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Homily – December 9-10 – 2nd Sunday in Advent Year B

I was thinking as I read the Gospel about the difference between the baptisms of John and Jesus. John’s was a symbolic one. One would confess their sins, hoping for forgiveness, to prepare the way for Jesus. Jesus’ baptism is one of the Spirit that changes our lives in a radical way. When we are baptized, we are totally remade and yet do we see it or experience that change in our lives? When we ar...
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Homily – December 2-3 – 1st Sunday in Advent Year B

I was thinking how often we don’t want to get ready for Christmas, we really just want it to happen and get it over with. We have our Christmas tree up, our stocking out since Halloween. We are ready so bring on the goods and feasting. Some cultures now have Christmas in July. They don’t mean Jesus Christ is coming so get ready in July, but rather, let’s have presents in July. I was living with a ...
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Homily – November 25-26 – Solemnity of Christ the King – Year A

Christ the King - how does that sit in your life and what does that look like? Why would the Church honour such a feast? I am sure we all agree it isn’t because Christ needs to be reminded of the fact that He is King, but we do and the Gospel tells us how we are to serve Him. We will serve Him in the next person we meet, because the next person we meet is Christ our King. In every exciting and rep...
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Homily – November 18-19 – 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A

This Sunday’s Gospel really fascinated me. I get the whole thing about using your talents to build up the kingdom, but it is the response the third guy got that caught my attention when the Lord said, “You should have put my money in the bank and I would have been able to collect it with interest. “ That got me thinking, is there a way to simply deposit your gifts in a bank and that will please Go...
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Homily – November 11-12 – 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A

In this month of November, we are reminded often of the end and to keep our lives in order so that at all times we can be ready. We do this in preparation for the end of the Church year and also so we can live the reality of life, that is, that death will come to all. That does not sound super cheery does it to think of your end? It seems like we try hard not to have to face death. We don’t want t...
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Homily – November 4-5 – 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A

One Sunday, while I was hearing confessions before Mass and the bishop was in the sacristy getting ready, I heard a voice over the PA system. I recognized the voice as one of the regular Catholics. He was not a reader but he started talking about how the Catholic Church had deceived him all these years and how the Church was wrong, saying, “Look it says right here in the Bible, ‘call no man your f...
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Homily – October 28-29 – 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A

What would our day look like if we started it by making an intentional effort to love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul and with all our mind and then our neighbour as ourselves. I mean, I am sure if you looked at my life, and the lives of many of us here, we would not think those were commandments but perhaps suggestions. It is interesting to me anyways that these are command...
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Homily – October 21-22 – 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A

Today in the Gospel, we witness Divine intellect against the demonic intellect. The trap that the Pharisees and Herodians set is one of perfection. If Jesus answers not to pay the Romans He would be arrested for sedition, hence the purpose of the Herodians being there. Who were the Herodians? They were from King Herod and they were there to give the evidence of the sedition. If Jesus answered to p...
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Homily – October 14-15 – 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A

Before I begin, I want to ask some questions and you can think about them, but I will answer them to start things off. Why a wedding feast that the King invited his people to? Why not a birthday party or a beauty pageant or a winter solstice party? And secondly, what is up with that poor guy at the end of the Gospel who got invited off the street and yet is expected to be wearing a wedding garment...
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Homily – October 7-8 – 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A

My brothers and sisters, judge this case for me. Our Father has built this entire universe for the sole purpose of showing us His love, to show us how much He loves us. He created it in great detail and made it all work. He even made beautiful things that no one perhaps may see but yet He put them there in case we might stumble upon them. He made the world complex and amazing, everything having gr...
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