Love

6th Sunday of Easter

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Readings: Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48, John 4:7-10, John 15:9-17

Originally delivered on May 5, 1991

In the first reading, we hear of Peter’s struggles to understand God’s vision for inclusiveness and welcomes non-Jews into the new Church. Then, in the second reading, we are reminded that we don’t need to earn God’s love.  God is love and god already loves us as we are.  We are asked to try to love one another as God loves us. In the Gospel, Jesus says, “there is no greater love than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” and “The command I give you is this: that you love one another.” What might we need to give up in order to more fully embrace God’s calling to love one another as He loves us?

5th Sunday of Easter

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Originally delivered on April 28, 1991

Readings: Acts 9:26-31; John 3:18-24; John 15:1-8

Today we are challenged to get more serious in our following of Jesus. We have to be ready for God to change our circumstances and see the world in a whole new light. Like Paul, we might even switch sides. In the epistle, we are reminded that we are to love one another as Jesus loves. We are called to “love in deed and in truth and not merely talk about it.”

4th Sunday of Easter

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Originally delivered on April 21, 1991

Readings: Acts 4:8-12; John 3:1-2; John 10:11-18

Today we are reminded is that while we may not know what the hereafter holds, we can be assured that we are God’s children. God is Love and God loves us.  In the gospel, Jesus tells us that He is the Good Shepherd. Will we follow Him when confronted with the events in our lives? Let us all ask God not that we are right, but rather, like Christ.

4th Sunday of Easter

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Readings: Acts 4:8-12; John 3:1-2; John 10:11-18

Originally delivered on April 24, 1988

In today’s homily, Fr. Healy tells us that the second reading really touched him because we are called “children of God.” We are reminded that God loves us just as we are. Perhaps this is hard to believe because to do so requires us to love others as God already loves us.

3rd Sunday of Easter

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Readings: Acts 5:12-16; Revelation 1:9-11, 12-13, 17-19; John 20:19-31

Originally delivered on April 17, 1994

In this homily, we are reminded that our sins are always forgiven.  Indeed, God is Mercy and Redemption.  It’s so amazing that it’s difficult for many of us to believe.  Nonetheless, we must try to reflect God’s forgiveness in how we treat one another.  We must love one another, just as God loves us.

 

5th Sunday of Lent

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Originally delivered on March 20, 1988

Readings: Jeremiah 31: 31-34, Hebrews 5:7-9; John 12:20-33

Today we hear that we should not be legalistic but boldly loving with God’s Spirit in our hearts. We are challenged to look beyond the law, which often provides easy or black and white answers, to find the spirit of the law.  Fr. Healy points to the first reading of Jeremiah which says, “ …I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathers…I will place my law with them, and write it upon their hearts.”

Epiphany

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Originally delivered on January 6, 1991

Readings: Isaiah 60: 1-6; Ephesians 3:2-3, 5-6; Matthew 2:1-12

Today we are invited to reflect on how Mary felt about the shepherds and magi visiting just after giving birth to Jesus. And yet, we are reminded that though we may be strangers with some, we are all family which requires us to examine our definition or understanding of family.  Perhaps it wasn’t easy for Mary to welcome the strangers, she set an example and welcomed them.  We are called, as members of the great family of God, to share the good news that God is Love and Mercy and we are all God’s children.