Originally delivered on July 22, 1990
Readings: Wisdom 12:13, 16-19; Romans 8:26-27; Matthew 13:24-43 or 13:24-30
We must resist the temptation to solve complex problems with quick and dramatic solutions. We, as God’s children, must learn to live in the midst of perceived evils because uprooting the bad is always at the risk of destroying what God alone knows to be good. Therefore, we must accept what we perceive as evil because we might be wrong. We must nurture, encourage, and courageously sacrificing and allow God to sort things out later. What we must do then is to call ourselves and others to do good. Through careful, loving cultivation of each individual, can we deal appropriately with the presence of evil? Jesus spoke in parables for us to come to a deeper, fuller understanding of the truth. We must trust in God.
Originally delivered on March 14, 1993
Readings: Exodus 17:3-7; Romans 5:1-2, 5-8; John 4:5-42 or 4:5-15, 19-26, 39, 40-42
In today’s Gospel we are reminded that water is indeed vital to life. In the first reading, the people who are angry at God are not a people who had never benefitted from the goodness of God and yet they complained. In the Gospel story we hear of the water that lasts forever and yet the Samaritan woman does not fully understand Jesus’s words. In the second reading, we hear Paul remind of us of God’s love for us because Christ died for us. Jesus died and we are redeemed. That is our reality and yet, our challenge is to believe that we are already saved.
Originally delivered on October 12, 1986
Readings: Kings 5:14-17; Paul to Timothy 2:8-13; Luke 17:11-19
There is no doubt about it — God can cure all human suffering, but His use of power is limited to opportunities to encourage our faith. The Scripture tells us that for the foreigners, God was willing to heal them, in order to help us to increase our faith and believe more in the Lord. We are called to grow in faith each day. We are reminded that in 1986, the similarities between lepresy and AIDS were so evident. Then, and now, we are called to be loving to all people just as Jesus loved the ten lepers in today’s Gospel. Our God is not merciful, but rather God is Mercy. In His image, we are called to bring love and compassion to all those suffering with human afflictions.
Originally delivered on October 8, 1989
Readings: Habakkuk 1:2-3, 2, 2-4; Paul to Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14; Luke 17:5-10
In today’s Gospel we hear of the importance of faith and confidence in God. The message in today’s liturgy is powerful and burdensome: the God in whom we believe, does not intervene in this world, but He gives us the strength for each of us to act to make the world a more just place. Fr. Healy cites several examples of individuals that worked to address issues of homelessness, AIDS, and sexism. We are called to do the same, but not for reward, but because faith is its own reward.
Readings: Wisdom 18:6-9; Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19; Luke 12:32-48
Originally delivered on August 13, 1989
In today’s homily, we hear about the family story of Abraham and Sarah and their son, Isaac. Through this story, we learn more about faith and are challenged to be like Abraham in listening to God, going to a place we don’t know, but are called to by God. Then, in the gospel, we are told to let go, stop being so materialistic, and worried only about material things. That is, we are to trust in God. We must ask ourselves if we truly trust in Jesus’s promise? Are we children of Abraham and Sarah in our actions? Finally, the gospel reminds us that “when much has been given a man, much will be required. More will be asked of a man to whom more has been entrusted.”
Originally delivered on December 24, 1989
Readings: Isaiah 7:10-14, 10; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-24
In this week’s Gospel, we hear how the birth of Jesus came about. Joseph said Amen to marrying Mary, despite the impossibility of understanding how the Son of God was to be born through Mary. Two ordinary people, Mary and Joseph, had the faith to say Amen. May we do the same, no matter how scary it may seem. Will we say, “Your Will be done in me”?