Homilies

Solemnity of Christ the King Year C

It is never said of a hero that he saved himself and not others. Heroes are always known to save others. Some pay the ultimate cost, others don’t.  Christ on the cross is encouraged to save himself; no one understood his mission and that was to save others. Jesus was already saved and the good thief knew that. That is why he was saved, he understood that Jesus wasn’t here to save us from death but to save us for everlasting life.

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33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C

A little boy went to church with his parents.  They hadn't been in some time so everything was quite exciting. He watched everything.  At the collection time, he saw his parents put a nickel into the basket. After Mass on their way home the parents were complaining about the Mass, that it was too long, the priest was unfocused and boring in his homily, and the choir was too old.  Finally the young boy said, “Mom and Dad, what do you expect for a nickel?”

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32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C

When I read today’s Gospel all I could think was, “What a woman.”  She married seven different men and saw them each die and got each of them to heaven. The readings today go well with the Church’s focus for November. The world aims at prostate health, the Church aims higher as it focuses on the health of souls, especially that of deceased souls.

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31st Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C

I was thinking today about the crisis of utilitarianism and its effect on our lives, namely the value we see in them. I also thought how a fellow named Zacchaeus overcomes this problem in his own life by climbing a sycamore tree. What is utilitarianism? It is where we judge the value of a thing by what it is worth to us. How is a thing or person useful? This concept has led to many atrocities in our world and is most likely behind euthanasia today. If it is not the sole motivation, it will become the reason many people will choose to or feel they must take their lives because they are not seen or do not see themselves as useful. I fully admit that I have been bitten by that bug and have often determined someone’s worth on their usefulness or how much they annoy me. I think though, the root of it is how we look at ourselves and our own value. I want you to take a moment and examine your own value. What do you believe you are worth? And secondly, why do you think you are worth more than the beggar on the street or the person who is homeless? The danger of this way of looking at someone is that we often miss out on people’s value in our lives by predetermining it.  We often have decided the value for a person without even knowing them.

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