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18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Originally delivered on August 5, 1990

Readings:  Isaiah 55: 1-3; Romans 8:35, 37-39; Matthew 14:13-21

This week’s Gospel is the famous story of five loaves of bread and a couple of fish.  In this account, his disciples suggest that Jesus disperse the crowd of 5,000 because they couldn’t feed them.  But Jesus objects and says, “There is no need for them to disperse. Give them something to eat themselves.”  All were fed and many of us, over the years, have marveled at the miracle.  But in today’s homily, Fr. Healy asks us to consider the possibility that Jesus was showing us that if we share what we have with our brothers and sisters, there will be plenty for all.

5th Sunday of Easter

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Originally delivered on May 9, 1993

Readings: Acts 6:1-7; Peter 2: 4-9; John 14:1-12

In today’s Gospel we are reminded about our own Christian challenge through the disciple Thomas.  Fr. Healy reminds us that we are a priestly people called to be His consecrated people on earth, both in the Gospels and in Vatican II.  We must seek, therefore, to bring harmony wherever there is strife throughout the world. Perhaps, like Thomas, we prefer to be confused, or to hope that others, including the Church hierarchy, will solve the world’s problems.  But we are holy people, a royal nation, to give back all that is His.

5th Sunday of Ordinary Time

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Originally delivered on February 7, 1993

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

In today’s Gospel, Jesus is challenging each of us to determine what our gifts and talents are, but more importantly, how we are using those gifts.  If we are the salt of the earth, then how is the special salt in each of us, the light of Jesus, meant to flavor the greater community? From Isaiah, we hear that we must “share our bread with the hungry, shelter the oppressed and the homeless; clothe the naked when you see them, and do not turn your back on your own.” That is, we are called by Jesus, to let our light shine, but for the poor, the oppressed, and the hungry.  We might ask ourselves, in light of this day’s readings, how we are recognizing and changing the continual oppression of women, African-Americans, and gays and lesbians. Jesus is calling each of us to let our unique light shine for our sisters and brothers.

2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

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Originally delivered on January 17, 1993

Readings: Isaiah 49:3, 5-6; 1 Corinthians 1:1-3; John 1:29-34

We are a frail people, and yet, we are asked to walk in the likes of John the Baptist and the other prophets, and be a light to all.  We are reminded that there are prophets in our time as we celebrate the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Despite all of our faults, just as the prophets before us, we can speak the truth of Jesus.  Each of us must take action, in whatever we can, and not leave it up to others to change the order of things that keep many of sisters and brothers suffering. God has placed the incomprehensible burden of freedom in our hands. To embrace Jesus means that each of us must embrace everyone as a child of God.

1st Sunday of Advent

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Originally delivered on November 29, 1992

Readings: Isaiah 2:1-5; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:37-44

In the week’s Gospel, Fr. Healy urges us to see the message that we are challenged, as God’s people, to get a “mountain view”.  That is, to see things as God does.  On this first Sunday of Advent, we are asked to look at ourselves, our lives, and this world from a whole new perspective. With Jesus as our anchor, we can, in fact, get a new perspective and to find the courage to hope and to change things. We only have a finite amount of time in our lives to make these changes.  We don’t know what the hereafter might be so we must seize the opportunity now to see the world as God sees the world.  It may cost us something, but it’s what God’s calling for us to do, and what Jesus is calling us to do through this day’s readings.  We are called to consecrate the earth, share with others, and loving each others as brothers and sisters. That’s the view from the mountain that we are challenged to see, accept, and act upon.

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Originally delivered on November 8, 1992

 

Readings: Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14; Thessalonians 2:16 -3:5; Luke 20:27-38 or 20-27 , 34-38

 

How does our conscience shape our actions? Are we, like the seven sons and their mother from the Book of Maccabees, willing to die for what we believe?  In today’s homily, we are reminded that we may have to take a stand for something which will become irrelevant at a later date.  Nonetheless, in the moment, we are called to follow our conscience.  We should pray dearly and act sincerely based on what our conscience tells us. On the issues of women priests, abortion, sexual orientation, divorce, and our economic systems, we must pray and ultimately follow our conscience.

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Originally delivered on September 20, 1992

Readings: Amos 6:1, 4-7; Paul to Timothy 6:11-16; Luke 16:19-31

We all have the same dilemma.  That is, if we really listen to the words of Jesus, it sounds impossible to follow him.  We are all probably, at our best, silent co-conspirators that keep poor people in their poverty. If we take today’s Scripture readings seriously, they are both challenging and somewhat frightening in their ramifications for how we live our lives. We are called, once again, not to be complacent when our sisters and brothers around the world are still hungry.  God is speaking to us today to not sit back and be complacent.  We should get restless and feel the frustration, as Jesus did, when he saw that some were cast aside and trampled on.  But, the sin in today’s Gospel is not being rich, but rather, being rich and indifferent to those around us.