Is the main goal of the spiritual life to keep God off our back?
What happens when our plan encounters God’s plan? No one likes interruptions, but they are a part of life. God is the Great Interrupter. Because we all know this, we can find ourselves doing all that we can to avoid the true God…the God who interrupts our lives.
Mass Readings from September 11, 2016:
1 Timothy 1:12-17
Homily from the Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
There are times in life when a person is so overwhelmed that they feel like they cannot move. They need more information or they need more strength. But often, what we need is more courage. Facing fear and surviving, regardless of success or failure, instills courage. We recognize that we know enough and are enough to move. But life is still bigger than any of us. In those moments, we realize that we are not enough and need something SomeOne…more than us.
Mass Readings from October 22, 2017:
Isaiah 45:1, 4-6
Psalm 96:1, 3, 4-5, 7-8, 9-10
1 Thessalonians 1:1-5
Homily from the Sixth Sunday of Easter.
We all need a teacher in whom we can have confidence. Jesus gave us this teacher when He founded the Catholic Church. You can have confidence that Jesus Christ founded and guides the Catholic Church. And even when you don’t understand a teaching...or if you fail to live up to the teachings of the Church, this is where you belong.
Homily from the Solemnity of All Saints.
The goal of the Christian is life with God. The saints have reached this goal and spur us on. They pray for us on our way Home.
Mass Readings from November 1, 2016:
Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14
Psalm 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
1 John 3:1-3
Homily from the Second Sunday of Easter.
The early Church was filled with men and women who lived in uncertainty. The current Church is filled with men and women who live in uncertainty. The key difference between them and us is that they had something more sure than certainty and something more powerful than control…they were convinced.
Mass Readings from February 25, 2018:
Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24
1 John 5:1-6
Homily from the Fifth Sunday of Lent.
Jesus revels His heart. He is the God of the broken heart. And Jesus reveals that He is the God who is willing to suffer for the sake of the one He loves. We are called to love Jesus…and to love like Jesus. This means being willing to suffer for the One we love as well. And in this suffering, God will be able to do something to us and do something through us that is only possible in darkness.
Mass Readings from April 02, 2017:
Homily from the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Many people aren’t bad…they’re just busy. As Catholics, we believe that people matter. The world has been changed by Catholic Christians who did more than just believe this truth; they allowed this truth to interrupt their lives and they acted on it. What is the difference between them and us? It is threefold: we are too busy to notice, too numb to care, and think we are too small to matter. What if that changed?
Mass Readings from September 25, 2016:
Amos 6:1, 4-7
1 Timothy 6:11-16
There are times when we can avoid a problem. And there are times when there is no other option than to go through the difficulty. Lives change when we learn how to not merely avoid adversity, but to pass through adversity. Resilience is the ability to pass through adversity, and it is possible for everyone to develop this crucial trait. Without it, we will remain unchanged and unable. With resilience, we will become capable.
Homily from the Tenth Sunday of Easter.
At the heart of the unforgivable sin are two words. The two words “I’m fine” might be a simple way of saying “no thanks.” But it is also a way of saying “I do not desire to change my current status.” Even if a person is thirsty or hungry, they might say “I’m fine" in response to an offer of water or food. In a similar way, someone who longs for mercy might say “I’m fine” in response to the offer of grace.
Mass Readings from June 10, 2018:
Psalm 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8
2 Corinthians 4:13—5:1
After Pentecost, the early Christians had a unique strength. Not only did they boldly proclaim the Gospel, but they were immune to insults and taking offense. As followers of Christ, we must choose to avoid giving offense, but we must also choose to not take offense. Being offended is always a sign of immaturity. Christians must be so grounded in the truth and rooted in our identity in Jesus that we choose to become unoffendable.
Homily from Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion.
The Passion and death of Christ is so...big. Sometimes it can seem so big that it becomes impersonal. But this event was not anonymous and the sufferings of Jesus were not generic. Each moment has a name attached to it, and each blow was specific. Until what I did to him becomes personal, what he did for me it's not personal.
Mass Readings from March 25, 2018:
Psalm 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24.
Homily from the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Programs can do some good, but only disciples can make disciples. A disciple has allowed Jesus to be the Lord of their learning, their love, and their life.
Mass Readings from July 09, 2017:
Psalm 145:1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13-14
Romans 8:9, 11-13
Homily from Ash Wednesday.
Lent is tough. Fasting is tough. Christianity is tough. Jesus reveals that His Heart is soft when it comes to our weakness. If we are willing to come out of hiding and fully give our entire selves to Him, He can make our hearts whole in the midst of our littleness.
Mass Readings from March 01, 2017:
Psalm 51:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14, 17
2 Corinthians 5:20—6:2
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18
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Homily from the First Sunday of Advent.
God desires your happiness. But this happiness is more than mere pleasure and more than mere emotion. True joy, like true love, is a decision. Joy is the sense of well-being that is the result of the certain expectation or possession of one’s heart’s desire.
Mass Readings from November 27, 2016:
Psalm 122: 1-9
Homily from the Third Sunday of Lent. Let God be God. To find one’s self in the Presence of the true and living God is overwhelming. If we allow God to be the real, Personal, God who is in pursuit of us, we will find ourselves growing in Fear of the the Lord. If we remain in His Presence, we grow in fearlessness.
Homily from the Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time.
The way we look at the world directs the way we live in the world. Our vision of life, God, ourselves, and other people is called to be shaped and guided by the way Jesus sees them. How would my life be different if I looked at the people near me the way that Jesus looks at them?
Mass Readings from September 10, 2017:
Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9
Homily from the Second Sunday of Lent.
Ever since the Fall in the Garden of Eden, our image of God has become distorted. We find that we don’t naturally trust God. We all have the temptation to imagine that God is simply out to eliminate joy and ruin our happiness. And yet, the entire Bible is God’s attempt to win back our trust. Father Michael Gaitley calls this attempt “God’s School of Trust”.
Mass Readings from March 12, 2017:
Psalm 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22
2 Timothy 1:8-10
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Homily from the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Holiness is within reach. Everyone baptized has been sanctified and made holy. And it is not difficult to be a Saint. It simply means, by God's grace, doing God's will today.
Mass Readings from January 22, 2017:
Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14
1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17
Homily from the Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Without Heaven (and Hell), life is essentially meaningless and Death wins. The Resurrection proves that Death is not the last word and that the wisest way to live in the “Here and Now” is oriented towards “There and Then”. But what will Heaven be like?
Mass Readings from November 6, 2016:
2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14
Psalm 17:1, 5-6, 8, 15
2 Thessalonians 2:16-3:5
Timidity and fear are not meant to be a part of the Christian life. While we may experience these emotions, our hope is fortified by the solid conviction that Jesus Christ has conquered all that threatens to conquer us…and He has triumphed. With this solid conviction, we first confidently claim the mercy that He offers us.