Homilies

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

In today’s Sunday Gospel, we have the parable of the pearl of great price. It is interesting, I always remember the story of the pearl of great price, but yet I do not recall the story of the field with the treasure in it, where one sells everything because the treasure is worth more than what he owns and is so valuable that one would gladly sell everything they own to obtain it. It seems to me to actually be the better analogy though because it while owning the pearl would perhaps be nice, what could you really do with the pearl, except be happy that you own something that you desire, whereas the treasure would really look after you.  It would be a serious step up and worth taking the risk for.

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16th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

I would like to tell you of three persons Tiny Terry and Shelly. Tiny grew up in a troubled home and got into lots of trouble early on. His life consisted of crime and brushes with the law in one of his brush with the law he shot and seriously wounded a police officer.  The partner of this officer had him in the crosshair and for some reason could not pull the trigger. Tiny laughed at the police officer for being such a coward and he ended up in jail.  Terry grew up in a more decent family with strong Christian roots he went astray and joined a motorcycle gang and sold drugs and did what went along with being a gang member. Shelly was a beautiful young teenager girl who was abused at a young age she started being promiscuous and at the ripe age of sixteen she sold herself for 45 dollars to some man for the first time. She works as an underage prostitute and then became a porn star and lived the life that pornstar lead. Here we have some pretty sad stories and not only that people we may consider weeds of society. People that we may feel that society could easily do without people that corrupt our youth and use up valuable resources. However, something happened in all these people lives that change their weed ridden life into a life of grace and brought the faith to others.

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15th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

Today we have a unique situation in the Gospel. The unique situation is that Jesus explains a parable. Usually we get the story and sometimes that meaning is obvious, but most times the meaning is far removed and we might struggle to understand it, except by grace or study. Yet today He does something different and gives the meaning for the people and how they are affected by the Word.

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14th Sunday In Ordinary Time Year A

What is a yoke? A yoke is an apparatus used to harness someone in order to do work. For animals, it is placed on two of them and the plow is in the middle. Usually a farmer would place an older animal with a younger one and that would help temper and train the younger animal. This understanding of the yoke makes more sense for the Gospel today when we think of the yoke as shared by the Lord, that He is pulling on the other side and we, the young animal, is tempered and guided by the Lord through our daily work.

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