Social Justice

2nd Sunday of Lent

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Originally delivered on February 19, 1989

Readings: Genesis: 15:5-12, 17-18; Letter of Paul to Philippians 3:17-4:1 or 3:20-4:1: Luke 9:28-36

In this Gospel, Jesus goes up the mountain with Peter, John, and James.  On the mountain, Jesus appears in all HIs glory accompanied by Moses and Elijah. On this second Sunday of Lent, through this Gospel reading, we are reminded of the glorious future to come. But we are reminded to be a people profoundly grateful to God for every great memory that we have, but we also should be determined to make the dream of Jesus come true for tomorrow. 

1st Sunday of Lent

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Originally delivered on February 12, 1989

Readings: Deuteronomy 26:4-10; Letter of Paul to the Romans 10:8-13; Luke 4:1-13

On this first Sunday of Lent, Fr. Healy talks about tithing and it’s importance as a practical need to care for our brothers and sisters. We are reminded by the Gospel reading that we should not be tempted by material security, desire for power over others, or relinquishing our responsibility to take action to improve our human condition. Through charity, especially when it is not just from our surplus, we show our love by caring for the poor, the needy, and the desperate.  

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Originally delivered on February 16, 1992

Readings: Jeremiah 17:5-8; Corinthians 15:12, 16-20; Luke 6:17, 20-26

In today’s Gospel, we are reminded of Jesus’ words “But woe to you rich, for your consolation is now.” As a member of one of the wealthiest nations, we are asked to look at our role in keeping the current arrangements that keep some people poor and hungry. We are also asked to think of marriage as an opportunity for two people to give themselves and their lives to their union as an expression of God Himself. 

Christ the King

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Readings: Daniel 7:13-14; Revelation 1:5-8; John 18:33-37 

Originally delivered on November 24, 1991

We cannot value power and prestige and be followers of Jesus.  Indeed, we are reminded on this day that the last will be first and first will be last.  We are challenged in this homily to stand up to injustices and the abuse of power. This Feast of Christ the King is a call for us to renounce kingship.  Rather we are reminded that king to Jesus meant serving the poor, marginalized, and outcast.  To be king is to be servant of our sisters and brothers.  Today’s feast then is about re-ordering things.  Every person is called to be in full harmony with one another, other creatures, and our Earth. 

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Readings: Jeremiah 31:7-9; Hebrews 5:1-6; Mark 10:46-52 

Originally delivered on October 27, 1991

In the first reading, we hear an expression of hope among the Jews for the coming of the Messiah.  In the gospel, we heat that the Messiah has come in Jesus. Through Him, we are asked to renounce money, comfort, possessions, things, power, prestige, place, etc. We are called to give up security, give to the poor, and follow Jesus.  We should long to be a servant and friend to the poor and marginalized. Indeed, we must see and act as every other person is our sister or brother. Do we really want to see as Jesus sees?

 

23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

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Readings: Isaiah 35: 4-7; James 2: 1-5; Mark 7:31-37

Originally delivered on September 4, 1988

In this week’s homily, we are challenged to be open to hear the cries of the poor, hungry, or otherwise marginalized.  These are our sisters and brothers.  In the Gospel, Jesus tells us to be open to the saving wisdom of God. We must ask ourselves what we might be blind to see.  Are we participating in a system that keeps some of our sisters and brothers in a more difficult state and the impression that some are better than others? Jesus calls us to be open to a new vision of faith, to hear the cry of the poor, to have the courage to speak out.

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Readings: Isaiah 35: 4-7; James 2: 1-5; Mark 7:31-37

Originally delivered on September 8, 1991

We are reminded today to be open to the gifts that God brings to us that are willing to receive. Furthermore, we are called today to embrace the vision of Jesus that says that the last will be first.  We hear of the hope for a newly emerging Russia in this homily, but are cautioned to remember that a narrow focus on the individual can lead astray from Jesus’s message. Let us be a liberator of others because, like Jesus, we let go of desires for ourselves.