UMD NEWMAN CATHOLIC CAMPUS MINISTRY

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07/05/20 Lead Yourself First
Homily from the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Freedom requires virtue.

The Founding Fathers gave the world a republic that necessitated a people who were virtuous, moral, and religious.

Mass Readings from July 5, 2020:
Zechariah 9:9-10
Psalm 145:1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13-14
Romans 8:9, 11-13
Matthew 11:25-30
Jul 06, 2020
06/28/20 Something to Lose
Homily from the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
It is a gift to have something to lose.

Every good thing in our lives comes from Jesus. Since He is the source of everything, He must be more important than anything.

Mass Readings from June 28, 2020:
2 Kings 4:8-11,14-16
Psalm 89:2-3,16-19
Romans 6:3-4,8-11
Matthew 10:37-42
Jun 28, 2020
06/21/20 Fear No One
Homily from the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
You matter to God and you have a job to do.

Jesus tells us to "fear no one." Not because there is no danger, but because He is calling us to not be safe.

Mass Readings from June 21, 2020:
Jeremiah 20:10-13
Psalm 69:8-10, 14, 17, 33-35
Romans 5:12-15
Matthew 10:26-33
Jun 21, 2020
06/14/20 No Longer Optional
Homily from the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ.
The Eucharist will never be optional...until the day it is no longer an option.

The moment worship becomes about “what I get” it ceases to be an act of love and becomes idolatry.

Mass Readings from June 14, 2020:Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14-16 Psalm 147:12-15, 19-20 1 Corinthians 10:16-17 John 6:51-58
Jun 15, 2020
06/07/20 In His Image and Likeness
Homily from Pentecost Sunday.
For the love of God has been poured into our hearts.

Jesus sent the Holy Spirit so that we could received the first gift of the Holy Spirit: to know what it is to be loved by the Father.

Mass Readings from May 31, 2020:Acts 2:1-11 Psalms 104:1, 24, 29-31, 34 1 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13 John 20:19-23
Jun 08, 2020
05/31/20 Exiles: The First Gift
Homily from Pentecost Sunday.
For the love of God has been poured into our hearts.

Jesus sent the Holy Spirit so that we could receive the first gift of the Holy Spirit: to know what it is to be loved by the Father.

Mass Readings from May 31, 2020:Acts 2:1-11 Psalms 104:1, 24, 29-31, 34 1 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13 John 20:19-23
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Jun 08, 2020
05/24/20 Exiles: Restoration
Homily from the Ascension of the Lord.
Live the reason.

Return from exile is not about a change in location, it is about a change in vocation. It is less about geography and more about mission. The goal is not Resurrection, the goal is Restoration.

Mass Readings from May 24, 2020:
Acts 1:1-11
Psalm 47:2-3, 6-9
Ephesians 1:17-23
Matthew 28:16-20

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May 25, 2020
05/17/20 Exiles: Why Go Back?
Homily from the Sixth Sunday of Easter.
Not a habit or a have-to, but the heart is the reason.

At some point, the exile will end. You will be able to go back. But why? What is the reason why you will go back?

Mass Readings from May 17, 2020:
Acts 8:5-8, 14-17
Psalm 66:1-3, 4-7, 16, 20
1 Peter 3:15-18
John 14:15-21

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May 18, 2020
05/10/20 Insecure: Uncertain Plans
Homily from the Fifth Sunday of Easter.
Advance boldly into the shadows of uncertainty.

If we are wise, we will think about the future and plan for it. And if we are even wiser, we will be able to let go of those plans when we need to.

Mass Readings from May 10, 2020:
Acts 6:1-7
Psalm 33:1-2, 4-5, 18-19
1 Peter 2:4-9
John 14:1-12

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May 11, 2020
05/03/20 Insecure: Untroubled by the Unknown
Homily from the Fourth Sunday of Easter.
Knowing does not equal security.

In a world of insecurity, it is less important to know where one is being lead, and more important to know who is doing the leading.

Mass Readings from May 3, 2020:
Acts 2:14, 36-41
Psalm 23:1-6
1 Peter 2:20-25
John 10:1-10

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May 04, 2020
04/26/2020 Insecure: Not Home
Homily from the Third Sunday of Easter.
Back to normal might not be what we think.

Our lives can be spent wishing for certain outcomes. But a security built on specific outcomes is a conditional and temporary security. We need true hope to walk in confidence.

Mass Readings from April 26, 2020:
Acts 2:14, 22-33
Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-11
1 Peter 1:17-21
Luke 24:13-35

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Apr 27, 2020
04/19/20 Insecure: The Source of Security
Homily from Divine Mercy Sunday.
In a time of incredible insecurity, we trust in incomprehensible mercy.

We live in an insecure world, but God’s mercy is stable.

Mass Readings from April 19, 2020:
Acts 2:42-47
Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24
1 Peter 1:3-9
John 20:19-31

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Apr 20, 2020
04/11/20 Witnesses
Homily from Holy Saturday, the Easter Vigil.
We profess the faith today so we can persevere in the faith tomorrow.

Christianity is an historical religion that is not based on feelings, philosophies, or myths. It is based on a fact: the fact of the resurrection of Jesus. The one thing that changes everything.
Apr 13, 2020
04/10/20 Prepared But Not Ready
Homily from Good Friday of the Lord's Passion.
Why are we surprised when we discover that “weakness” is actually weak?

Jesus prepared His disciples for His Passion. But they were not ready, because they had not factored in their own weakness. But Jesus had factored it in. It was, in fact, why He entered His Passion.

Mass Readings from April 10, 2020:
Isaiah 52:13—53:12
Psalm 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17, 25
Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9
John 18:1—19:42
Apr 11, 2020
04/09/20 Re-Claimed and Re-Named
Homily from Holy Thursday, the Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper.
God speaks your true name: "Mine."

Our name is our identity. Christ has covered our given name with His blood. And now we have a new name: we are “His.”

Mass Readings from April 9, 2020:
Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14
Psalm 116:12-13, 15-18
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
John 13:1-15
Apr 10, 2020
04/05/20 Un-Done: Unfinished
Homily from Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion.
Jesus has not removed suffering from our lives, He has redeemed the suffering in our lives.

Jesus accomplished the Father’s will in His passion, death, and resurrection. His mission of salvation is “finished.” And yet, Christ’s Body on earth still lives out the mission of Her Head: we are called to unite our sufferings to His for the salvation of the world. And this work — the work He has entrusted to us — remains unfinished.

Mass Readings from April 5, 2020:
Isaiah 50:4-7
Psalm 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24.
Philippians 2:6-11
Matthew 26:14—27:66

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Apr 05, 2020
03/29/20 Un-Done: Broken, Not Lost
Homily from the Fifth Sunday of Lent.
Jesus is the God of the Broken Heart.

Suffering, sickness, and death are devastating. But nothing is worse than losing one’s heart. A broken heart is still home in Jesus’ Heart.

Mass Readings from March 29, 2020:
Ezekiel 37:12-14
Psalm 130:1-8
Romans 8:8-11
John 11:1-45


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Mar 29, 2020
03/22/20 Un-Done: God Shows Up
Homily from the Fourth Sunday of Lent.
Real suffering in this world reveals the deeper part of us that has come undone.

God made this world good, but He did not make it unbreakable. This world has come undone, and our sickness and suffering reveals the deeper ways our hearts have come undone.

Mass Readings from March 22, 2020:
1 Samuel 16:1B, 6-7, 10-13A
Psalm 23: 1-3, 3-4, 5, 6
Ephesians 5:8-14
John 9:1-41


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Mar 23, 2020
03/15/20 Un-Done: Not Fine
Homily from the Third Sunday of Lent.
You are not fine. You don't have to be.

We live in a world that has come undone with hearts and relationships that have come undone. Jesus comes to that wound to undo what has been undone.

Mass Readings from March 15, 2020:
Exodus 17:3-7
Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9
Romans 5:1-2, 5-8
John 4:5-42

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Mar 16, 2020
03/01/20 Un-Done: We've Come Undone
Homily from the First Sunday of Lent.
The decision that broke the world.

This world is not perfect. And we are not perfect. But imperfect does not mean unloved.

Mass Readings from March 1, 2020:
Genesis 2:7-9; 3:1-7
Psalm 51:3-6, 12-13, 17
Romans 5:12-19
Matthew 4:1-11

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Mar 03, 2020
02/26/20 He Sees. He Cares.
Homily from Ash Wednesday.
Your Father sees you. Your Father hears you.

We all desire to be heard and seen...to know we matter. Jesus reveals that even your actions in secret are known by the Father and they matter to Him.

Mass Readings from February 26, 2020:
Joel 2:12-18
Psalm 51:3-4, 5-6, 12-14, 17
2 Corinthians 5:20—6:2
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18
Mar 03, 2020
02/23/20 Defiant Love
Homily from the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time.

The Universe is indifferent to us. People can be vicious to us. The Christian’s response is not indifference nor viciousness. The Christian response is to love in the face of indifference and evil. If we are going to love like Jesus, we must love differently…we must love defiantly.

Mass Readings from February 23, 2020:
Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18
Psalm 103:1-4, 8, 10, 12-13
1 Corinthians 3:16-23
Matthew 5:38-48

Mar 03, 2020
02/16/20 More Than A Criminal Heart
Homily from the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

The Sermon on the Mount reveals the truth about our hearts: we need the Law. But God wants us to be free from the Law. Not by abolishing the Law, but by making our hearts like His. We can let Him do this by taking responsibility, taking action, and taking hold of the strength He offers.

Mass Readings from February 16, 2020:
Sirach 15:15-20
Psalm 119:1-2, 4-5, 17-18, 33-34
1 Corinthians 2:6-10
Matthew 5:17-37

Mar 03, 2020
02/09/20 Good...For Nothing?
Homily from the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Refuse to live as salt and light, and the Father remains unknown, unloved, and unglorified.

God trusts us with being His representatives in this world. He has made us His and He has made us good. But to what end? God has made us good for a purpose. Do we live in such a way that we have been made good for nothing?

Mass Readings from February 9, 2020:
Isaiah 58:7-10
Psalm 112:4-5, 6-7, 8-9
1 Corinthians 2:1-5
Matthew 5:13-16

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Mar 03, 2020
02/02/20 Underestimated: Unimpressive
Homily from the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord.
Unimpressive does not mean unimportant.

Most of life is made up of unimpressive moments and unimpressive seasons. If we are constantly waiting for the next “peak moment“ we will miss out on most of life…and also most peak moments.

Mass Readings from February 2, 2020:
Malachi 3:1-4
Psalm 24:7-10
Hebrews 2:14-18
Luke 2:22-40

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Mar 03, 2020
01/26/19 Underestimated: Silence is Not Absence
Homily from the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Do not underestimate what God is doing when it seems like God is doing nothing.

There are seasons of silence, and hiddenness, and brokenness in all of our lives. These times are not just useful, they are necessary for us to become the kind of people God needs us to be.

Mass Readings from January 26, 2020:
Isaiah 8:23—9:3
Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14
1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17
Matthew 4:12-23

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Mar 03, 2020
01/19/20 Underestimated: Single Unifying Principle
Homily from the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time.
The single unifying principle unites all of the various threads of our life into one whole image.

It is “too little” to remain who you are instead of becoming who God needs you to be.

Mass Readings from January 19, 2020:
Isaiah 49:3, 5-6
Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-10
1 Corinthians 1:1-3
John 1:29-34

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Mar 03, 2020
12/25/19 One Star
Homily from the Nativity of the Lord.
God will always fulfill His promises. Is that enough?

We know that God is faithful because He has fulfilled what He has promised. But He does not need to do what He has not promised to do.

Mass Readings from December 25, 2019:
Isaiah 52:7-10
Psalm 98:1, 2-3, 3-4, 5-6
Hebrews 1:1-6
John 1:1-18





Mar 03, 2020
12/22/19 Available and Capable
Homily from the Fourth Sunday of Advent.
Emmanuel. God is working with us to save the world.

God does not need us. But He has demonstrated that He does not want to heal, transform, or save the world without our help. He only needs us to be the kind of people who are willing and able.

