Homily

Fr. Steve’s homily (04/17/2014)

Picture the scene: The Twelve are gathered with their Master for the most sacred meal of the year. The stone walls of the upper room are lit with the warm light of flickering torches and lamps. The apostles and Jesus are reclining at the low table, eager to share the lamb, the bread, the wine. .. read more

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Fr. Steve’s homily (04/13/14)

Today is the beginning of the holiest week of the year, the week we call Holy Week. During the first Holy Week, two thousand years ago, Jesus achieved victory over sin and evil.  During this Holy Week, he wants to extend that victory into our lives, into the parts of our lives that still need .. read more

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Apr
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Fr. Steve’s homily (04/06/2014)

It is no coincidence that the Church presents this scene to us towards the end of the Lenten liturgical crescendo:  two weeks ago Christ told the woman at the well that he was the Messiah; last week he cured a man born blind, something no one had ever done before;  and now he tops everything .. read more

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Apr
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Fr. Steve’s homily (03/30/2014)

Jonathan Swift–the Irish writer and satirist–said, “Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.” The gospel reflects this irony.  A man born blind is healed by Jesus and sees; the Pharisees are born with sight but blind to Jesus.  Jesus asks, “who is really blind?  and what kind of blindness is hardest to heal?” Jesus .. read more

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Mar
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Fr. Steve’s homily (03/23/2014)

We all experience two kinds of thirst in life, and unless we understand the difference between them, we will always be frustrated. The first kind of thirst is horizontal thirst. We thirst for, we desire, the good things of this earth: food, drink, companionship, fun, entertainment, a nice house, a good income, success at work .. read more

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Mar
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Fr. Steve’s homily (03/16/2014)

Why did Jesus appear in dazzling light with Moses and Elijah? The book of Exodus tells us that when Moses had met with God on Mount Sinai the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God. Paul the Apostle wrote that the Israelites could not look at Moses’ face because of .. read more

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Mar
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Fr Steve’s homily (2/16/2014 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Anger, lust, and dishonesty:  Jesus is very practical about what can corrupt our hearts.  He identifies anger, lust, and dishonesty as hidden viruses capable of damaging, and even destroying our souls.  If we are honest with ourselves, all of us will have to admit that we struggle with temptation in each of these areas.  So .. read more

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Feb
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Fr. Steve’s homily (01/05/14)

The King has come.  That is the Epiphany message and celebration.  This is the reason for the wise men’s journey and king Herod’s response. Herod had spent his life murdering, extorting, and building a personal kingdom ruled by his whims for his personal glory.  Now, Jesus is born into the world:  a King with authority .. read more

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Jan
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Fr. Steve’s homily (12-29-13)

God created us for holiness. Holiness is equivalent to happiness.  Our hearts were made to find their fulfillment only in a mature love for God and for our neighbor – and that’s holiness.  We are each called to spiritual excellence, not mediocrity.  And the path to holiness is an ordinary path.  It’s got twists and .. read more

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Dec
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Fr. Steve’s homily (Christmas Masses)

Are we like the inn-keeper in the Gospel passage? The innkeeper had no room.  Like him are our lives are crowded?  We can be filled with personal pleasures and hopes, maybe even with unhealthy relationships and habits.  And Jesus comes knocking on the door.  He knocks on the door of our hearts and wants us .. read more

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Dec
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