Homilies

From the Past Year

  • Maranatha! Our Lord, Come!
    “So too, you also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”
  • What Does It Mean to Be King?
    “Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”
  • A Call to Fidelity
    “When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for such things must happen first, but it will not immediately be the end.”
  • Immortality Is Our Inheritance
    “Those who are deemed worthy to attain to the coming age and to the resurrection of the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage.”
  • The Resurrection of the Dead
    “For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life, and I shall raise them on the last day.”
  • Does “All Saints” Include You?
    “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.”
  • Am I Worthy of God’s Grace?
    “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save what was lost.”
  • Sorrow and Thanksgiving
    “…for whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
  • Prayer: What’s the Use?
    “I shall deliver a just decision for her lest she finally come and strike me.”
  • Gratitude: Barometer of Faith
    “Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!” And when he saw them, he said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.”
  • Faith vs. Hope
    “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.”
  • Paying Our Spiritual Taxes
    “If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead.”
  • The Case for a Change of Heart
    “The person who is trustworthy in very small matters is also trustworthy in great ones.”
  • Three Truths about God
    “But now we must celebrate and rejoice, because your brother was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.”
  • The Cost of Discipleship
    “This one began to build but did not have the resources to finish.”
  • Beyond Customary Arrogance
    “‘When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not recline at table in the place of honor.’”
  • Saved? From What?
    “‘Strive to enter through the narrow gate.’”
  • Kairos: Terrible Moment of Grace
    “‘Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division.’”
  • Four Spiritual Work Habits
    “‘Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival.’”
  • The Root of All Evil
    “‘You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you.'”
  • What’s with Prayer?
    “‘Lord, teach us to pray as John taught his disciples.'”
  • Work without Prayer Destroys
    “’Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.’”
  • Jesus Was a Socialist
    “’And who is my neighbor?’”
  • You Cannot Fail
    “At that time the Lord appointed seventy-two others whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit.”
  • Fit for the Kingdom of God
    “But he replied, ‘Lord, let me go first and bury my father.’ But he answered him, ‘Let the dead bury their dead. But you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.’”
  • They Have Eyes but Cannot See
    “For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes.”
  • God Doesn’t Measure Up
    “’Everything that the Father has is mine; for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine and declare it to you..’”
  • One in the Spirit?
    “’Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.’”
  • Let Us Go Up to the House of the Lord
    “As he blessed them he parted from them and was taken up to heaven.”
  • Where Have We Gone Wrong?
    “’I made known to them your name and I will make it known, that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in them.’”
  • Us Against Them
    “I give you a new commandment: love one another.”
  • Who Are His Sheep?
    “’My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me.’”
  • Right Where You Are
    “So the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, ‘It is the Lord.’”
  • The Living Faith of Thomas
    So, Thomas gets criticized for his skepticism. That criticism isn’t restricted to Thomas. It extends to anyone who doubts or questions matters of faith. The critics believe that anyone who questions their beliefs is lacking in faith and therefore not a “good” Christian.
  • Resurrection of the Body?
    Our personhood will arise and transcend the grave. Like Jesus, we, too will leave behind our image—a testimony of our love and compassion, the relics of our resurrection.
  • Was Jesus’s Death in Vain?
    “But he was pierced for our offenses, crushed for our sins; upon him was the chastisement that makes us whole, by his stripes we were healed.”
  • A Eucharist of Service
    “‘I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do.'”
  • God Hides in Plain Sight
    Showing our true selves is always risky. We risk rejection, especially if we wish to be agents of change. Anyone who promotes change—even change for the better—will encounter opposition.
  • The Repentant Pharisees
    “‘Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.'”
  • The Loving Son and His Older Brother
    “’But now we must celebrate and rejoice, because your brother was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.’”
  • Against the Pagan “Christians”
    The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ is not the god most “Christians” worship. They’ve fallen into this idolatrous pit because they don’t read the Scriptures carefully enough.
  • Lord, Transfigure Us!
    “Then from the cloud came a voice that said, ‘This is my chosen Son; listen to him.`”
  • The Temptations of Christians
    “Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the desert for forty days, to be tempted by the devil.”
  • Pride Judges All Things
    “A good tree does not bear rotten fruit, nor does a rotten tree bear good fruit.”
  • Where Are Jesus’s Disciples?
    “’…love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.’”
  • Should Christians Be Miserable?
    “And raising his eyes toward his disciples he said: ‘Blessed are you who are poor, for the kingdom of God is yours.’”
  • The Barque of Peter
    “Jesus said to Simon, ‘Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.’”
  • Fear: The Original Sin
    “They rose up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill”
  • Do the Churches Get a Failing Grade?
    Scripture Readings What’s going on in today’s gospel reading? Right at the beginning of Jesus’s public ministry, Luke takes us back to Nazareth, where Jesus grew up. Along with all the observant men of his […]
  • Transformations
    When the wine ran short, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come.”
  • Christianity Is Not for Children
    “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”
  • Epiphany or Apocalypse?
    “They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother.”