Mass Readings from December 22, 2019:
Isaiah 7:10-14
Psalm 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
Romans 1:1-7
Matthew 1:18-24






Mar 03, 2020
12/08/19 The Gift That Changes Everything
Homily from the Second Sunday of Advent.
To be gripped by God is not supposed to be comfortable.

The Prophet says that the great gift of the Spirit is the fear of the Lord. But what is it?

Mass Readings from December 8, 2019:
Isaiah 11:1-10
Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17
Romans 15:4-9
Matthew 3:1-12






Mar 03, 2020
12/01/19 Before Goodbye
Homily from the First Sunday of Advent.
We do not know when, but we do know what.

Goodbyes can be painful. But what makes goodbyes even more painful is when we are not ready for the leaving or letting go. The goodness of the goodbye comes down to what we do with the time before goodbye.

Mass Readings from December 1, 2019:
Isaiah 4:2-6
Psalm 122:1-9
Romans 13:11-14
Matthew 24:37-44




Mar 03, 2020
11/24/19 A King Who Remembers
Homily from the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.
Jesus loves you and He hasn’t forgotten you.

It is easy to feel forgotten and forsaken…even by God. But God notices, loves, and remembers you.

Mass Readings from November 24, 2019:
2 Samuel 5:1-3
Psalm 122:1-2, 3-4, 4-5
Colossians 1:12-20
Luke 23:35-43

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Mar 03, 2020
11/17/19 CompariSIN: Stealing Joy
Homily from the Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time.
If comparison is a thief of joy, then we have to learn how to steal it back.

In the battle to escape the comparison trap, we can become invincible to bad comparison by actively looking for the blessings, giving thanks, and inviting others into celebrating them. Because there are some things worth celebrating.

Mass Readings from November 17, 2019:
Malachi 3:19-20
Psalm 98:5-9
2 Thessalonians 3:7-12
Luke 21:5-19

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Mar 03, 2020
11/10/19 CompariSIN: Incomparable
Homily from the Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time.
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

We will continue walking through this world in which people are better than us. How can we become invincible to comparison?

Mass Readings from November 10, 2019:
2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14
Psalm 17:1, 5-6, 8, 15
2 Thessalonians 2:16-3:5
Luke 20:27-38

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Mar 03, 2020
11/03/19 CompariSIN: Infinitely Preferred
Homily from the Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time.
What makes them so great? What makes me so awful?

When someone else being honored or loved more than we are meets our insecurity, we are tempted to tell stories…about them and about ourselves. But when we know who we are and are grateful for what we have, we have security. And comparison is powerless.

Mass Readings from November 3, 2019:
Wisdom 11:22-12:2
Psalm 145:1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13, 14
2 Thessalonians 1:11-2:2
Luke 19:1-10

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Mar 03, 2020
10/27/19 CompariSIN: The Way of Comparison
Homily from the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
In a life of comparison, every person is a potential threat.

Comparison is the desire to be “more” than another. At the heart of that desire is fear. Vulnerability breaks through that fear.

Mass Readings from October 27, 2019:
Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18
Psalm 34:2-3, 17-18, 19, 23
2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18
Luke 18:9-14

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Mar 03, 2020
10/20/19 The Hardest Step: The Next Step
Homily from the Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Often, the next hardest step is the next step.

Continuing to walk in the midst of failure, rejection, and imperfection is a sign of a great life. In your life, you will take hundreds of first steps. But in a great life, you will take thousands of next steps.

Mass Readings from October 20, 2019:
Ezekiel 17:8-13
Psalm 121:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8
2 Timothy 3:14-4:2
Luke 18:1-8

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Mar 03, 2020
10/13/19 The Hardest Step: The First Step
Homily from the Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
You just have to start.

The first step is the most difficult…but it is also the most important.

Mass Readings from October 13, 2019:
2 Kings 5:14-17
Psalm 98:1-4
2 Timothy 2:8-13
Luke 17:11-19

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Mar 03, 2020
10/06/19 Are You Saved? From What: Lovelessness
Homily from the Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time.
How do you know God loves you? How do you know you are saved? Answer: the sacraments.

The saving work of Jesus was accomplished in His life, death, resurrection, and ascension. The saving work of Jesus meets our lives and transforms them through the tangible gifts of His love: the sacraments.

Mass Readings from October 6, 2019:
Habbakuk 1:2-3; 2:2-4
Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9
2 Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14
Luke 17:5-10

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Mar 03, 2020
09/29/19 Are You Saved? From What: Lifelessness
Homily from the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Jesus took from us what was ours so He could give to us what is His.

God’s grace is the cause of our salvation. God’s free gift is what gives us the power to even choose Him or choose to do good works. We do not merely “collect” or “receive” His grace, but we become active participants with Him.

Mass Readings from September 29, 2019:
Amos 6:1, 4-7
Psalm 146:7, 8-9, 9-10
1 Timothy 6:11-16
Luke 16:19-31

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Mar 03, 2020
09/22/19 Are You Saved? From What: Hopelessness
Homily from the Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Jesus took from us what was ours so He could give to us what is His.

When we come face to face with our sin, we realize that we owe a debt we cannot pay. When we come face to face with Jesus, we realize that He paid a debt He did not owe. This is the free gift that saves us from hopelessness: we are saved by grace through faith working itself out in love.

Mass Readings from September 22, 2019:
Amos 8:4-7
Psalm 113:1-2, 4-6, 7-8
1 Timothy 2:1-8
Luke 16:1-13

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Mar 03, 2020
09/15/19 Are You Saved? From What: Fatherlessness
Homily from the Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Jesus saves us from being orphaned or abandoned.

I was saved at my Baptism. I am being saved. I hope to be saved. The Father has adopted us in Christ. And He cannot take it back. But do we live as children of the Father?

Mass Readings from September 15, 2019:
Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14
Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 17, 19
1 Timothy 1:12-17
Luke 15:1-32
Mar 03, 2020
09/08/19 First Thing First
Homily from the Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Out of everything in life, Jesus has to be first.

In our lives, we continually divide ourselves and divide our hearts by giving away our small “yesses”. Jesus calls us to experience freedom, joy, and clarity by giving Him our big “Yes” because He is the priority.

Mass Readings from September 8, 2019:
Wisdom 9:13-18B
Psalm 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-14, 17
Philemon 9-10, 12-17
Luke 14:25-33

Mar 03, 2020
09/01/19 Oh, Vanity
Homily from the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time.
The high price of vanity.

It is easy to think of vanity as nothing more than being conceited or overly concerned about one’s appearance. But the vice of vanity comes at a cost. A person could even find themselves living someone else’s life.

Mass Readings from September 1, 2019:
Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29
Psalm 68:4-5, 6-7, 10-11
Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24
Luke 14:1, 7-14
Mar 03, 2020
08/25/19 Hope and Discipline
Homily from the Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Discipline is the mark of the mature Christian.

We have to do difficult things all of the time. Why do we do them? We do them because we hope. We have the confidence that what we do makes a difference. The hope that, even when discipline becomes difficult, the discipline makes a difference.

Mass Readings from August 25, 2019:
Isaiah 66:18-21
Psalm 117:1,2
Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13
Luke 13:22-30



Mar 03, 2020
08/11/19 Living By Faith
Homily from the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
A disciple is a decision-maker.

Faith is more than belief. It “acts”. It can be seen. In fact, what we choose reveals our faith. And our decisions shape our lives, here on earth and in eternity.

Mass Readings from August 11, 2019:
Wisdom 18:6-9
Psalm 33:1, 12, 18-19, 20-22
Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19
Luke 12:32-48



Mar 03, 2020
07/07/19 Declaration
Homily from the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
The Father has uttered His declaration; we are offered the chance to answer.

All of Christianity comes down to one question: does God have permission to love you? 

Mass Readings from July 07, 2019:
Isaiah 66:10-14
Psalm 66:1-3, 4-5, 6-7, 16, 20
Galatians 6:14-18
Luke 10:1-12, 17-20



Mar 03, 2020
06/30/19 We'll See
Homily from the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Transfer your primary allegiance.

When following Jesus, the first things He invites us to give up are safety and control. 

Mass Readings from June 30, 2019:
1 Kings 19:16, 19-21
Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11
Galatians 5:1, 13-18
Luke 9:51-62

Mar 03, 2020
06/09/19 The Peace of Christ
Homily from Pentecost Sunday.
I know I have what I need.

The promised Holy Spirit gives many gifts, but few are more powerful and profound than the Spirit’s gift of peace.

Mass Readings from June 9, 2019:
Acts 13:14, 43-52
Psalm 100:1-2, 3, 51
Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13
John 20:19-23




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Mar 03, 2020
05/12/19 #Fail: Failure is Feedback
Homily from the Fourth Sunday of Easter.
Failure either gives us clarity and conviction or course correction.

Failure is not final and failure is not fatal. As long as we don’t stop, and as long as we are willing to learn from our failures, they have no power to defeat us but only to educate us and make us better.

Mass Readings from May 12, 2019:
Acts 13:14, 43-52
Psalm 100:1-2, 3, 5
Revelation 7:9, 14-17
John 10:27-30

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Mar 03, 2020
05/05/19 #Fail: The Only Way to Fail
Homily from the Third Sunday of Easter.
The only way for failure to be final is if you stop.

Even sin is not final if you don’t stop. God has a call for you that is not erased by failure.

Mass Readings from May 5, 2019:
Acts 5:27-32, 40-41
Psalm 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11-12, 13
Revelation 5:11-14
John 21:1-19

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Mar 03, 2020
04/28/19 #Fail: Free to Fail
Homily from Divine Mercy Sunday.
Failure is the one necessary prerequisite for God’s greatest gift.

Many people battle with perfectionism. God’s mercy in the midst of failure is His remedy for the fear that failure is the end.

Mass Readings from April 28, 2019:
Acts 5:12-16
Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-2
Revelation 1:9-11, 12-13, 17-19
John 20:19-31

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Mar 03, 2020
04/14/19 Behind Enemy Lines: Stand
Homily from Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion.
To stand for Jesus is to stand against the world.

If I live in such a way that I merely follow the crowd, I will find myself praising Jesus on Sunday and crying out for His Crucifixion on Friday. This world is a “not friend“ of the Christian. Therefore, we must stand against the world and for Jesus.

Mass Readings from April 14, 2019:
Isaiah 50:4-7
Psalm 22:8-9, 17-20, 23-24
Philippians 2:6-11
Luke 22:14—23:56

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Mar 03, 2020
04/07/19 Behind Enemy Lines: The Father of Lies
Homily from the Fourth Sunday of Lent.
There is no need to fear, but there is a need to fight.

Behind enemy lines, we find ourselves in a battle with the Enemy of God. Satan is real and Satan must be resisted. But the Catholic Christian has been given the tools to engage in the fight and thrive with the strength provided by God Himself.

Mass Readings from April 7, 2019:
Isaiah 43:16-21
Psalm 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6
Philippians 3:8-14
John 8:1-11

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Mar 03, 2020
03/31/19 Behind Enemy Lines: Let Go...and Come Inside
Homily from the Fourth Sunday of Lent.
We have different experiences, but the same enemy.

While all of us struggle with different sins and temptations, we all ultimately have the same enemy: pride. Pride is a chameleon and can disguise itself in many different ways. Ultimately, pride will work to keep you holding onto something other than God and to remain outside the Father’s house. Telling the truth…and hearing the Father’s voice…is the way to let go of what we cling to and come inside.

Mass Readings from March 31, 2019:
Joshua 5:9A, 10-12
Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7.
2 Corinthians 5:17-21
Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

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Mar 03, 2020
03/24/19 Behind Enemy Lines: Trust God...and Fight
Homily from the Third Sunday of Lent.
Trained in trust...strengthened through struggle.

God has freely given so much to us…and we are grateful. But why do we still experience the consequences of slavery? God gives us the chance to grow in trust of Him and His love…and He allows us to grow stronger in our ability to walk as His children.

Mass Readings from March 24, 2019:
Exodus 3:1-8, 13-15
Psalm 103: 1-4, 6-8, 11
1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12
Luke 13:1-9

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Mar 03, 2020
03/17/19 Behind Enemy Lines: My Own Worst Enemy
Homily from the Second Sunday of Lent.
You have to know yourself to say no to yourself.

We are in a battle, but our primary enemy is closer than we might like to imagine. In order to gain true freedom and victory, we have to know this enemy and know when to say no to them.

