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10/19/14 Apostrophe S

Homily from the Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“Give to Caesar what’s Caesars. But then give to God what is God’s. Jesus, talking to these people who are so pre-occupied with image, He busts through and He says, “Actually, the TRUE image of you, your TRUE image, is that you are made in God’s image. That means that you belong to Him. So how are you doing with that? How are you doing with giving your whole self to the One tho whom you belong?”

Mass Readings from October 19, 2014:
Isaiah 45:1, 4-6
1 Thessalonians 1:1-5
Matthew 22:15-21

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10/12/14 The Secret: In Christ

Homily from the Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“Here is the deal. Changing circumstances? They don’t change God. And if that’s true, than changing circumstances don’t have to change me. They don’t have to change my faith or my trust in God.”

Mass Readings from October 12, 2014:
Isaiah 25:6-10
Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20
Matthew 22:1-14

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10/05/14 The Secret: Praise and Thanksgiving

Homily from the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.

“The Gospel story for tonight is the story of Gabriel coming to Mary, and we know what happens right after this. … Mary doesn’t know what is going to happen. She didn’t choose that circumstance. She simply said yes to God’s plan. She didn’t choose that battle. But you know what’s going to happen, not only is she going to give birth as a single Mom, she is going to give birth to GOD, which is, I don’t know, relatively overwhelming to any fourteen-year-old I imagine. … Mary knows, ‘I am going to go into battle. I am going into a circumstance that I did not choose, that I do not have control over, that is bigger than me.’ What is the first thing that Mary does, the first thing Our Lady of Victory does when she goes into battle? She gives up praise. What is praise? … It is the bold and courageous assertion that even though my circumstances change, God doesn’t change. Even though my battle changes, God doesn’t change. And even though my problems change, God, You do not change.”

Mass Readings from October 5, 2014:
Acts 1:12-14
Romans 8:28-30
Luke 1:26-38

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09/28/14 The Secret: Admiration and Worship

Homily from the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“I love that St. Paul’s secret to joy in competition is ‘I am not playing the game.’ St. Paul is saying, ‘Listen, everyone out there is trying to be better, trying to be smarter, trying to be holier, whatever the thing is. I am not going to play the game.’ … People are saying, ‘Paul, you’ve got to stop these guys, they are preaching Jesus out of envy and rivalry! They’re getting more popular than you, they’re blasting you!’ St. Paul says this, ‘What difference does it make? As long as, in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Jesus Christ is being proclaimed? … As long as Jesus wins, we win.’ I don’t need to compete. Because why? Because Paul is saying, ‘I am not defined by my wins or my losses.'”

Mass Readings from September 28, 2014:
Ezekiel 18:25-28
Philippians 2:1-11
Matthew 21:28-32

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09/21/14 The Secret: Acceptance

Homily from the Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“If I am unable or unwilling to find God in this moment I will be unable and incapable of finding God in any moment. Why? Because this is the only moment I have. You realize the future isn’t real. You don’t have a future. You only have a present. You don’t even have a past, I mean, that’s gone. The only thing you have is right now. That’s why in the First Reading, from the prophet [Isaiah], he says, ‘Seek the Lord while He may be found.’ When could He be found? Right now. Not back then. Not up ahead. But right now.”

Mass Readings from September 21, 2014:
Isaiah 55:6-9
Philippians 1:20-24, 27
Matthew 20:1-16

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09/14/2014 The Difference the Cross Makes

Homily from the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

“Today is the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross. If I look at this image on this back wall, this is the Crucifix. This is an image of Jesus dying, but we have to understand this, this is an image of Jesus being executed. We say, ‘No, it’s a sacrifice.’ No, it’s an execution! This is what the Romans would do to execute them. Jesus wasn’t the only person who was executed, there were thousands of people who were executed at the time of Jesus. They all just had their lives ripped away from them. We know this, mere execution has the power to change nothing. Without Jesus on the Cross, if our lives just ended, we would just end, it would be a tragedy. But because of the Cross, everything changes, but not because it’s an execution. But because it’s a sacrifice. How do you know it’s a sacrifice? … There’s one thing, there’s one thing that transforms the Crucifixion from an execution into a sacrifice. And that thing is the Eucharist.'”

Mass Readings from September 14, 2014:
Numbers 21:4-9
Philippians 2:6-11
John 3:13-17

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09/07/2014 “When Your Brother Sins Against You…”

Homily from the Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“What’s the point of this conflict? What’s the point of this conversation? Is it to win the argument or is it to win your brother? That changes everything! Is it just simply an information transfer or is it, ‘I want to learn where you are coming from.’ Jesus is saying this, your goal at the end of the conversation whether that’s with your roommates, or with your parents, with someone you’re going to get married to, someone you are married to, to an actual brother or to a fellow believer, the goal is never going to be to win the argument. It always, always has to be, how do I win my brother back? How do I win my sister back? That’s going to be the goal.'”

Mass Readings from September 07, 2014:
Ezekiel 33:7-9
Romans 13:8-10
Matthew 18:15-20

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08/31/2014 One Suitcase

Homily from the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time.

‘When it comes to making a decision, whether it’s packing or whatever you want in your life, if I don’t decide, ultimately a decision will be made, but if I don’t decide it will be made for me. … Either say, ‘I am taking Jesus out of my suitcase,” or “No, He is actually the suitcase. He is the essential thing that I cannot be here without.”

Mass Readings from August 31, 2014:
Jeremiah 20:7-9
Romans 12:1-2
Matthew 16:21-27

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08/24/14 The Voice of Christ

Homily from the Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time.

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‘But Jesus, when you are gone, who is really in charge? Who has all of the authority as You when You’re gone?’ There is no question right now. Because Jesus said, ‘Peter, you have the keys. When I am gone, what you say, it goes. It is a real authority, you are a real father, what you bind on earth is bound in Heaven, what you loose on earth is loosed in Heaven. And when I’m gone, continuing to fight for you, someone’s in charge.'”

Mass Readings from August 24, 2014:
Isaiah 22:19-23
Romans 11:33-36
Matthew 16:13-20

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06/15/14 To Be A Gift

Homily from the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity.

“What makes a man a father is when he takes responsibility for someone other than himself. … But here is the question: who do we normally live for? If we had our choice, if we could get away with it, who would we normally live for? We would live for ourselves, right? And yet who you are, who we all are, we are actually made to live for another. … In the Gospel today, John 3:16, ‘For God so loved the world that He gave“…, that’s it, to be a gift. ‘God so loved the world that He gave His Son.’ And what did His Son do? He ‘so loved the world’ that He gave His whole life. And the Father and the Son loved the world so much that what did they do? They gave the Holy Spirit. God, because He is Love, is all about gift! He takes responsibility for those whom He loves and He gives Himself for them. So the question is this today: who in your life are you taking responsibility for? Who in your life are you a gift for right now?”

Mass Readings from June 15, 2014:
Exodus 34:4-6, 8-9
2 Corinthians 13:11-13
John 3:16-18

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06/01/14 Make A Disciple

Homily from the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord.

“Here is the thing: a disciple is practical. I believe in Jesus. Which means that I have a relationship with Jesus. How healthy would a marriage be if a person were to say whenever they were asked, ‘Are you married?’ and they say ‘Absolutely I am married,’ but they haven’t talked to their spouse in a year? Would that be a healthy marriage? How healthy would a marriage be if a person were to say whenever they were asked ‘Are you married?’ and they say, ‘Absolutely I am married, I’ve been married for years,’ but they can’t remember the last time that being married made a difference in one of their decisions? How they spent their time, how they spent their money, how they chose to do this instead of that. That’s not a healthy relationship, that’s not a real relationship! Here’s the thing: how healthy would a disciple be if they were asked, ‘Are you Catholic?’ ‘Oh yeah man, I was born Catholic! I was raised Catholic, I went to Catholic schools for cryin’ out loud. That’s how Catholic I am!’ ‘When was the last time you prayed?’ ‘Last Sunday.’ And you’ve heard me ask this question or say this thing before, but I’ll ask it again or say it again: if this is the first time that you are praying since last Sunday, you’re not a disciple. If this is the first time that I am praying since last Sunday’s Mass, I am not a disciple of Jesus. If I haven’t made space for Christ on my calendar, if being a Christian hasn’t changed my schedule at all in the last week, then I am not living like a disciple.”

Mass Readings from June 1, 2014:
Acts 1:1-11
Ephesians 1:17-23
Matthew 28:16-20

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05/25/14 Resident or Citizen?

Homily from the Sixth Sunday of Easter.

“That’s our ratio, that’s our statistic right now, 6% of Catholics are doing over 80% of the work, 80% of the giving, 80% of the service, 80% of what the Church is. And that’s the crazy thing, think about this: the Catholic Church is the single largest charitable organization in the world. The Catholic Church does more service for the entire world than virtually every other service organization combined. That’s a pretty good statistic, imagine, we are running off of 6%! Think about this! We are doing more for the world than any other organization and we are only running off of 6% power! Can you imagine if you’re in your car, driving down the road, and you’re only using 6% of the power your car has the potential for? Would you say, ‘This is pretty good,’ or would you say, ‘No, no, no, this is not good enough’? If we are doing more for people around the world than every other service organization using only 6%, what would happen if only 1% [more] of Catholics stepped up? What kind of difference would that make? We don’t even have to go to 20%! What if today, in this church, rather than saying ‘I am here to consume, I am here to show up,’ you were to say, ‘You know what? I am here to serve. …Rather than be residents, let’s be citizens.'”

Mass Readings from May 25, 2014:
Acts 8:5-8, 14-17
1 Peter 3:15-18
John 14:15-21

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05/11/14 Follow Through: Schedule to Love

Homily from the Fourth Sunday of Easter.

“When you get into bed at night, it’s a wonderful time to have dreams. But when you get out of bed in the morning, that is when you need a goal. … Until your dream becomes a goal, and until your goal gets on your calendar, it’s still just a dream. … This is the truth, the reality is this: if I don’t put the Lord on my calendar, if this is not important enough for me to schedule time with Jesus, then basically I am deciding that I am okay with leaving my spiritual life up to chance.”

Mass Readings from May 11, 2014:
Acts 2:14, 36-41
1 Peter 2:20-25
John 10:1-10

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05/04/14 Follow Through: Pressure and Time

Homily from the 3rd Sunday of Easter.

“I know some of us here tonight, you might find that there is something enslaving you. Maybe it’s some kind of sin and you’re just like, ‘Man, I just can’t get out of this, I just can’t get free from this!’ You might feel like a prisoner. But if you’re moving forward, if you’re rowing, if you’re taking those steps forward, if you’re engaging, if you’re following through, you are not a prisoner. You are escaping. Some of you might find yourself in this terrible place where it’s like, ‘I don’t even know what to do. I’m that guy that skipped all those classes, the rest of the semester looks terrible for me, I don’t know what to do.’ But if you are doing what you need to do, you are not a prisoner, you are escaping. When it comes to your spiritual life you can just say, ‘Man, I’m dead in the water, there’s no life in Christ, you talk about joy and Jesus, I don’t have that! I feel like a prisoner.’ But if you’re praying, you’re picking that one thing and then actually doing it in a cumulative way, a little bit every day, you are not a prisoner. You are escaping. You’re on your way from Shawshank to Zihuatanejo. And all it takes, all it takes, is pressure and time.”

Mass Readings from May 04, 2014:
Acts 2:14, 22-33
1 Peter 1:17-21
Luke 24:13-35

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04/27/14 Follow Through: Pick A Target

Homily from the 2nd Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday.

“A lot of times, when it comes to Lent, we just do something that’s hard. We don’t do the thing that actually helps. Maybe you got to the end of Lent and you were able to check that off the list. “I said I was going to do this [give up chocolate], check! I did it.” And that was the whole point, just to do something hard? Or was the point to do something that would actually help you? Giving things up is not bad and doing things that are hard is not bad. Giving up something just to check it off the list because it is hard is not very helpful. But to give up something and to say, ‘I’m going to unite the pain that it causes me, even if it is something small, even if it is something great…,’ that has power! That’s not just hard, it actually helps.”

Mass Readings from April 27, 2014:
Acts 2:42-47
1 Peter 1:3-9
John 20:19-31

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04/20/14 What If It’s True?

Homily from Easter Sunday.

“This story is true for all of us. How has that story, how has that truth changed my life, how has it changed your life? Because I can hear it and it doesn’t do anything. I can even find myself in prison. But here is the crazy thing: if this story is true, you can find yourself imprisoned, and that is not the end. This is amazing! On this day, right now with the bishop there are a number, a bunch of men who were caught in the act, and they are now in prison. And because of Jesus Christ, this story is true: that is not the end, prison is not the end. That’s the crazy thing: if this story is true, there is no prison that can hold you. If this story is true, there is no sickness that can defeat you. And if this story is true, there is no sin that can keep you from God’s love. If this story is true, it can change everything about your life. As long as we don’t let it get wasted on us.”

Mass Readings from April 20, 2014:
Acts 10:34, 37-43
Colossians 3:1-4
John 20:1-9

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04/18/14 No One Can Be Holy Without Suffering

Homily from Good Friday.

“[Referring to the “COEXIST bumper sticker, see link below] You have to understand this, that when it comes to all of these ideas, every thing represents a certain idea. But when it comes to the Cross, when it comes to Christianity, it’s not an idea! It’s reality. There’s this crazy difference, yes, we do want to get along, absolutely we want to get along and be peaceful. But at the same time, we realize the crazy difference between the idea of a God, or the idea of a life, or the idea of redemption, or even the idea of forgiveness. Christianity, the Cross at the end of that word, which is beyond an idea, it is reality. The reality of redemption, the reality of forgiveness is the Cross. … If I want to belong to God and actually be like Him, that means I have to go where He goes. So we actually can’t be holy without what? Without the Cross.”

Mass Readings from April 18, 2014:
Isaiah 52:13-53:12
Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9
John 18:1-19:42

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04/17/14 “Before I Go”

Homily from Holy Thursday.

“We are called to remember Jesus. He is the One that, on this night, at the Last Supper before He left, His whole plan was this: ‘I am taking off. But I need my people to know My Love.’ That’s the gift of the Eucharist. ‘I’m taking off. But I need My people to know My healing.’ That’s the gift of Confession. ‘I’m taking off. But I need people to have access to Me and to My Grace. And so I need you men to be priests.’ … It’s His work, it’s His action. If you get called to be a priest, if you ever get to know one, you realize that that’s not his job, that that’s not his work, but it’s worth an entire life.”

Mass Readings from April 17, 2014:
Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
John 13:1-15

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04/13/14 The Condition

Homily from Palm Sunday.

“If I have a condition when it comes to following Jesus, I am not really following Jesus, am I? If my condition is, ‘If You give me what I want, then I will follow You,’ I am not really following Him, I am just doing what I want to do. Do you have a condition? When it comes to taking the next step, you’re already at Sunday Mass, so well done, maybe that’s not your issue. But then do you have a condition when it comes to giving Him more? When it comes to actually really following Him, is there a condition?”

Mass Readings from April 13, 2014:
Isaiah 50:4-7
Philippians 2:6-11
Matthew 26:14-27:66

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04/06/14 The God of the Broken Heart

Homily from the Fifth Sunday of Lent.

“And again, someone could say, ‘Honestly? Why [go to Confession]? I’m not telling God anything He doesn’t know.’ You’re right. You won’t be telling God anything He doesn’t know. And you won’t be showing God something that He doesn’t already see. What you’ll be doing is you’ll be giving God something He doesn’t already have. Again, when we go to Confession, we are not telling God something He doesn’t already know and we’re not showing Him something He doesn’t already see. We’re giving Him something He doesn’t already have. What He doesn’t have, is He doesn’t have your broken heart yet. What He doesn’t have is He doesn’t have what’s dead in my life and what’s dead in your life. But in Confession, we actually get to hand that over, what’s broken in our heart, to the God of the broken heart.”

Mass Readings from April 6, 2014:
Ezekiel 37:12-14
Romans 8:8-11
John 11:1-45

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03/30/14 The Mark of Adulthood

Homily from the Fourth Sunday of Lent.

“If I don’t take responsibility for my actions, somebody has to take responsibility for me. And here is God Himself, in Jesus Christ, who does what? He says, “You carry a shame that you can’t bear. I will bear your shame. You carry a weight that you can’t endure, I’ll carry this weight. You have sins that you can’t pay for, therefore, I will carry your sins Myself. Here is Jesus, the Anointed One, who is actually saying, ‘I am willing to shoulder the blame.’ It is Someone who is saying, ‘It’s not my responsibility. But I make it My responsibility.'”

Mass Readings from March 30, 2014:
1 Samuel 16:1, 6-7, 10-13
Ephesians 5:8-14
John 9:1-41

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03/09/14 Really?

Homily from the First Sunday of Lent.

“All of us, every one of us at this Mass, we have experienced maybe some light, but we will all experience the darkness of just not being able to see God, being obscured from God’s sight, maybe feeling differently. And that’s when we have to realize this truth: that we cannot, that we do not have to doubt in the darkness what we knew was true in the light. Because in darkness, the facts haven’t changed. How I feel about the facts, that’s the only thing that’s changed.”

Mass Readings from March 9, 2014:
Genesis 2:7-9; 3:1-7
Romans 5:12-19
Matthew 4:1-11

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03/05/14 Branded

Homily from Ash Wednesday.

“The depth of what the Cross means is actually “I am such a mess that in order to make me not a mess, this Cross had to happen.’ But here is the amazing thing: this Cross is a sign of your worth. That brand is not just a sign of how great God is, that’s a sign of how much you are worth. Sometimes you own the brand, and sometimes the brand owns us.”

Mass Readings from March 05, 2014:
Joel 2:12-18
2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18

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03/02/14 This is Good. God is Good.

Homily from the Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“Worry is useless and it is debilitating. But we know this, this is the great news, this is the really good news: worry is not determined by external circumstances. What I mean is that you can have two people going through the exact same stuff. The same sunny day or the same rainy day. The same employment or the same unemployment. The same crises and the same joys. And one person can say, ‘This is terrible, I hate this!’ I am worried about it and I am filled with excessive anxiety. The other person can say, ‘No. This is good. God is good.'”

