Homilies

Pentecost Year A

It is amazing but we are already at fifty days past Easter and today we celebrate the birthday of the Church. Today the Church came alive because the Spirit entered her.  As it is with our own bodies, without the spirit we are dead. Today God also reunited the world under one voice. If you remember back in Genesis, the people built a tower to make a name for themselves and God confused their languages, so the tower was call Babel. They built the tower because they didn’t trust God’s promise not to flood the earth. They decided they were going to live how they liked and they would be safe now because they had a tower they could go to if God did flood things again. Today God reunites everything in the Spirit. The Church speaks one voice and it speaks to all people. There is no one that the truth of God is not for. If you have ever been to a multinational Mass you will notice that we all speak the same language of love and you can participate in God’s love.

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Ascension Sunday Year A

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.”  What does the feast of Ascension mean to us as Christians?  Ascension means that our Lord went up to heaven on His own power. It also ends a forty day period where our Lord appeared to His disciples in very odd ways, meaning He showed them His earthy presence but they did not recognize Him. He was, in this forty day period, preparing them for Him being physically absent but that He will be present to them in other ways. The same way He is present to us today - in His words and deeds.  In this time, He is helping the disciples to make the transition. He then sends them out and tells them to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them, teaching them ,“all that I have commanded you.”

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6th Sunday in Easter Year A

When someone tells you that you better get a lawyer, it is not a good sign.  It means some aspect of your life is coming under scrutiny.  This is what Jesus said today in the Gospel when He tells us that He is sending us an advocate. Why do we need one?   Because as a Christian our lives are always under scrutiny. Jesus did not make us to blend in to fit in with the culture. We are meant to be a beacon for the culture. We are not to belong to the culture but to Christ.  This is a very challenging aspect of Christianity, that we stand out.

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5th Sunday in Easter Year A

“In my house, there are many rooms.” This verse reminds me of my own parents and how so many parents have big houses in order to have their children, yet they want to have space from them. Like God, they look forward to nurturing us. There is a great need for nurturing each person. I recently read a book called, “The Boy Who Was Raised Like a Dog.”  In this book, the doctor discusses many different cases about children who grew up in traumatic situations. For many of these children their scars were caused by a lack of proper nurturing. His clinic would test to find out where the child was lacking the nurturing and try to reintroduce it. This is a very important work, the work of nurturing. God must know this as well because He gives us a trinity of tangible mothers. He gives us our earthly mothers, Mary our Heavenly mother, and the Church our earthly and heavenly mother.

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