Mass Readings from March 17, 2019:
Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18
Psalm 27:1, 7-8, 8-9, 13-14.
Philippians 3:17—4:1
Luke 9:28-36

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Mar 03, 2020
03/07/19 Behind Enemy Lines: Isolated and Disoriented
Homily from Ash Wednesday.
You are in a fight; what comes next?

For many of us, our default assumption about life is: it’s fine. Even when things are obviously broken, we can pretend that they will “fix themselves.” But Lent reminds us that we are in a battle that won’t be won unless we are ready to engage the enemy who will attack us like our Lord was attacked in the wilderness...behind enemy lines.

Mass Readings from March 6, 2019:
Joel 2:12-18
Psalm 51:3-4, 5-6, 12-14, 17
2 Corinthians 5:20—6:2
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18

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Mar 03, 2020
03/03/19 Talking and Trials
Homily from the Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
What reveals the heart.

We often are a mystery...even to ourselves. But Christians must come to a place of self-knowledge so we can present our true self to the true God.

Mass Readings from March 3, 2019:
Sirach 27:4-7
Psalm 92:2-3, 13-14, 15-16
1 Corinthians 15:54-58
Luke 6:39-45



Mar 03, 2020
02/24/19 Love Yourself
Homily from the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time.
You are loved most when you deserve it the least.

Jesus calls us to love our enemies. But how can we do that when we don’t even love the people we like? When we often don’t effectively love ourselves?

Mass Readings from February 24, 2019:
1 Samuel 26:2, 7-9, 12-13, 22-23
Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 8, 10, 12-13
1 Corinthians 15:45-49
Luke 6:27-38

Mar 03, 2020
02/17/19 The Fighting Virtue
Homily from the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Willing to engage and embrace the realities of life.

Hope is not a “soft” virtue. It is a fighting virtue. Hope is what enables us to live in the present with strength and conviction. It takes hope to take action.

Mass Readings from February 17, 2019:
Jeremiah 17:5-8
Psalm 1:1-4, 6
1 Corinthians 15:12, 16-20
Luke 6:17, 20-26

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Mar 03, 2020
02/10/19 Disqualified: Unfit
Homily from the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
God is able to make you holy even if He never makes you whole.

There are some things in our lives (our decisions, our wounds, our weaknesses) that we wish and pray were gone. God calls you and I in our weakness; He doesn’t necessarily call us out of our weakness.

Mass Readings from February 10, 2019:
Isaiah 6:1-2, 3-8
Psalm 138:1-5, 7-8
1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Luke 5:1-11

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Mar 03, 2020
02/03/19 Disqualified: Remarkably Average
Homily from the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Being unqualified does not disqualify when God calls.

There are many people who would look remarkably average on paper. Our stats would reveal that we are unqualified for being a part of God’s great work. But the Lord calls us to the greatest of these: love.

Mass Readings from February 3, 2019:
Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19
Psalm 71:1-6, 15-17
1 Corinthians 12:31—13:13
Luke 4:21-30

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Mar 03, 2020
01/27/19 Disqualified: Prevented or Prepared?
Homily from the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time.
What great work may God be preparing you for right now?

In Christ, your past might not be the thing that prevent you from being a part of God’s great work… It might be the thing that has prepared you.

Mass Readings from January 27, 2019:
Nehemiah 8:2-4A, 5-6, 8-10
Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 15
1 Corinthians 12:12-30
Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21

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Mar 03, 2020
01/20/19 Insufficient and Insignificant
Homily from the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time.
God uses what we have and gives us what we need.

It is often very tempting to forget the heart of God. To forget that He notices us, delights in us, and rejoices in us. When the focus shifts from His love to our insufficiency and feelings of insignificance, He reminds us of the truth.

Mass Readings from January 20, 2019:
Isaiah 62:1-5
Psalm 96:1-3, 7-10
1 Corinthians 12:4-11
John 2:1-11
Mar 03, 2020
12/25/18 But Why?
Homily from the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas).
The Why is a Who.

Jesus is not merely the “reason for the season”… He is the reason for everything.

Mass Readings from December 25, 2018:
Isaiah 62:11-12
Psalm 97:1, 6, 11-12
Titus 3:4-7
Luke 2:15-20
Mar 03, 2020
12/09/18 The End?
Homily from the Second Sunday of Advent.
This might be the end of the dream, but it is not the end of the story.

God has begun a good work in you. In fact, he has begun many “good works.“ Many of them will come to an end, but the truly great work that God has begun is a work that he intends to continue to finish.

Mass Readings from December 09, 2018:
Baruch 5:1-9
Psalm 126:1-6
Philippians 1:4-6, 8-11
Luke 3:1-6



Mar 03, 2020
12/02/18 Be Ready, Get Ready
Homily from the First Sunday of Advent.
You will never be ready unless you get ready.

Advent is a season of preparation. We get ready to celebrate the first coming of Christ into this world. We also get ready for His Second Coming at the end of the world…or at the end of our individual lives. During Advent, we get ready to die.

Mass Readings from December 02, 2018:
Jeremiah 33:14-16
Psalm 25:4-5, 8-9, 10, 14
1 Thessalonians 3:12—4:2
Luke 21:25-28, 34-36

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Mar 03, 2020
11/25/18 Come to the Altar: Kingdom Priesthood
Homily from the Thirty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Don't waste your priesthood.

Jesus is the one eternal High Priest. He has called certain men to participate in His priesthood in a unique way. But He has also extended a share in His priesthood to all believers so that the Father may be glorified and the world redeemed when the sacrifice is offered throughout the world.

Mass Readings from November 25, 2018:
Daniel 7:13-14
Psalm 93:1, 1-2, 5
Revelation 1:5-8
John 18:33-37

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Mar 03, 2020
11/18/18 Come to the Altar: Learning to Worship
Homily from the Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Not merely witnessing the miracle, but offering the sacrifice.

We have to learn the worship of God in a similar way that we need to learn the Word of God. The more we know What we are doing, Who we are offering, Why it is crucial, and When to focus, the more we will be able to do more than watch…we will be able to worship.

Mass Readings from November 18, 2018:
Daniel 12:1-3
Psalm 16:5, 8, 9-10, 11
Hebrews 10:11-14, 18
Mark 13:24-32

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Mar 03, 2020
11/11/18 Come to the Altar: Hollow Worship
Homily from the Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Offering first-fruits reveals and increases the depth of trust.

The temptation to experience worship as hollow or empty is universal. God’s solution for our hearts is the invitation to offer Him our first-fruits. Sacrifices that are intentional, consequential, and representational have the power to transform our hearts and fill up what might be hollow worship.

Mass Readings from November 11, 2018:
1 Kings 17:10-16
Psalm 146:7, 8-9, 9-10
Hebrews 9:24-28
Mark 12:38-44

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Mar 03, 2020
11/04/18 Come to the Altar: Where's Your Altar?
Homily from the Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Not to watch, but to worship.

The heart of religion is the worship of God. And the heart of worship is always sacrifice; a gift that is poured out on the altar. Where is your gift being poured out? Where is your altar?

Mass Readings from November 04, 2018:
Deuteronomy 6:2-6
Psalm 18:2-3, 3-4, 47, 51
Hebrews 7:23-28
Mark 12:28-34

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Mar 03, 2020
10/28/18 Rivals: Rival Voices
Homily from the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
We do not conquer our rivals, we are called out from beneath their power.

The voices around us shape us. Some voices shape us more powerfully and more negatively than others. These rival voices fashion a lens through which we see the world. They can rob us of peace, joy, and Christ place in our heart. But to take courage, get up, Jesus is calling you.

Mass Readings from October 28, 2018:
Jeremiah 31:7-9
Psalm 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6
Hebrews 5:1-6
Mark 10:46-52

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Mar 03, 2020
10/21/18 Rivals: The Rival of Control
Homily from the Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
What do I have to do to get what I want?

So much of our lives can be marked by the desire to control...or the fear of losing control. The rival of control can dominate. And the trust of praise and surrender can liberate.

Mass Readings from October 21, 2018:
Isaiah 53:10-11
Psalm 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22
Hebrews 4:14-16
Mark 10:35-45

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Mar 03, 2020
10/14/18 Rivals: The Reason is the Rival
Homily from the Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
God has an absolute claim on your heart. What is the reason you won’t give it to him?

There is a clear difference between a reason and an excuse. Excuses are not acceptable answers, but there are times when even “good reasons” fail to be “good enough.“

Mass Readings from October 14, 2018:
Wisdom 7:7-11
Psalm 90:12-13, 14-15, 16-17
Hebrews 4:12-13
Mark 10:17-30

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Mar 03, 2020
10/07/18 Rivals: All...or Nothing
Homily from the Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time.
There are some relationships that do not tolerate rivals.

There are only two kinds of relationships that get to a point where it is “all…or nothing“: Romantic relationships and our relationship with Jesus. If we say “all“, that carries with it some consequences. Namely, all of our heart must belong to the other.

Mass Readings from October 7, 2018:
Genesis 2:18-24
Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6
Hebrews 2:9-11
Mark 10:2-16

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Mar 03, 2020
09/30/18 Greatest of All Time: To Be Great, Let Go
Homily from the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
True greatness lies in being able to let go of whatever you don’t need.

The temptation to fall back into measuring greatness according to the standards of the world is powerful. And when we see the good that others have and have accomplished, it can be easy to fall into comparison, jealousy, and envy. We can be afraid that we are not enough because another has more. But Jesus reveals that His greatest moment is the moment He held on to the least.

Mass Readings from September 30, 2018:
Numbers 11:25-29
Psalm 19:8, 10, 12-13, 14
James 5:1-6
Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48

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Mar 03, 2020
09/23/18 Greatest of All Time: Selfless Ambition
Homily from the Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Ambition involves the willingness to risk. Selfless ambition is the willingness to risk the loss of status for the good of someone else.

Great leaders are not those who make their authority over others felt. Great leaders (and great people) are those who, like Christ, place themselves and their gifts at the service of others. They have no fear of losing their status, because they have no status to lose.

Mass Readings from September 23, 2018:
Psalm 54:3-4, 5, 6, 8
James 3:16-4:3
Mark 9:30-37

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Mar 03, 2020
09/16/18 Greatest of All Time: To Be Great, Give
Homily from the Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Could you be great even if no one knew?

The desire to be seen and to be known is written deep in the human heart. But is a person great simply because a large number of people acknowledge them? Jesus reveals that true greatness is when a person gives themselves away to something or someone greater; it is to lay down one’s life for Him and for the Gospel. It does not consist in self-protection or self-expression, but in self-donation.

Mass Readings from September 16, 2018:
Isaiah 50:5-9
Psalm 116:1-9
James 2:14-18
Mark 8:27-35

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Mar 03, 2020
09/09/18 Greatest of All Time: Identity, Not Ability
Homily from the Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time.
You don't have to do all the things. You just have to do the thing.

We can put off doing the one thing we need to do in order to do other, less important, tasks. Or we can do the will of God as He lays it out for us and simply do the thing.

Mass Readings from September 09, 2018:
Isaiah 35:4-7
Psalm 146:6-10
James 2:1-5
Mark 7:31-37

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Mar 03, 2020
09/02/18 Do The Thing
Homily from the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time.
You don't have to do all the things. You just have to do the thing.

We can put off doing the one thing we need to do in order to do other, less important, tasks. Or we can do the will of God as He lays it out for us and simply do the thing.

Mass Readings from September 02, 2018:
Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8
Psalm 15:2-5
James 1:17-18, 21-22, 27
Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

Mar 03, 2020
08/26/18 Not Welcome. Invited.
Homily from the Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time.

God is not indifferent to you.

Mass Readings from August 26, 2018:
Joshua 24:1-2, 15-17, 18
Psalm 34:2-3, 16-17, 18-19, 20-21
Ephesians 5:21-32
John 6:60-69

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Mar 03, 2020
05/06/18 An Example
Homily from the Sixth Sunday of Easter.
You do not need permission to be an example.

Not all of us can have influence, but we can all be an example.

Mass Readings from May 6, 2018:
Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48
Psalm 98:1, 2-3, 3-4
1 John 4:7-10
John 15:9-17




Mar 03, 2020
06/10/18 The Unforgivable Sin
Homily from the Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
At the heart of the unforgivable sin are two words.

