Showing posts with label Weekday Homilies. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Weekday Homilies. Show all posts

31st Week: Nov 1-6:

 31st Week: Nov 1-6: 

 Nov 1 Monday (All Saints Day): Mt 5:1-12: (Not a Holy Day of Obligation in the USA) The feast and its objectives: All baptized Christians who have died and are now with God in glory are considered saints.

18th Week, Wednesday, Aug 4 - St. John Vianney


 August 4


The prophet Jeremiah first reminds the people of the punishment for their infidelity, but then he opens the perspectives to a beautiful restoration, when Israel shall be again God’s people and God will be their God.

18th Week: August 2-7:

 18th Week: August 2-7:

 August 2 Monday (St Eusebius of Vercelli, Bishop) 

Matthew 14:13-21: 

The context: Today’s Gospel describes Jesus’ miraculous feeding of a great multitude.

5th Week Feb 8-13:

 Feb 8-13: 

Feb 8 Monday (St. Jerome Emiliani, St. Josephine Bakhita, Virgin): Mk 6: 53-56: 53 And when they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret, and moored to the shore. 54 And when they got out of the boat, immediately the people recognized him, 55 and ran about the whole neighborhood and began to bring sick people on their pallets to any place where they heard he was. 56 And wherever he came, in villages, cities, or country, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and besought him that they might touch even the fringe of his garment; and as many as touched it were made well. 

4th Week: Feb 1-6 - Reflections

Feb 1 Monday: Mk 5: 1-20: 1 They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of Gerasenes. 2 And when he had come out of the boat, there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, 3 who lived among the tombs; and no one could bind him anymore, even with a chain; 4 for he had often been bound with fetters and chains, but the chains he wrenched apart, and the fetters he broke in pieces; and no one had the strength to subdue him. 5 Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains, he was always crying out, and bruising himself with stones. 6 And when he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped him; 7 and crying out with a loud voice, he said, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torment me.”

3rd Week, Jan 25-30 - Reflections

 Jan 25-30: Jan 25 Monday: (Conversion of the Apostle Paul): Mk 16:15-20: (The feast of the conversion St. Paul) Paul, the “Apostle to the Gentiles” and the greatest missionary of the Apostolic age, was a Roman citizen by his birth in Tarsus (in Cilicia), and a Jew born to the tribe of Benjamin. His Hebrew name was Saul. Since he was a Pharisee, Saul was sent to Jerusalem by his parents to study the Mosaic Law under the great rabbi Gamaliel. As a student, he also learned the trade of tent-making.

2nd Week, Jan 18-23

 Jan 18 Monday: Mk 2:18-22: 18 Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting; and people came and said to him, “Why do John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” 19 And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. 20 The days will come, when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in that day. 21 No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; if he does, the patch tears away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made. 22 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; if he does, the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost, and so are the skins; but new wine is for fresh skins.” USCCB reflections:

1st Week, Saturday, Jan 16

Hebrews 4:12-16 / Mark 2:13-17 

We have a great high priest; He was tempted but did not sin. 

In 1982 Archbishop Jozef Glemp of Warsaw wrote a letter urging Polish young people not to become discouraged or frustrated in their quest for change.

1st Week, Friday, Jan 15

 Hebrews 4:1-5, 11 / Mark 2:1-12

Be on guard; Strive to enter God's rest: heaven. 

An exasperated mother asked her little boy, "How do you ever expect to get into heaven?" Johnny thought a minute and said, "Well, I'll just run in and out, and in and out, and keep slamming the door. Finally, someone will say, 'For pity's sake, either come in or stay out!'

1st Week, Thursday, Jan 14

Hebrews 3:7-14 / Mark 1:40-45

Remain faithful to God; Encourage one another. 

In the late 1800s a boy was working in a London store. He rose at five o'clock each morning and then worked 14 hours. He lived this routine for two years and then told his mother that if he had to continue like this, he would kill himself.

1st Week, Wednesday, Jan 13

Hebrews 2:14-18 / Mark 1:29-39

Jesus shares our lot; He was tempted as we are. 

Frederic Remington was an American sculptor who worked in the early 1900s. His works sell for as high as $100,000 apiece. One of his most striking pieces is called The Rattlesnake. It depicts in vivid detail the classic moment when horse and rider encounter a snake on the path they are traveling.

