20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Readings: Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10; Hebrews 12:1-4; Luke 12:49-53
Originally delivered on August 16, 1992
In this week’s gospel, we hear the anger of God who proclaims, “I have come to light a fire on the earth.” What have we done with God’s marvelous plan? We are invited to reflect on the fact that Jesus’s crucifixion was legal. Fr. Healy reflects on the writings of James Baldwin and the work of Mickey Leland. He goes on to further share a poignant story of his experience in Africa leading a seminary and invites us to reflect on our likely sin of silence in the face of injustice in order to preserve ourselves and our own interests.
11th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Readings: Ezekial 17: 22-24; Corinthians 5:6-10; Mark 4: 26-34
Originally delivered on June 16, 1991
In this week’s homily, Fr. Healy tells us a bit about his time teaching high school in Chicago and his time at a conference of the Holy Ghost Fathers. We are invited to remember that God is the source of all life and that His will shall be done with us or in spite of us. The Kingdom of God is being achieved in our midst. We’re further invited to remember those that have gone before us in the fight for the realization of the Kingdom of God here on Earth and to feel their fear. Let us gain hope in that our voices of dissent might be heard. We must also trust that God will see to our future.
10th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Readings: Genesis 3:9-15; Corinthians 4:13-5:1; Mark 3:20-35
Originally delivered on June 9, 1991
Today we are asked to let go of our excuses for our failings and sins. We are also challenged to work to transform the earth to be that envisioned by Jesus. Fr. Healy passionately urges us to consider how racism still exists and to find our voices and take action to eliminate this sin in our society.