Homily

Fr. Steve’s homily (12-22-13)

Human parents are careful about naming their children. They want the name to mean something, to signify how important this child is to them. God the Father was also careful about naming his Son.He didn’t leave it up to chance or to Mary and Joseph’s creativity.   The Father instructs Joseph to call Mary’s son “Jesus” .. read more

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Dec
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Fr. Steve’s homily (12/15/2013)

Story of the parade and the circus For the first weeks of Advent, we have meditated on our need for God, our sinfulness, our helplessness in achieving the meaning and fulfillment that we long for.  Today we switch gears. Without forgetting about our need for a Savior, we focus our attention more on that Savior .. read more

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Dec
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Fr. Steve’s homily (12/08/2013)

For many people, their thoughts these days run something like this:  during this Christmas season we look forward to giving and receiving carefully-chosen gifts, gathering with family and friends, time off from the busy schedules of work, elaborate meals of choice foods and drink. . .”  IF that is all we have to look forward .. read more

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Fr. Steve’s homily (12/01/2013)

Once upon a time a little candle stood in a magnificant place filled with other candles, most of them much larger and much more beautiful than she was.  Some were white, some were pink, some were purple.  She had no idea why she was there, and the other candles made her feel small and insignificant. .. read more

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Dec
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Fr. Steve’s homily (11/24/2013)

The Church, throughout the world, celebrates Christ’s Kingship.  And we look to the cross.  Aren’t kings supposed to be powerful? Aren’t kings supposed to be successful? Aren’t kings supposed to be victorious?  How can this sign of utter defeat also be the sign of our King’s everlasting victory?   The good thief shows us how. Important .. read more

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Dec
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Fr. Steve’s homily (11/17/2013)

Every Sunday when we pray the Creed we solemnly profess our belief that Jesus “will come again to judge the living and the dead.”  The Church has never claimed to know when Judgment Day will come.  It could be today, it could be 1000 years from now.  Jesus himself told us that we can know .. read more

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Fr. Steve’s homily (11/03/2013)

No one likes paying taxes, but understand that the publicans were much more than simple tax collectors. We can more accurately call them “tax farmers.” They had a certain quota to collect and everything over than amount, they kept for themselves. The Roman army stood behind them so they could force people to sell food, .. read more

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Nov
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Fr. Steve’s homily (10/20/2013)

We need God’s help to fight life’s battles (just as Moses and the Israelites understood),but we often don’t trust God enough to keep praying for that help (we are less insistent than the determined widow).  At the end, though, Jesus tacks on a strange sentence.  After declaring that God will certainly answer humble and persistent .. read more

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Fr. Steve’s homily (09/29/2013)

Remember Scrooge? Hunched over stacks of coins, greedily tallying his bursting accounts as he and his employees shiver in the cold, because he is too cheap to spend money on coal to keep the office warm.  The richest man in the city, and he keeps his wealth so securely locked away that no one, not .. read more

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Fr. Steve’s homily (09/22/2013)

“No servant can be the slave of two masters.” Jesus doesn’t give a third alternative. There are only two paths in life, the one that leads closer to Christ, or the one that leads away from him. A few chapters earlier in St Luke’s Gospel, he put it like this: “He who does not gather .. read more

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