Jan 11-16: 1st Week of Ordinary Time

 Jan 11-16: Jan 11 Monday: Mk 1: 14-20: 14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the gospel.” 16 And passing along by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net in the sea; for they were fishermen. 17 And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you become fishers of men.” 18 And immediately they left their nets and followed him.19 And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20 And immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him. USCCB video reflections: ;

1st Week, Monday, Jan 11

Hebrews 1:1-6 / Mark 1:14-20

God speaks to us through Jesus; Jesus is the imprint of God's being.

St. Ambrose was a fourth-century bishop in Milan. His eloquent preaching played a major role in St. Augustine's conversion to Christianity. In one of his famous homilies, Ambrose used this example to show how closely Jesus mirrors God the Father: "As the print of the seal on the wax is the express image of the seal itself, so Christ is the express image— the perfect representation of God." It is this same image that the author of the Letter to the Hebrews places before us in today's reading. In the love of Jesus, we glimpse God's love. In the mercy of Jesus, we glimpse God's mercy.

30th Week, Saturday, Oct 31

Philippians 1:18-26 / Luke 14:1, 7-11

 Paul speaks about life: To me, life is Christ.


Elizabeth Ann Seton was the first native-born American saint. At 19, she married a wealthy businessman, William Seton. They had five children before he died, when she was only 29. Two years later she left the Episcopal Church and became a Roman Catholic. As a result, she was denied financial help from family and friends. At the age of 31, she had to shift for herself and raise five children in the process. Yet, before she died at the age of 46, she founded the first American parish school, the first American orphanage, and the first native American community of religious women—the Daughters of Charity.

29th Week, Saturday, Oct 24

Ephesians 4:7-16 / Luke 13:1-9

Paul talks about Christ: Through him the body is built up in love.


The first frame of a Peanuts cartoon shows Charlie Brown staring at a tool box, saying to himself, “I can’t do it! I can’t do it!” The second frame shows Lucy entering and saying to Charlie, “What’s wrong, Charlie? You seem sad.”

29th Week, Friday, Oct 23

Ephesians 4:1-6 / Luke 12:54-59

Paul talks about unity: Preserve your unity in the Spirit.


James McGinnis, a St. Louis resident, tells how two children

were playing on the walk-in front of his house. One was three years old; the other was five. One was on a tricycle; the other was blocking the tricycle’s movement. Both were screaming at the top of their lungs. McGinnis walked out and asked them if they were having fun. They both said that they were not. Then he asked them what they might do to have fun.

29th Week, Thursday, Oct 22

Ephesians 3:14-21 / Luke 12:49-53

Paul talks about charity: Make love the root and foundation of life.

In his last speech before he was assassinated, Martin Luther King, as if he had a premonition of death, spoke about his funeral. He said: “If you get somebody to deliver the eulogy, tell him not to talk too long. Tell them not to mention that I have three or four hundred awards.

29th Week, Wednesday, Oct 21

Ephesians 3:2-12 / Luke 12:39-48

Paul talks about his call: God called me, the least of all his people.


The Melrose Suspension Bridge on the Niagara links the United States to Canada. The bridge was reportedly built in 1848 by engineer Theodore Elliot, in this fashion. First, a kite with a thread attached to it was flown across the Niagara River.

29th Week, Tuesday, Oct 20

Ephesians 2:12-22 / Luke 12:35-38

Paul talks about our salvation: Christ has brought us closer to God.

Bill Wilson was a “high roller” in the 1920s. Then came the stock market crash. Bill lost everything. Like many other victims of the crash, Bill turned to drink. Soon he found himself addicted to drink. In the next two years, he made four attempts to break his addiction.

29th Week, Monday, Oct 19

29th Week, Monday, Oct 19

Ephesians 2:1-10 / Luke 12:13-21

Paul talks about Christians: We were saved by God’s grace.


One Good Friday morning, a Protestant minister set up a stepladder in order to drape the cross outside his church with a black cloth. Because of the shrubbery encircling the cross, the ladder was resting in an awkward position. The minister climbed the ladder and tossed the end of the cloth over the cross. As he did, the ladder slipped and began to tip. The minister threw his arms out and grabbed the vertical bar of the cross, saving himself from what could have been a serious fall. After he regained his bearings, the minister said his experience gave him a new appreciation of how we have been saved by the cross of Christ. He acquired a new understanding of what Paul talks about in today’s reading.