The two words “I’m fine” might be a simple way of saying “no thanks.” But it is also a way of saying “I do not desire to change my current status.” Even if a person is thirsty or hungry, they might say “I’m fine" in response to an offer of water or food. In a similar way, someone who longs for mercy might say “I’m fine” in response to the offer of grace.

Mass Readings from June 10, 2018:
Genesis 3:9-15
Psalm 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8
2 Corinthians 4:13—5:1
Mark 3:20-35

Mar 03, 2020
04/29/18 What's Next: Go With
Homily from the Fifth Sunday of Easter.
Confidence is critical to moving forward. Surrender is the key to confidence.

It is one thing to have confidence when a person has power and knowledge. There is another kind of confidence that is necessary when a person is powerless and answerless. This is the kind of confidence in another – – God – – that is willing to place everything a person has and doesn’t have under the Lordship of Jesus.

Mass Readings from April 29, 2018:
Acts 9:26-31
Psalm 22:26-27, 28, 30, 31-32
1 John 3:18-24
John 15:1-8

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Mar 03, 2020
04/22/18 What's Next: When the Chips Are Down
Homily from the Fourth Sunday of Easter.

In calling us to what’s next, God doesn’t necessarily take anything away, but He gives us something. He doesn’t necessarily take away the danger or the fear, but He gives us what we need for the next thing. Courage is using what you’ve been given the moment what you’ve been given is needed the most.

Mass Readings from April 22, 2018:
Acts 4:8-12
Psalm 118:1, 8-9, 21-23, 26, 28, 29
1 John 3:1-2
John 10:11-18

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Mar 03, 2020
04/15/18 What's Next: What's Now
Homily from the Third Sunday of Easter.
Looking ahead only gets you so far.

Being convinced by Christ is one thing, being convicted to take action is another. The call is to be converted…to be changed…to be like Christ. This can happen when we follow the commandments with God’s grace and allow ourselves to be transformed. But this means that we are attentive to what’s now so that we can be ready for what’s next.

Mass Readings from April 15, 2018:
Acts 3:13-15, 17-19
Psalm 4:2, 4, 7-8, 9
1 John 2:1-5
Luke 24:35-48

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Mar 03, 2020
04/08/18 What's Next: Something More Than Control
Homily from the Second Sunday of Easter.
To move forward with joy, one needs something more powerful than control.

The early Church was filled with men and women who lived in uncertainty. The current Church is filled with men and women who live in uncertainty. The key difference between them and us is that they had something more sure than certainty and something more powerful than control…they were convinced.

Mass Readings from February 25, 2018:
Acts 4:32-35
Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24
1 John 5:1-6
John 20:19-31

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Mar 03, 2020
03/30/18 Give and Receive
Homily from Good Friday of the Lord's Passion.

It is better to give and receive than to take and reject.

Mass Readings from March 30, 2018:
Isaiah 52:13—53:12
Psalm 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17, 25
Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9
John 18:1—19:42
Mar 03, 2020
03/25/18 Sign Your Name
Homily from Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion.
Make the Passion personal.

The Passion and death of Christ is so...big. Sometimes it can seem so big that it becomes impersonal. But this event was not anonymous and the sufferings of Jesus were not generic. Each moment has a name attached to it, and each blow was specific. Until what I did to him becomes personal, what he did for me it's not personal.

Mass Readings from March 25, 2018:
Isaiah 50:4-7
Psalm 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24.
Philippians 2:6-11
Hebrews 5:7-9
Mark 14:1—15:47

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Mar 03, 2020
03/18/18 The Root: Fruit or Root
Homily from the Fifth Sunday of Lent.
Is the change cosmetic? Or substantial?

Transformation is a part of life. And Lent is all about allowing God to make us into the kind of people He has created and called us to be. And yet, many of us spend time focusing on the “fruits” of change rather than being attentive to the root. We can change cosmetically, but lasting change has to be substantial. This change has to reach the root. It has to be connected to our identity. And it has to flow from our relationship with our Father.

Mass Readings from March 11, 2018:
Jeremiah 31:31-34
Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 14-15
Hebrews 5:7-9
John 12:20-33

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Mar 03, 2020
03/11/18 The Root: Radical
Homily from the Fourth Sunday of Lent.
God responds to our radical need with His radical love.

Many people find it incredibly difficult to be honest...even with themselves. But unless we get past the surface to the root of what is truly in our hearts, not only will we not know ourselves, no one else will know us either. In our relationship with God, we need to be honest with what is in our heart, we need to entrust what we've found to Him, and we need to be vulnerable enough to receive His love.

Mass Readings from March 11, 2018:
2 Chronicles 36:14-16, 19-23
Psalm 137:1-6
Ephesians 2:4-10
John 3:14-21

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Mar 03, 2020
02/25/18 The Root: Transparent and Vulnerable
Homily from the Second Sunday of Lent.
Can I be honest?

Many people find it incredibly difficult to be honest...even with themselves. But unless we get past the surface to the root of what is truly in our hearts, not only will we not know ourselves, no one else will know us either. In our relationship with God, we need to be honest with what is in our heart, we need to entrust what we've found to Him, and we need to be vulnerable enough to receive His love.

Mass Readings from February 25, 2018:
Genesis 22:1-2, 9, 10-13, 15-18
Psalm 116:10, 15, 16-17, 18-19
Romans 8:31-34
Mark 9:2-10

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Mar 03, 2020
02/18/18 The Root: Age of Compromise
Homily from the First Sunday of Lent.
Are these ashes no more than skin deep?

We live in a unique time. It is, in many ways, an age marked by a disposition towards compromise. One where convictions and beliefs are quickly and easily discarded whenever they become inconvenient. But the Christian must be able to stand. Therefore, the follower of Christ must go to the places of testing: the desert, the heart, the root.

Mass Readings from February 18, 2017:
Genesis 9:8-15
Psalm 25:4-9
1 Peter 3:18-22
Mark 1:12-15

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Mar 03, 2020
02/14/18 The Root: The Imposter
Homily from Ash Wednesday.
Are these ashes no more than skin deep?

Many people spend their time living as an imposter in their own lives. Even Christians will often be tempted to allow the power and grace of God to only go skin deep. But this Lent, you can choose a Lenten practice that will reach your heart…all the way down to the root.

Mass Readings from February 14, 2017:
Joel 2:12-18
Psalm 51:3-4,5-6,12-13,14,17
2 Corinthians 5:20—6:2
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18
Mar 03, 2020
02/11/18 Discipleship 101: Free to Obey
Homily from the Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time.
What happens when the disciple knows better than the rabbi?

A person can be touched and made new by Jesus and still not be a disciple. One common aspect of discipleship is actually doing what the rabbi tells one to do. But what happens when the disciple knows better than the rabbi? The answer is: they cease to be a disciple. But what is needed when the disciple thinks they know better than the rabbi? The answer is...they need obedience.

Mass Readings from February 11, 2017:
Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46
Psalm 32:1-2, 5, 11
1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1
Mark 1:40-45

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Mar 03, 2020
02/04/18 Discipleship 101: Free to Keep a Promise
Homily from the Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time.
Having a duty is a privilege. Doing your duty is a freedom.

Duties and obligations are often seen as burdens. They restrict us from doing what we want and being able to enjoy life. But is this accurate? It turns out that being entrusted with a duty is a gift…and being able to do that duty is a power.

Mass Readings from February 4, 2017:
Job 7:1-4, 6-7
Psalm 147:1-6
1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23
Mark 1:29-39

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Mar 03, 2020
01/28/18 Discipleship 101: Free to Be Held
Homily from the Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time.

Following Jesus is not merely a matter of behaving or “being good". It ultimately rests on whether or not we will allow the Father to get close enough to carry us. But too many people find themselves divided, afraid, and bound by their sins, their fears, and their weakness. With a word, Christ can set us free. We can be free to be held rather than bound by what enslaves us.

Mass Readings from January 28, 2017:
Deuteronomy 18:15-20
Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 7-9
1 Corinthians 7:32-35
Mark 1:21-28
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Mar 03, 2020
01/21/18 New Not Nice
Homily from the Third Sunday of Ordinary Time.
Look back. Let go. Live now.

Nothing that has happened from the moment of your conception up until this moment is wasted. Jesus called those first disciples to follow Him and allow Him to make them into something new. In order to know how God will transform us in the future, we can look back on our lives and ask, “How has God led me in the past? What is He calling me to let go of right now? And how can I act on this immediately?

Mass Readings from January 21, 2017:
1 Samuel 3:3-10, 19
Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10
1 Corinthians 6:13-15, 17-20
John 1:35-42

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Mar 03, 2020
01/14/18 Life Demands Courage
Homily from the Second Sunday of Ordinary Time.
Be steadfast in silence. Be strong in service.

We can have our whole lives be about God: being in His presence, serving His people, learning His Word. But what happens when God’s response to that is silence? Sometimes silence is just silence. In the silence, Samuel shows us that we can become the kind of people that God needs to become. There is no one in Scripture, there is no one in history who stood steadfast in the silence and wasn’t transformed by the Lord in that silence.

Mass Readings from January 14, 2017:
1 Samuel 3:3-10, 19
Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10
1 Corinthians 6:13-15, 17-20
John 1:35-42

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Mar 03, 2020
12/25/17 What Do You Want?
Homily from the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas).
Do you know what you want?

Some people know exactly what they want and exactly what they need. Most of us do not, however. Because of that, until I experience the true need for a Savior, I will be unable to experience the joy of being given one. But when I know what I want...and need...Christmas becomes something far more than just another holiday.

Mass Readings from December 25, 2017:
Isaiah 62:11-12
Psalm 97:1, 6, 11-12
Titus 3:4-7
Luke 2:15-20

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Mar 03, 2020
12/17/17 Here. Now.
Homily from the Third Sunday in Advent.
Have we lost the ability to enjoy things?

When we live life constantly distracted and incessantly amused, we will not find ourselves in a place of endless amusement; we will find ourselves unable to enjoy anything. But the Word calls us to rejoice, to pray, and to give thanks. How can I do that if I can’t enjoy this moment?

Mass Readings from December 17, 2017:
Isaiah 61:1-2A, 10-11
Luke 1:46-48, 49-50, 53-54
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
John 1:6-8, 19-28

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and may you entirely, spirit, soul, and body, be preserved blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.")

Mar 03, 2020
12/10/17 Be At Peace
Homily from the Second Sunday in Advent.

Is it possible to have peace in the midst of battle? Peace is not the absence of war, but the presence of something more powerful that war and trial. Peace is found when one is ready for the current challenge because they have done what they needed to do. This principally involves being in right relationship with one’s self, with others, and most especially with God. Repentance leads to right relationship…and Confession is the great gift that God has extended to us so we can be found at peace.

Mass Readings from December 10, 2017:
Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11
Psalm 85:9-10-11-12, 13-14
2 Peter 3:8-14
Mark 1:1-8

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Mar 03, 2020
12/03/17 Remember
Homily from the First Sunday in Advent.

At the beginning of Advent, the Church reminds us of Christ’s words: Be Alert! To be alert is to know your identity and situation…but it is also to remember how you got to that place. It is to remember your story and what God has done. We remember what God has done in history and what God has done in our personal history in order to be able to weather crises and walk in the darkness.

Mass Readings from December 3, 2017:
Isaiah 63:16-17,19; 64:2-7
Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19
1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Mark 13:33-37

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Mar 03, 2020
11/26/17 What A Waste: The Price of Passivity
Homily from the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.
The consequence of indifference could have eternal significance.

Hell is not only real, it is a real possibility. Those whom the Lord describes as being condemned were not condemned due to any sin they committed, but as a result of passivity. Sins of omission can have a consequence not only in this life, but in eternal life.

Mass Readings from November 26, 2017:
Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17
Psalm 23:1-2, 2-3, 5-6
1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28
Matthew 25:31-46

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Mar 03, 2020
11/19/17 What A Waste: The Burden of Talent
Homily from the Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Gifts are given for a purpose.

Who you are is God’s gift to you. Who you become is your gift to God. God gives each of us any number of gifts/opportunities/talents in the course of our lives. Each one of these comes with a responsibility. The burden of the gift is that we must all do what we can to invest what God has invested in us.

