13th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A

+JMJ+ The Jewish people anticipated a Messiah who would come and bring about peace on Earth, reconciling man to man.  Christ, however, does not do that.  Rather, He comes so that man might be reconciled to God not so that man would be reconciled to Man. The salvific message of Jesus Christ is indeed that of the sword.  Christ doesn’t come to bring us comfort and peace in this life but instead He comes to bring about the sword and division upon the Earth.  St. Luke’s Gospel reminds us that Our Blessed Lord said, “I have come to bring fire…

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Good Friday – Year A

+JMJ+ There are many individuals mentioned throughout the Passion narrative who play important roles in the death of Jesus Christ – Caiphas, the Sanhedrin, Pontius Pilate.  Of these though, the role of Judas Iscariot is the most tragic.  Judas’ role was so central to the Passion that all four Gospels and writings of the Early Church Fathers make extensive note of his betrayal.  There is a great lesson for us to learn from Judas! St. Luke in his Gospel refers to Judas as “Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor” (Lk 6:16).  Judas was not an evil traitor to start with…

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5th Sunday of Lent – Year A

  +JMJ+   You shall know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves and make you come up out of them.  Throughout Lent we’ve been reading from the prophets who spoke about the signs and wonders we would see to know that the Messiah was in our midst. St. Augustine notes that Sacred Scripture only records three occasions in which Jesus raises the dead to life The daughter of Jairus; The son of the widow of Maim And Lazarus, the brother of Martha and Mary. The raising of Lazarus from the dead, however, is different from the…

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8th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A

+JMJ+   Today’s readings can be summed up in just one word -faithfulness.  Jesus reminds His disciples that they cannot serve two Masters – they will either love one and hate the other or be devoted to one and despise the other.  He then tells them very pointedly – you cannot serve both God and mammon. As disciples of Jesus Christ we cannot love God and at the same time be devoted to the ways of the world.  Either we love the Lord or we love the world.  Jesus Christ reminds us of the Father’s continued faithfulness to us –…

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33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C

As Catholics whom do we look to as our judge?  Too often in our lives we appear to be more concerned with what others around us think about us rather than what Almighty God thinks of us.  Do we behave differently around certain family or friends because we’re concerned with their opinion?  Do we downplay, hide, or even downright deny our Catholic faith in the workplace for fear of what others may think of us? When others see us in public, and without us even saying a word, are they convinced that we belong to Jesus Christ? Today Jesus reminds…

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30th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C

+JMJ+ The Pharisee in today’s Gospel was very proud of himself. He wasn’t even honest enough to say “At least I am not like most of these” but rather had convinced himself that he was better than everyone else – that he alone was righteous and everyone else was merely a wretched sinner.  As though this comparison wasn’t enough, he went on to thank God that at least he wasn’t like the tax collector, boasting how he fasted twice a week and paid tithes on his whole income. The problem with the Pharisee is not that he wasn’t trying to…

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24th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C

JMJ Today we have a drastic change from the severity of last week’s Gospel where Jesus called us to be ready to hate Father and Mother for the sake of the Kingdom to this week calling us to show mercy and kindness towards our fellow man.  These two Gospel messages seem contradictory – we have Jesus who speaks about Justice but then calls us to have Mercy. In today’s reading from Exodus God is ready to destroy his people because of their infidelity to His Covenant.  The moment Moses goes up to the mountain to converse with God, His people…

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Navivity of Our Lady

JMJ There is a great hymn to our lady written by Edward Caswall which speaks of Our Lady in the following manner chosen from eternal ages, you alone of all our race, by your Son’s atoning merits were conceived in perfect grace. Today we celebrate the Nativity, the birth of Our Lady – the one who alone is truly our race.  In the course of the liturgical year we only celebrate the nativity of three persons –Jesus Christ, John the Baptist, and Our Lady and we do so because there is a special significance of their birth. In the case…

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Homily for the Feast of St. Leo IV

+JMJ+ There are two days of which are of the greatest Solemnity in the life of a parish – the Solemnity of its titular saint and the Solemnity of the dedication of the parish Church.  Today we celebrate both of those as this Church was consecrated sixty years ago today on the Feast of our Patron, Pope St. Leo IV. The celebration of the dedication of a Church is of such importance that the Church elevates this day in its liturgical ranking above the Sundays in Ordinary time and so hence today we put aside green and wear solemn gold…

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First Mass Homily – Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

+ JMJ + There is a story concerning St. Augustine that goes as follows.  One day he was walking on the beach contemplating the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. Then he saw a young boy in front of him who had dug a hole in the sand and was going out to the sea again and again and bringing some water to pour into the hole. St. Augustine asked him, “What are you doing?” “I’m going to pour the entire ocean into this hole.” Said the young boy “That is impossible, the whole ocean will not fit in the…

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