Hope

2nd Sunday of Easter

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Readings: Acts 4:32-35; John 5:1-6; John 20: 19-31

Originally delivered on April 10, 1988

In this week’s Gospel, we are reminded that God’s presence will be obvious when we take care of our sisters and brothers.  When we forgive them, they will feel God’s presence. We are commissioned to be the Church.  We are the Easter people that must let the world know that there is still hope to be celebrated.

1st Sunday of Lent

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Originally delivered on February 17, 1991

Readings: Genesis 9:8-15; Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:12-15

In today’s first reading from Genesis, we hear that God gave us the rainbow as a sign that God would never again flood the earth.  Fr. Healy suggests that the story of Noah gives us the message that no matter how terrible things may be, there will always be a new day, filled with new possibilities when God will triumph and will not fade away.  Indeed, God’s light will dispel all of the darkness. Those who believe, have the gift of faith, which will see them through the dark times. However, we must also be that hope for our sisters and brothers in need.  We must reach out, care for, and attend to all of God’s creation.

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Originally delivered on February 10, 1991

Readings: Job 7:1-4, 6-7; Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23; Mark 1:29-39

In the first reading, Job represents our hopelessness.  In the Gospel, however, Jesus sees people’s illnesses and heals them.  Indeed, He brings us hope.  We are therefore to called to come out of our despair and to see the possibilities that make us glad, even in the midst of our pain and misery. We are being called to bring the hope of Jesus in our world.