Mass Readings from November 19, 2017:
Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31
Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5
1 Thessalonians 5:1-6
Matthew 25:14-30

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Mar 03, 2020
11/12/17 What A Waste: Wasted or Spent
Homily from the Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Spend your time on what matters most.

“Life is long if you know how to use it." And yet, most of us do not know how to use our lives…we do not know how to spend our time because we do not have a clear vision of our calling in Christ Jesus. Because of this, we end up wasting time…and wasting much our lives. But we could choose another route. We can choose to live a life of significance by spending our time on the things that matter most.

Mass Readings from November 12, 2017:
Wisdom 6:12-16
Psalm 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Matthew 25:1-13

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Mar 03, 2020
11/05/17 What A Waste: A Life of Significance
Homily from the Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Many people allow life to happen “to” them. Instead of embracing life and living a life of significance, people choose to live as if life does not have any meaning. But you were made to be significant…your life was created on purpose and for a purpose. It is time to live on purpose. Reject passivity, embrace responsibility, and pursue to God-given purpose planted in your heart.

Mass Readings from November 5, 2017:
Malachi 1:14-2:2, 8-10
Psalm 131:1, 2, 3
1 Thessalonians 2:7-9, 13
Matthew 23:1-12

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Mar 03, 2020
10/29/17 Enough: Never Enough
Homily from the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

So many people feel like they can never do enough. In life, in relationships, in their faith. Because of this, people try to do everything and then beat themselves up over the fact that they are not able to do everything. But doing everything was never the goal. The goal, given by Jesus, is to love God with all. The question we are left with is therefore not “How can I do everything?”, but “How can I do the one thing that will grow love?”

Mass Readings from October 29, 2017:
Exodus 22:20-26
Psalm 18:2-3, 3-4, 47, 51
1 Thessalonians 1:5-10
Matthew 22:34-40

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Mar 03, 2020
10/22/17 Enough: I Am Not Enough
Homily from the Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
What is beneath a feeling of helplessness?

There are times in life when a person is so overwhelmed that they feel like they cannot move. They need more information or they need more strength. But often, what we need is more courage. Facing fear and surviving, regardless of success or failure, instills courage. We recognize that we know enough and are enough to move. But life is still bigger than any of us. In those moments, we realize that we are not enough and need something SomeOne…more than us.

Mass Readings from October 22, 2017:
Isaiah 45:1, 4-6
Psalm 96:1, 3, 4-5, 7-8, 9-10
1 Thessalonians 1:1-5
Matthew 22:15-21

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Mar 03, 2020
10/15/17 Enough
Homily from the Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
You can never have enough of what you don’t need.

A culture of excess is an unhappy culture. A person of excess is a person driven by fear. But with Christ, a person can find joy even when they do not have what they need. Because with Christ, they know that they have enough.

Mass Readings from October 15, 2017:
Isaiah 25:6-10
Psalm 23:1-3, 3B-4, 5, 6
Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20
Matthew 22:1-14

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Mar 03, 2020
10/08/17 Look Like Jesus: Whatever
Homily from the Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time.
To look like Jesus is to see things as they are.

A disciple is a person who lives like Jesus and who sees the world like Jesus. A disciple shares the worldview of Christ and sees all things: others, death, self, purpose, and Good and Evil...as they are.

Mass Readings from October 8, 2017:
Isaiah 5:1-7
Psalm 80:9, 12, 13-14, 15-16, 19-20
Philippians 4:6-9
Matthew 21:33-43
Mar 03, 2020
10/01/17 Look Like Jesus: Christ's Why
Homily from the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
For the Glory of the Father.

Each one of our lives is made up of any number of "what's". But a truly great life is driven by one great "why". This "why" is the motivation and the vision for a life lived on purpose. The life of Jesus can be summed up in one single great "why".

Mass Readings from October 1, 2017:
Ezekiel 18:25-28
Psalm 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9
Philippians 2:1-11
Matthew 21:28-32
Mar 03, 2020
09/24/17 Look Like Jesus: Unshakeable Identity
Homily from the Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
If my relationship with the Father is actual, then my identity is unshakeable, and my activities and mission are completely changeable.

What defines you? Too often, our activities give us our identity. Because of this, our sense of self and our sense of joy is constantly in danger of being compromised. Our identity comes from the fact that God has made Himself our Dad and the primacy of a relationship that has claimed me.

Mass Readings from September 24, 2017:
Isaiah 55:6-9
Psalm 145:2-3, 8-9, 17-18
Philippians 1:20-24, 27
Matthew 20:1-16

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Mar 03, 2020
09/17/17 Look Like Jesus: The Last Enemy
Homily from the Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
How does Jesus look at death?

There is no need to fear death, because Jesus has conquered death. And yet, do we approach death the way Jesus approached death? Many of us see death as “natural” or something to be avoided. But Jesus saw death as an enemy to be stared down and battled. And yet, Jesus was not immune to death or grief. Jesus allowed death to break His heart, but He did not allow it to break His hope. As disciples, we must do the same.

Mass Readings from September 17, 2017:
Sirach 27:30—28:7
Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12
Romans 14:7-9
Matthew 18:21-35

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Mar 03, 2020
09/10/17 Look Like Jesus: Anonymous and Autonomous
Homily from the Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time.
How does Jesus look at the people around me?

The way we look at the world directs the way we live in the world. Our vision of life, God, ourselves, and other people is called to be shaped and guided by the way Jesus sees them. How would my life be different if I looked at the people near me the way that Jesus looks at them?

Mass Readings from September 10, 2017:
Ezekiel 33:7-9
Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9
Romans 13:8-10
Matthew 18:15-20

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Mar 03, 2020
09/03/17 The Disposition of Discipleship
Homily from the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Faith is more than "agreement."

Mass Readings from September 03, 2017:
Jeremiah 20:7-9
Psalm 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9
Romans 12:1-2
Matthew 16:21-27
Mar 03, 2020
08/27/17 Inherited or Owned?
Homily from the Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time.

So many people have been "raised Catholic, but..." They have never embraced the inheritance of the Faith they have been given. They may even have the answers to all of the questions, but those who can say "I've been raised Catholic, and..." are those who have actually met the living God. We want to be the kind of community where we don't just "know about" God, but a group of people who have encountered the God who is present when we are honest.

Mass Readings from August 27, 2017:
Isaiah 22:19-23
Psalm 138:1-2,2-3,6,8
Romans 11:33-36
Matthew 16:13-20
Mar 03, 2020
08/13/17 Courage and Jesus
Homily from the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Living as a Catholic in this world takes courage. But it also takes the power that only comes from Jesus.

Mass Readings from August 13, 2017:
1 Kings 19:9, 11-13
Psalm 85:9, 10, 11-12, 13-14
Romans 9:1-5
Matthew 14:22-33
Mar 03, 2020
07/30/17 Youths!
Homily from the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Homily given at the Steubenville Youth Conference in Spokane, WA.

What we love determines the course of our lives more than anything else.

Mass Readings from July 30, 2017:
1 Kings 3:5,7-12
Psalm 119:57, 72, 76-77, 127-128, 129-130
Romans 8:28-30
Matthew 13:44-52
Mar 03, 2020
07/09/17 Disciples Make Disciples
Homily from the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Programs can do some good, but only disciples can make disciples. A disciple has allowed Jesus to be the Lord of their learning, their love, and their life.

Mass Readings from July 09, 2017:
Zechariah 9:9-10
Psalm 145:1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13-14
Romans 8:9, 11-13
Matthew 11:25-30

Mar 03, 2020
06/25/17 Two Questions
Homily from the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
What's your price?

Many people think that witnessing to Christ with one's life is for those who are far away or who lived in another time. But we are asked the same questions every day that the martyrs were asked at the moment of their final witness to Jesus.

Mass Readings from June 25, 2017:
Jeremiah 20:10-13
Psalm 69: 8-10, 14, 17, 33-35
Romans 5:12-15
Matthew 10:26-33
Mar 03, 2020
04/30/17 A Blur
Homily from the Third Sunday of Easter.
Life doesn’t have to be an exercise in futility.

We often move from one thing that dominates our time and attention to the next thing that dominates our time and attention. When we realize that Jesus Christ has ransomed us from our sin and from all that dominates our lives, when we realize that He is present and active, when we realize that He is still teaching and feeding us, then we live lives of reverence and meaning.

Mass Readings from April 30, 2017:
Acts 2:42-47
Psalm 16:1-2,5,7-8,9-10, 11
1 Peter 1:17-21
Luke 24:13-35

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Mar 03, 2020
04/23/17 Wholehearted: Hole-Hearted
Homily from the Sunday of Divine Mercy.
The healing God wants.

The Little Way of Saint Terese is “little the entire way.” This means coming face to face with struggles and wounds we may battle our entire lives. With our confidence firmly centered on Jesus, we can love God as much as He possibly can be loved by our wounded hearts…by our hearts with holes.

Mass Readings from April 23, 2017:
Acts 2:42-47
Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24
1 Peter 1:3-9
John 20:19-31

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Mar 03, 2020
04/14/17 Humiliated
Homily from Good Friday of the Lord's Passion.
More than humbled.

Jesus allows himself to be humiliated for us. Our shame isolated us. And the isolation is often greater when the shame is hidden or exposed but not understood. Jesus embraces both forms of shame. Because of that, we do not need to fear to embrace Him.

Mass Readings from April 14, 2017:
Isaiah 52:13—53:12
Psalm 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17, 25
Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9
John 18:1—19:42
Mar 03, 2020
04/09/17 Wholehearted: You Win
Homily from Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion.
Let that “one more” be you.

One of the primary difficulties for us as Christians is to truly understand our role in the story of Christ’s Passion. Our role is difficult to face. Our role is that “I am responsible for the death of Christ”. But Merciful Love reveals another role we can exercise: we can console Jesus in His agony, suffering, and death. How? We console Jesus by allowing Him to extend the mercy He won for us to us. By trusting Jesus in our weakness…by bringing our sin and our broken hearts to Jesus in Confession, we are giving Him the victory that He gave everything to accomplish. By letting Jesus forgive us in Confession, we are consoling His Heart by not allowing His sacrifice to go to waste on us.

Mass Readings from April 09, 2017:
Isaiah 50:4-7
Psalm 22:8-9, 17-20, 23-24
Phillipians 2:6-11
Matthew 26:14—27:66

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Mar 03, 2020
04/02/17 Wholehearted: Even Now
Homily from the Fifth Sunday of Lent.
Love and suffering.

Jesus reveals His heart. He is the God of the broken heart. And Jesus reveals that He is the God who is willing to suffer for the sake of the one He loves. We are called to love Jesus…and to love like Jesus. This means being willing to suffer for the One we love as well. And in this suffering, God will be able to do something to us and do something through us that is only possible in darkness.

Mass Readings from April 02, 2017:
Ezekiel 37:12-14
Psalm 130:1-8
Romans 8:8-11
John 11:1-45

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Mar 03, 2020
03/26/17 Wholehearted: Into the Heart
Homily from the Fourth Sunday of Lent.
The Lord looks into the heart.

It is a great sign of humility to not be surprised by weakness. It is a great sign of hope to not be discouraged by weakness. It is a great sign of love to not be stopped by weakness. It is a great sign that one is taking Jesus seriously to not be disqualified by weakness.

Mass Readings from March 26, 2017:
1 Samuel 16:1, 6-7, 10-13
Psalm 23: 1-3, 3B-4, 5, 6
Ephesians 5:8-14
John 9:1-41

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Mar 03, 2020
03/19/17 Wholehearted: Unwanted
Homily from the Third Sunday of Lent.
To be seen. To be known. To be wanted.

Because of the wound against trust that has come into all of our hearts, it is difficult to be vulnerable. It is challenging to be vulnerable before other people. And it is incredibly challenging to be vulnerable before God. Because we all know that one can only be loved if a person is beautiful, healthy, strong… "whole”. Due to this, we all carry around a temptation to shame. Only when our shame is named and we allow Jesus to call us out of the shame can we step towards living whole-heartedly.