Mass Readings from March 02, 2014:
Isaiah 49:14-15
1 Corinthians 4:1-5
Matthew 6:24-34

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02/23/14 Living Wisely

Homily from the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“So Jesus comes along and He says, ‘Be téleios [Greek-adj-perfect or full-grown], like God is téleios. Be perfect as God is perfect. What that means in the context, how is God perfect? “He makes the sun shine on the good and the bad, God makes the rain fall on the just and on the unjust. Here is the deal: God’s perfection is He is benevolent to everyone; God is gracious to people. God blesses people. Jesus says, ‘Therefore, you be the same.’ To be téleios is simply to be the kind of person that you’re oriented toward, the person that your télos [Greek-n-end goal] is. And the reality is, all of you, just because you’ve been made in God’s image and likeness, you’re meant to be a saint.”

Mass Readings from February 23, 2014:
Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18
1 Corinthians 3:16-23
Matthew 5:38-48

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02/16/14 “I Do What I Want”

Homily from the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“If my morality is just, ‘Well I want to be able to do what I want, whatever I want, as long as nobody gets hurt,’ my world has become the size of me.”

Mass Readings from February 16, 2014:
Sirach 15:15-20
1 Corinthians 2:6-10
Matthew 5:17-37

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02/09/14 Like Everyone Else

Homily from the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“Imagine Paul walking up to one of these women (prostitutes) who had been used to being used, that’s all they ever knew in their whole life, and Paul walking up to them and saying, ‘Listen, there is this intellectual argument for the existence of God and that Jesus Christ is Him.’ What would that do to them? Nothing. But when Paul walks up to one of these women who has just–all of her life, all she’s ever known, is just, ‘Men want to use you. And actually, your goddess Aphrodite? She doesn’t care. She wants men to use you.’ Imagine being one of those women and Paul walks up to you and says, ‘Actually, the True God doesn’t want anyone to use you, the True God was willing to die for you. And He did die for you. Imagine that kind of power of that kind of preaching: it’s not like anyone else! And that is the preaching and that is the Word and that is the decision that changed EVERYTHING.”

Mass Readings from February 9, 2014:
Isaiah 58:7-10
1 Corinthians 2:1-5
Matthew 5:13-16

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02/02/14 Consumer or Disciple?

Homily from the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord.

“What flows out of relationship? Obligation. And if you’re going to have an incredible relationship, that no one could’ve ever hoped for in the past, through Baptism with the true and living God, that means there might be some obligations that are placed on you and some obligations that are placed on me. So the question is: how do we live like this? How do we break out of the mentality that we are mere consumers when it comes to the Catholic Church?”

Mass Readings from February 2, 2014:
Malachi 3:1-4
Hebrews 2:14-18
Luke 2:22-40

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01/26/14 All is…Lost?

Homily from the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“He established a Kingdom based on these 12 men and their successors, the bishops of the Catholic Church, the successors of Peter, the pope, and the Catholic Church. And there’s not one place on this planet that has not been touched and has not been blessed by God’s promise. Why? Because when everything seems like all hope is gone and all is lost, God steps in and He does something that we never could have imagined. It doesn’t mean necessarily that He gives us back our innocence, but He can give us redemption. It doesn’t necessarily mean that He gives us back our youth, but He can give us wisdom. It doesn’t necessarily mean that He gives me back that relationship, or give me back that loved one who has died…but it does mean that He gives us hope. Hope even in the midst of absolute tragedy.”

Mass Readings from January 26, 2014:
Isaiah 8:23-9:3
1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17
Matthew 4:12-23

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12/24/13 “I Played My Worst for Him”

Homily from the Christmas Eve Mass.

“Paul said, ‘Indeed, only with difficulty does one die for a good person, although perhaps for a good person one might even find courage to die.’ But here’s the kicker, here’s the line, here’s what Christianity is: ‘But God proves His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.’ This recognition that God’s not waiting for you, He’s not waiting for me to get better in order to listen to us or in order to come close to us or in order to get involved in our lives. Because the story of Christianity, Christmas, is a story of God’s love: not how well I love. It’s the story of God’s faithfulness: not how faithful I am. It’s the story of God’s goodness: not my goodness, and not your goodness.”

Mass Readings from December 24, 2013:
Isaiah 62:1-5
Acts 13:16-17, 22-25
Matthew 1:1-25

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12/22/13 “I Don’t _______ You”

Homily from the Fourth Sunday of Advent.

“Sometimes we ask the question, ‘How can this be?’ Or we make the statement, ‘I don’t understand You.’ Sometimes the Lord is really clear in His answer and sometimes the answer is very cryptic, or very muddled, or we just don’t hear it very well. Or the answer is simply silence. But in those times, in those places, what we can be is we can be imitators of Mary. And we can imitate that confidence and that faith. We can imitate that saying, “Behold, I am the handmaid, or the servant, of the Lord. May it be done unto me according to Your Word.”

Mass Readings from December 22, 2013:
Isaiah 7:10-14
Romans 1:1-7
Matthew 1:18-24

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12/15/13 Repentance: Waiting Well

Homily from the Third Sunday of Advent.

“What God does in us while we are waiting is often as important as what we are waiting for.”
–Ben Patterson

Mass Readings from December 15, 2013:
Isaiah 35:1-6, 10
James 5:7-10
Matthew 11:2-11

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12/08/13 Repentance: A Chance To Change

Homily from the Second Sunday of Advent.

“Jesus came to actually give us freedom from that besetting sin, from that thing that just keeps holding us back from having that kind of joy, and the kind of life, and the kind of freedom that you know you want. So the question is this: why not purify your environment? I am going to ask you to do this one thing. What is that one besetting sin in your life right now? What is one thing that you can do tonight right after Mass to change your environment and open up the way for the Lord? To get the obstacle out of the way?”

Mass Readings from December 8, 2013:
Isaiah 11:1-10
Romans 15:4-9
Matthew 3:1-12

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12/01/13 Enough

Homily from the First Sunday of Advent.

“This line of enough is really important, but it’s really subtle, and it’s so vital: because if I have more than enough I have excess, but if I have less than enough I have suffering. … At the end of the day, each of us has to know and has to choose what enough actually is. We actually have to do the hard work of thinking it through and saying, ‘I can’t feel my way to what is enough because I am a terrible judge of that when I go by my gut, literally and figuratively. But also, if I don’t decide what enough really is, then I will never actually be happy because I’ll never know if I have it. I’ll never actually know if I have enough.’ … As we enter into Advent, the big question comes up: what is enough? And not just what is enough stuff. But the question is this: do I love Jesus enough? … What is there in my life that I might actually need less of in my life just so that I can have more than enough love for Jesus?”

Mass Readings from December 1, 2013:
Isaiah 2:1-5
Romans 13:11-14
Matthew 24:37-44

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11/24/13 The Plan

Homily from the Solemnity of Christ the King.

“God doesn’t want to crush Adam. God’s heart has been crushed. Because the man and the woman that He loves are hiding themselves from Him. And His plan was that they would never hide, that they would never have feel like they needed to hide from Him. … Here is Eve, and she doesn’t trust in God’s love, and so she turns in on herself. And so what does God say? God says, ‘The problem is that you’ve turned in on yourself. The solution is that you need to die to yourself. And so what am I going to do? I am going to allow you to experience pain in bringing forth life so that you can know the cost of love.’ … The point of that pain in childbirth is not punishment. It’s meant to be remedial training. … Eve didn’t know how to love, so I am going to teach you that love costs something. And then with Adam, it’s the same thing … His (God’s) plan was that we know how to love. His plan was that we would love each other. And that we would love Him. But that plan was thwarted, and God says, ‘Listen. I can still go in this. I can still redeem this. I can still make this better. I can enter into every situation and I can bring good out of it.'”

Mass Readings from November 24, 2013:
2 Samuel 5:1-3
Colossians 1:12-20
Luke 23:35-43

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11/17/13 Hell is for Real

Homily from the Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“Sometimes people think that sin is just messing up, that sin is slipping up, that sin is an accident. Let’s get away from that. Sin is never an accident. If you do an accident, that is just an accident. If you make a mistake, that is just a mistake. It’s like spilling milk, it was just an accident. God gets that. He understands that. He is not quick to condemn. In fact, Scripture says this, that God is not fast, He is not quick to condemn. He is not looking to catch you in every little thing, every mistake or every accident. Sin is something different. Sin is like this: sin is when we say to God, ‘God, I know what You want, but I don’t care. I want what I want.’ … And with that kind of stuff, we actually get what we want. And what is it when I say, God I know what you want, but I don’t care. I want what I want? And I choose that? What happens when I get that? Ultimately, that is called hell. … God does not send anyone to hell. If any of us end up in hell, it is because we chose it. We said, ‘I don’t want You, I want this other thing.’ As C.S. Lewis said, hell is a door locked from the inside.”

Mass Readings from November 17, 2013:
Malachi 3:19-20
2 Thessalonians 3:7-12
Luke 21:5-19

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10/31/13 For Theirs is the Kingdom

Homily from the Vigil Mass of the Solemnity of All Saints.

“Our brothers and sisters around this world are experiencing great, great trial. But they also, around this world and in Heaven, are experiencing incredibly glory. And that’s what this Mass is about right now. It’s about the reality that those who have lived in Christ and died in Christ now experience the glory of Christ. And this is your destiny. And this is my destiny. And that’s the thing, is that we not only lift up the Saints, but we also ask for their prayers, we ask for their help because the thing is, no one comes to Jesus alone. None of us come to Jesus alone. It’s never part of “I want Him so it will be Jesus and me,” it’s actually always going to be He wants me so He brings me into His family. …And if you’re a Christian, you are in His family. If you’ve been baptized, you are in His family, and you have absolutely nothing, nothing in Heaven, on earth or under the earth to be afraid of. Especially if at this moment you are feeling discouraged.”

Mass Readings from October 31, 2013:
Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14
1 John 3:1-3
Matthew 5:1-12

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11/10/13 Game Changers: Heaven

Homily from the Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“The enemy has been defeated. The game changer of the whole show is Jesus. Because yes, the Greeks gave us reason, and the Jews gave us revelation, but Jesus is the One who actually encountered death, died, and then conquered death. This is what we believe as Christians, is that at death, Jesus faced down the mortal enemy of everything that is ever living, and He actually let it beat him. But when He let it beat Him, He beat it. And He changed it. And so we realize that the Christian view of Heaven is not just a myth. I mean think about this, all of the other myths make Heaven into what we want it to be: it’s all about us. We get everything we wanted. But for a Christian, Heaven is this: it is not about self-actualization, not where you become the person you always wanted to be. Heaven is a place of selflessness. Heaven is not a place where you get everything you ever wanted, where you get your puppy back, and you get your family back, and you get to play golf non-stop. Heaven is the place where it is not about you at all. It is about worshiping God for all eternity. In fact, the Christian view of Heaven does not conform to just the myth. But it’s revealed by the only Person who ever entered into death and then beat it.”

Mass Readings from November 10, 2013:
2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14
2 Thessalonians 2:16-3:5
Luke 20:27-38

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11/03/13 Game Changers: Contrition

Homily from the Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“I have to let go of that past, or else I will just stay exactly the same. Because the thing is, so many people are willing to come to Jesus to be forgiven, but so few people are willing to come to Jesus to let Him change them. A lot of us want Jesus to forgive us. Very, very few of us want Jesus to change us.”

Mass Readings from November 03, 2013:
Wisdom 11:22-12:2
2 Thessalonians 1:11-2:2
Luke 19:1-10

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10/27/13 Game Changers: Honest Prayer

Homily from the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“Here is the deal: you don’t have to convince God to pay attention to you. And also, you can’t convince Him not to pay attention to you. It goes both ways. ”

Mass Readings from October 27, 2013:
Sirach 33:12-14, 16-18
2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18
Luke 18:9-14

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10/20/13 Game Changers: The Word

Homily from the Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“He [St. John Chrysostom] says this, ‘Let not anyone say to me those silly and in-contemptible words, “I don’t have time to read the Bible. I am stuck at the courthouse all day,” or “I am tied up with political affairs,” or “I am in an apprentice program (a.k.a. university)”, “I’ve got a wife,” “I’m raising kids,” “I am responsible for a household,” “I am a business man.” Or if people say this, “Reading the Bible isn’t for me, that’s for those monks over there.”‘ St. John Chrysostom says, ‘What are you saying, man?! It’s not your business to pay attention to the Bible because you are distracted by thousands of concerns? Then Bible reading belongs more to you than the monks! … It is more important for people living in the world than for monks to read the Bible, because they are behind their walls and they are kept safe. But you are on the front lines every single day of the week. You are the ones that are under attack by flaming arrows and spears. And so you need the Word of God absolutely more than anyone else.'”

Mass Readings from October 20, 2013:
Exodus 17:8-13
2 Timothy 3:14-4:2
Luke 18:1-8

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10/13/13 Undeclared: God’s Choice

Homily from the Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“I don’t want a tattoo. Why? Because I don’t want it etched into my body. But in Jesus Christ, He has had your name etched into His Body. Your name is etched into the nail marks on His feet. Your name is etched into the spear in His side and your name is etched into the palm of His hand. Realize this, when Christ rose from the dead, He didn’t give up His wounds. He kept them, and that keeping of those wounds is His declaration that He will never ever change His answer when it comes to loving you. … Are you willing to choose to live today like God actually loves you? Are you willing to actually make the decision today to be able to say, “I’m going to stop asking why He loves me and I’m going to start saying ‘Thank you’?”

Mass Readings from October 13, 2013:
2 Kings 5:14-17
2 Timothy 2:8-13
Luke 17:11-19

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10/06/13 Undeclared: Integrity.

Homily from the Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“Here is Ignatius, he said to make a list of pros and cons, take your counsel, think it out, pray it out, and then take some tentative steps, and if you need to adjust, then adjust. And the last tip from Ignatius was this: after all of that, if you still don’t know what to do, use your imagination. Imagine: what would the best version of myself choose right now? If I was faced with this choice, what would the best me choose at this point? He also said this, “What choice do you want to hand to the Lord when you die? After you’ve died, if you had these two decisions, these two choices, which one do you want to present to the Lord and say, ‘God, I chose this. And I chose this for You’? If it ever becomes clear, choose that one.'”

Mass Readings from October 6, 2013:
Habakkuk 1:2-3; 2:2-4
2 Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14
Luke 17:5-10

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09/29/13 Undeclared: Caring Enough to Choose

Homily from the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“The rich man, he lost Heaven not because he was mean but because he was apathetic: he didn’t love the poor, and God loves the poor. [He lost Heaven] Not because he was cruel, but because he was cynical: there’s nothing worth singing about, there’s nothing worth fighting for, there’s no one worth truly loving. And the question I have to ask myself today is this: is my heart like the rich man’s or is my heart like God’s?”

Mass Readings from September 29, 2013:
Amos 6:1, 4-7
1 Timothy 6:11-16
Luke 16:19-31

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09/22/13 Undeclared: Think, Prioritize, Decide.

Homily from the Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“Paul says this, he says, ‘Listen. There is one God. And there is one mediator between God and humanity: Jesus Christ.’ There are a lot of important things in the world, family, friends, work, other things. But there is one absolute important thing in the world, and that is Jesus Christ. My invitation for us today is this: Have I thought about that? Have I thought, ‘Is Jesus my number one priority?'”

Mass Readings from September 22, 2013:
Amos 8:4-7
1 Timothy 2:1-8
Luke 16:1-13

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09/15/13 The Logic of Love

Homily from the Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“When I mention this, that God loves some people more than others, why did I bring that up? Because it’s the test: Which son am I? If, when I mention this, that God loves some people more than He loves others, not affectively but effectively, when I said that, did it cause you to be fearful? ‘Maybe He doesn’t love me?’ ‘Maybe I’ve lost His Love.’ ‘Maybe He’s ashamed of me.’ ‘Maybe He’s not proud of me.’ Well, then you’re the younger son. If the idea that God loves some people more than others makes you afraid, then maybe you are the younger son. Then the thing you need to hear is no, no, no, no, no, the Father rejoices in your presence. The Father rejoices when you come to Him. The Father rejoices in you. If it was one of those things when you heard that God loves some people more than others, if it made you feel kind of resentful, ‘Typical. That’s how it always goes, someone loves other people more than they love me.’ Maybe you are the older son. And what you need to hear is this same kind of thing, this reality, this truth that actually right now, in this place, in this Mass, the Father loves you exactly how much you need, not how much you deserve. He doesn’t prefer anyone to you, He loves you in a completely unique way. Because He is infinite, He can do this. …I invite you to just let this sink into your heart: God has never loved anyone like He loves you.”

Mass Readings from September 15, 2013:
Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14
1 Timothy 1:12-17
Luke 15:1-32

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09/08/13 “More”

Homily from the Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“Jesus is laying it down here and He says, “You can have Me as one of your buddies, you can travel with Me. But if you want to be my disciple, then you have to love Me more. You have to want it, you have to want Me more.’ The question is, ‘Well, more than what?’ The answer: more than anything. But especially more than whatever is Jesus’ chief rival for your heart. That’s the question I want to ask all of us tonight: what is Jesus’ chief rival for my heart tonight? …Are we willing to do something about it? Even if it means we have to struggle?”

Mass Readings from September 8, 2013:
Wisdom 9:13-18
Philemon 9-10, 12-17
Luke 14:25-33

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09/01/13 Dropping the Pose

Homily from the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“When I get to class the first day on Tuesday morning, when I walk into that classroom, how am I going to walk in? Am I going to walk in with the idea of, ‘Okay, I need to keep the pose…’, I want to be concerned with how people are looking at me, or am I going to say, ‘You know what? I don’t need to be caught up in that slavery. I don’t need to be posing. I’m just going to drop the act, I am going to drop the pose, and I am going to focus on how to give. I am actually intentionally going to sit next to whomever, someone who doesn’t help me, someone who doesn’t offer me anything, but so that I can be the one who sees them in the way that Christ shows me to see them.’ Because the reality is, here is God Himself, Jesus, and how does He go? He goes, not concerned with His own welfare, but concerned with us. And how does He give? He doesn’t give with the mindset that says, ‘What can I get from these people?’ He goes with the mindset of, ‘How can I make their lives better?'”

