Readings: Isaiah 62:1-5; Corinthians 12:4-11; John 2:1-12
Originally delivered on January 15, 1989
In this week’s Gospel we hear of the first miracle at the wedding of Cana. We are invited to see Mary as a symbol for the Church itself. Furthermore, we are challenged to be like Mary and get involved. And in the second reading, Paul tells us that each of us is uniquely gifted. Do we believe it? Are we brave enough to use that gift to make glorious things for God? Anne Frank and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were both ordinary people. We too are ordinary people. How might we make our light shine as they did?
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.
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.