Walk the Walk, Don’t Just Talk the Talk

Walk the Walk, Don’t Just Talk the Talk

Friday of the 5th Week of Lent March 26, 2021 Jeremiah 20:10-13; Psalm 18:2-3a, 3bc-4, 5-6, 7; John 10:31-42 Audio Recording Why were the religious leaders in today’s gospel so upset with Jesus that they wanted to kill him? It was because he claimed to be the Son of God and he made himself equal with God. The law of Moses laid down the death penalty for such a crime in the Book of Leviticus...

God’s Covenant of Love

God’s Covenant of Love

Fifth Sunday of Lent Sunday, March 21, 2021 Holy Ghost Church – 5:00 Mass Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 14-15; Hebrews 5:7-9; John 12:20-33 Audio Recording We’re a week away from Palm Sunday, the start of Holy Week, and in today’s Gospel you can feel the tension and anticipation in the air, both in Heaven and on earth. The Gospel starts with a simple request by some Greeks to see...

Ignorance of Scripture is Ignorance of Christ

Ignorance of Scripture is Ignorance of Christ

Thursday of the 4th Week of Lent March 18, 2021 Exodus 32:7-14; Psalm 106:19-20, 21-22, 23; John 5:31-47 Audio Recording In today’s gospel Jesus answers the Jews in regards to his testimony that he is the Son of God. In doing so he highlights the importance for us to read and meditate on the Scriptures. The Jews were objecting to his testimony, essentially saying that we do not believe you,...

Has Sin Hardened Your Heart?

Has Sin Hardened Your Heart?

Thursday of the 3rd Week of Lent March 11, 2021 Jeremiah 7:23-28; Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9; Luke 11:14-23 Audio Recording If today you hear his voice harden not your hearts. Our hearts are hard because of sin. Sin is a weakness, it is not a power. But sin can have power over us when we allow it to enter into our hearts. Sin enters us in so many different ways. Through our unwillingness to forgive...

Do We Neglect Lazarus Too?

Do We Neglect Lazarus Too?

Thursday after Ash Wednesday March 4, 2021 Jeremiah 17:5-10; Psalm 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6; Luke 16:19-31 Audio Recording The rich man in today’s gospel enjoyed a good life. He had the finest clothes and the best foods. He had lots of money and he used it for his own benefit. Remember, the Jews believed that if a man was righteous, God would bless him with riches, health, and many other benefits....

Have A Fruitful Lent: Pray, Fast & Give Alms

Have A Fruitful Lent: Pray, Fast & Give Alms

First Sunday of Lent Sunday, February 21, 2021 Holy Ghost Church – 8:00 & 10:00 Masses Genesis 9:8-15; Psalm 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:12-15 Audio Recording Here we are, the First Sunday of Lent. That time of our liturgical year when we are asked by the Church to examine ourselves a bit more closely than we tend to do the rest of the year. It’s the time we are asked to pray...

Being Obedient to Grow in Holiness

Being Obedient to Grow in Holiness

Thursday after Ash Wednesday February 18, 2021 Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Psalm 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6; Luke 9:22-25 Audio Recording Our first reading this morning reminds us how important it is that we obey the commandments, statutes and decrees of the Lord. That by doing so we will be blessed, but by not doing so we will certainly perish. The season of Lent is a wonderful opportunity to evaluate how...

Being Like a Dog

Being Like a Dog

Thursday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time February 11, 2021 Genesis 2:18-25; Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5; Mark 7:24-30 Audio Recording How many of you are dog lovers? Christine and I certainly are. We have two English Mastiffs and a Chihuahua. In case you are wondering, the Chihuahua is the alpha dog of this pack. Jesus calls the Greek woman in today’s gospel a dog. At this time in history dogs...

The Wisdom of St. Thomas Aquinas

The Wisdom of St. Thomas Aquinas

Thursday of the Third Week of Ordinary Time January 28, 2021 Readings for the Memorial of Saint Thomas Aquinas, priest and doctor of the Church Wisdom 7:7-10, 15-16; Psalm 119:9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14; Matthew 23:8-12 Audio Recording Today we celebrate the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church and perhaps our most highly regarded theologian. Today’s first reading speaks of the gift...

Intercession of St. Agnes Against Abortion

Intercession of St. Agnes Against Abortion

Thursday of the Second Week of Ordinary Time January 21, 2021 Hebrews 7:25—8:6; Psalm 40:7-8a, 8b-9, 10, 17; Mark 3:7-12 Audio Recording Today is the Feast of St. Agnes of Rome, who was born in 291 and died a martyr in 304, just 12 years old. Agnes was very beautiful and belonged to a wealthy family. Her hand in marriage was highly sought after, and she had many high ranking men chasing after...