Mass Readings from September 1, 2013:
Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29
Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24A
Luke 14:1, 7-14

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08/25/13 (You) Strive to Enter the Narrow Gate.

Homily from the Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“Jesus doesn’t just say, “(You) Strive.” He says, “(You) Strive to enter the ‘narrow gate.'” The question is this: Am I striving for Heaven? This is Gut Check Sunday. We actually have to have a little gut check and ask the question. Those who are going to Heaven are striving. Those who are not striving are going to hell. Question. Gut check. Am I striving? Am I striving for God? Am I striving for Jesus?”

Mass Readings from August 25, 2013:
Isaiah 66:18-21
Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13
Luke 13:22-30

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08/18/13 Run So As to Win

Homily from the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“Do I invite things into my life intentionally that slow me down in the race of becoming a saint? Think about this: if you’re a professional athlete, and you knew that there was something you were taking in regularly, like some kind of food that if you ate it, you always performed worse after that. Not that it would make you a terrible athlete, but it just wouldn’t make you an optimal athlete. But you’re a professional athlete, would you even consider taking that food in? Absolutely not. Because you know as a profession athlete that you’re not there to just show up and compete and get a finisher’s ribbon, you’re there to win. This thing slows me down. Therefore, it has no part of my life. It’s the same kind of thing when it comes to our faith. If I’m just here to compete, then that’s pathetic. I’m here to win. And if something slows me down, it has no part of my life.”

Mass Readings from August 18, 2013:
Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10
Hebrews 12:1-4
Luke 12:49-53

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07/07/13 The Harvest? Abundant! Laborers? Few.

Homily from the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

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“If you want to belong to Him, what does Jesus say? ‘Anyone who wants to belong to me, they’ve got to do three things: you have to deny yourself, you have to take up your cross, and you have to follow me. If you’re not willing to do these things, you can’t be mine.’ …The call for all of us who belong to Jesus is to come and die. And if we don’t do that, then we can’t have Him. There is nothing to be afraid of. We are all called to die. We are all called to take up our cross, to deny ourselves, and to follow Him. Where do we follow Him? We follow Him to Calvary.”

Mass Readings from July 7, 2013:
Isaiah 66:10-14
Galatians 6:14-18
Luke 10:1-12, 17-20

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05/26/13 An Eternal Exchange of Love

Homily from the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. Given at St. Joe’s in Gnesen, MN.

“Realize that you are made for that, you are made to be a gift. That doesn’t have to be romantic. In fact, that’s often the last way it is. Often times the first kind of love you are made for is that you are made to be a gift to the people around you. Think about that: is that how we orient our lives? Is that how most of us set our lives up? Is it to be a gift to others, or is it to just get some more? Is it to be a gift, to pour ourselves out for others, or is the way we set our lives up is to become more comfortable? One of the great challenges, one of the great tasks of life, is how can I set myself up, how can I set my life up so that I’m in a position to be a gift to the people around me?”

Mass Readings from May 26, 2013:
Proverbs 8:22-31
Romans 5:1-5
John 16:12-15

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05/12/13 A Cross in the Dirt

Homily from the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord.

“Do you know what that word ‘witness’ actually is in Greek? The word ‘witness’ in Greek is ‘mártys’, which actually in English is the word ‘martyr’. Jesus said to His Apostles, ‘It’s a springtime, the first springtime. And in this springtime you will be My martyrs. You will be My witnesses.’ …In the new springtime, what the Church needs is for us to be witnesses. Because it’s springtime, it’s time to plant some seeds. And the blood of the martyrs is the seeds of the Church.”

Mass Readings from May 12, 2013:
Acts 1:1-11
Ephesians 1:17-23
Luke 24:46-53

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05/05/13 “Take My Yoke Upon You”

Homily from the Sixth Sunday of Easter.

“This is incredible. There has been no religion, no philosophy in the history of humanity that ever, ever even considered it a possibility that you could be friends with God. And here’s Jesus, and He essentially says, ‘The cry of My heart, the desire of My heart, is to be friends with you.’ Imagine this, God Himself wants to be friends with you! …To live a life of friendship with Jesus, to live a life of peace, it does not mean inaction, and it doesn’t just mean, ‘I’m going to wait until I have no stress.’ What it is is actually this passionate flame of love: ‘I love the same thing that Jesus loves.'”

Mass Readings from May 5, 2013:
Acts 15:1-2,22-29
Revelation 21:10-14, 22-23
John 14:23-29

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04/28/13 Be Brave

Homily from the Fifth Sunday of Easter.

“If you have an animal that cannot be tamed and cannot be controlled and that cannot be disciplined, what do you do? You de-claw it, you put it on a leash, you put it in a cage. And in so many ways, in so many ways, our culture has looked at you and has said, ‘You know what? You can’t control yourself. So we’re gonna control you. We’re gonna make you weaker. We know that young people can’t stop themselves from having sex, so we have to have birth control. We know that young people can’t be trusted with their own strength, so we have to have gun control,’ instead of saying, ‘You know what? There’s a virtue in self-control.’ Which means that those people in power are interested in making you and me weaker. That’s not a governmental thing, that’s more of a culture thing, because here is what I want to say: I want to say that the Church looks at you and says, ‘Actually, we want to make you stronger.’ The Church looks at you and says, ‘You have claws? Good. Learn how to use them.’ The Church looks at you, Jesus looks at you, and God looks at you and says, ‘You have a strength in you? Fantastic. Learn how to use it. We want to actually make you stronger rather than make you weaker. Because why? Because you are made to be courageous.'”

Mass Readings from April 28, 2013:
Acts 14:21-27
Revelation 21:1-5
John 13:31-33,34-35

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04/21/13 Why Worship?

Homily from the Fourth Sunday of Easter.

“Worship is for us, but it’s about God. Oftentimes we get that backwards. We think Worship is for God, but about us. …Worship is for us, it changes our heart. Here’s Louie (Zamperini) in the middle of the life raft. And he realizes, ‘I’m not just praying because I want to live, I’m praying because all of these distractions, without all of these other things I can try to pursue, I realize my heart is too small. In fact, when we are given Worship, when we are given the way to pray to God and praise God, what it it actually does is, as I said, it’s for us, it changes us, it purifies our love, it purifies your heart. And if I don’t do this now, if I don’t do this now, then I will be stuck with my me-sized heart for all of Eternity.”

Mass Readings from April 21, 2013:
Acts 13:14, 43-52
Revelation 7:9, 14-17
John 10:27-30

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04/14/13 What Fuels You?

Homily from the Third Sunday of Easter.

“[Jesus to Peter] “Now, after being with me for three years, do you love me? ‘Yes.’ ‘Okay, if you do, then come and foliow me. But you have to follow me like a grown up. You can’t follow me like a kid anymore.’ …Jesus asks the same question of us tonight: ‘Do you love me? Do you WANT to love me?’ If the answer is yes, then His response is, ‘Come follow me. But you are gonna have to follow me like a grown-up and not like a kid anymore.’ As He says, ‘When you were a kid, you used to go where you wanted to go, you used to dress yourself, you used to do whatever you wanted to do. But. When you become a mature follower of Christ, the day is coming when someone else will dress you, someone else will bind your hands, someone else will lead you where you do not want to go.’ This is the reality of every single Christian: if we are going to be mature Christians, we have to place ourselves under the obligation of Jesus.Eternity.”

Mass Readings from April 14, 2013:
Acts 5:27-32, 40-41
Revelation 5:11-14
John 21:1-19

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04/07/13 Glorious Wounds

Homily from the Second Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday.

“What is in you that makes God love you? What in you draws God to love you so much? What in you draws God to choose you so much? I’ll tell you what: your brokenness. Your woundedness. What is in you that draws God to love you with a Love that will never end is your need. What caused God to race after your heart, to race after the human race? Not our greatness, but our brokeness. Nothing attracts God’s love more than your lowliness. Nothing attracts God’s love more than your brokenness. Nothing makes God love you more than your wounds.”

Mass Readings from April 7, 2013:
Acts 5:12-16
Revelation 1:9-11,12-13,17-19
John 20:19-31

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03/31/13 The Truth of Absolute Importance

Homily from the Mass of Easter Sunday.

“If the only thing keeping me from getting to Mass on Sunday is that it’s an obligation, I have a bigger problem than an obligation. My problem is that I don’t actually believe that Jesus Christ is risen from the dead. I don’t actually believe that the Eucharist is truly Jesus Christ’s Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity. It’s of relevant importance to me. …When I had a choice, when I could have chosen, when I set up my schedule, did I fit the Lord into what I wanted to do? Or did I build my life around this truth: that Jesus Christ is risen from the dead?”

Mass Readings from March 31, 2013:
Acts 10:34, 37-43
Colossians 3:1-4
Luke 24:1—12

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03/24/13 Will Mercy Change You or Break You?

Homily from Palm Sunday.

“This is the whole secret: The gift that changes the relationship is the Cross. ‘I didn’t ask Him to do this for me.’ Here’s the Cross, the One with all the power in the story is the One who can’t move because His wrists are nailed to some wood, His feet are nailed to some wood. He seems powerless, but He is in control. The Cross is a symbol of uncertainty and weakness and powerlessness. It’s a sign of my need. Because I live under the illusion of control. And the Cross then, when I am willing to be obedient to the Father and place the Cross at the center of my life, that is when I am truly free. That is when you are truly free: when you let the Cross of Jesus be at the center of your life.”

Mass Readings from March 24, 2013:
Isaiah 50:4-7
Philippians 2:6-11
Luke 22:14—23:56

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03/17/13 Coffee Table Christianity

Homily from the Fifth Sunday of Lent.

“Whenever we take a good thing and make it the ultimate thing, we enslave ourselves. And we have to obey the #1 commandment of every one of these false gods, every one of these counterfeit gods, every one of these idols. The #1 commandment is this: ‘Thou shalt perform.’ No matter what it is. To get money? Perform. To get success? Perform. To have a good reputation, you have to act a certain way. ‘Thou shalt perform.’ …The reality is this: our main problem with idols is that we think that we need them.”

Mass Readings from March 17, 2013:
Isaiah 43:16-21
Philippians 3:8-14
John 8:1-11

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03/10/13 Slave or Son?

Homily from the Fourth Sunday of Lent.

“The Sacrament of Confession is where the desire to be impressive goes to die. It is so good! The Sacrament of Confession is where the desire to be admired by the Father goes to die. Because the Sacrament of Confession, just like this Mass, is where we actually get close to the Father, we actually get close to Papa.”

Mass Readings from March 10, 2013:
Joshua 5:9, 10-12
2 Corinthians 5:17-21
Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

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03/03/13 DIY Religion: If Catholicism is Wrong, Than Christianity is Wrong

Homily from the Third Sunday of Lent.

“When it comes down to it, I don’t like man-made religion anymore than you do. That’s why I’m Catholic: because we realize that Jesus said in Matthew 16, ‘You are rock. And upon this rock I will build my Church.’ If you choose to be Catholic, or if you were raised Catholic, you were brought into not a man-made religion, you were brought into a God-made religion.”

Mass Readings from March 3, 2013:
Exodus 3:1-8, 13-15
1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12
Luke 13:1-9

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02/24/13 DIY Religion: Jesus: Dozens of Models to Choose From, Pick Your Own

Homily from the Second Sunday of Lent.

“What is the idea of creating a Jesus of my own making, of my own choosing, of my own invention? …Basically, when it comes to all of the Greek gods and goddesses, what they are is it’s divinizing, it’s a way of making a god out of whatever it is that you want. And so you actually get to, as we’d say in Christian terms, you get to baptize your own desires. So choosing something now simply means choosing God. If I want this thing, of course I would want this, because God would want this. This idea is completely alive and well, not that we believe in the gods or goddesses of ancient Greece, but we have re-cast Jesus so often to fit our own desires. …Who is the real jesus? …Is it Jesus who weeps in the face of death at Lazarus’ tomb? Yes, Jesus hurts when we hurt. But it’s also Jesus who commands death at Lazarus’ tomb. The God of the Resurrection. It’s Jesus, whose face today in the Gospel is glorified beyond recognition, is also the Jesus in the Gospel, four weeks from now, whose face is beaten beyond recognition. …We need to recognize this, that I might have to change my vision of Jesus, not make my vision of Jesus based off of me.”

Mass Readings from February 24, 2013:
Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18
Philippians 3:17—4:1
Luke 9:28-36

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02/17/13 DIY Religion: The Life of Grace

Homily from the First Sunday of Lent.

“You might be sitting here like ‘I want that, I want that grace, I want that Holy Spirit.’ Well here’s the reality: if you’ve been baptized, you’ve already been given that grace. If you’ve professed faith, you’ve already been given that grace. Everyone here, you are post-serum Captain America’s! You’re not like, ‘Oh, I want that grace, give me that grace!’ Like I have to beg for it, no no no no. You’ve already been given the power of the Holy Spirit. …You do not have to convince God to give you His Spirit, You do not have to convince God to love you. The fact that you are here is proof that He has already chosen you and that He already loves you. It’s just up to us to begin living the life of grace. …The practice of the presence of God is simply being attentive to the fact that God is attentive to you.”

Mass Readings from February 17, 2013:
Deuteronomy 26:4-10
Romans 10:8-13
Luke 4:1-13

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02/13/13 A Savior for a Sinner

Homily from Ash Wednesday.

“What can I do this Lent so that in 40 days I have what I really want? Which is not just, ‘I made it without drinking pop!’ And not just, ‘I made it without snacking.’ But it’s, “I love Jesus more.’ Because I realize that I cannot just choose to love Jesus more, I have to train my heart to long for Him more. And it starts not by trying harder, it starts by trying smarter. It doesn’t start by praying harder, it starts by praying smarter. That’s my challenge to myself and to everyone here: what is it that I can do for the next 40 days so that by Easter I just love Him more, I know Him more, I am more like Him?”

Mass Readings from February 13, 2013:
Joel 2:12-18
2 Corinthians 5:20—6:2
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18

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02/10/13 DIY Religion: How Do I Know It’s True?

Homily from the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“After the Resurrection, Peter goes out on the feast of Pentecost into the same city that Jesus was crucified, in the same city that Jesus was risen from the dead, with the same people who were there 50 days earlier and he said, “That Jesus you crucified? He died. And He rose from the dead, and we saw Him!’ Do you know why 5,000 people that day became Christians? Because the Resurrection actually happened. It’s true. And so it changed peoples’ lives. Question: if the Resurrection is true, would you let it change your life?”

Mass Readings from February 10, 2013:
Isaiah 6:1-2a, 3-8
1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Luke 5:1-11

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02/03/13 DIY Religion: Love In Truth

Homily from the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“There’s nothing wrong with going to Old Country Buffet and saying, ‘I’ll have some of this, but I don’t want any of that.’ …It doesn’t work when it comes to religion. How come? Because if God is real, that means that God actually has an identity outside of me. Just like if my mom is actually a real person, when my dad loves her, he can’t just do what he wants, he has to love her because she has a real identity outside of himself. If God is real, then there is actually a way we can love Him and a way that we can’t love Him, if He is an objective reality.”

Mass Readings from February 3, 2013:
Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19
1 Corinthians 12:31—13:13
Luke 4:21-30

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01/27/13 DIY Religion: Walls, Worship, & the Word

Homily from the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“We recognize that it’s been a month since we’ve seen each other, maybe even longer. And I imagine that in that time there has maybe been some failure. We have a decision: we can let that failure discourage us and we can quit, or we can let that failure humble us and we can ask for help. But the reality is this: I can’t let my failure keep me outside the walls, I can’t let my failure keep me away from worship, and I can’t let my failure keep me away from the Word. …We just let our failure humble us, until we realize that I can’t do this on my own, I need to start again.”

Mass Readings from January 27, 2013:
Nehemiah 8:2-4, 5-6, 8-10
1 Corinthians 12:12-30
Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21

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12/30/12 Never Give Up

Homily from the Mass of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.

“It is so easy to feel helpless, it is so easy to feel powerless as a Catholic mom or a Catholic dad in the face of our children’s decisions. And so the good news is this: you don’t have to feel powerless. You don’t have to be powerless. …The story isn’t over yet. The game is not finished. There is always, always hope. Embrace and enact these four powerful things that every Catholic parent can do for their kids: to continue to teach them how to pray, to continue to bless them, to continue to live that life centered on Christ, and above all, to pray, to fast, and to intercede for them.”

Mass Readings from December 30, 2012:
Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14
1 John 3:1-2, 21-24
Luke 2:41-52

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12/25/12 “And the Word became flesh…”

Homily from the Christmas Day Mass celebrated in Brainerd, MN.

“We still say, “God, why don’t you do something?” That is still a cry from all of our hearts, every person here who has had their heart ripped open, there is a line that goes right down all of our lives, and we realize that we are all broken: ‘God, why don’t you do something?’ Well today, this is incredible, today is the day that we come to Mass and we proclaim definitively, God has done something. God’s answer to your suffering and mine, to your broken life and mine, to your broken marriage, to your broken family, to your broken heart and mine, God’s answer is not a bunch of words, God’s answer is one word. God’s answer is, ‘I will not take away your freedom. But I will give you myself.‘ ‘And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us…'”

Mass Readings from December 25, 2012:
Isaiah 52:7-10
Hebrews 1:1-6
John 1:1-18

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12/16/12 Will We Risk the Fire?

Homily from the Third Sunday of Advent.

“Do you know what real freedom is? Real freedom is not the ability to do whatever I want. Freedom is the power to do as I ought.”

Mass Readings from December 16, 2012:
Zephaniah 5:1-9
Philippians 4:4-7
Luke 3:10-18

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12/09/12 Finishing the Race

Homily from the Second Sunday of Advent.