Mass Readings from March 19, 2017:
Exodus 17:3-7
Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9
Romans 5:1-2, 5-8
John 4:5-42

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Mar 03, 2020
03/12/17 Wholehearted: The School of Trust
Homily from the Second Sunday of Lent.
Obedience leads to understanding. Trust leads to courage.

Ever since the Fall in the Garden of Eden, our image of God has become distorted. We find that we don’t naturally trust God. We all have the temptation to imagine that God is simply out to eliminate joy and ruin our happiness. And yet, the entire Bible is God’s attempt to win back our trust. Father Michael Gaitley calls this attempt “God’s School of Trust”.

Mass Readings from March 12, 2017:
Genesis 12:1-4
Psalm 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22
2 Timothy 1:8-10
Matthew 17:1-9

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Mar 03, 2020
03/01/17 Wholehearted: Go Big. Be Small.
Homily from Ash Wednesday.
Are you trying to prove you are lovable? Does your weakness prove that you aren’t?

Lent is tough. Fasting is tough. Christianity is tough. Jesus reveals that His Heart is soft when it comes to our weakness. If we are willing to come out of hiding and fully give our entire selves to Him, He can make our hearts whole in the midst of our littleness.

Mass Readings from March 01, 2017:
Joel 2:12-18
Psalm 51:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14, 17
2 Corinthians 5:20—6:2
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18

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Mar 03, 2020
02/26/17 Two Roads: Master or Disaster: Through the Door
Homily from the Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
The future is one thing we do not need to know to be wise.

If we knew the future, very few of us would make foolish decisions. But very few of us make decisions in the first place. Many people prefer to be carried along by other peoples’ decisions and by the circumstances of life. But wise people make decisions. And they make these wise decisions without knowing the future. Instead, they look at their past, their present, and where they would like to end up. And then they choose. This choice does not have to be a leap…sometimes it is just a step.

Mass Readings from February 26, 2017:
Isaiah 49:14-15
Psalm 62:2-3, 6-7, 8-9
1 Corinthians 4:1-5
Matthew 6:24-34

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Mar 03, 2020
02/19/17 Two Roads: Master or Disaster: Apprentice
Homily from the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Knowledge becomes wisdom through relationship.

If a person is going to craft a life through wisdom, then they will need to find a master craftsman. It is this apprenticeship that helps a person become wise. Whenever it is crucial that a person becomes wise, they always discover someone who can show them how to live wisely. Every excellent life passes through wisdom…and knowledge becomes wisdom through relationship.

Mass Readings from February 19, 2017:
Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18
Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 8, 10, 12-13
1 Corinthians 3:16-23
Matthew 5:38-48

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Mar 03, 2020
02/12/17 Two Roads: Master or Disaster: Become Wise
Homily from the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Choosing the Law means choosing interior freedom.

An external guide can be helpful and, at times, necessary. But we are called to move beyond the external boundaries to an internal freedom. By choosing the good, we become more and more free to choose the good. By choosing wisdom, we become wise.

Mass Readings from February 12, 2017:
Sirach 15:15-20
Psalm 119:1-2, 4-5, 17-18, 33-34
1 Corinthians 2:6-10
Matthew 5:17-37

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Mar 03, 2020
02/05/17 Two Roads: Master or Disaster: Un-losable
Homily from the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
What happens to wisdom when we lose the un-losable?

If salt loses its taste, it is no longer salt. It has lost something that is un-losable. In the process of becoming wise and crafting a masterpiece, there are a number of important elements. Wisdom requires vision, experience, and memory. But there is one more element that is essential to wisdom…and we have lost it.

Mass Readings from February 5, 2017:
Isaiah 58:7-10
Psalm 112:4-5, 6-7, 8-9
1 Corinthians 2:1-5
Matthew 5:13-16

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Mar 03, 2020
01/22/17 Within Reach
Homily from the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Do God's will, as He wills it, because He wills it.

Holiness is within reach. Everyone baptized has been sanctified and made holy. And it is not difficult to be a Saint. It simply means, by God's grace, doing God's will today.

Mass Readings from January 22, 2017:
Isaiah 8:23—9:3
Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14
1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17
Matthew 4:12-23
Mar 03, 2020
01/29/17 Two Roads: Master or Disaster: Fool-ism
Homily from the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
A fool is one who acts but doesn’t know…or one who knows but doesn’t act.

With every passing moment, we are choosing what kind of life we will have lived. God wills for us to choose to live wisely. A person with wisdom has competence and character; they know the right thing to do in any situation and they have the ability to do the right thing in any situation. A fool is the person who either acts without knowing…or knows without acting.

Mass Readings from January 29, 2017:
Zephaniah 2:3; 3:12-13
Psalm 146:6-7, 8-9, 9-10
1 Corinthians 1:26-31
Matthew 5:1-12

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Mar 03, 2020
01/15/17 Called to Be Holy
Homily from the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time.
What is it to be holy?

How does a sinful people live in the presence of an all-holy God? By allowing Him to make us holy and by living on purpose.

Mass Readings from January 15, 2017:
Isaiah 49:3, 5-6
Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10
1 Corinthians 1:1-3
John 1:29-34
Mar 03, 2020
01/01/17 Learn from Your Past
Homily from the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God.
All moments are key moments.

When we encounter the new year, we may be tempted to ignore our past. But the truly wise person, like Mary, will ponder all that happens in their life and learn from their past.

Mass Readings from January 01, 2017:
Numbers 6:22-27
Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8
Galatians 4:4-7
Luke 2:16-21
Mar 03, 2020
12/25/16 The God Who Risks
Homily from the Nativity of Our Lord (Christmas Mass).
Risk is at the heart of Christianity.

The world is a dangerous place. To be a Christian is a dangerous call. Jesus offers us a mission and a role, but not certainty. To be a follower of Jesus means to leap, to risk, and to fight.

Mass Readings from December 25, 2016:
Isaiah 52:7-10
Psalm 98:1, 2-3, 3-4, 5-6
Hebrews 1:1-6
John 1:1-18
Mar 03, 2020
12/11/16 Joy to the World: Unconditional Joy
Homily from the Third Sunday of Advent.
If I do this, then I will get that.

Is it possible to love without conditions? Is it possible to have faith without conditions? Is it possible to have joy without conditions? When we love to love God for His own sake, unconditional joy can be a reality.

Mass Readings from December 11, 2016:
Isaiah 35:1-6, 10
Psalm 146:6-7, 8-9, 9-10
James 5:7-10
Matthew 11:2-11

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Mar 03, 2020
12/04/16 Joy to the World: Anti-Fragile Joy
Homily from the Second Sunday of Advent.
The joy that can thrive in any environment.

Christian joy is more than a feeling. It is the sense of well-being that is the fruit of something else. It is the fruit of a life lived in God. A life “lived in God” is eminently practical; it simply involves the honest prayer, “Father, Thy will be done." If a person lives this prayer in every environment, one can experience the joy that thrives in any environment.

Mass Readings from December 4, 2016:
Isaiah 11:1-10
Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17
Romans 15:4-9
Matthew 3:1-12

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Mar 03, 2020
11/27/16 Joy to the World: Choose Joy
Homily from the First Sunday of Advent.
Joy can be a feeling, but it is also a choice.

God desires your happiness. But this happiness is more than mere pleasure and more than mere emotion. True joy, like true love, is a decision. Joy is the sense of well-being that is the result of the certain expectation or possession of one’s heart’s desire.

Mass Readings from November 27, 2016:
Isaiah 2:1-5
Psalm 122: 1-9
Romans 13:11-14
Matthew 24:37-44

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Mar 03, 2020
11/20/16 Homesick: With Him
Homily from the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.
What is it that makes “paradise” Paradise?

Home isn’t home unless someone is there. And Heaven is not Heaven without God. Other people are one of the great joys of Heaven, but the Greatest Thing is not merely “others”, but “The Other”. The heart of Heaven is God Himself.

Mass Readings from November 20, 2016:
2 Samuel 5:1-3
Psalm 122:1-2, 3-4, 4-5
Colossians 1:12-20
Luke 23:35-43

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Mar 03, 2020
11/13/16 Homesick: A Body Like His
Homily from the Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time.
We will all be changed...in the blink of an eye.

"I believe in the resurrection of the dead.” That means your resurrection. God has destined us to get our bodies back at His final coming. But what will those bodies be like? How will they be changed? How will they be new? The answer is hidden in what Christ’s body is like.

Mass Readings from November 13, 2016:
Malachi 3:19-20
Psalm 98:5-6, 7-8, 9
2 Thessalonians 3:7-12
Luke 21:5-19

Scriptures Referenced in the Homily:
1 Corinthians 15:51
1 Corinthians 15:35-37, 42-49
Gospel of John, Chapter 20

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Mar 03, 2020
11/06/16 Homesick: Here and Now...There and Then
Homily from the Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Heaven is the one thing that gives this world meaning.

Without Heaven (and Hell), life is essentially meaningless and Death wins. The Resurrection proves that Death is not the last word and that the wisest way to live in the “Here and Now” is oriented towards “There and Then”. But what will Heaven be like?

Mass Readings from November 6, 2016:
2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14
Psalm 17:1, 5-6, 8, 15
2 Thessalonians 2:16-3:5
Luke 20:27-38

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Mar 03, 2020
11/01/16: Homesick: The Goal of the Saints
Homily from the Solemnity of All Saints.
Now they know.

The goal of the Christian is life with God. The saints have reached this goal and spur us on. They pray for us on our way Home.

Mass Readings from November 1, 2016:
Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14
Psalm 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
1 John 3:1-3
Matthew 5:1-12

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Mar 03, 2020
10/30/16 Faith Works: The Fruit of Faith
Homily from the Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Faith that moves is the only faith that matters.

The Christian Faith will never be relevant if it remains at the level of private, personal belief and does not transform our lives. Faith is meant to move us. Faith is meant to transform us. Faith is meant to bear fruit in a life that looks like the life of Jesus. The fruit of faith is a changed life. A faith that works is a faith that moves…and this is the only kind of faith that matters.

Mass Readings from October 30, 2016:
Wisdom 11:22-12:2
Psalm 145:1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13, 14
2 Thessalonians 1:11-2:2
Luke 19:1-10

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Mar 03, 2020
10/23/16 Faith Works: Resume Faith
Homily from the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Is faith about what is on your resumé?

Are you stuck in the trap where you have to do enough, so that you have enough, in order to be enough? If faith merely comes down to presenting God with our resume, then we are not faithful…we are superstitious. Christian faith is appealing to Jesus’ work, not ours. Christian faith is about appealing to Jesus’ victory, not ours. Christian faith is about appealing to Jesus’ goodness, not our own.

Mass Readings from October 23, 2016:
Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18
Psalm 34:2-3, 17-18, 19, 23
2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18
Luke 18:9-14

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Mar 03, 2020
10/16/16 Faith Works: The Forge of Faith
Homily from the Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Great faith is the result of small, repeated “yeses" over time.

Every great story needs a beginning. But it needs more than just a beginning. A great story requires tension, obstacles, and patient perseverance. When we give God our “yes”, even when we don’t know how the story will end, we are walking the path of faith. This path is necessary to become the people God will us to be. But it is easy to forget and hard to remember the reasons we are walking in the first place. Because of that, we all need reminders in our lives who call us back to our “yes”.

Mass Readings from October 16, 2016:
Exodus 17:8-13
Psalm 121:1-8
2 Timothy 3:14-4:2
Luke 18:1-8

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Mar 03, 2020
10/09/16 Faith Works: Beginning Faith
Homily from the Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
"Something happened to me…and now I’m Yours."

Faith is first of all a response. It is the response to an encounter with God. In a completely free way, God reveals Himself. Intellectual faith responds with “I believe you”. Living faith responds with “I want to behave in the way you are calling me to”. Simple faith responds with “I belong to you”. Ultimately, faith is “saying yes” to God.

Mass Readings from October 9, 2016:
2 Kings 5:14-17
Psalm 98:1, 2-3, 3-4
2 Timothy 2:8-13
Luke 17:11-19

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Mar 03, 2020
10/02/16 Interrupted: Divine Appointments
Homily from the Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Use what you have.

It's not that we don't have enough gifts, it's that we waste a lot of them. Once we realize that we have gifts and that God will bring about "divine appointments", every interruption becomes an opportunity.

