Originally delivered on June 7, 1992
Readings: Acts of the Apostles 2:1-11; Paul to the Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13; John 20:19-23
Fr. Healy reminds us that we have already received the Holy Spirit. Perhaps not in the wind or the fire, but in the light and life of the diversity of our sisters and brothers. Indeed, there are people throughout the world waiting for the fire within us to make a difference in their lives. He reminds us of political events in Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, Thailand, Cambodia, China, and Haiti where people are waiting for the power of the Holy Spirit. The message of Pentecost is not to be still and wait for God to save, but rather that we must be fire on the earth.
Originally delivered on April 2, 1995
Readings: Isaiah 43: 16-21; Philippians 3: 8-14; John 8:1-11
This week’s Gospel is the John’s account of the adulterer. Fr. Healy invites us to reflect on whether sexual issues are highlighted in our society, perhaps as they were in Jesus’s time, to deflect our attention from other issues. We are reminded that Jesus speaks to us today when he tells the woman, “Nor do I condemn you. You may go. But from now on, avoid, the sin.”
Readings: Sirach 27: 4-7; Corinthians 15: 54-58; Luke 6:39-45
Originally delivered on March 1, 1992
In today’s homily, we are reminded that listening and discerning is a difficult yet unending task that we are called to do. Of course, we must be wary of liars, or intentional deceivers, but we must also be wary of those that speak untruths, but believe what they espouse. We must test everything against the divine measure: does this resonate with the message and deeds of the Son of God. May truth always be the treasure in our heart.
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.
Originally delivered on December 1, 1991
Readings: Jeremiah 33:14-16; Thessalonians 3:12-4:2; Luke 21:25-28,34-36
Today we are reminded that when we gather for Eucharist, we are indeed a family with all that being family entails. On this first Sunday of Advent, we are reminded that we cannot rest, waiting for our Lord, when our sisters and brothers are still hurting.
Readings: Acts 4:32-35; John 5:1-6; John 20: 19-31
Originally delivered on April 10, 1994
In today’s Gospel, we are called to be the risen Christ to our sisters and brothers, to forgive others, and to believe even when we do not have evidence. We must regenerate others’ hope in Jesus just as the first Christian community was in the Acts of the Apostles.