“If there is only one real tragedy in life, to get to the end and to not have been a saint, then I need to get this into my head and into my heart: that a fall is not necessarily a tragedy; that a sin is not necessarily a tragedy; and that to be running the race and to fall down is not the end of the race yet. …Because a fall is just a fall.”

Mass Readings from December 9, 2012:
Baruch 5:1-9
Philippians 1:4-6, 8-11
Luke 3:1-6

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12/02/12 Do What You Gotta Do

Homily from the First Sunday of Advent.

“So many of us, we find ourselves right now coming into the end of the semester like, ‘Listen, if I fail this class, it’s all over.’ No it’s not! ‘Listen, if I mess up in this area, then I will never be able to recover.’ Yes you will! ‘No, but if I lose this thing my life will be worth nothing.’ No it won’t! And Jeremiah reveals this to us, ‘Listen. You’re in exile? You feel like there is no hope? There is a bigger story at work. There’s a larger story at play. And your life is actually bigger than your life.’ Jesus tells us, ‘Focus. Don’t distract yourself.’ Jeremiah tells us, ‘Realize that there is a bigger story that you are a part of.’ And then Paul, writing to the Thessalonians who are in persecution, he tells them and he actually encourages them, he says, ‘Don’t distract yourselves. But do what you know you need to do.'”

Mass Readings from December 2, 2012:
Jeremiah 33:14-16
1 Thessalonians 3:12-4:2
Luke 21:25-28, 34-36

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11/25/12 The Royal Family

Homily from the Solemnity of Christ the King.

“When you were baptized, you were brought into a family. That family is called the Church. And if you want to belong to Him, you have to belong to it. If today I’m going to worship Christ the King and I’m going to say ‘Jesus is my King,’ what I have to realize now is that I am part of a Kingdom. And if I am part of a Kingdom, if I am part of a family, then that family is going to be able to make demands on me. …We can’t weigh the Church based off of the people who don’t listen to the Church and apply it’s teachings, what we have to do is weigh the Church based off it’s saints.”

Mass Readings from November 25, 2012:
Deuteronomy 7:13-14
Revelation 1:5-8
John 18:33-37

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11/18/12 Your Body: A Living Sacrifice

Homily from the Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“In the Incarnation, Jesus shows us that the body is good and that it’s worth loving. In the Sacrifice of His Body, Jesus shows us that even though the body is good, it is not worth being worshipped. But it is worthy of sacrifice.”

Mass Readings from November 18, 2012:
Deuteronomy 12:1-3
Hebrews 10:11-14,18
Mark 13:24-32

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11/11/12 The Real Owner

Homily from the Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“What’s one of the reasons you and I offer sacrifices? One of the reasons is because you and I need it. …In the old covenant, they understood the power that money can have over someone’s heart, how it could enslave someone, because almost nothing can enslave someone like money can. So they said right away, just give God your best, give God your first fruits. And the question I can ask myself tonight is this: do I give God my best? Or do I give God whatever’s left?”

Mass Readings from November 11, 2012:
1 Kings 17:10-16
Hebrews 9:24-28
Mark 12:38-44

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11/04/12 The Great COMMANDments

Homily from the Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“If I am going to love God with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength, love means keeping His law. When you and I obey His commandments, that’s an incredible, powerful act of love. What does pride do? It brings me in on myself. What does love do? Love calls me out of myself. Love sets me free from the tyranny of my feelings. Actual love, the command, sets me free from the dictatorship of my emotions. Because even when I don’t feel like it, I am called to live in love.”

Mass Readings from November 4, 2012:
Deuteronomy 6:2-6
Hebrews 7:23-28
Mark 12:28-34

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10/28/12 “What Do You Want Me to Do For You?”

Homily from the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“Jesus comes to you today and says, ‘What do you want?’ Do you know what you want? If the Lord was standing right in front of you and saying, ‘What do you want? What is the desire of your heart? What is it that I can do for you?’ Would I have a ready answer? And am I willing to bring that to Jesus? The answer is irrelevant, it might be silly, it might be profound, the question is: do I even know what I want?”

Mass Readings from October 28, 2012:
Jeremiah 31:7-9
Hebrews 5:1-6
Mark 10:46-52

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10/21/12 Atoning Love

Homily from the Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“We have a God who had all strength, and He emptied Himself of all strength. We have a God who had all power, and He emptied Himself of all power. Why? So that not only would we know ourselves, but also so that we could know HIM. If I just know myself and my sin, then I am stuck. …When I know me, I know humility. When I know Him, I know confidence. Because I know a God who has an atoning love for me, He is not afraid and He is not ashamed to embrace my weakness. He is not ashamed to pour out His strength so that I can be strong.”

Mass Readings from October 21, 2012:
Isaiah 53:10-11
Hebrews 4:14-16
Mark 10:35-45

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10/14/12 Have I Met Jesus?

Homily from the Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“”You’re a good boy? That’s not what I need, I don’t need a bunch of good little boys.’ Jesus looks at us and says, ‘I don’t need a bunch of good little girls.’ He says, ‘You lack one thing. You’re good, but you could be more than good. You could be mine.’ That’s the difference. Jesus does not need a bunch of tame, nice, good little boys and girls. He needs people who belong to Him.'”

Mass Readings from October 14, 2012:
Wisdom 7:7-11
Hebrews 4:12-13
Mark 10:17-30

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10/07/12 Called to Love

Homily from the Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“Now when it comes to marriage, you don’t even have to bring morality into this whole thing. There are all sorts of unnecessary non-essential elements to marriage. But again, what makes marriage a unique relationship in all of humanity? Is it love? No. Lots of relationships have love. Is it commitment? No. Lots of relationships have commitment. What makes marriage unique? It is that it is a specific union of hearts and wills, culminating in biological unity oriented towards the creation of life.”

Mass Readings from October 7, 2012:
Genesis 2:18-24
Hebrews 2:9-11
Mark 10:2-16

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09/30/12 Should the Church Sell Her Nice Things? Should I?

Homily from the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“Anyone who claims to love God but doesn’t love the person next to them is a liar. …Caring for the poor, caring for orphans, caring for widows, this is the essential identity of the Church, not something extra. But if we don’t care for the poor around us, we are not the Church. ”

Mass Readings from September 30, 2012:
Numbers 11:25-29
James 5:1-6
Mark 9:38-48

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09/23/12 The Wood of the Tree

Homily from the Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“Here is the secret: Jesus Himself was free from that slavery to be significant, He was free from the slavery to be jealous. There was no one more significant, whoever walked the face of this Earth, than Jesus. No one more powerful, no one more wise, no one with as much to offer. But what did He do? What was the most significant thing that He wanted us to remember? At one point, the miracles were stripped away. At another point, His beauty was stripped away. At another point, His power is stripped away. Even His ability to move is stripped away as all of His clothes are stripped away. And all we’re left with is this image of this insignificant Man on this insignificant Wood of this insignificant Tree.”

Mass Readings from September 23, 2012:
Wisdom 2:12,17-20
James 3:16-4:3
Mark 9:30-37

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09/16/12 A Crisis of Greatness

Homily from the Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“Here is the big question: We might say with our lips, “This is who I believe God is…” Do we put that faith into practice? …We might come here, and again, in a few moments we’re going to stand up and profess our faith, but if I haven’t been living like I actually believe this, then my faith is worse than useless: it’s actually condemning.”

Mass Readings from September 16, 2012:
Isaiah 50:5-9
James 2:14-18
Mark 8:27-35

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09/09/12 The Reversal

Homily from the Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“When it comes to Jesus, He is going to be so patient with you. There is room to fail in grace. But do not be deceived, Jesus will not settle for a sub-par life. In Christ, there is room to fail. And in grace, there is room to sin ehen it comes to life with Christ (not that we plan on it.) …But there is room to fall down, there is room to make mistakes. Why? Because in the spiritual life and in following Christ, I don’t care how long you have been doing it…we are all, in this room, beginners. Which is good news, because beginners have room to fail. Beginners can ask question. Beginners need help.”

Mass Readings from September 9, 2012:
Isaiah 35:4-7
James 2:1-5
Mark 7:31-37

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09/02/12 Your TRUE Self

Homily from the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“The Church says that your deepest self, your most authentic self, is revealed to you in Jesus. And Jesus fully reveals man to himself. I think my problem is this: my vision of my life is too small. My vision of my authentic self, to which I am going to be true, my vision of my true self is actually too small. But when I meet Christ, He begins to ask me for more than I am willing to give, He is asking me to start living in a way than I am willing to live. But then Christ begins to say this: ‘Do you want to know who you really are? Then stop looking at yourself and start looking at Me.'”

Mass Readings from September 2, 2012:
Deuteronomy 4:1-2,6-8
James 1:17-18,21-22,27
Mark 7:1-8,14-15,21-23

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08/26/12 “Do You Also Want to Leave?”

Homily from the Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“Here is the Father, pouring Himself out in love to the Son. The Son receives that love and pours Himself back out in love to the Father. And that love is so real, that it is actually a third Person, called the Holy Spirit. …Nothing more truly images God’s deepest secret than Marriage. Why? You have the Groom, the husband pours himself out in love fully to his bride. She receives his love and pours her love back. And if everything goes right, nine months later, that love has a name. That is why we say we can’t mess with Marriage. Why? It’s not because we don’t like it or we don’t want to, but because it’s not messing with the incidentals, it’s messing with the actual, essential identity of who God Himself is in and of Himself.”

Mass Readings from August 26, 2012:
Joshua 24:1-2,15-17,18
Ephesians 5:21-32
John 6:60-69

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08/12/12 “Get Up and Eat.”
Homily from the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“Do you ever feel like you just live in a place of discouragement? In fact, you have made it your home? That’s not what it’s meant to be. Discouragement is never meant to be the place we live. It is the place we go through.”

Mass Readings from August 12, 2012:
1 Kings 19:4-8
Ephesians 4:30-5:2
John 6:41-51

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07/15/12 Blessed Assurance

Homily from the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“Think about how debilitating it is to walk through life that way: needing the training wheels every step along the way, needing to have some kind of insurance every day that things will be okay, versus the joy and the freedom of being able to race through life without training wheels, without insurance, but a life based upon the joy of knowing that you have the assurance of a God who sends you out into life and says, ‘Go out. I will be there every step of the way.'”

Mass Readings from July 15, 2012:
Amos 7:12-15
Ephesians 1:3-14
Mark 6:7-13

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07/08/12 “Trust Me.”

Homily from the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“Ultimately, what faith is going to be is this: a living, abiding relationship with a God that you know you can trust.”

Mass Readings from July 08, 2012:
Ezekiel 2:2-5
2 Corinthians 12:7-10
Mark 6:1-6

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07/01/12 A Republic of Virtue

Homily from the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“There’s something great about belonging to a Republic of virtue. It means this, it means your citizenry, they will work hard. They will be honest. They will persevere. They will be generous. But it also means that when you push them, they will push back. It means that your citizenry will not be a citizenry of subjects, but a citizenry of power and of strength. We may be called to choose Christ before our nation, Jesus before our country.”

Mass Readings from July 01, 2012:
Wisdom 1:13-15;2:23-24
2 Corinthians 8:7,9,13-15
Mark 5:21-43

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05/06/12 Growing Up

Homily from the Fifth Sunday of Easter.

“I’m not free to love until I’m free from self-love.”

Mass Readings from May 06, 2012:
Acts 9:26-31
1 John 3:18-24
John 15:1-8

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04/29/12 Grace

Homily from the Fourth Sunday of Easter.

“You have all of the grace that you need to be a saint right now. Why not make a basket? Why not just say ‘Yes’ to this? Why not just let go of the ball and say, “I’m not going to be saved through my name, I’ll be saved through His name’? Why not now?”

Mass Readings from April 29, 2012:
Acts 4: 8-12
1 John 3:1-2
John 10:11-18

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04/22/12 The Reason to Celebrate

Homily from the Third Sunday of Easter.

“The reason we are celebrating is what we heard in the Gospel today: This Guy, who was dead, walks into this room, and He’s not limping in, He is resurrected, He is transformed, and He says, ‘Look at my hands. Look at my feet. The nail marks? I died, I conquered death for you.’ …The fact that Christ conquered death and no matter what kind of test or paper or terrible roommate you might have, no matter what kind of real suffering and real pain you might have in your life right now, Christ has conquered your sin, He has conquered your sorrow, He has conquered what could conquer you.”

Mass Readings from April 22, 2012:
Acts 3:13-15, 17-19
1 John 2:1-5
Luke 24:35-48

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04/15/12 We Are One Body

Homily from the Second Sunday of Easter.

“‘The Church is my Bride: If you take me, you take Her.'” ~Jesus

Mass Readings from April 15, 2012:
Acts 4:32-35
1 John 5:1-6
John 20:19-31

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04/08/12 The Reality of the Resurrection

Homily from the Mass of Easter Sunday.

“If the Resurrection isn’t real, then your obstacles mean nothing. If the Resurrection isn’t real, then your suffering means nothing. If the Resurrection isn’t an actual historical reality, then your heartbreak means nothing because your life means nothing. And every joy, and every love, and every promise you’ve ever made, if the Resurrection is not real, they all amount to zero.”

Mass Readings from April 8, 2012:
Acts 10:34, 37-43
Colossians 3:1-4
John 20:1-9

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04/06/12 Three Wooden Crosses

Homily from Good Friday.

“The difference is not the kind of cross it is, the difference is the kind of heart that carries the cross.”

Mass Readings from April 6, 2012:
Isaiah 52:13-53:12
Hebrews 4:14-16;5:7-9
John 18:1-19:42

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04/01/12 The Line Between Good and Evil

Homily from Palm Sunday.

“Here is a God who knows our hearts. He doesn’t need anyone to teach Him about us. …He knows how weak I am. But He knows how strong He is. He knows that on my bad days and on my average days, I will choose sin. But He also knows that He is greater than my sin. He knows that at the beginning of the meal I can say, ‘Jesus, if I have to die with you I will.’ Shortly after that I will say, ‘I don’t know Him. I’ve never even met Him. I don’t even know what you’re talking about. I’ve never heard of Jesus.’ He knows that about you already. And yet, He trusts you. And He trusts me. What a crazy, insane God. Our hearts are broken. But He is greater than our heart.”

Mass Readings from April 1, 2012:
Isaiah 50:4-7
Philippians 2:6-11
Mark 15:1-47

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03/25/12 “Father, Glorify YOUR Name.”

Homily from the Fifth Sunday of Lent.

“I think when Jesus says in today’s Gospel, ‘Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a single grain of wheat. But if it dies, it can produce much fruit,’ He knows what He is talking about. Because here He is, stripping Himself. Here He is, becoming that seed that falls to the ground and dies. And I think the same thing happens to us. When it comes to whatever it is in our life that just enslaves us, whether it’s that desire to be famous, that desire to be known, the desire to be significant, unless that dies, I just die as me and my glory does not follow me below. So Jesus says, ‘Here is the secret: humble yourselves. Strip off glory.'”

Mass Readings from March 25, 2012:
Jeremiah 31:31-34
Hebrews 5:7-9
John 12:20-33

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03/18/12 Christianity 101

Homily from the Fourth Sunday of Lent.

“God is not ashamed of your shame. He is not ashamed of what we’re ashamed of. He is not afraid of what scares us. He is not afraid of our sins. God is not shocked by the fact that we are weak. …So do not, do not, please, my brothers and sisters, do not allow your shame or your sin or your weakness to keep you in shadow.”

Mass Readings from March 18, 2012:
2 Chronicles 36:14-16, 19-23
Ephesians 2:4-10
John 3:14-21

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03/04/12 My Beloved Son

Homily from the Second Sunday of Lent.

“In Paul’s Letter to the Romans, Chapter 8, the whole chapter is about being a son of God. Because of Jesus it says, ‘Those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received a spirit of adoption, through which we cry, ‘Papa! Abba! Father!’ So what does that mean? Isaac said, ‘Abraham, Father, your will is my will. Let it be done unto me.’ Jesus said to the Father, ‘Abba, Father, Your will is my will, Your mind is my mind, Your mission is my mission.’ And you, us, as sons and daughters of the Father, what do we say? ‘Father, Your will is my will. Just like Abraham, I can trust you. Just like Isaac, I can trust you. Just like Jesus, I can trust you.”

Mass Readings from March 4, 2012:
Genesis 22:9-13, 15-18
Romans 8:31-34
Mark 9:2-10

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02/26/12 Purification & Enlightenment

Homily from the First Sunday of Lent.

“I invite you, my brothers and sisters, to enter into this Lent with a spirit of meekness but a spirit of courage, with a spirit of humility but a spirit of boldness, with a spirit not of fear, as St. Peter says, to not be afraid or terrified with fear, but a spirit of hope.”

Mass Readings from February 26, 2012:
Genesis 9:8-15
1 Peter 3:18-22
Mark 1:12-15

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02/22/12 For Love of You

Homily from Ash Wednesday.

“The ashes mean I am a sinner. The Cross means I have a Savior. The ashes mean I need to turn away from something. The Cross is what I turn towards. The ashes mean that I have fallen short of God’s glory. And the Cross means that you and I are all made for glory.”

Mass Readings from February 22, 2012:
Joel 2:12-18
2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18

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02/19/12 What Have We Got to Lose?.

Homily from the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“Here is the deal. When it comes to you, God has given his final answer. He has said, ‘Yes. I want YOU.’ ‘Yeah, but God I’ve done this kind of stuff…’ ‘I don’t care. I want you.’ ‘But you don’t know what I’m going through…’ ‘No, I actually do. And I want you.’ God has given his definitive answer. He has DEFINITIVELY chosen you when Paul says, ‘He has spoken His ‘Yes’ over all of you.’ And so the question is this: what is my response?”

Mass Readings from February 19, 2012:
Isaiah 43:18-19, 21-22, 24-25
2 Corinthians 1:18-22
Mark 2:1-12

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02/12/12 Willing Our Good

Homily from the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“The point of life is not to accomplish. The point of life is to become a certain kind of person. And that certain kind of person can only be fashioned in the crucible of suffering. …What kind of person can be fashioned through the crucible of suffering? A certain kind of person that knows how to love when that person doesn’t feel like loving; a certain kind of person who knows how to be selfless when the temptation is to turn in on one’s self; a certain kind of person that you are meant to be.”

