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The Sheep Hear the Shepherd’s Voice

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Homily:  Fourth Sunday of Easter, Cycle B Acts 4:8-12; Psalm 118:1, 8-9, 21-23, 26, 28, 29; 1 John 3:1-2; John 10:11-18 My homily at the 10:00 Mass today at Holy Ghost Church. Audio Recording: I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me. What does Jesus mean by this and why does he refer to us as sheep? Why …

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The New Covenant

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Homily: Fifth Sunday of Lent, Cycle B Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 14-15; Hebrews 5:7-9; John 12:20-33 My homily at the 5:00 Mass today at Holy Ghost Church. Audio Recording In today’s first reading, the prophet Jeremiah proclaims that God will make a NEW COVENANT with his people. We are told that this covenant will be written in the hearts of his people …

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Encountering God on the Mountaintop

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Homily: Second Sunday of Lent, Cycle B Genesis 22:1-2, 9A, 10-13, 15-18; Psalms 116:10, 15, 16-17, 18-19; Romans 8:31B-34; Mark 9:2-10 My homily at the 10:00 Mass today at Holy Ghost Church. Audio Recording Today’s readings bring us to two different MOUNTAINTOPS, away from the world to a place where God is encountered in a powerful and life-changing way. The …

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The Kingdom of God is at Hand!

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Homily: Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B Jonah 3:1-5, 10; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20 My homily at the 5:00 Mass today at Holy Ghost Church. Audio Recording In today’s gospel reading, Jesus speaks the first words of his public ministry. “This is the time of fulfillment. The Kingdom of God is at hand! Repent, and believe in the …

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Rejoice and Prepare

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Homily for the Third Sunday of Advent, Cycle B Isaiah 61:1-2A, 10-11; Luke 1:46-48, 49-50, 53-54; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28 My homily at the 5:00 Mass today at Holy Ghost Church. Audio Recording Just one more week and it will be Christmas eve! Wow! Where has the time gone? It doesn’t help that Advent is only 3 weeks long this year, …

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Don’t Bury Your Talents

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Homily for the Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31, Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6, Matthew 25:14-30 My homily at the 5:00 Mass today at Holy Ghost Church. Audio Recording Are we willing to take a risk for the Kingdom of God? Are we willing to move outside of our comfort zones so that we can serve …

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Love Your Neighbor

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Homily on the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A Exodus 22:20-26, Psalm 18:2-3, 3-4, 47, 51, 1 Thessalonians 1:5C-10, Matthew 22:34-40 My homily at the 5:00 Mass today at Holy Ghost Church. Audio Recording In today’s gospel Jesus is asked by a scholar of the law which of the more than 600 commandments was the most important? He answered without hesitation: You …

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Repay to God What Belongs to God

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Homily on the Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A Isaiah 45:1, 4-6, Psalm 96:1, 3, 4-5, 7-8, 9-10, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5B, Matthew 22:15-21 My homily at the 10:00 Mass today at Holy Ghost Church. Audio Recording “Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” Just what does Jesus mean when he provides …

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The Laborers in the Vineyard

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Homily, Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A Isaiah 55:6-9; Psalm 145:2-3, 8-9, 17-18; Philippians 1:20C-24, 27A; Matthew 20:1-16A My homily at the 8:00 and 10:00 Masses at Holy Ghost today. Audio Recording “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the LORD. These are the words of God, proclaimed by the Prophet Isaiah in …

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Welcoming and Embracing All God’s People

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Homily, Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A Isaiah 56:1, 6-7; Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8); Romans 11:13-15, 29-32; Matthew 15:21-28 My homily at the 10:00 Mass at Holy Ghost today. Audio Recording Dear Friends in Christ, I believe one of the themes of today’s readings is quite clear. All three readings speak to how we should treat those who are …