Mass Readings from October 2, 2016:
Habakkuk 1:2-3; 2:2-4
Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9
2 Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14
Luke 17:5-10

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Mar 03, 2020
09/26/16 Interrupted: Too Busy to Notice
Homily from the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Many people aren’t bad…they’re just busy.

As Catholics, we believe that people matter. The world has been changed by Catholic Christians who did more than just believe this truth; they allowed this truth to interrupt their lives and they acted on it. What is the difference between them and us? It is threefold: we are too busy to notice, too numb to care, and think we are too small to matter. What if that changed?

Mass Readings from September 25, 2016:
Amos 6:1, 4-7
Psalm 146:7-10
1 Timothy 6:11-16
Luke 16:19-31

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Mar 03, 2020
09/18/16 Interrupted: Intentional Interruptions
Homily from the Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Not all interruptions are bad.

An interruption is anything that takes our attention away from one’s primary task. But what if you don’t know your primary task? Or what if you aren’t living for your primary task? Are there some interruptions that might bring our attention back to the task we are supposed to be living for?

Mass Readings from September 18, 2016:
Amos 8:4-7
Psalm 113:1-2,4-6,7-8
1 Timothy 2:1-8
Luke 16:1-13

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Mar 03, 2020
09/11/16 Interrupted: Avoiding the True God
Homily from the Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Is the main goal of the spiritual life to keep God off our back?

What happens when our plan encounters God’s plan? No one likes interruptions, but they are a part of life. God is the Great Interrupter. Because we all know this, we can find ourselves doing all that we can to avoid the true God…the God who interrupts our lives.

Mass Readings from September 11, 2016:
Exodus 32:7-11,13-14
Psalm 51:3-4,12-13,17,19
1 Timothy 1:12-17
Luke 15:1-32

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Mar 03, 2020
09/04/16 Beginning
Homily from the Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time.
You often only need enough to start.

The conditions for being a disciple of Jesus can be incredibly challenging. But they are not complicated. The conditions for discipleship all come down to one question: does Jesus have permission to interrupt your life? If He does, then you simply need to begin.

Mass Readings from September 4, 2016:
Wisdom 9:13-18B
Psalm 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14-17
Philemon 9-10, 12-17
Luke 14:25-33
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Mar 03, 2020
08/28/16 Fear of Missing Out
Homily from the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time.
You can choose to be limited by fear or motivated by gratitude.

Fear can be a great motivator. But it is also something that drains us of life. Humility is essential for a joyful life. In order to grow in humility, one simply must choose gratitude. A person cannot be fearful and grateful at the same time.

Mass Readings from August 28, 2016:
Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29
Psalm 68:4-5, 6-7, 10-11
Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24
Luke 14:1, 7-14
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Mar 03, 2020
07/24/16 Use It Or...
Homily from the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Our environment has power when our will power runs out.

Jesus promised that the father would send the Holy Spirit to anyone who asks. But that gift would be wasted on anyone who had no plans to use the gift. Have I set up my life so as to use the gift of the Father, or is my environment oriented towards my losing the gift?

Mass Readings from July 24, 2016:
Genesis 18:20-32
Psalm 138:1-2, 2-3, 6-7, 7-8
Colossians 2:12-14
Luke 11:1-13

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Mar 03, 2020
06/26/16 To Be Free
Homily from the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Jesus has not only called us to be free, He has made it possible for us to be free. But true freedom means that we take responsibility, action, and joy.

Mass Readings from June 26, 2016:
1 Kings 19:16B, 19-21
Psalm 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9
Galatians 5:1, 13-18
Luke 9:51-62
Mar 03, 2020
06/19/16 A Summertime Examination
Homily from the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Today, Jesus asks the question, "Who do you say that I am?" Fathermike asks, "Who do you say that you are?" Revisiting common themes and questions, we ask if we really are who we say we are: disciples of Jesus.

Mass Readings from June 19, 2016:
Zechariah 12:10-11; 13:1
Psalm 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9
Galatians 3:26-29
Luke 9:18-24
Mar 03, 2020
06/12/16 The Slide and the Break
Homily from the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Few bad people decide to be bad, but every good person has to decide to be good.

Mass Readings from June 12, 2016:
2 Samuel 12:7-10, 13
Psalm 32:1-2, 5, 7, 11
Galatians 2:16, 19-21
Luke 7:36—8:3
Mar 03, 2020
05/01/16 Heroic Confidence: Trusted Teacher
Homily from the Sixth Sunday of Easter.
The Church will stay on course. Will I stay on board?

Homily from the Sixth Sunday of Easter.

We all need a teacher in whom we can have confidence. Jesus gave us this teacher when He founded the Catholic Church. You can have confidence that Jesus Christ founded and guides the Catholic Church. And even when you don’t understand a teaching...or if you fail to live up to the teachings of the Church, this is where you belong.

Mass Readings from May 1, 2016:
Acts 15:1-2, 22-29
Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8
Revelation 21:10-14, 22-23
John 14:23-29

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Mar 03, 2020
04/24/16 Heroic Confidence: Resilience
Homily from the Fifth Sunday of Easter.
It is necessary to go through hardships.

There are times when we can avoid a problem. And there are times when there is no other option than to go through the difficulty. Lives change when we learn how to not merely avoid adversity, but to pass through adversity. Resilience is the ability to pass through adversity, and it is possible for everyone to develop this crucial trait. Without it, we will remain unchanged and unable. With resilience, we will become capable.

Mass Readings from April 24, 2016:
Acts 14:21-27
Psalm 145:8-13
Revelation 21:1-5
John 13:31-35

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Mar 03, 2020
04/17/16 Heroic Confidence: Even If
Homily from the Fourth Sunday of Easter.
Confidence regardless of the outcome.

When a person has confidence, they are entrusting themselves to another. Christian hope is not centered around an idea; it is focused on a Person. One of the things we know about God is that God is always faithful. One of the ways we grow in heroic confidence is by remaining faithful even if we are not delivered.

Mass Readings from April 17, 2016:
Acts 13:14, 43-52
Psalm 100:1-2, 3, 5
Revelation 7:9, 14-17
John 10:27-30

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Mar 03, 2020
04/10/16 Heroic Confidence: Becoming Unoffendable
Homily from the Third Sunday of Easter.
You can choose to become unoffendable.

After Pentecost, the early Christians had a unique strength. Not only did they boldly proclaim the Gospel, but they were immune to insults and taking offense. As followers of Christ, we must choose to avoid giving offense, but we must also choose to not take offense. Being offended is always a sign of immaturity. Christians must be so grounded in the truth and rooted in our identity in Jesus that we choose to become unoffendable.

Mass Readings from April 10, 2016:
Acts 5:27-32, 40-41
Psalm 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11-12, 13
Revelation 5:11-14
John 21:1-19

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Mar 03, 2020
04/03/16 Heroic Confidence: Caution or Confidence
Homily from Divine Mercy Sunday.
You can have confidence in the Divine Mercy of God.

Timidity and fear are not meant to be a part of the Christian life. While we may experience these emotions, our hope is fortified by the solid conviction that Jesus Christ has conquered all that threatens to conquer us…and He has triumphed. With this solid conviction, we first confidently claim the mercy that He offers us.

Mass Readings from April 3, 2016:
Acts 5:12-16
Psalms 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24
Revelation 1:9-11A, 12-13, 17-19
John 20:19-31

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Mar 03, 2020
03/27/16 "Yeah...and?"
Homily from The Resurrection of the Lord.
With Jesus, the truth can't hurt.

We can think that God loves us because we are good and we deserve it. The truth is that He loves us because He is good and we need it.

Mass Readings from March 27, 2016:
Acts 10:34, 37-43
Psalms 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23
Colossians 3:1-4
John 20:1-9
Mar 03, 2020
03/20/16 It's Nothing Personal: Taking Him Personally
Homily from Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion.
That moment you realize that His story is your story.

The entire point of the spiritual life is to grow in love. One of the ways that we grow in love is to realize our part in the story. Another way we grow in love is to get into the story and watch Jesus, listen to Jesus, and interact with Jesus. Catholics call this Holy Spirit-inspired imaginative prayer “Ignatian Prayer”. And it has the potential to change your life forever.

Mass Readings from March 20, 2016:
Luke 19:28-40 (Procession)
Isaiah 50:4-7
Psalms 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24
Luke 22:14—23:56

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Mar 03, 2020
03/13/16 It's Nothing Personal: Dryness and Difificulties
Homily from the Fifth Sunday of Lent.
True Christian maturity passes through the desert.

Every relationship has to be purified. Every true and great love has to be purified. When God calls us into the desert, He is calling us to enter into deeper relationship and into greater love.

Mass Readings from March 13, 2016:
Isaiah 43:16-21
Psalm 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6
Philippians 3:8-14
John 8:1-11

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Mar 03, 2020
02/28/16 It's Nothing Personal: Fear and Fearlessness
Homily from the Third Sunday of Lent.
Let God be God.

To find one’s self in the Presence of the true and living God is overwhelming. If we allow God to be the real, Personal, God who is in pursuit of us, we will find ourselves growing in Fear of the the Lord. If we remain in His Presence, we grow in fearlessness.

Mass Readings from February 28, 2016:
Exodus 3:1-8, 13-15
Psalm 103: 1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8, 11
1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12
Luke 13:1-9

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Mar 08, 2019
02/21/16 It's Nothing Personal: Faith and Faithfulness
Homily from the Second Sunday of Lent.
The primary battle in prayer is faithfulness.

Prayer is all about a relationship. That makes it incredibly personal. But in order for prayer to be what it should be, we need two things. First, a conviction that God is present. Second, the commitment to be present as well. We pray because He has asked us to. Because of that, it doesn’t matter what “happens” during prayer. God shows up. And so do you.

Mass Readings from February 21, 2016:
Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18
Philippians 3:17—4:1
Luke 9:28-36

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Mar 08, 2019
02/14/16 It's Nothing Personal: Two Steps
Homily from the First Sunday of Lent.
There are two steps to Heaven. Step one: God loves you. Step two: You let Him.

So many people do not have a personal relationship with God simply because they falsely believe that prayer comes down to a “technique”. For all of the beautiful and complex prayers and ways to pray that there are out there, it really all comes down to two simple steps.

Mass Readings from February 14, 2016:
Deuteronomy 26:4-10
Romans 10:8-13
Luke 4:1-13

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Mar 08, 2019
02/10/16 Personal, Not Private
Homily from Ash Wednesday.

Mass Readings from February 10, 2016:
Joel 2:12-18
2 Corinthians 5:20—6:2
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18
Mar 08, 2019
02/07/16 Everybody's Working: Not What, But How
Homily from the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Could your work mean more than you realize?

When Jesus steps into your boat, He may call you to leave your nets and follow Him. But He also might call you to stay with your nets and follow Him. You may not be called to a new what, but Jesus calls you to a new how.

Mass Readings from February 07, 2016:
Isaiah 6:1-8
1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Luke 5:1-11

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Mar 08, 2019
01/31/16 Everybody's Working: Not What, But Who
Homily from the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
There is no such thing as work that is beneath you.

We can place so much emphasis on what kind of job we have or what kind of work we do that we lose sight of what it is that gives work dignity. Human work has dignity because of the fact that human beings, made in God's image and acting as His co-workers, are doing the work.

Mass Readings from January 31, 2016:
Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19
1 Corinthians 12:31—13:13
Luke 4:21-30

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Mar 08, 2019
01/24/16 Everybody's Working: Called to Work
Homily from the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Work is the response to a call. Not to self-expression, but to self-donation.

If work is about me, then it will always involve fruitless and pointless toil. But if work is about responding to a call outside or myself…if it is about responding to a need outside of myself…then work is free to simply “be work”. And we can cease to look to work for validation, identity, and meaning.

Mass Readings from January 24, 2016:
Nehemiah 8:2-4, 5-6, 8-10
1 Corinthians 12:12-30
Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21

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Mar 08, 2019
01/17/16 Everybody's Working: Made for Work
Homily from the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Is work a curse? Or is it one of God’s blessings?

In the beginning, God made human beings for work. Work is one of the attributes we share with God. We are made to be God’s co-workers in this world. This reality wasn’t lost after the Fall, but it was obscured. We work for the wrong things or in the wrong way. But work is still a blessing if we look at it with the proper vision.