Mass Readings from February 12, 2012:
Leviticus 13:1-2,44-46
1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1
Mark 1:40-45

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02/05/12 In the Silence of the Heart

Homily from the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“Here’s Jesus and He gets up and He goes off to a deserted place, and He prays in silence. That kind of idea can scare us. But we have to understand this. St. John of the Cross says this about silence, he says, ‘God’s first language is silence.’ And if you and I are going to become the kind of people who know what God is really like, it means this, it means at some point in my day, I need to be silent. I need to, at some point in my day, I need to go to a place where there’s not the interruptions, where there’s not the music, where there’s not the distractions. …I invite us all to do what Jesus did: to go away, to find silence, because when we do that and embrace the Lord, we become changed. ”

Mass Readings from February 05, 2012:
Job 7:1-4,6-7
1 Corinthians 9:16-19,22-23
Mark 1:29-39

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1/29/12 Kingdom of Light vs. Prince of Darkness

Homily from the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“The most powerful and the most effective prayer of exorcisim that sets every human being free is the Sacrament of Confession. Because why? Because what we do is we come before the Lord and say, ‘I will not give into fear, I will give into courage. I will not give into temptation, I will give into forgiveness. I will not give into discouragement, I will give into hope.’ And we hand our lives back over to Jesus, and He gives us His life in return.”

Mass Readings from January 29, 2012:
Deuteronomy 18:15-20
1 Corinthians 7:32-35
Mark 1:21-28

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1/22/12 “Come After Me.”

Homily from the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“Do I want to leave this Mass as the same person I came in? Do I want to leave this room with the same-sized life I had when I walked in here? Do Peter and Andrew want to get out of their boat with the same-sized life they had when they got into their boat? Jesus comes up to them, just like He comes up to you and me, and He says, “If you want to be a disciple and change your schedule to grow spiritually, great. But it doesn’t have to end there. I can make you into disciple-makers.”

Mass Readings from January 22, 2011:
Jonah 3:1-5, 10
1 Corinthians 7:29-31
Mark 1: 14-20

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12/18/11 Get Your Mission. Take Your Step.

Homily from the Fourth Sunday of Advent.

“Brothers and Sisters, please, we must not do this: we must not forget in the darkness what we were convinced was true in the light. We must not forget in desolation what we knew was true in consolation.”

Mass Readings from December 18, 2011:
2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8-12, 14-16
Romans 16:25-27
Luke 1: 26-38

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12/11/11 J-o-y

Homily from the Third Sunday of Advent.

“What would my life look like if Jesus actually got first place?”

Mass Readings from December 11, 2011:
Isaiah 61:1-2, 10-11
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
John 1:6-8, 19-28

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12/04/11 Fear & Awe

Homily from the Second Sunday of Advent.

“What happens when a man wants to give his whole life to his bride? He finds someone who captures his heart, and what does he do? He takes a knee, and he presents himself and he says, ‘Will you take my heart, take my soul, take my body for the rest of your life? I offer you myself. Will you give me yourself?’ And that’s every time when I come into Mass, that’s always what I’m thinking. I genuflect and I pray, ‘Jesus, you get me. I give you my heart. Please give me Your heart.'”

Mass Readings from December 4, 2011:
Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11
2 Peter 3:8-14
Mark 1:1-8

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11/27/11 More Than Words

Homily from the First Sunday of Advent.

“What we are going to find is that for weeks, if not months, we are just going to find ourselves saying the words. But the day will come, if we allow this Mass, our encounter with mystery, our encounter with beauty, our encounter with something bigger than ourselves, if we allow that to change us, what we’ll find is that we’re no longer just saying the prayers, we’re now praying the prayers. And they take on an entirely new meaning, an entirely new depth so that that desire for self-expression and that need to be changed meet.”

Mass Readings from November 27, 2011:
Isaiah 63:16-17, 19, 64:2-7
1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Mark 13:33-37

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11/20/11 The Cheat Sheet

Homily from the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King.

“Every single time one of you or myself or any Christian acts on this planet with the dunamis or the dynamite of the Holy Spirit, God’s Kingdom takes hold and it begins to reign. We look at Him and we say, ‘Kyrios, King, Emperor, will you establish it? He looks at us and says, ‘No. Better. You’re going to establish it. …Every time there is someone who is hungry and you feed them, my Kingdom is there. I’m there. Every time there is someone who is thirsty and you give them something to drink, the Kingdom takes root on this planet. Every time there is someone who is naked or ill or in prison, every time someone is a stranger and kicked to the curb, and you reach out to them, my Kingdom is there. And every time you, my followers, do not do this, my Kingdom loses traction. Every time you don’t do this, you don’t do it for me.'”

Mass Readings from November 13, 2011:
Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17
1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28
Matthew 25: 31-46

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11/13/11 Our Daily Bread

Homily from the Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“Fear of loss can drive us. Fear of loss can determine our life, if we let it. Security is good, investments are good, retirement is good, I imagine! But when security becomes an idol, then we will gladly allow ourselves to become slaves in exchange for the illusion of security.”

Mass Readings from November 13, 2011:
Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31
1 Thessalonians 5:1-6
Matthew 25:14-30

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11/06/11 Take God Seriously

Homily from the Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“My definition of fear of the Lord is nothing more than this: taking God seriously. Taking God seriously for everything that He says, taking God seriously in His justice and taking God seriously in His mercy. Not making Him into my own image, but honestly taking His laws, taking His decrees, taking His love, and realizing this: that God is strong, and He is dangerous, and He loves, and He has rules, and they are serious to take God seriously. You know why? Because He takes YOU seriously.”

Mass Readings from November 6, 2011:
Wisdom 6:12-16
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Matthew 25:1-13

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10/30/11 True Identity

Homily from the Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“Here is the thing with idols: they cannot be removed, they have to be replaced. …Brothers and sisters, if you want freedom from the idol of performance: get close to the Man on the Cross. If you want freedom from the idol of needing to achieve and needing to succeed: get close to Christ Crucified, to Him and no other.”

Mass Readings from October 30th, 2011:
Malachi 1:14-2:2, 8-10
1 Thessalonians 2: 7-9, 13
Matthew 23:1-12

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10/23/11 Freedom for Love

Homily from the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“Here is God, He comes to Egypt and He says, ‘I’m going to set you free from your idols. But I’m not just going to lead you into the wilderness and leave you there. I’m not just going to set you free and then just have you have unrestricted freedom. …I want to set you free from idols in order to set you free for true worship.'”

Mass Readings from October 23rd, 2011:
Exodus 22:20-26
1 Thessalonians 1:5-10
Matthew 22:24-30

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10/16/11 Who Will I Serve?

Homily from the Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“Your faith can’t be something that’s private. We never force it…we never impose it…but it’s got to be something that is lived. It’s got to be something that is proposed. It’s got to be something that makes a difference.”

Mass Readings from October 16th, 2011:
Isaiah 45:1, 4-6
1 Thessalonians 1:1-5
Matthew 22:15-21

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10/09/11 The Good Life

Homily from the Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“At the end of our lives, that is going to be the question: have I lived a good life? When it comes to the end of this life, no matter what kind of success, no matter what kind of failure, no matter what kind of promotion or what kind of infamy we might have experienced in this life, no matter what kind of ups and downs, the big question is this: have I lived a good life?”

Mass Readings from October 9th, 2011:
Isaiah 25:6-10
Philippians 4:12-14,19-20
Matthew 22:1-14

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10/02/11 The True, the Beautiful, and the Good

Homily from the Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“I love thinking about how empathetic dolphins are or how smart chimpanzees can be. I dont know any, but I’m sure that we would be great friends. But we are different than them, and the point of why we are on this planet is different than why a dolphin is on this planet. The point is: we are made to be morally good. And If we fail at being morally good, we fail at being human.”

Mass Readings from October 2nd, 2011:
Isaiah 5:1-7
Philippians 4:6-9
Matthew 21:33-43

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09/25/11 Take Courage

Homily from the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“Sometimes people will say, ‘I don’t want to go to pray because I don’t feel like it.’ ‘I don’t want to go to Mass because if I do, I show up and I don’t really feel like I’m in love with God, so I’m just faking.’ Some people will say, ‘I know I need to go to Confession, but I don’t feel sorry for my sins, therefore I don’t think I can go.’ But let’s get back down to it. What’s the whole point of the Gospel? It’s what makes a saint: someone who knows the Father’s Will and just does it. Not because they feel like it, but because they know it’s the right thing to do.”

Mass Readings from September 25, 2011:
Ezekiel 18:25-28
Philippians 2:1-11
Matthew 21:28-32

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09/18/11 What Am I Working For?

Homily from the Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“Here is the news, brothers and sisters: Christ has an invitation for all of us. Think of those people standing idle in the marketplace, waiting for someone to come up and offer them good, meaningful work. Here is Jesus coming up to you tonight saying, ‘I invite you into the vineyard, I invite you into my Church. Why? Not because I’m inviting you into my spa where you can be pampered. I’m inviting you into my vineyard where you can do work. Because there is work that the Lord has for you that no one else can do.'”

Mass Readings from September semenax ama 18, 2011:
Isaiah 55:6-9
Philippians 1:20-24, 27
Matthew 20:1-16

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09/11/11 Balancing Justice with Mercy

Homily from the Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“… You have dignity. And there is such thing as justice. Without that, the words ‘I forgive you’ have no meaning. Because if you don’t have an ‘I’, a sense of your dignity, who forgives? If you don’t have a sense of justice, then what do they owe? The next step is realizing, ‘Here is what you owe me because you sinned against me. And I can collect if I want to. But because God has forgiven me, I release you from your debt.’ That’s what it comes down to.”

Mass Readings from September 11, 2011:
Sir 27:30-28:7
Rom 14:7-9
Mt 18:21-35

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09/04/11 Make A Decison

Homily from the Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“Unless we get to that point where we make the decision to love someone forever, we can’t actually even love them for one day. Because love might be fun at some point, but at another point, love demands a decision. … That’s why Paul is able to say, ‘Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another.’ That’s the fulfillment of the law. That’s the point of your life, is to love!”

Mass Readings from September 4, 2011:
Ezekiel 33: 7-9
Romans 13: 8-10
Matthew 18: 15-20

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07/03/11 I Pledge Allegiance…

Homily from the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“Once we make that decision to switch our primary allegiance, to take Christ’s yoke upon us, there is pain, but there is joy. Because I am no longer under my small mission, I am under a huge mission. Once we transfer our primary allegiance, there is suffering, but there is so much purpose. If we transfer that primary allegiance, take Christ’s yoke upon our shoulders, yes it’s work, but it’s meaningful work.”

Mass Readings from July 3, 2011:
Zechariah 9:9-10
Romans 8:9, 11-13
Matthew 11:25-30

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06/26/11 Corpus Christi

Homily from the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.

“The truth of the matter is this: if the Eucharist isn’t real, then Jesus isn’t real. If the Eucharist really isn’t Christ’s Body and Blood, then Jesus really isn’t God. If the Eucharist isn’t true, Christianity is not true because He said it! And He made it very, very clear, “If you’re going to be my disciple, you have to accept this. And if you don’t want to accept this, then you are not my disciple.”

Mass Readings from June 26, 2011:
Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14-16
1 Corinthians 10:16-17
John 6:51-58

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06/19/11 Blank Tablets

Homily from Trinity Sunday.

“Brothers and sisters, as Christians you have the freedom to fail and not lose the Father’s love. You have the freedom to not be all you can be and still have the Father’s love. Brothers and sisters in Christ, you have the freedom to realize that God loves you, but He does not need you. …You don’t have to succeed. You don’t have to achieve. God loves you without needing you.”

Mass Readings from June 19, 2011:
Exodus 34:4-6, 8-9
2 Corinthians 13:11-13
John 3:16-18

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05/29/11 “As You Wish.”

Homily from the Sixth Sunday of Easter.

“God did not say, ‘If you love me, you will have warm fuzzies all of the time, it’ll be awesome.’ He didn’t say that! Jesus says, ‘If you love me, do what I say.’ … We realize that love is more than a feeling. If I want to assess how well am I loving God, the question is this: how well am I obeying His commandments?”

Mass Readings from May 29, 2011:
Acts 8:5-8, 14-17
1 Peter 3:15-18
John 14:15-21

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05/08/11 In the Breaking of the Bread

Homily from the Third Sunday of Easter.

“Brothers and sisters, today, at this Mass, realize that the whole Bible study that starts in Genesis and goes all the way to the back of the Book is all about leading us to this Mass, all about leading us to this moment, at this Mass, where He gives us His body, the breaking of the bread. We have yiddah, we can actually KNOW Jesus, not just about Him, but we can let Him touch us, and our lives never be the same.”

Mass Readings from May 8, 2011:
Acts 2:14, 22-33
1 Peter 1:17-21
Luke 24:13-35

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05/01/11 “My Lord and my God!”

Homily from Divine Mercy Sunday.

“When we actually encounter Jesus, who IS Lord, and who IS God, everything changes. Everything changes. Because the reality is, the fact is this: Jesus is Lord, Jesus is God. The question is what was posed to Thomas: Will He be YOUR Lord? Will He be YOUR God?”

Mass Readings from May 1, 2011:
Acts 2:42-47
1 Peter 1:3-9
John 20:1-31

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04/17/11 Friend Request from Jesus

Homily from Palm Sunday.

“Being a friend is not a matter of emotion. Being a friend is not a matter of having affection. Being a friend is saying, ‘Okay, Jesus. I submit myself to You. I am now under Your mission: my life for Your life.'”

Mass Readings from April 17, 2011:
Isaiah 50:4-7
Philippians 2:6-11
Matthew 26:14-27:66

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04/10/11 Memento Mori

Homily from the Fifth Sunday of Lent.

“We have to face death and realize that if I am bitter towards death, let my heart be softened. But if I am afraid of death, then let that fear be killed. Because you and I know the end of the story. We know that the end is not death. That’s why Paul is able to say, ‘O Death, where is your sting? Death, where is your victory?’ Because Jesus Christ has conquered death!”

Mass Readings from April 10, 2011:
Exodus 37:12-14
Romans 8:8-11
John 11:1-45

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04/03/11 Help Me to See

Homily from the Fourth Sunday of Lent.

“If you’re willing to admit, “I’ve got a problem, so I’ve got a plan,” and you take that next step in handing that wound, that blindness, that weakness, that sin over to Jesus, that’s the next good step that puts you right back…right back…where He wants you to be.”

Mass Readings from April 03, 2011:
1 Samuel 16:1, 6-7, 10-13
Ephesians 5:8-14
John 9:1-41

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03/27/11 Stop Hiding. Go Seek!

Homily from the Third Sunday of Lent.

“Do you realize that God has already made up His mind? He has definitively chosen to love you. The question is not, “Does the Church want you?” The question is not, “Does God want you?” The question is this: do you want God? He offers you this living water. Do you want Him? He has already done everything to be your Savior. The question is this: will you let Him be your Savior?”

Mass Readings from March 27, 2011:
Exodus 17:3-7
Romans 5:1-2, 5-8
John 4:5-42

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03/20/11 Live In Truth

Homily from the Second Sunday of Lent.

“We, like Peter, we, like Abraham, we can know the truth that Jesus is God, that God has a mission for our life. But here is the question: when we come up against the obstacles, then what do we do? It’s not a matter of being perfect. …Even though we sometimes fail to live the truth that we know, that does NOT disqualify us from God’s call.”

Mass Readings from March 20, 2011:
Genesis 12:1-4
2 Timothy 1:8-10
Matthew 17:1-9

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03/09/11 Packing Light

Homily from Ash Wednesday.

“We have a goal. And the goal ahead of us is to be saints. For the Christian, for the human being, anything less than becoming a saint is failure. What kind of a person do you want to be at the end of these 40 days that you’re not quite yet?”

Mass Readings from March 09, 2011:
Joel 2:12-18
2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18

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03/06/11 Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Homily from the Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“As Moses is coming down the mountain, he is carrying both tablets. What does that mean? He and God have exchanged tablets, but he carries both because it wasn’t just Moses who came down the mountain. Moses came down the mountain holding both tablets, that meant God came down the mountain with Moses. As long as they had those tablets, as long as they had those words in their possession, what it was was God saying, “I’m going to be there with you.” That was God’s promise, “I will be faithful, I will be true to you.”

Mass Readings from March 06, 2011:
Deuteronomy 11:18, 26-28, 32
Romans 3:21-25, 28
Matthew 7:21-27

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02/27/11 “You Have a Papa.”

Homily from the Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“You don’t need to worry about tomorrow. Why? Because you have a Papa. You don’t need to worry about what are we going to wear, what are we going to eat? You don’t have to worry about those things. Why? Because you have a Papa in Heaven, and He tells you two things: He tells you your identity, He tells you who you are, and the second thing is, He tells you that you can trust Him. ”

Mass Readings from February 27, 2011:
Isaiah 49:14-15
1 Corinthians 4:1-5
Matthew 6:24-34

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02/20/11 Game Plan

Homily from the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“This is what Jesus is saying. You are going to have people who are going to be mean to you and not loving you back, they are going to force you to carry their burdens for a mile. You can do that wisely. But you are going to need some strength to carry that the extra mile. …Are you strong enough to bear that burden for as long as it takes? Are you the kind of a son or kind of daughter who can bear that burden for your mom or dad as long as it takes? Will you be the kind of husband or kind of wife who will bear that burden for your spouse as long as it takes? Will you be that kind of friend who will love someone who does not love you back as long as it takes to win them back for Jesus?”

Mass Readings from February 20, 2011:
Leviticus 19:1-2, 7-18
1 Corinthians 3:16-23
Matthew 5:38-48

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02/13/11 What Is Love?

Homily from the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“But here he (King David) is, chosen. Why? Because he is a man after God’s own Heart. Not perfect, but he loves what God loves. So the question is this: what do I love? The question is this: how is my heart? If God looks at the heart, then what does my heart look like? What am I hungry for, what do I long for? Do I love the things that God loves or are there things that I love that are in my life that God would say, “I don’t love that”?

