvelous Healy family story we are reminded to recommit ourselves to Christ through service to our community. Indeed, we are reminded in this Sunday’s Gospel that we must take up the cross every day.  This means denying ourselves, if necessary, in service to God’s people in need as one family. (Note: Unfortunately this homily was cut off so this is only the first part of it.)

10th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Originally delivered on June 11, 1989

Readings: Kings 17:17-24; Galatians 1:11-19; Luke 7:11-17

A mother leaning over the lifeless body of her child, grieving beyond measure is a powerful image reflected in today’s readings.  The challenge is for us to be one with the grieving mother such that our gried leads us to action. We see this grieving mother in so many present day injustices around the world.  If we watch carefully, this mother’s grief turns into collective anger in protest to change the structure of society.  Today’s liturgy demands that, like Paul, we must take action and raise our voices.