Do You Have a Spiritual Director?

Do You Have a Spiritual Director?

Second Sunday of Ordinary Time Sunday, January 17, 2021 Holy Ghost Church – 5:00 Mass 1 Samuel 3:3b-10, 19, 16; Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10; 1 Corinthians 6:13c-15a, 17-20; John 1:35-42 Audio Recording In today’s first reading and Gospel reading we hear stories of the Lord calling men to serve him. In the first reading the prophet Samuel is called while he’s sleeping, sleeping in the Temple. We...

Frequent Confession: Why?

Frequent Confession: Why?

Thursday of the First Week of Ordinary Time January 14, 2021 Hebrews 3:7-14; Psalm 95:6-7c, 8-9, 10-11; Mark 1:40-45 Audio Recording Jesus, after healing the leper asked him to do two simple things: go to the priest to complete his ceremonial cleansing, and “tell no one anything.” We don’t know if the leper visited the priest or not, but in spite of the healing he received, he didn’t honor...

Christ Divinizes our Humanity

Christ Divinizes our Humanity

The Seventh Day in the Octave of Christmas December 31, 2020 1 John 2:18-21; Psalm 96:1-2, 11-12, 13; John 1:1-18 Audio Recording We all understand that Jesus was fully human and fully divine. In the synoptic gospels we are given his human genealogy, but in John's gospel we are given his divine genealogy. Origen of Alexandria, one of our early Church Fathers says of John's gospel: "...none of...

The Christmas Proclamation

The Christmas Proclamation

Thursday in the Fourth Week of Advent - Mass in the Morning December 24, 2020 2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8B-12, 14A, 16; Psalm 89:2-3, 4-5, 27 AND 29; Luke 1:67-79 Audio Recording On this morning of Christmas Eve, we stand at the threshold of the fulfillment of the amazing prophecies made throughout time by the prophets of the Sacred Scriptures. In our first reading, we hear the prophesy of of Nathan to...

When God Disrupts Our Plans

When God Disrupts Our Plans

Fourth Sunday of Advent Sunday, December 20, 2020 Holy Ghost Church - 8:00 and 10:00 Masses 2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8B-12, 14A, 16; Psalm 89:2-3, 4-5, 27, 29; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38 Audio Recording On this last Sunday of Advent, as the joyful celebration of Christ's birth approaches, the Church reminds us in today’s gospel reading of the Feast of the Annunciation, celebrated nine months earlier...

Jesus’ Family Tree

Jesus’ Family Tree

Thursday, 3rd Week of Advent B December 17, 2020 Matthew 1:1-17 Audio Recording This is the gospel reading the deacon dreads having to proclaim at the Christmas vigil Mass when the church is full and all the kids are looking at you funny as they hear these Old Testament names being pronounced by the 21st century deacon. If he’s wise, he reads them quickly and confidently, even if he butchers the...

Pray and Act

Pray and Act

Thursday, 1st Week of Advent B December 3, 2020 Matthew 7:21, 24-27 Audio Recording Good morning. As I stand here before you as your newly appointed deacon, I am humbled to be back among this wonderful community of believers. Today’s gospel has special meaning for me in the context of the beginning of our new liturgical year as we prepare during this Advent season for the coming of the Divine...

Persevere in the Faith

Persevere in the Faith

Wednesday, 34th Week OT A November 25, 2020 Luke 21:12-19 In today’s gospel passage, Jesus tells us that we will be hated because of his name. Throughout the past two thousand years Christians have been persecuted for their faith. And this is not going to change until our Lord returns. Have you ever asked yourself if you were put to the test of denying your faith or going to prison, which would...

Advent Resources

Advent Resources

The following are just a few resources that can help you make the most of the Advent season, preparing well to welcome Our Lord Jesus into the world and into our hearts. My prayer is that you will find them useful and that you will spend a bit more time in prayer each day during Advent so as to enter more fully into the joy of the upcoming Christmas season. God bless you! Pray More Advent...

Take a Risk and Share Your Gifts!

Take a Risk and Share Your Gifts!

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time Sunday, November 15, 2020 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 and farewell message at the 8:30 and 11:00 Masses at Our Lady of Fatima Are we willing to take a risk for the Kingdom of God? Are we willing to move outside of our comfort zone so that we can serve God by serving our neighbors?...

Gratitude

Gratitude

Wednesday, 32nd Week OT A Wednesday, November 11, 2020 Luke 17:11-19 Whenever I hear Psalm 23 I think of my Dad. This beautiful psalm was his favorite and it always seems to come around in the readings every year near the anniversary of his death. It was 23 years ago this Saturday that he died from melanoma and 23 years ago today that I was at his bedside as he was slowly slipping from this life...