Mass Readings from February 13, 2011:
Sirach 15:15-20
1 Corinthians 2:6-10
Matthew 5:17-37

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02/06/11 Faith & Reason

Homily from the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“Here is the reality: if we are going to be modern day Pauls, if we are going to be modern day ‘salt’ and ‘light’, what we need to do is be like Paul. Paul came into Corinth and he realized, ‘When it comes to preaching to Jews, I need to bring them philosophy. When it comes to preaching to Greeks, I need to bring them faith.’ What we need to do as Catholic Christians is bring both: faith and reason.”

Mass Readings from February 06, 2011:
Isaiah 58:7-10
1 Corinthians 2:1-5
Matthew 5:13-16

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01/30/11 The Kingdom Is Yours

Homily from the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“Why did Jesus come to this Earth? People would say, “Well, Jesus came to save us.” Check. Amen. Yes! How did He save us? He died on the Cross and rose from the dead. But remember what happens right after He gets born? There’s the massacre of the innocents, Herod was trying to kill all the babies. Why not just let Him get killed and rise from the dead then? He could have just done it right there. Clearly because Jesus is more than just the Guy that is supposed to die and rise. He is here to do something, that’s why He is called Christ. He is the new Anointed One, He is the new David. Here is the deal: He is not just here to save us. He is here to establish a Kingdom.”

Mass Readings from January 30, 2011:
Zephaniah 2:3; 3:12-13
1 Corinthians 1:26-31
Matthew 5:1-12

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01/23/11 Arise From Darkness

Homily from the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“When the light of Christ shines in our life, He doesn’t just shine on us to shame us. He doesn’t just show us what we’ve done wrong and leave us there. What Jesus wants to do is He wants to redeem us, He wants to restore us, He wants to forgive us. If any of us have experienced great sin or experienced great shame: don’t stay there. Recognize that Jesus has redemption. Recognize that He has forgiveness. Recognize that it’s not the end of the story. You don’t have to stay in death, He can actually bring forth life.”

Mass Readings from January 23, 2011:
Isaiah 8:23-9:1
1 Corinthians 1:10-13,17
Matthew 4:12-23

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01/09/11 The Life-Saving Business

Homily from the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, given at the FOCUS Conference in St. Paul, MN.

“What did the Lord say to the prophet Isaiah? ‘You have been anointed to be a light to the nations, to open the eyes of the blind, to set prisoners free,’ and later on in the same book, ‘to proclaim a year of favor from the Lord.’ That’s your job. That’s your mission. That’s your priesthood. That’s your prophesy. How’s it coming along? You have to go out. You don’t have to come back.”

Mass Readings from January 09, 2011:
Isaiah 42: 1-4, 6-7
Acts 10:34-38
Matthew 3:13-17

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12/19/10 Worship: Come Hungry. Leave Full.

Homily from the Fourth Sunday of Advent.

“When we mostly eat normal food, we change it into us. But when we eat the Eucharist, it is Jesus changing us into Him. And then the Church says, ‘Now go! Filled with the Bread from Heaven, filled with the Eucharist, filled with this God inside of you, and go and change that world.'”

Mass Readings from December 19, 2010:
Isaiah 7:10-14
Romans 1:1-7
Matthew 1:18-24

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12/12/10 Worship: Instituted, Not Invented

Homily from the Third Sunday of Advent.

“It’s not just about words. At every Mass, it’s Jesus pouring Himself out to the Father. What’s the priest doing? He is standing at the altar, pouring himself out through Jesus to the Father. And if you guys are kingdom priests, and the priest is standing at the altar, Jesus is pouring Himself out not just in words but in actions, and the priest is pouring himself out not just in words, but in actions, here you are in silence joining your hearts to the heart of the priest, the heart of Jesus, and you’re pouring yourself out, not just in words, but in actions. Oh my gosh, can you believe this? This is insane! This is incredible! This is being conformed to Christ. Why? Because Jesus is pouring Himself out. The priest is pouring Himself out. And you are pouring yourself out.”

Mass Readings from December 12, 2010:
Isaiah 35:1-6,10
James 5:7-10
Matthew 11:2-11

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12/05/10 Worship: TRUE Worship

Homily from the Second Sunday of Advent.

“Here is the reality we have to be face to face with: Brothers and sisters, if we leave the Eucharist, we leave Jesus. If we say, ‘That saying is hard, no way that that bread is actually Jesus and that that wine is actually His Blood. No way.’ If we leave the Eucharist, we leave Jesus.”

Mass Readings from December 05, 2010:
Isaiah 11:1-10
Romans 15:4-9
Matthew 3:1-12
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11/28/10 Worship: “I Want Your Heart.”

Homily from the First Sunday of Advent.

“Here are the people of Israel, what they are doing during the rest of the week is not the same thing as what they’re doing when they go to Worship. They are living these lives that are all about them. When it comes time to pray, when it comes time to worship, when it comes time to offer the sacrifice, ‘Yeah, God, I am all yours. But the rest of the week, that’s all mine.’ What does God want?”

Mass Readings from November 28, 2010:
Isaiah 2:1-5
Romans 13:11-14
Matthew 24:37-44

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11/21/10 Viva Cristo Rey

Homily from the Solemnity of Christ the King.

“Standing face to face with Love Itself, standing face to face with God Himself, a God who loved them to death, who was willing to suffer and die for them, they said, “I don’t want that king. I want a king who doesn’t care about me.” That’s the question: Do you have a king in your life who doesn’t care about you?”

Mass Readings from November 21, 2010:
2 Samuel 5:1-3
Colossians 1:12-20
Luke 23:35-43

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11/14/10 The Art of Living: The Gifts of Work and Rest

Homily from the Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“Here is God, made Man, for 30 years He just maybe, possibly hauls rocks all day. That’s all He does. Saving the world, one load of rocks at a time. What does He do with that, though? He spends a life at work so that every job you are at, every task that you do: every book that you read for school, every paper that you have to crank out, every tedious hour upon tedious hour in lab, even when you become parents, cleaning your child’s diapers or picking up after they throw up, picking up a toy off of the ground, that work has dignity. It has meaning. And that work is a gift.”

Mass Readings from November 14, 2010:
Malachi 3:19-20
2 Thessalonians 3:7-12
Luke 21:5-19

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11/07/10 The Art of Living: The Sticking Point

Homily from the Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“The Church does not want to have blind adherence. The Church wants to have people who have thought this out and thought this through and have come to the conclusion, ‘This is true. There is a right and there is a wrong. And I am going to do that right thing, even if it costs me my life. Because there are some things worth standing for. There are some things worth fighting for. And yes, there are some things that are worth dying for.'”

Mass Readings from November 7, 2010:
2 Maccabees 7:1-2,9-14
2 Thessalonians 2:16-3:5
Luke 20:27-38

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10/31/10 The Art of Living: What Is Our Response?

Homily from the Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“If we think the Art of Living is just ‘Avoid bad stuff,’ then we’re totally missing out on what it is to really live, we’re totally missing out on the point of Christianity. It’s not just about being good and not being bad. It’s not just about going to Heaven and not going to hell. Being a Christian is the result of meeting a Guy named Jesus, it’s the result of, like Zacchaeus, encountering Him and saying, ‘I need.,.I want..I can be the someone that I’ve always wanted to be.’ Brothers and sisters, you can be that someone you’ve always wanted to be.”

Mass Readings from October 31, 2010:
Wisdom 11:22-12:2
2 Thessalonians 1:11-2:2
Luke 19:1-10

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10/24/10 The Art of Living: Virtuous Friendship

Homily from the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“The Catholic Church, and here we are at Newman, we exist to be one, giant, saint-making machine. The whole goal of our lives is to become like Christ. And so what do Christian friendships look like? It looks like us working together, me pouring myself out for you, you pouring yourself out for me in pursuit of the good, in pursuit of the best: in pursuit of Christ.”

Mass Readings from October 24, 2010:
Sirach 35:12-14,16-18
2 Timothy 4:6-8,16-18
Luke 18:9-14

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10/17/10 The Art of Living: The Universal Call

Homily from the Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“The safest place for any man or woman, no matter what your tendency, no matter what your temptation is, your safest place is here in the Catholic Church because we’re saying this: you may never be bullied, you may never be treated as a thing, you may never be treated or reduced to your temptations or to your sins. You are more than that. That is what the Church teaches. And that’s why we, if we are going to have the microphone, if we are ever going to have the microphone on the public sphere, we need to have this line that says every person must be accepted with respect, compassion, treated with dignity.”

Mass Readings from October 17, 2010:
Exodus 17:8-13
2 Timothy 3:14-4:2
Luke 18:1-8

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INTEGRITY OF THE PERSON…

So, in today’s homily, I’m going to make reference to a few passages from the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It is essentially the official “What Catholics Believe” book written by the teaching office (known as the Magisterium…it’s Latin and means teaching office…hmmm interesting) of the Church.

We are going to be talking a little bit about chastity today. The successful life of chastity is necessary for the Art of Living.

Here is a sample of what the Catechism says about it:

THE INTEGRITY OF THE PERSON

2338 The chaste person maintains the integrity of the powers of life and love placed in him. This integrity ensures the unity of the person; it is opposed to any behavior that would impair it. It tolerates neither a double life nor duplicity in speech. 124

2339 Chastity includes an apprenticeship in self-mastery which is a training in human freedom. The alternative is clear: either man governs his passions and finds peace, or he lets himself be dominated by them and becomes unhappy. 125

“Man’s dignity therefore requires him to act out of conscious and free choice, as moved and drawn in a personal way from within, and not by blind impulses in himself or by mere external constraint. Man gains such dignity when, ridding himself of all slavery to the passions, he presses forward to his goal by freely choosing what is good and, by his diligence and skill, effectively secures for himself the means suited to this end.” 126

Now, we are also going to look at what the Church teaches about Same-Sex Attraction (I invite you not to leave at this point and say, “I know what the Church teaches…the Church hates homosexuals!” That is not true.). We will hear today about God’s (and the Church’s) great love for everyone. (FYI: The term “everyone” actually means “everyone.”) We will look at the following teaching as well:

CHASTITY AND HOMOSEXUALITY

2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, 140 tradition has always declared “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.” 141 They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.

2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.

2359 Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.

I invite all of us to find out what these words and terms mean. Today, we will look at the first paragraph (2357) as it is written (and not necessarily as how we Americans might read it)… but especially in light of the second two paragraphs. What we will find is that there is no hate and there is no fear. There is no bigotry and no homophobia on the part of the Catholic Church. That might sound like a big claim (or even a false one!), but I hope that we will see that it is a true claim. I pray that we can all (no matter what we may happen to struggle with) know of God’s deep and abiding love and power in our lives.

In Christ,
fathermike

10/10/10 The Art of Living: The Secret of Christianity

Homily from the Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“If you want the infallible sign of God’s presence, joy, if you want that gigantic secret of Christians, I would invite all of us to cultivate intentional gratitude. Kill expectation, because that kills joy. But instead, cultivate intentional gratitude.”

Mass Readings from October 10, 2010:
2 Kings 5:14-17
2 Timothy 2:8-13
Luke 17:11-19

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How do these Mass readings fit in with the homily?

If you go back to the story of Namaan and Elisha in the First Reading, Namaan expected Elisha to ask him to do something heroic, something huge, and he almost missed out on the great gift that Elisha actually gave him. Naaman had expected that Elisha, this man of God, would ask him to do something extreme, something extravagent, something way out there, and all Elisha asked Namaan to do was dip himself seven times in the Jordan waters. Namaan, looking at expectation, almost missed out on the gift that God had to give him. It can be the same way with us. When all we’re doing is looking at expectation, what we expect to get, sometimes we miss out on the gift that God wants to give us.

In the Gospel, those lepers were the perfect examples of people who experienced God’s gift, God’s grace, God’s healing on that day. But it took one person, the Samaritan that Jesus praises, who recognizes the gift he was given. That’s the lesson for us. If we don’t recognize the gifts we are given, we can go through the rest of our lives and just be blessed and blessed and be given so many gifts, and not even take time to stop, with intentional gratitude, and turn to God and tell God, “Thanks.” This is one of the great gifts of the story that Luke gives us in his Gospel today, that we can be blessed and not even know it, not even recognize it. But here is the Samaritan that gives us a perfect example of someone who recognizes the gift that God has given him, stops, and is intentionally grateful, has intentional gratitude. That can be us.

10/03/10 The Art of Living: Values & Virtues

Homily from the Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“When our values, what we know to be true, become our virtues, how we live, we will begin the art of living.”

Mass Readings from October 3, 2010:
Habakkuk 1:2-3, 2:2-4
2 Timothy 1:6-8,13-14
Luke 17:5-10

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09/26/10 What Is A Human Being?

Homily from the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“If we see the human person as someone who has an inviolable dignity, if we see the human person as someone who is made in the image and likeness of God, then we will treat them radically different than if they were just a soul, if they were just an illusion, if they were just matter, or if they were just a cog in the machine.”

Mass Readings from September 26, 2010:
Amos 16:1, 4-7
1 Timothy 6:11-16
Luke 16:19-31

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09/19/10 One God

Homily from the Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“Whether we’re known or whether we’re completely unknown, whether we’re famous or whether we live the rest of our lives in obscurity, the truth is, you were not made for fame: you were made to be a saint.”

Mass Readings from September 19, 2010:
Amos 8:4-7
1 Timothy 2:1-8
Luke 16:1-13

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09/12/10 Reckless Love

Homily from the Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“‘God, I’m just normal, I’m just average, I’m just me!’ And God takes one look at you and says, ‘No. You are not: You capture My Heart, you capture My attention more than any single person who has ever lived.’ How can I do this? There’s a gajillion people who have ever lived and He loves them, too. Yes, but His Heart has never been captured by anyone like His Heart has been captured by you.”

Mass Readings from September 12, 2010:
Exodus 32:7-11,13-14
1 Timothy 1:12-17
Luke 15:1-32

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09/05/10 The Heart of a Champion

Homily from the Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“It comes down to this: either Jesus is who He says He is, which is God, and He’s of absolute importance, or Jesus isn’t who He says He is, in which case He’s of no importance.”

Mass Readings from September 05, 2010:
Wisdom 9:13-18
Philemon 9-10,12-17
Luke 14:25-33

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08/15/10 Body & Soul

Homily from the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

“If Jesus did this, if God raised up Mary, assumed her into Heaven body and soul, it means this: the body means something, and what we do with our body means something. The Assumption means just that: the body means something, and what we do with our body means something.”

Mass Readings from August 15, 2010:
Revelation 11:19;12:1-6,10
1 Corinthians 15:20-27
Luke 1:39-56

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05/09/10 Redemption: “I Will Give You A New Heart.”

Homily from the Sixth Sunday of Easter.

“If you miss out on them (spouse, boyfriend/girlfriend, fiance), you didn’t miss out on the point of your life. If we miss Christ, then we miss out on the point of our life. …Getting the grade. Getting the job. Fame. Reputation. Family. Friends. All of those things are so good, but all of those things are too small for the heart that Christ wants for you to have.”

Mass Readings from May 9, 2010:
Acts 15:1-2,22-29
Revelation 21:10-14,22-23
John 14:23-29

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05/02/10 Redemption: Renewal of the Mind

Homily from the Fifth Sunday of Easter.

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8

Mass Readings from May 2, 2010:

Acts 14:21-27
Revelation 21:1-5
John 13:31-33,34-35

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04/25/10 Redemption: The Gift of the Body

Homily from the Fourth Sunday of Easter.

“Redemption of the body on this earth means this: it means stop being a slave, and start living free. It means first exercise the gift. Next step: to be a gift. He (Pope John Paul II) says, ‘If you become a gift, you clear the way for the redemption of the body.'”

Mass Readings from April 25, 2010:
Acts 13:14,43-52
Revelation 7:9,14-17
John 10:27-30

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04/18/10 Redemption: Play the Game

Homily from the Third Sunday of Easter.

“God is not calling you to be perfect. God is calling you to be holy, which basically means that God is calling you to be His. He looks at you and says, ‘Do you love me? Will you let me love you back?'”

Mass Readings from April 18, 2010:
Acts 5:27-32,40-41
Revelation 5:11-14
John 21:1-19

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04/11/10 Redemption: Grace and Grit

Homily from the Second Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday.

“Grace always works. Our problem is that we don’t always open the gift [of grace] and use it.”

Mass Readings from April 11, 2010:
Acts 5:12-16
Revelation 1:9-13,17-19
John 20:19-31

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03/28/10 Suffering: Partaking In Salvation

Homily from Palm Sunday.

“Suffering without Christ just hurts. But suffering with Christ is redemptive. Suffering without Christ is just painful. But suffering with Christ will transform the world.”

Mass Readings from March 28, 2010:
Isaiah 40:4-7
Philippians 2:6-11
Luke 23:1-49

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03/21/10 Suffering: “Not As Man Sees Does God See…”

Homily from the Fifth Sunday of Lent.

“In today’s Gospel, He saves this woman’s life, He spares her life. But the most important part of it is when He looks at her and says these words: “Neither do I condemn you. Go, and sin no more.” The deeper healing He gave her was not that He saved her physical life: it was that He gave her new life. He was able to save her soul. That’s the most important part of the story. Jesus heals people, physical healing, as a sign of a deeper spiritual healing.”

Mass Readings from March 21, 2010:
Isaiah 43:16-21
Philippians 3:8-14
John 8:1-11

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03/07/10 Suffering: Where Goodness, Justice, and Mercy Meet

Homily from the Third Sunday of Lent.

“I believe that out of the worst thing that ever happened, the best thing that ever happened. Jesus was willing to die, an evil thing. But because of that He conquered death, which is the greatest thing. I believe that God, who didn’t deserve to die, an evil thing, took my and your place, the greatest thing.”

Mass Readings from March 07, 2010:
Exodus 3:1-8, 13-15
1 Corinthians 10:1-6,10-12
Luke 13:1-9

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02/28/10 Suffering: “Will You Stake Your Life On Me?”

Homily from the Second Sunday of Lent.

