Homily

Fr. Steve’s homily (11/22/2015)

Jesus affirms that he is a king, but he also affirms that his kingdom does not “belong to this world.” This was important for him to mention, because Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor who was interrogating, was worried that Jesus was trying to organize some kind of political rebellion against the Roman Empire. And Jesus .. read more

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Nov
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Fr. Steve’s homily (09/27/2015)

Un-repented sin has consequences; it leads to damnation, to hell, which was commonly called “Gehenna.” • The word originally referred to a valley on the outskirts of Jerusalem that had been used for human sacrifice during royal apostasies in Old Testament times. • By the time of Christ, the valley had come to be used .. read more

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Sep
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Fr. Steve’s homily (09/13/2015)

“You are thinking not the way God thinks, but the way human beings do.” One of the most difficult challenges in the life of a Christian is the need to move from a life guided by human wisdom to the acceptance of God’s way of doing things. There is nothing wrong with human wisdom and .. read more

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Sep
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Fr. Steve’s homily (09/06/2015)

Jesus ordered everyone to keep this amazing miracle under wraps. Jesus knows the tendencies of our fallen nature. He knew that too many reports of miracles and prodigious events would lead people to think of him merely as a wonder-worker. They would feed the impression that he had come to create paradise on earth, that .. read more

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Sep
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Fr. Steve’s homily (08/30/2015)

Jesus is not a consultant; he is the LORD! The people of Israel who heard both Christ’s and the Pharisees’ teachings could not follow both. It was becoming clearer by the day, as Jesus went about his public ministry, that he was demanding an undivided allegiance. He was the one declaring “God’s commandment,” and anyone .. read more

06
Sep
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Fr. Steve’s homily (08/23/2015)

St John tells us, in today’s Gospel passage, that our Lord’s teaching about the Eucharist, which we have been following over the last few Sundays, was so difficult, so shocking, that “many of his disciples” simply refused to accept it. As a result, they stopped following Jesus and returned to “their former way of life.” .. read more

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Aug
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Fr. Steve’s homily (08/16/2015)

Our Savior promised to remain with his Church “until the end of the age.” He has fulfilled this promise is the topic of today’s Gospel passage: the Holy Eucharist, which we celebrate during every Mass and receive through Holy Communion. To keep our human nature alive, we need natural food; to go without eating is .. read more

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Aug
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Fr. Steve’s homily (08/09/2015)

Without bread, without food, physical life perishes. Without Jesus, without his “flesh for the life of the world” in the Eucharist, our life of intimate communion with God will perish. It’s that simple – and it’s that crucial. Eleven times in this discourse Jesus speaks of himself as the bread of life; he’s really hoping .. read more

21
Aug
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Fr. Steve’s homily (08/02/2015)

Is there anything in this life that can truly satisfy our deepest hunger and longing? Many sought Jesus out because he offered them something no one else could give – bread from heaven from the very hand of God himself. When Jesus had performed the miracle of multiplying five loaves of bread and two fish .. read more

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Aug
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Fr. Steve’s homily (07/26/2015)

John Chapter 6 is all about the Eucharist, and the Eucharist is, as the Catechism teaches, us “the source and summit of the Christian life” (Catechism #1324). In today’s miraculous multiplication of the loaves, Jesus teaches us two critical things about this most Blessed Sacrament. 1. This multiplication of the loaves resembles the Mass, which .. read more

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Jul
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