Mass Readings from January 17, 2016:
Isaiah 62:1-5
1 Corinthians 12:4-11
John 2:1-11

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Mar 08, 2019
01/10/16 I Am Not
Homily from the Baptism of the Lord.
The first step to holiness is telling the truth.

Real freedom and joy…real relationships and holiness...are based off telling the truth. The essential virtue of telling the truth about one’s self is humility. Without humility, I remain a mystery to myself and hidden from God and others. With humility, I can finally hear the voice of the Father.

Mass Readings from January 10, 2016:
Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7
Acts 10:34-38
Luke 3:15-16, 21-22
Mar 08, 2019
12/25/15 The Imperfect Present
Homily from the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas).
Jesus is the perfect present given in the imperfect present.

So many people put off living well, celebrating well, and being happy by living in the past or waiting for the future. But Jesus comes to us here and now. He doesn't wait for things to be perfect, but comes to us in the imperfect present.

Mass Readings from December 25, 2015:
Isaiah 52:7-10
Hebrews 1:1-6
John 1:1-18
Mar 08, 2019
12/13/15 The Promise: The Hope of the Promise
Homily from the Third Sunday in Advent.
Hope is the heart of every promise.

Hope is trust in another extended into the future. The promise of Jesus makes hope possible. Our “yes” to His promise makes hope actual. Mary, the Mother of Christians, makes our hope strong. Our hope is this: Jesus is with us…and will be with us.

Mass Readings from December 13, 2015:
Zephaniah 3:14-18
Philippians 4:4-7
Luke 3:1-6

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Mar 08, 2019
12/08/15 The Promise: The Woman of the Promise
Homily from the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
"I am your Merciful Mother, the Merciful Mother of all of you who live united in this land, and of all mankind, of all those who love me."

Mary is the woman of the Promise because she is the New Eve. God continues to fight the enemies of those whom He loves through the intercession of Mary, the Mother of His Son. Even though her “yes” cost her her life and the life of her Son, Mary continues to say “yes” to the Father when His children need God’s grace.

Mass Readings from December 8, 2015:
Genesis 3:9-15, 20
Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12
Luke 1:26-38

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Mar 08, 2019
12/06/15 The Promise: The Mother of the Promise
Homily from Second Sunday in Advent.
A new Ark, a new Queen, a new Mother.

For centuries, God’s people walked in darkness and silence. When God’s presence overshadowed Mary, God proved that He keeps His promises.

Mass Readings from December 6, 2015:
Baruch 5:1-9
Philippians 1:4-6, 8-11
Luke 3:1-6

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Mar 08, 2019
11/29/15 The Promise: A Part of the Promise
Homily from the First Sunday in Advent.
Mary, the Mother of God, is a part of the promise. And so are you.

We can look back to the distant past. We can look to some unseen future. Or we can realize that we are called to participate in the Promises of God right here. Right now.

Mass Readings from November 29, 2015:
Jeremiah 33:14-16
1 Thessalonians 3:12—4:2
Luke 21:25-28, 34-36

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Mar 08, 2019
11/22/15 Christ the King
Homily from the Solemnity Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.
Is the Lord of the Universe the Lord of my life?

We all have something broken inside of us that we wish wasn’t there. We can try to ignore or or attempt to manage it. Those solutions never work. There is another way: we can let Jesus Christ, Lord of the Universe, be the Lord of our lives…including our brokenness.

Mass Readings from November 22, 2015:
Daniel 7:13-14
Revelation 1:5-8
John 18:33B-37

Due to the holiday there is no Bible Study this week. Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Mar 08, 2019
11/15/15 Ordinary Time: Grow and Guard
Homily from the Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time.
We guard what we value.

If God has a vision for life, we have to grow that vision. We have to cultivate it and use it. But we also have to care for God’s vision for our lives. We have to protect and guard it. Above all else, guard your heart. If we don’t guard this “central part” of ourselves, we won’t have it when we need it.

Mass Readings from November 15, 2015:
Daniel 12:1-3
Hebrews 10:11-14, 18
Mark 13:24-32

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Mar 08, 2019
11/08/15 Ordinary Time: The Last Ten Percent
Homily from the Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Do you give out of your surplus or out of your substance?

Our lives are marked by sacrifice. In many ways, Christian sacrifice is taking ordinary things and making them sacred by offering them to God. But if we only offer God our surplus, then the only things in our lives that get transformed are our “extra” things. The core of our life remains unchanged. We can give God our “first fruits”…our first ten percent. Or we can live extraordinary lives by giving God the last ten percent.

Mass Readings from November 08, 2015:
1 Kings 17:10-16
Hebrews 9:24-28
Mark 12:38-44

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Mar 08, 2019
11/01/15 Ordinary Time: Ask. Offer. Accept.
Homily from the Solemnity of All Saints.
Be what you are and be that well.

Winning in the Christian life is also called “being a saint." Winning is possible. Being a saint means willing what God wills. It means allowing every moment to be a holy moment by asking God to be present, offering Him each moment, and resolving to accept His will.

Mass Readings from November 1, 2015:
Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14
1 John 3:1-3
Matthew 5:1-12

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Mar 08, 2019
10/25/15 Ordinary Time: Do It Now
Homily from the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
The one difference between potential and sanctity.

You have everything you need to be the saint God created you to be. You have all of the potential you need. There is one difference between the saints and the rest of us: when it comes to doing it now or doing it later...the saints do it now.

Mass Readings from October 25, 2015:
Jeremiah 31:7-9
Hebrews 5:1-6
Mark 10:46-52

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Mar 08, 2019
10/18/15 Ordinary Time: No Wonder
Homily from the Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
You've never met an ordinary person.

We have an entitlement problem. In order to escape that problem, in order to live lives out of the ordinary, we need to rediscover wonder.

Mass Readings from October 18, 2015:
Isaiah 53:10-11
Hebrews 4:14-16
Mark 10:35-45

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Mar 08, 2019
10/11/15 Ordinary Time: Drifting
Homily from the Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Without a vision, the people perish.

You need a vision, a plan, and will to live the kind of life that God wants for you.

Mass Readings from October 11, 2015:
Wisdom 7:7-11
Hebrews 4:12-13
Mark 10:17-30

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Mar 08, 2019
10/04/15 One and Only: The Only One
Homily from the Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time.
You feel alone. You aren’t the only one.

We have a loneliness problem. Each of us can feel like we are the only one who feels alone, unknown, and unloved. God has a plan for our lives, but it is not the elimination of loneliness. It is something more. God’s plan for our lives, our being made in His image (God is love) is more than “loneliness avoidance”. God’s plan for our lives is that we learn to love, to participate in the school of love, and be an image of His love to the world.

Mass Readings from October 4, 2015:
Genesis 2:18-24
Hebrews 2:9-11
Mark 10:2-16

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Mar 08, 2019
09/27/15 One and Only: Exceptional
Homily from the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
If I see myself as one to whom the rules don’t apply…I will see myself as one to whom the grace cannot reach.

We are all tempted to fall into the trap of believing that we are the exception. The rules apply to “other people”, but they don’t apply to me. Other people should behave a certain way, but in my case, I have a “pass”. I am the exception. I am exceptional. The problem with this is that it can lead us not only into a pattern of excuses and exemption, but we can also begin to see ourselves as being the exception when it comes to God’s mercy.

Mass Readings from September 27, 2015:
Numbers 11:25-29
James 5:1-6
Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48

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Mar 08, 2019
09/20/15 One and Only: Somebody Special
Homily from the Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
It matters to know why your life matters.

We all want to be someone special. Every one of us has something inside of us that wants to prove that we are unique. What do we have that proves we are worth choosing, that we are worth loving? Some people have a long list of accomplishments or qualities that seem to prove that they deserve to be the One and Only…but where does worth really come from? The answer to this question makes all the difference.

Mass Readings from September 20, 2015:
Wisdom 2:12, 17-20
James 3:16—4:3
Mark 9:30-37

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Mar 08, 2019
09/13/15 One Among Many?
Homily from the Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Jesus is either one among many or He is the One and Only.

In a culturally diverse world, it is easy to see Christianity as simply one more religion among many. Jesus could easily be seen as just one more holy person among many. Is there any evidence that could lead us to staking our entire lives on the Christian claim? And the entire Christian claim rises and falls on the answer to this one question: is Jesus merely one among many? Or is he the One and Only?

Mass Readings from September 13, 2015:
Isaiah 50:5-9
James 2:14-18
Mark 8:27-35

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Mar 08, 2019
09/06/15 The Long Way
Homily from the Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Sometimes the long way is the best way.

So often, we can become obsessed with our destination, or distracted by the journey. Jesus took His disciples on an eight month walk so that they could learn how to live like Him.

Mass Readings from September 06, 2015:
Isaiah 35:4-7
James 2:1-5
Mark 7:31-37
Mar 08, 2019
08/30/15 Showing Up
Homily from the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time.
The one thing that makes the most difference is completely in your control.

There are countless areas of life that are beyond our control. We can't control how others will act, what our roommate will be like, or when our big breaks will happen. But we can control whether we show up or not. For His part, God has made His promise: He will always show up. He is not God "over there", but God "with us."

Mass Readings from August 30, 2015:
Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8
James 1:17-18, 21-22, 27
Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
Mar 08, 2019
08/23/15 Cattle Prod
Homily from the Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Being a disciple requires that we decide whom we will serve.

It can sometimes be easier to decide whom to serve when there is clear opposition. When Joshua led the people of Israel into the Promised Land, their enemy was obvious. Then, it was clear that they needed virtue and knowledge, to be strong and courageous. But what happens when there is no obvious "enemy"? In that case, it is even more crucial to make the decision...or the decision will be made for you.

Mass Readings from August 23, 2015:
Joshua 24:1-2, 15-18
Ephesians 5:21-32
John 6:60-69
Mar 08, 2019
08/16/15 A Bad Investment
Homily from the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
You know you are meant to live forever. Why aren't you living like it?

Some people can go through their whole lives not knowing the real reason they are alive. Others may know the reason, but they live as if they don't. The Bible has a special word for that second kind of person: "fool." The "game of life" can be lost by someone who is merely foolish just as easily as it can be lost by someone who is evil. You are made to win. Which means you are meant to live as someone who is wise.

Mass Readings from August 16, 2015:
Proverbs 9:1-6
Ephesians 5:15-20
John 6:51-58
Mar 08, 2019
07/05/15 Want vs Ought
Homily from the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Freedom is not the power to do what you want, it is the power to do what you ought.

All of us have something about our situation or ourselves that we hate. Freedom and grace don't mean that God takes away all of our weaknesses, but Jesus can work through our weaknesses. By letting God's grace into our wounds and weaknesses, His grace is enough...for His power is made perfect in weakness.

Mass Readings from July 5, 2015:
Ezekiel 2:2-5
2 Corinthians 12:7-10
Mark 6:1-6
Mar 08, 2019
06/28/15 The Test
Homily from the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

If you have been gifted, will you be a gift?

We all face tests throughout our lives. The worst tests are arbitrary. The best tests reveal the truth about where we are. Saint Paul invites the Church to take the test of whether we are living in God's image, willing to give from our blessings.

Mass Readings from June 28, 2015:
Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24
2 Corinthians 8:7, 9, 13-15
Mark 5:21-43
Mar 08, 2019
06/21/15 Living for More
Homily from the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

When you find something worth living for, the best gift is your presence.

We spend our lives on any number of pursuits. It is a great gift to discover someone to whom you can give your life. Fathers are meant to be this gift for their children. Christ is this gift for us. In His strength and service, Jesus is the model of fatherhood: the gift of His presence.

Mass Readings from June 21, 2015:
Job 38:1, 8-11
2 Corinthians 5:14-17
Mark 4:35-41
Mar 08, 2019
06/07/15 The Mass Makes a Difference
Homily from the Solemnity of Corpus Christi.

The Eucharist is the most powerful prayer that exists. Yet so many Catholics don't expect anything to "happen" at Mass. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass isn't just something to do; the Mass makes a difference.

Mass Readings from June 07, 2015:
Exodus 24:3-8
Hebrews 9:11-15
Mark 14:12-16, 22-26
Mar 08, 2019