“If all we have here is ritual, then to hell with it. But if we have here in the Name of God, ‘This is my body,’ and His grace comes here, then it’s worth everything.”

Mass Readings from February 28, 2010:
Genesis 15:5-12,17-18
Philippians 3:17-4:1
Luke 9:28-36

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02/21/10 Suffering: The Heart of Belief

Homily from the First Sunday of Lent.

“When God looks at our suffering, when He looks at our pain, it’s not like He stays aloof and says, ‘Seriously, why are you getting all worked up?’ When Jesus encounters death the first time, He cries. The second time, He dies. Why? Why does Jesus go into the desert to be tempted every way that we are? So that we can learn to trust Him.”

Mass Readings from February 21, 2010:
Deuteronomy 26:4-10
Romans 10:8-13
Luke 4:1-13

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02/17/10 Let Go and Grab On

Homily from the Ash Wednesday Mass.

“The Church says this, ‘You guys, if you want, today you can let go and God will be there. If you want, whatever is killing you, whatever is causing anxiety in your life, whatever is stressing you out, whatever might be choking your soul to death, if you want to, you can let go of it, and guess what? When you let go, God will be there.'”

Mass Readings from Wednesday, February 17, 2009:
Joel 2:12-18
2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2
Matthew 6:1-6,16-18

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02/14/10 Say What You Need to Say

Homily from the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“If I pursue fun or pursue laughter in order to forget the bigger things, the absolutes, things like beauty, and truth, and compassion, and the fact that 30,000 kids die every day, if I use laughter to forget about things that are important like joy or love or death, then woe to me: because I might spend my whole life going after the next laugh and missing the whole point of life.”

Mass Readings from February 14, 2010:
Jeremiah 17:5-8
1 Corinthians 15:12,16-20
Luke 6:17,20-26

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02/07/10 “Let Me Set You Free.”

Homily from the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“‘Do not be afraid: because I am bigger than your weakness. Do not be afraid: because I am more powerful than your sin. Do not be afraid: because my love is greater…so much greater…than whatever failure you may have done.'”

Mass Readings from February 7, 2010:
Isaiah 6:1-8
1 Corinthians 15:1-22
Luke 5:1-11

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01/31/10 Self-Giving Love

Homily from the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“Our vocation is love. Man’s highest destiny, male and female, is love. That doesn’t mean that your highest destiny is to fall in love: it means that your highest destiny is to make yourself into a gift for the other.”

Mass Readings from January 31, 2010:
Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19
1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13
Luke 4:21-30

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01/24/10 Authentic Interior Renewal

Homily from the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“If I like Jesus but not the Church, I have successfully kept myself distant from Him making an impact in my life. Because what makes Christ present to us today other than the Church? Nothing.”

Mass Readings from January 24, 2009:
Nehemiah 8:2-4,5-6,8-10
1 Corinthians 12:12-30
Luke 1:1-4;4:14-21

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12/25/09 Am I Willing to Be Changed?

Homily from the Christmas Day Mass celebrated in Brainerd, MN.

“What we recognize as Catholic Christians is that when we enter into a Sacrament, what we’re doing is we’re taking an oath. We’re not just saying, ‘I believe in Jesus,’ not just saying, ‘I believe the Eucharist is Christ Himself.’ What we’re saying is, ‘God, I am yours. My entire life is yours. Not only is there meaning to my life, but my life is yours.'”

Mass Readings from Friday, December 25th, 2009:
Isaiah 62: 11-12
Titus 3:4-7
Luke 2:15-20

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12/20/09 The Ark of the Covenant

Homily from the Fourth Sunday of Advent.

“So Christ pulls up on these spikes digging into His wrists, and He looks at his beloved disciple, which is to say He looks at you and at me, and He says these words: ‘Behold, there is your mother.’ He is not just saying, ‘I want to introduce you to my Mother.’ He says, ‘I am giving you my Mother to be your Mother.'”

Mass Readings from Sunday, December 20:
Micah 5:1-4
Hebrews 10:5-10
Luke 1:39-45

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12/13/09 Just Don’t Quit

Homily from the Third Sunday of Advent.

“If you find yourself back in Confession again and again, that means you are trying. That means you are fighting. That means you are on the battlefield. That means you are charging after the Lord with everything you’ve got.”

Mass Readings from Sunday, December 13:
Zephaniah 3:14-18
Philippians 4:4-7
Luke 3:10-18

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12/06/09 The Church’s Manifesto

Homily from the Second Sunday of Advent.

“Do not be content then to be at peace with yourselves until every single person you know and love has been won for Christ. Why? Because you have been won for Christ.”

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

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11/29/09 What’s My Next Step?

Homily from the First Sunday of Advent.

“The Lord is calling us today not to be drowsy and not to be anxious, but to be this one word, to be strong. What makes us strong to the Lord? …Love.”

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

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11/22/09 What Is Truth?

Homily from the Solemnity of Christ the King.

“If Jesus is God, if He is the King objectively, my question is this: Is He my King subjectively? If I believe that objectively speaking, “Yes, Jesus is God, He is the Lord, He is the King of Kings!’ Subjectively, now for me, for you tonight, ask this question: Is He your King?”

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

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11/15/09 The New Apocalypse

Homily from the Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“[How amazing would it be] if the administration was like, ‘We are so relieved, we are so glad because those Catholics, when they are on campus, they are on the move. And whenever they are, wherever they are, there is healing. Wherever they are, there is hope. Wherever they are, there is mercy. And wherever they are, there is the presence of God.’?”

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

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11/08/09 Radical Trust

Homily from the Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“‘When it comes to your life, to give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.’ But I can look at my life and I can realize that, in my life, God doesn’t get the best. He gets what’s left. He doesn’t get the first fruits, He gets whatever is left over with my day, or with my life, or with my time, or with my money. But to give anything less than the best is to sacrifice the gift.”

Mass Readings from Sunday, November 8:
1 Kings 17:10-16
Hebrews 9:24-28
Mark 12: 38-44

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11/01/09 The Recipe for Sainthood

Homily from the Solemnity of All Saints.

“They (the saints) have run the race already. They have finished the race already. They know what it is to suffer. They know what it is to struggle. They know what it is to get messed up and to keep running. And they can’t run the race for us, but what can they do? They cheer us on. They call us by name. They run behind us and they push us. Because why? Because every single one of them wants nothing more than for you and me to win, to ‘persevere in running the race that is set before us, keeping our eyes fixed on Christ.'”

Mass Readings from November 1, 2009:
Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14
1 John 3:1-3
Matthew 5:1-12

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10/25/09 The Great Sacrifice

Homily from the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“Unless we understand the Eucharist and sacrifice, we will never understand what the priest is.”

Mass Readings from October 25, 2009:
Jeremiah 31:7-9
Hebrews 5:1-6
Mark 10:46-52

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10/18/09 Don’t Waste Your Priesthood

Homily from the Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“A sacrifice doesn’t make God love us more. If we offer any kind of sacrifice, it does not make God love us more. What it does is this: it makes us into the kind of people who trust Him more.”

Mass Readings from October 18, 2009:
Isaiah 53:10-11
Hebrews 4:14-16
Mark 10:35-45

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10/11/09 The Infallible Interpreter

Homily from the Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“If the Catholic Church doesn’t have the infallible authority to interpret this Book (the Bible), then this Book is worthless because we can get it wrong still.”

Mass Readings from October 11, 2009:
Wisdom 7:7-11
Hebrews 4:12-13
Mark 10:17-30

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10/04/09 The Guardian

Homily from the Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“We know the story of Jesus, right? He’s the New Adam. He’s in the new Garden called not Eden, but called Gethsemane. And in this Garden of Gethsemane, He knows why He’s here, He knows why He’s on this Earth: His job is to guard His Bride. And the dragon comes in, and is about to mow down His life. But this Adam does not remain silent. This Adam does not just allow His Bride to get mowed down, but this Adam makes the decision to stand and to say, ‘Take me instead.'”

Mass Readings from October 4, 2009:
Genesis 2:18-24
Hebrews 2:9-11
Mark 10:2-16

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09/27/09 Freedom Takes Courage

Homily from the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“Jesus wants us to be free. Because why? Jesus is merciless when it comes to sin. He’s merciful when it comes to you and me, completely full of mercy when it comes to you and me. But when it comes to the stuff that makes us slaves, when it comes to the stuff that kills you and me, the people He loves, He is absolutely merciless. He says ‘cut it out’, and so what we need to cut it out, what we need to defeat tyranny, is courage.”

Mass Readings from September 27, 2009:
Nehemiah 11:25-29
James 5:1-6
Mark 9:38-43,45,47-48

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09/20/09 Freedom from Comparison

Homily from the Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“This is the message of Christianity. The point of your life is to be the best version of yourself, which is another way of saying the point of your life is to be a saint.”

Mass Readings from September 20, 2009:
Wisdom 2:12, 17-20
James 3:16-4:3
Mark 9:30-37

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09/13/09 All About You

Homily from the Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“‘My Cross was for you. It’s not to beat you into the ground, it’s to lift you up from the ground. You don’t have to be nailed to that sin because I was nailed to this Cross. And it doesn’t have to defeat you anymore, because I laid down my life so that you could live.'”

Mass Readings from September 13, 2009:
Isaiah 50:5-9
James 2:14-18
Mark 8:27-35

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09/06/09 Do Something

Homily from the Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, the first Mass of the 2009-2010 school year at UMD.

“God needs you. The Church needs you to be the kind of man or the kind of woman who says to those whose hearts are frightened, ‘Don’t worry. I’m going to do something.'”

Mass Readings from September 6, 2009:
Isaiah 35: 4-7
James 2: 1-5
Mark 7: 31-37

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05/13/09 Spiritual Growth

Homily from the Fifth Sunday of Easter.

“‘I know I should pray because I want to grow, but I don’t feel like it.’ But the question is…is loving only when I feel like loving, is that really love?”

Mass Readings from May 10, 2009:
Acts 9:26-31
1 John 3:18-24
John 15:1-8

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05/03/09 Imagine the Possibilities

Homily from the Fourth Sunday of Easter.

“When someone says, ‘I’m going to Heaven, I’m a good person,’ that’s not the price of admission. …Basically it’s this: it’s allowing God’s free gift of grace to come into your life, make you into a Son or Daughter of God, and then living like that.”

Mass Readings from May 3, 2009:
Acts 4:8-12
1 John 3:1-2
John 10:11-18

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04/26/09 Infallible and Indispensible Weapons

Homily from the Third Sunday of Easter.

“Living as a free person not might involve battle, it will involve battle. But when you fight, not only will you fight as a free person, you will fight with God on your side: if you’re courageous enough to do it.”

Mass Readings from April 26, 2009:
Acts 3:13-15, 17-19
1 John 2:1-5
Luke 24:35-38

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04/19/09 “I Just Want to Love You.”

Homily from Divine Mercy Sunday.

“The faith that conquers the world is that God can still use you in your weakness.”

Mass Readings from April 19, 2009:
Acts 4:32-35
1 John 5:1-6
John 20:19-31

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04/11/09 God Is Real

Homily from the Easter Vigil Mass.

“The Resurrection proves that God is real. And here’s the good news tonight, my brothers and my sisters: What that means is that the Resurrection proves that your life is not meaningless. The Resurrection proves that you are not alone.”

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04/05/09 The New and Everlasting Covenant

Homily from Palm Sunday.

“Honestly saints, prophets, everyone in the Old Testament, they longed to see this day. They longed to be a part of this one sacrifice that is left, this todah, this thanksgiving, this Eucharist, because they knew one thing: if they got to be part of this oath and this sacrifice and this meal, they would be brought into the deepest covenant anyone could imagine. The day has come.”

Mass Readings from April 5, 2009:
Isaiah 50:4-7
Philippians 2:6-11
Mark 14:1-15:47

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03/29/09 True Sacrifice

Homily from the Fifth Sunday of Lent.
“What is it that you need to be set free from? To be able to offer it to the Lord and say, ‘This is my sacrifice.” Because God does not want to say, ‘Give up what you love,’ as much as He wants to say, ‘Give up what’s keeping you from loving the way you’re meant to love.”

Mass Readings from March 29, 2009:
Jeremiah 31:31-34
Hebrews 5:7-9
John 12:20-33

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03/08/09 The Route to Freedom

Homily from the Second Sunday of Lent.

“If I don’t ever wrestle with doubt, if I don’t ever wrestle with, ‘God can I really trust you?’ If I don’t ever wrestle with, ‘It’s really hard, God, to do the right thing right now,’ then maybe I’m not following God: maybe I’m just following my image of God. And instead of me being made in the image and likeness of God, I’ve made God in the image and likeness of me.”

Mass Readings for March 8, 2009:
Genesis 22:1-2, 9-13, 15-18
Romans 8:31-34
Mark 9:2-10

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03/01/09 Anointed With A Mission

Homily from the First Sunday of Lent.

“You have a mission. Even if your mission seems small in your eyes, it is not small because it is your mission given to you by God. And if you embrace that mission, and refuse to embrace the shadow mission, then brothers and sisters you will be one of the “Mighty Men” or the mighty women not of David…but of Jesus Christ.”

Mass Readings for March 1, 2009:
Genesis 9:8-15
1 Peter 3:18-22
Mark 1:12-15

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02/22/09 Passionate Discipleship 101

Homily from the Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time.

“What can’t you do?! The Holy Spirit dwells inside of you. Every one of you gathered here, you receive the Body and Blood of God Himself every week, if not every day! The whole Trinity dwells inside of you. You have the assurance of a Church that was founded by Jesus and He promised He would not abandon it until the end of time. What can’t you do?!”

Mass Readings for February 22, 2009:
Isaiah 43:18-19, 21-22, 24-25
2 Corinthians 1:18-22
Mark 2:1-12

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02/15/09 We Have to Go Out

Homily from the Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time.

“If Jesus isn’t good news for everybody, then He isn’t good news for anybody. If Jesus can’t save, can’t heal, can’t offer hope and healing to everybody, then He cannot offer hope and healing to anybody.”

Mass Readings for February 15, 2009:
Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46
1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1
Mark 1:40-45

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02/08/09 Is He Enough?

Homily from the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“Do you invent reality or do we discover reality? Do we give our life meaning or do we discover meaning? Because here’s the thing…if I invent my own meaning in life, what happens when the bottom drops out? What happens when that one thing that makes me happy is gone and I will never get it back? What happens then? What will be enough?”

Mass Readings from February 8th, 2009:
Job 7:1-4,6-7
1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23
Mark 1:29-39

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02/01/09 Integrated Discipleship

Homily from the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“Let’s be real. As a Christian you never, ever, ever need to be discouraged. Not because it’s not that bad, but because when we come to Mass, we meet the One who has exousia [Greek word for “authority”]. When we come to Mass, we meet the One who can speak one Word over us and knit us back together with one Word.”

Mass Readings from February 1, 2009:
Deuteronomy 18:15-20
1 Corinthians 7:32-35
Mark 1:21-28

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1/25/09 Come Follow Me

Homily from the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“…If we’re going to be disciples who really actually follow after Jesus, we’re going to need to make a decision: we need to make a decision to stop being a fan and start being a follower, to stop being an admirer and start being a disciple.”

Mass Readings from January 25, 2009:
Jonah 3:1-5, 10
1 Corinthians 7:29-31
Mark 1:14-20

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12/28/08 The School of Love

Homily from the Mass of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph give at St. Andrews Church in Brainerd, MN.

“What we can do together as a family, with others, is so much greater than anything we could ever do on our own.”

Mass Readings from December 28, 2008:
Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14
Colossians 3:12-21
Luke 2:22-40

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12/14/08 Jesus, Be the Centre

Homily from the Third Sunday of Advent.

“The only way to escape being a slave to the Wheel of Fortune is to place Christ unambiguously at the center of your life. So more than these things, more than my beauty, more than my skills, more than this relationship more than anything, is I want Christ at the center.”

Mass Readings from December 14, 2008:
Isaiah 61:1-2, 10-11
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
John 1:6-8, 19-28

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12/07/08 The Kavod of God

Homily from the Second Sunday of Advent.

“The only place where we can find a kavod that’s worthy of God, a weight, a glory that’s worthy of God, is on the altar of God: where His very Body comes, sacrificed for us. And we get to be part of that. That Sacrifice is the only thing, I believe, it’s the only thing big enough.”

Mass Readings from December 7, 2008:
Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11
2 Peter 3:8-14
Mark 1:1-8

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11/30/08 Approach God in Everything

Homily from the First Sunday in Advent.

“Here is what Advent’s about, why it’s more than just, ‘I can’t wait for Christmas Break!’, why it’s more than just, ‘I can’t wait to see my boyfriend or girlfriend,’ why it’s more than this. Because from this place of pain, from this place of longing and exile, the people of Israel are saying, ‘But Lord, your are our Father.’ I love for something with all of my heart and I want it and I don’t have it right now. But Lord, you are my Father.”

Mass Readings from November 30, 2008:
Isaiah 63:16-17, 19; 64: 2-7
1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Mark 13:33-37

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11/23/08 Defining Reverence

Homily from The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King.

“Reverence is the only thing that preserves love. For there to really be love, there has to be some type of reverence.”

Mass Readings from November 23, 2008:
Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17
1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28
Matthew 25:31-46

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11/16/08 Run Towards the Battle Line

Homily fom the Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“You were made to grow. Failure is a part of that. Failure does not shape you: how you and I respond to failure, that is what shapes us.”

Mass Readings from November 17, 2008:
Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31
1 Thessalonians 5:1-6
Matthew 25:14-30

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11/09/08 Stay Close

Homily from the Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome.

“The Early Church formula was this: If I am close to the Pope, I am close to Jesus. If I leave the Pope, I am leaving Jesus.”

Mass Readings from November 9, 2008:
Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9, 12
1 Corinthians 3:9-11, 16-17
John 2:13-22

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Scripture Verses Referenced in the Homily:
Matthew 4:13
Matthew 16:13-19
Isaiah 22:19-23

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11/02/08 The Doorway to Heaven

Homily from The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls).

