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January 4, 2018 - The Joy of Discipleship

Memorial of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

Scripture Readings

The first reading at first seems a contradiction.  We know that we are all sinners.  Yet it says that anyone who does righteous deeds is righteous, and anyone who sins is a child of the devil.  Here on Earth we sadly have our feet in both worlds; we’re all “a little bit bad and a little bit good.”  From my Baptism, I have been in the family of God, a son of God and a brother of Jesus.  But certainly I have sinned since my Baptism!  So what is John trying to say here?

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January 3, 2018 – Testify

Christmas Weekday

Scripture Readings

It is my favorite time of year because we get to spend time with family.  It is great hearing old stories, making new ones and keeping traditions alive.  I especially appreciate getting to eat meals with family and friends.  Eating with my children recently, I got  more than I wanted to hear.  I was singing a Christmas song quietly.  They asked why I always look so sad while singing, even at Church.  Of course, I was unprepared to hear the truth.

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January 2, 2018 - Who are you?

Memorial of Saints Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen, Bishops and Doctors of the Church

Scripture Readings

Are you the Christ? 

No.

Are you Elijah? 

No.

Are you the prophet? 

No.

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January 1, 2018 - Choosing the Gift of Freedom

Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God

Scripture Readings

I've always wondered what it was like to have lived under 'law' as Mary (and everyone else) did before the coming of Jesus. The Holy Spirit was certainly at work, but the birth of the Christ through Mary changed everything for humanity—and the entire universe. From that time, in the fullness of time, humanity was given the choice to live in the freedom of the Spirit of God. The challenge, of course, is making that choice and living it completely. Do I live enslaved or choose God's gift of freedom through Jesus?

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December 31, 2017 - How do I Know Whether My Family is Holy?

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

Scripture Readings

In preparing this homily for the Feast of the Holy Family, I have been thinking… What is the meaning of a “holy family?” How do we define a “holy family?” Are there criteria? In other words, “What makes a family, holy?” If there is even one person in the family who is not living an exemplary Christian life, would that family still be a holy family? If there are arguments, misunderstandings, addictions, broken relationships, deep hurts… could that family still be a holy family? 

I have to admit that my homily for the Feast of the Holy Family has been influenced by my experiences this week. I have three stories of three different families… and then some practical implications. 

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