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7th Sunday of Ordinary Time

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1 Samuel 26:2, 7-9, 12-13, 22-23; 1 Corinthians 15:45-49; Luke 6:27-38

Originally delivered on February 23, 1992

We are called and anointed to make peace, forgive our enemies, and do good to those that would persecute us.  In the Gospel today, Jesus says, “To you who hear me…” Are we hearing Him?  Indeed, we must hear with our hearts.  In the second reading, Paul tells us that we are natural beings before being divine.  We are reminded that we are called to bring the Kingdom of God and His love and forgiveness to our sisters and brothers in the here and now.  We know that Jesus told us to love our enemies, have we heard it in our hearts?  Have we translated that love into deeds? Will we seize this sacred moment and make something of it?

Presentation of the Lord

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Originally delivered on February 2, 1992

Readings: Malachi 3:1-4; Hebrews 2:14-18; Luke 2:22-40

On this Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, we are reminded that we will likely always experience highs as well as our lows. Our God comforts and challenges us. We must be ready to be servants of our God.

Easter

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Readings: Genesis: 1:1-2.2; Genesis 22:1-18; Matthew 28:1-10

Originally delivered on April 11, 1993

On this Easter Sunday, we are encouraged to be a joyful people despite our human condition or frailty.  We must remember that Jesus’s apostles loved Him so much and yet disappointed Him so much.  There are atrocities in our world, but we must remember that there have been some Easter people in our midst and have translated their hallelujahs into deeds. We must do the same.

5th Sunday of Lent

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Readings: Ezekial 37:12-14, Romans 8:8-11, John 11:1-45

Originally delivered on March 28, 1993

In this Gospel of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead, Jesus is speaking to us in his encounter with Martha, that we are givers and takers of life. Perhaps, we are being challenged today to be there to help our sisters and brothers in need. It is our responsibility, as Christians, to breathe new life into others. The priorities of the Gospel must be our priorities in life.  Current events call us to be moved to tears, as Jesus was, and then to act on behalf of the poor and marginalized.  The shame of our past silence and the guilt of our past conspiracies, demand of us that we take the place of Jesus to be bearers of life, where people are free and live without oppression. We must involve ourselves in others’ struggles, just as Jesus did with Martha.

Easter

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Readings: Genesis: 1:1-2.2; Genesis 22:1-18; Matthew 28:1-10

Originally delivered on April 15, 1990

We are joyful today because the Easter people know that God’s strength and triumph is greater than any death.  We will experience and taste death in countless ways, but we will persevere because of our God.  We are encouraged to see our Easter blessings even in the depths of our despair.