“How many of us are ready to step into the presence of God when there is nothing there but God alone? How many of us are prepared right now to be naked before God, in that holy nakedness, and to say, ‘I need to crutches, God, I love you alone’? Every single one of us has to go through some kind of purification whether it’s in this life or as we walk through that door of Purgatory.”

Mass Readings from November 2, 2008:
Wisdom 3:1-9
Romans 5:5-11
John 6:37-40

Scriptures Referenced in the Homily:
Hebrews 12:1
1 John 1:8
1 Corinthians 3:15
2 Timothy 1:16-18
1 Timothy 3:15

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10/26/08 Take A Stand

Homily from the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Will we ignore evil because of a potential good or are we willing to be honest and call a spade a spade?

Mass Readings from October 26, 2008:
Exodus 22:20-26
1 Thessalonians 1:5-10
Matthew 22:34-40

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10/19/08 Be Authentic

Homily from the Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“He [Jesus] is saying, ‘Do not compartmentalize your life! Do not pretend to be one thing at home, to be one thing at Church, and to be another thing in the marketplace, in the voting booth, in the classroom!’ He is saying, ‘Stop pretending, but be authentic!'”

Mass Readings from October 19, 2008:
Isaiah 45:1, 4-6
1 Thessalonians:1-5b
Matthew 22:15-21

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10/12/08 The Need for Hell

Homily from the Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“We are free to love like angels and we are free to destroy like demons. And God respects this choice, because He doesn’t want slaves. He wants sons and daughters who love Him.”

Mass Readings from October 12, 2008:
Isaiah 25:6-10
Phillipians 4:12-14, 19-20
Matthew 22:1-14

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10/05/08 What Are You Focused On?

Homily from the Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“We look at our live and say, ‘Are you kidding me?! ‘…no anxiety…’, there’s nothing I can control!’ Or is there? We can break the circle of worry, we can break the circle of anxiety by taking control over what we can control.”

Mass Readings from October 5th, 2008:
Isaiah 5:1-7
Phillipians 4:6-9
Matthew 21:33-43

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09/28/08 The Moment of Truth

Homily from the Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time:

“Tell God the truth. ‘God, I’m afraid I don’t always like choosing You. So help me. God, I’m afraid I love someone or something more than I love you. But help me. Pray that prayer! Pray as you can’t, NOT as you can’t. Let that be the moment of choosing to tell God the truth, instead of telling Him what we think He wants to hear.”

Mass Readings from September 28, 2008:
Ezekiel 18:25-28
Phillipians 2:1-11
Matthew 21:28-32

Scripture Verses Referenced In the Homily:
2 Peter 3:9-10
James 2:19
Romans 3:28, 24
James 2:20, 24

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09/21/08 Life Is Christ

Homily from the Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time:

“To choose greatness is to know what you could possibly be, and then strive to become that person.”

Mass Readings from September 21, 2008:
Isaiah 55:6-9
Phillipians 1:20-24, 27
Matthew 20:1-16

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09/14/08 The Power of the Cross

Homily from the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

“If you and I are going to become mature Christians, the Cross of Christ must be at the center of our lives.”

Mass Readings from September 14, 2008:
Numbers 21:4-9
Phillipians 2:6-11
John 3:13-17

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09/07/08 Risk It.

Homily from the Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“Hell is being surrounded by other people, and not having one friend. Hell is being surrounded by people, and not having one of those people you could call a sister, in the truest sense of the words.”

Mass Readings from September 7, 2008:
Ezekiel 33:7-9
Romans 13:8-10
Matthew 18:15-20

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08/31/08 What’s Your Origin?

Homily from the Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“This is GOD, like the three-syllable God, this is GA-AH-DA saying, ‘Listen. I know you’re name. I’ve got a plan for you.’ This is God saying, ‘I know who you are, I know every weakness you have, I know every strength you have. I have got an adventure for you. You have a role. I am calling you to be one of the greatest prophets of all time.’ What would you say to that?”

Mass Readings from August 31, 2008:
Jeremiah 20:7-9
Romans 12:1-2
Matthew 16:21-27

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08/09/08 Hope & Sacrifice

Homily given at the Wedding of Greg Atchinson, teacher at Our Lady of Grace school in Edina, MN on August 9, 2008, and Kate Boran, both friends of Fr. Mike.

“Lord, as You, the Groom, laid down His life for His Bride, the Church, so may Greg, the groom, lay down his life for his bride, Kate. This is the mystery of all mysteries: that in love, there is both hope and sacrifice.”

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05/11/08 Say “Yes.”

Homily from the Feast of Pentecost.

“How many times have we come to Mass, and here comes God on this altar, He comes into your hands and comes onto your tongue, and we don’t do anything with Him. We don’t let Him change us, we don’t let Him burn us up. It’s not a trick. There’s no secret. All you and I have to do, to be that fuel, is to say ‘Yes.'”

Mass Readings from May 12, 2008:
Acts 2:1-11
1 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13
John 20:19-23

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05/04/08 “Do What I Do.”

Homily from the Feast of the Ascension.

“Peter starts walking on water. Even when he fails, even when he falls, and brothers and sisters we know this, we get called out of the boat. You’re going to do some amazing things in the power of Christ, but are you going to fail? Are we going to sin? ABSOLUTELY! What happens? Peter starts to sink, so what does Jesus do? He descends, He grabs him, catches him, and raises him back up, because that’s what Christ does. He descends in order to raise us up.”

Mass Readings from May 4, 2008:
Acts 1:1-11
Psalm 47:2-3, 6-9
Ephesians 1:17-23
Matthew 28:16-20
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04/27/08 The More You Know…

Homily from the Sixth Sunday of Easter.

“What is it they [people who are questioning their faith] really want to hear? What they really want to hear, in a lot of ways, they want to hear that word that sets them free. Don’t you just want to hear that word that says, ‘You know what? Jesus died for YOU,’ and have that penetrate into your heart? Don’t you want to hear that word that says, ‘You know how you’re carrying around those heavy weights, those heavy chains? You don’t have to, you can be set free from that kind of life!’?”

Mass Readings for April 27, 2008:
Acts 8:5-8, 14-17
1 Peter 3:15-18
John 14:15-21

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04/20/08 The Way, The Truth, and The Life

Homily from the Fifth Sunday of Easter.

“What’s true has to be more than just what’s true for me or true for you. Sometimes we hear people say, ‘There is no such thing as absolute truth.’ It’s really easy to talk to those people because all you have to say is, ‘Okay there’s no such thing as absolute truth? Is that true? Is that absolutely true that there is no such thing as absolute truth?’ Well then all of a sudden there IS absolute truth somewhere. ‘You can’t know absolute truth.’ ‘Are you sure? Because if you know that, then you can know absolute truth.”

Mass Readings from April 25, 2008:
Acts 6:1-7
1 Peter 2:4-9
John 14:1-12

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04/13/08 Will You Do It?

Homily from the Fourth Sunday of Easter.

“Do we really think that if someone buys into Christ, they’re going to live a better life? Because if we do, we need to start talking about Christ as if our life depended on it. We need to start being able to share the love of God that we know, not like knock people over the head with it, but to share the love of God, that we know deeply, as if our lives depend on it. Because brothers and sisters, they do.”

Mass Readings from April 14, 2008:
Acts 2:14, 36-41
1 Peter 2:20-25
John 10:1-10

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04/12/08 The Gift

Homily from the Wedding of Tanner and Sarah Lundy (fathermike’s sister!)!

“Marriage is not just giving gifts, marriage is BEING the gift. It’s being willing to BE the gift in every moment, and that’s what Sarah and Tanner desire with all of their hearts, minds, souls, and strengths, is to BE a gift for the other.”

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04/06/08 Were Not Our Hearts Burning Within Us?

Homily from the Third Sunday of Easter.

“A witness can only go so far. We can have the best, absolute best Christian who is living the best Christian life and witnessing to us that they know Christ, we can have an ANGEL come to us in witness of Christ’s Resurrection! But they need more. People in the Scriptures today, they needed more, and you and I need more. What did they need? They needed to encounter Him for themselves.”

Mass Readings from April 6, 2008:
Acts 2:14, 22-33
1 Peter 1:17-21
Luke 24:13-35

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03/22/08 “You Are Mine.”

Homily from the Easter Vigil Mass.

“Tonight is about what it looks like when we say, ‘God is my Father.’ When the Father looks at you, and He says, ‘You are mine.’

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03/09/08 Fear Nothing

Homily from the Fifth Sunday of Lent.

“Every Sunday you get a chance to feed on THE Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of God Incarnate, Jesus Christ Himself. That bread and wine that transforms into Christ’s Body and Blood. You’ve been receiving that in your hand or on your tongue into your very body, and we leave and we walk out of here. Can anyone tell the difference?”

Mass Readings from March 9, 2009:
Ezekiel 37:12-14
Romans 8:8-11
John 11:1-45

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03/02/08 Is God a Joke to Us?

Homily from the Fourth Sunday of Lent.

“Love changes the way we see. When we start to love someone, we don’t laugh at their pains; we don’t laugh at their sufferings. And that’s how God sees you. He doesn’t see your life as a joke.”

Mass Readings from March 2, 2008:
1 Samuel 16:1, 6-7, 10-13
Ephesians 5 8-14
John 9:1-41

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2/24/08 You Are Made for Me

Homily from the Third Sunday of Lent.

“What is the moment that changes her? It’s not when He reveals her own brokenness to her, it’s when He reveals Himself to her.”

Mass Readings from February 24, 2008:
Exodus 17:3-7
Romans 5:1-2, 5-8
John 4:5-42

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2/17/08 If You Go I’ll Go

Homily from the Second Sunday of Lent.

“No one was saved by seeing God’s glory shine through Jesus. But the world was redeemed and saved by Jesus emptying Himself on the Cross.”

Mass Readings from February 17, 2008:
Genesis 12:1-4
2 Timothy 1:8-10
Matthew 17:1-9

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2/10/08 Let Him Be Your Father

Homily from the First Sunday of Lent.

“He won’t be a dictator. In fact, God refuses to be a dictator, and who He reveals Himself to be in this story (of Adam and Eve in the Garden) and in the Gospel today is our Father.”

Mass Readings from February 10, 2008:
Genesis 2:7-9, 3: 1-7
Romans 5:12-19
Matthew 4:1-11

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02/03/08 Be Free

Homily from the Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time.

“Every single one of your heart’s desires is meant to point you and lead you to the greatest desire of your life…to God Himself.”

Mass Readings from February 3, 2008:
Zephaniah 2:3; 3:12-13
1 Corinthians 1:26-31
Matthew 5:1-12

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01/27/08 Our Mission

Homily from the Third Sunday of Ordinary Time.

“Helping the unchurched become disciples but then equipping disciples to go out and be apostles.”

Mass Readings from January 27, 2008:
Isaiah 8:23-9:3
1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17
Matthew 4:12-23

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12/24/07 Intimacy With Christ

Homily from the Christmas Eve Vigil Mass given in Brainerd, MN.

“I have to ask you this: Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ? Can you say, ‘Yes! I am friends with God!’? Because brothers and sisters if you can’t say yes to that question, you know what Christmas means to me? It’s nice, it’s cute. But if I can say, ‘Yes, I have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ,’ what I’m saying is, ‘Christmas changed my life. God took on flesh so that I could hold onto Him. God took on flesh so that He could change my life and I could meet Him.'”

Readings from December 24th, 2007 (Christmas Vigil Mass):
Isaiah 62:1-5
Acts 13:16-17, 22-25
Matthew 1:1-25

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12/16/07 Be Patient.

Homily from the Third Sunday of Advent.

“Every human being is good. Every human being has an intrinsic dignity and an infinite worth. Each and every human being, you, have been specifically chosen and are being shaped to not just be good…but to be more than good.”

Mass Readings from Sunday, December 16, 2007:
Isaiah 35:1-6a, 10
James 5:7-10
Matthew 11:2-11

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12/9/07 Journey to the Desert

Homily from the Second Sunday of Advent.

“How will you and I react to John the Baptist’s call, ‘Repent!’?”

Mass Readings from December 9, 2007:
Isaiah 11:1-10
Romans 15:4-9
Matthew 3:1-12

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12/2/07 Are We Fully Alive?

Homily from the First Sunday of Advent

“Brothers and sisters, you are crucial to the story of God’s Kingdom. If you do not play your part, the story of God’s Kingdom is not fulfilled, and it is not complete…by staying awake and alert, by being fully alive, you and I are glorifying God.”

Mass Readings from December 2, 2007:
Isaiah 2:1-5
Romans 13:11-14
Matthew 24:37-44

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11/25/07 You Are My King

Homily from the Solemnity of Christ the King.

“The King you and I serve, the King you and I have placed our lives under the dominion of, is a King who says, ‘I will not spare my life, I will not come down from this Cross, because they are my people and they are worth dying for. And I’m the kind of King who will NOT see them die.’ He’s a King who says, ‘You can have them over My dead body.”

Mass Readings from November 25, 2007:
2 Samuel 5:1-3
Colossians 1:12-20
Luke 23:35-43

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11/18/07 The Light vs. The Dark

Homily from the Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time.

“God does not come to burn away sinners. He’s going to come to burn away sin. The problem will be for those of us who won’t let go of our sin. …The only thing that makes a sin unforgivable is that we won’t let it go.”

Mass Readings from November 18, 2007:
Malachi 3:19-20
2 Thessalonians 3:7-12
Luke 21:5-19

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11/11/07 Stories of Virtue

Homily from the Thirty-Second Sunday of Ordinary Time.

“The most important thing that you and I can do is look with awe upon Jesus Christ. Because He alone, better than anyone else, exemplified virtue and showed us what it meant and how to conquer vice. Even more than that, He made it possible for us to be free from our weaknesses and sins by becoming powerless, and on the Cross, winning our freedom.”

Mass Readings from November 11, 2007:
2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14
2 Thessalonians 2:16-3: 5
Luke 20:27-38

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11/04/07 I Want You

Homily from the Thirty-First Sunday of Ordinary Time.

“Here is God, my brothers and sisters, saying, ‘I want you. You’re enough for me. Not you skinnier! Not you prettier! Not you smarter! Not you stronger! NOT you without your sins! But I want you right now, and THAT’S enough.’ What do we say back to God?”

Mass Readings from November 4, 2007:
Wisdom 11:22-12:2
2 Thessalonians 1:11-2:2
Luke 19:1-10

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10/28/07 Religionism vs. True Religion

Homily from the Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time.

“Religionism offers us a tame God, God in a box. But TRUE religion, GOOD religion, REAL religion, offers us an encounter with the truly wild and truly good God.”

Mass Readings from October 28, 2007:
Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18
2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18
Luke 18:9-14

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10/21/07 The Battle of Prayer

Homily from the Twenty-Ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time.

“There was at one point in which the people rebelled against God and God said, ‘In justice, they have to die. Moses, I’ll spare your life.’ And Moses says this: ‘No, Lord, you forbid, if you must kill, let ME die, and let THEM live.’ This is what you’re saying every time you say, ‘I’ll pray for you.’ ‘You’re in my prayers.’ You’re placing your life on the line and saying, I will lay down my life for you.’ We’re saying, ‘I’ll offer my life for yours.”

Mass Readings from October 21, 2007:
Exodus 17:8-13
2 Timothy 3:14-4:2
Luke 18:1-8

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10/14/07 Encountering Christ

Homily from the Twenty-Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time.

“On the outside, you as a Catholic Christian look TAME when you go to Mass on Sunday. You look domesticated when you go to Mass on Sunday. But that is not reality! What we’re doing here is not tame. To encounter power and healing, to encounter the living God, as I talked about last week, to receive the Eucharist is to eat fire. The Eucharist being the atomic bomb of God Himself. It looks calm on the outside, but inside, it burns.”

Mass Readings from October 14, 2007:
2 Kings 5:14-17
2 Timothy 2:8-13
Luke 17:11-19

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10/7/07 Fan Into Flame

Homily from the Twenty-Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time.

“Taking that torch out into the darkness means I’m not going to wait for someone to come to me, but I am going to go to them with the light AND with the fire. To seek out those people who might not even know they’re lost, to seek out those people who don’t even know what it is to be loved. They don’t even know what it is that they’re unloved in. To take a torch, a torch in the hand of someone who is bold and courageous is enough to save someone’s life.”

Mass Readings from October 7, 2007:
Habakkuk 1:2-3; 2: 2-4
2 Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14
Luke 17:5-10

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9/30/07 Start Caring

Homily from the Twenty-Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time.

“Do we recognize the One “who dwells in unapproachable light”, who wants to feed you, who wants to have intimacy with you at every Mass? It could be that we don’t recognize Him. It’s not that we hate God, it’s just that, I don’t know, maybe we just don’t care.”

Mass Readings from September 30, 2007:
Amos 6:1, 4-7
1 Timothy 6:11-16
Luke 16:19-31

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9/23/07 No Insignificant Moments

Homily from the Twenty-Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time.

“But you and I are called to respond at every moment and to every moment as people who are made for Heaven. That’s who we are. That’s who YOU are. You are someone who is MADE for Heaven. And between you and God, there are no insignificant moments.”

Mass Readings from September 23, 2007:
Amos 8:4-7
1 Timothy 2:1-8
Luke 16:1-13

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9/16/07 Come Back Home

Homily from the Twenty-Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time.

“And in today’s Gospel, what we have revealed to us is that God is not fair. God’s not fair. He would throw a party over finding a penny. He is willing to to to the ends of the Earth to find just ONE of us. Pay attention to that. When He finds that sheep, does He drive it ahead of Him kicking at it and hittin’ it with a stick? No. He takes it and puts it on His shoulders, and He carries it home.”

Mass Readings from September 16, 2007:
Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14
1 Timothy 1:12-17
Luke 15:1-32

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9/9/07 Do We Trust Him?

Homily from the first Mass of the 2007-2008 school year, the Twenty-Third Sunday of Ordinary Time.

“Do I really trust you, God? God do I really trust that You’re my Father? Do I really trust that You’ll take me back NOT as a slave, but as Your child?”

Mass Readings from September 9, 2007:
Wisdom 9:13-18
Philemon 1:9-10, 12-17
Luke 14:25-33

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