Unique Gifts

Pentecost

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Readings: Genesis: 11:1-9; Romans 8:22-27; John 7: 37-39

Originally delivered on May 19, 1991

Considered the birthday of the Church, today we celebrate Pentecost. Fr. Healy reminds us that ordinary people do extraordinary things, through the power of the Holy Spirit.  We are called to share our beliefs in deeds, touching other people’s lives in our world. We must believe that we have the fire and gift of God within and moves us. Fr. Healy passionately reminds us that we are called to love one another, especially refugees, as Jesus loves us. Indeed, we must have a passion for peace. We must be energized by the Holy Spirit to use our individual talents to serve the community because we are one body in Christ.

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Originally delivered on November 15, 1987

Readings: Ezekial 34:11-12, 15-17; Corinthians 15:20-26, 28; Matthew 25: 31-46

We are reminded that the Scriptures are written in a cultural context and that we must look through this context and look for the deeper meaning.  In the first reading from Ezekial, we are challenged to reach out to the poor and give what we can.  In the Gospel, we are told that we should use our unique gifts to help serve God to advance the spirit and the purpose of the Gospel. We are urged to make those actions now, not to wait.