Haiti

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Originally delivered on October 31, 1993

Readings: Malachi 1:14-2:2, 8-10; Thessalonians 2:7-9, 13; Matthew 23:1-12

In this homily, Fr. Healy discusses the significance of Vatican II, the Church in Haiti, and those that are marginalized by the institutional Church. He characterizes Vatican II as revolutionary and a calling for us to be part of the universal Church in both spirit and responsibility. We are reminded that our conscience is the ultimate law of morality because it is our sacred inner core where we meet God.  We must remember that Jesus responded that the two greatest commandments were to love God and to love our neighbor as ourselves.

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Originally delivered on October 24, 1990

Readings: Exodus 22:20-26; Thessalonians 1:5-10; Matthew 22:34-40

This day’s liturgy presents to us the two faces of God.  The first, from the Old Testament, warns us that if we don’t welcome others, such as aliens, widows, and orphans, then we’ll see the terrifying face of God’s vengeance.  The second, from the Gospel of Matthew, is a loving God that says that our love for God and our neighbor is the basis for all of the commandments.  Fr. Healy, joined by Fr. Antoine Adrien of Haiti, asks us to consider how the law of love applies to the issues of the day in Bosnia, Somalia, and Haiti. In this homily, we also hear the rare recorded words of Fr. Antoine, who speaks of the pain and frustration of Haiti.

 

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Originally delivered on Oct 3, 1993

Readings: Isaiah 5:1-7; Philippians 4:6-9; Matthew 21:33-43

In this week’s Gospel, we hear another parable about a vineyard.  Today we hear about tenant farmers who brought forth beautiful grapes, but they thought it was their own doing and forgot about their responsibility to the vineyard owner. Fr. Healy reminds us that his theory is that the Gospel is meant to comfort and console as well as challenge us.  How do we tend the vineyard?  Do we sit on the sidelines and do nothing in the face of injustices in our world?  Let the same Jesus that comforts us, challenge us in this day’s reading to renew our effort to tend His vineyard.

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Originally delivered on September 12, 1993

Readings: Sirach 27: 30-28:7; Romans 14: 7-9; Matthew 18: 21-35

In this week’s homily, we hear of the atrocity of a supporter of Haitian President Aristide being dragged out of a Mass being said by Fr. Antoine Adrien and murdered.  We are also reminded of the history taking place in Yugoslavia.  Despite these global injustices, and even with our personal pains and grievances, we are, as Christians, called to forgive, just as God forgives us.  Indeed, the message is clear: God is forgiveness.  What about you?

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Originally delivered on September 5, 1993

Readings: Ezekial 33: 7-9; Romans 13: 8-10; Matthew 18: 15-20

In today’s readings, we first hear Ezekial telling us that we must speak the truth.  Paul then tells us that we must love our neighbor as we love ourself.  Indeed, it must be our life’s work.  Finally, in the Gospel, Jesus tells us to talk to the person.  Sometimes we need others to help us, even the whole Church, if necessary, but understand that sometimes nothing will work, but still love them. We must know and believe that when we’ve done our best, we can leave it in God’s hands.  There are dramatic examples of people following these words and being prophets in our time. We too are called to be prophets.

 

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Originally delivered on September 6, 1987

Readings: Ezekial 33: 7-9; Romans 13: 8-10; Matthew 18: 15-20

Today we are reminded that we have the responsibility to change evil to good through our actions.  And in doing so, we are told in the second reading, that we must confront the evildoer in a loving manner.  Indeed, we are called to “love our neighbor as yourself.”  The implications of this is immediate and consequential for each and every one of us. We must wrestle with how we can be more effective witnesses within our own families, neighborhood, country, and the entire world.  We are called to stand up while knowing that we risk ourselves in some ways.

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Originally delivered on August 30, 1987

Readings: Jeremiah 20: 7-9; Romans 12:1-2; Matthew 16: 21-27

In today’s Gospel, Jesus rebukes Peter and tells him to “Get out of my sight, satan!” Like Peter, the Church, and all of us, will stray from God.  We must return to the will of God, knowing that Jesus will be with us through the turmoil.  Indeed, Jesus already knows that we will be human.  That is, weak and sometimes even cowardly.  And yet, Jesus is with us. We are told of Father Antoine Adrien and his courage in standing up for the poor of Haiti as well as the ways that the Church has failed to serve the people of Haiti.  Like Peter, we, the Church, are both courageous and incredibly weak at other times. In each of those times, Jesus is with us; sometimes encouraging us and sometimes scolding us, but always as a means of reminding us to follow His ways, regardless what that means for our journey.