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2019-01-013 - Baptism of the Lord

1/13/2019
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13 January 2019 The Baptism of the Lord Luke 3:15-16, 21-22 + Homily 18 Minutes 6 Seconds Link to the Readings http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/011319.cfm (New American Bible, Revised Edition) (from the parish bulletin) The foundational documents of our nation were influenced by Catholic political philosophers such as Aquinas, Suárez, Báñez, Gregory of Valencia and Saint Robert Bellarmine, who wrote before theorists like Hobbes and Rousseau. This contradicts a popular impression...

Duration:00:20:16

2019-01-06 - The Epiphany

1/6/2019
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6 January 2019 The Epiphany of the Lord Matthew 2:1-12 + Homily 16 Minutes 24 Seconds Link to today's Readings http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/010619.cfm (New American Bible, Revised Edition) From the parish bulletin: Researching the Birth Narrative of our Lord on the computer can be a source of unintentionally mordant humor. On one of the prominent encyclopedia sites, we are told in the entry for King Herod that “most scholars agree” that he was entirely capable of massacring...

Duration:00:19:17

2019-01-01 - Mary, Mother of God

1/1/2019
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1 January 2019 The Octave Day of Christmas Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God Luke 2:16-21 + Homily 6 Minutes 33 Seconds Link to the Readings http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/010119.cfm (New American Bible, Revised Edition)

Duration:00:06:33

2018-12-30 - Holy Family

12/30/2018
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30 January 2018 Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph Luke 2:41-52 + Homily 15 Minutes 11Seconds Link to the Readings (New American Bible, Revised Edition) http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/123018.cfm (from the parish bulletin) Christians in the Indian state of Kerala are about 20% of the population. An amateur film recorded there shows some workers struggling with a power shovel to rescue a baby elephant from a ditch. I do not know if they were Christians, Hindus,...

Duration:00:15:11

2018-12-23 - Fourth Sunday of Advent

12/23/2018
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23 December 2018 Fourth Sunday of Advent Luke 1:39-45 + Homily 15 Minutes 47 Seconds Link to the Readings - USA Version (New American Bible Revised Edition) http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/122318.cfm (from the parish bulletin) The darkening that comes with the year’s shortest hours of daylight is like the lowering of the lights in a theatre as the play is about to begin. But in the “Drama of Salvation” by which the human race is offered the promise of restoration to its original...

Duration:00:09:26

2018-12-16 - Third Sunday of Advent

12/16/2018
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16 December 2018 Third Sunday of Advent Luke 3:10-18 + Homily 15 Minutes 38 Seconds Link to the Readings - USA Version http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/121618.cfm (from the parish bulletin) There could be no easier subject for comment than happiness. The best classical pagan philosophers, even if they did not believe a Creator intended that humans should share in his “delight” at what he had made, taught that we were meant to be happy. Some nineteenth-century “Utilitarians” like...

Duration:00:17:29

2018-12-09 - Second Sunday of Advent

12/9/2018
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9 December 2018 Second Sunday of Advent Luke 3:1-6 + Homily 15 Minutes 28 Seconds Link to the Readings - USA version http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/120918.cfm (from the parish bulletin) All creation emanated from the voice of God uttering: “Let there be light.” There was nothing and no one yet to hear it, only God himself. As animate creatures came into being, they were able to make sounds, and some of them are beautiful, but only human beings have the gift of being able to...

Duration:00:17:41

2018-12-02 - First Sunday of Advent

12/2/2018
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2 December 2018 First Sunday of Advent Luke 21:25-28. 34-36 + Homily 17 Minutes 37 Seconds Link to today's Readings - USA version http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/120218.cfm (from the parish bulletin) A bishop condescendingly asked John Henry Newman, “Who are the laity?” To which the great saint, and, one hopes, future Doctor of the Church, replied that the Church would look foolish without them. The same might be said of those who are consecrated in the Religious life. The...

Duration:00:19:53

2018-11-25 - Christ the King

11/25/2018
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25 November 2018 Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe John 18:33B-37 + Homily 19 Minutes 35 Seconds Link to the Readings - USA Version http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/112518.cfm (from the parish bulletin) A mark of first-rate thinkers is their ability to make complex theories understandable. Conversely, muddled thinkers assume that obscurantism is profound. Consider, for instance, a comment made a few months ago by an Italian Jesuit and close advisor to Pope Francis, who...

Duration:00:11:21

2018-11-18 - Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

11/18/2018
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18 November 2018 Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Mark 13:24-32 + Homily 20 Minutes 04 Seconds Link to the Readings - USA Version http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/111818.cfm (from the parish bulletin) On the day after Thanksgiving, the Church rejoices in the intercessions of Pope Saint Clement of Rome. New Yorkers have a special reason to think of him, two millennia later. Clement probably was made a bishop by Saint Peter himself and became the fourth Bishop of Rome after...

Duration:00:12:04

2018-11-11 - Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

11/11/2018
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11 November 2018 Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Mark 12:38-44 + Homily 17 Minutes 7 Seconds Link to the Readings - USA Version http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/111118.cfm (from the parish bulletin) Pier 54 on the Hudson River is a short walk from our church. On display are pictures of the Titanic and the Lusitania, which is not encouraging for public relations. The Titanic was supposed to berth there, but instead the Carpathia arrived with surviving passengers. Seven years...

Duration:00:19:07

2018-11-04 - Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

11/4/2018
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4 November 2018 Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time Mark 12:28B-34 + Homily 17 Minutes 35 Seconds Link to the Readings (USA Version): http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/110418.cfm (from the parish bulletin) Nostalgia is a selective editing of the past. For instance, there are those who wish we had today some of the architects of thirteenth-century cathedrals, but who avoid mentioning thirteenth-century dentists. In recent times, the general conceit has been the opposite of...

Duration:00:10:26

2018-10-28 - Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

10/28/2018
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28 October 2018 Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Mark 10:46-52 + Homily 13 Minutes 59 Seconds Link to Readings - USA version http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/102818.cfm (from the parish bulletin) Some classical composers whose melodramatic quirks would have made life with them difficult, such as Beethoven, Wagner, Berlioz and Satie, have their opposites in such genial geniuses as Hayden, Mozart and, I would argue, Edward Elgar. Elgar was among the more modern, and had a gift for...

Duration:00:15:21

2018-10-21 - Twenty -Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

10/21/2018
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21 October 2018 Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time Mark 10:35-45 + Homily 20 Minutes 37 Seconds Link to the Readings http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/102118.cfm (from the parish bulletin) There are those who would not let facts get in the way of theory, and such was the English philosopher Herbert Spencer who promoted the “survival of the fittest.” This “Social Darwinism” theorized that the weak and poor would gradually die out to make way for an inevitable social progress. He...

Duration:00:23:17

2018-10-18 - Feast of St. Luke

10/21/2018
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18 October 2018 Feast of St. Luke, Evangelist Luke 10:1-9 + Homily 15 Minutes 50 Seconds Link to the Readings http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/101818.cfm

Duration:00:18:11

2018-10-14 - Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

10/14/2018
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14 October 2018 Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Mark 10:17-30 + Homily 16 Minutes 57 Seconds Link to Readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/101418.cfm (from the parish bulletin) Last Sunday was the anniversary of the Battle of Lepanto, a conflict that saved civilization on the seventh of October, 1571. The day after that anniversary marked the celebration of the life of Christopher Columbus, an observance that has become muted by polemicists who do not understand the...

Duration:00:19:18

2018-10-07 - Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

10/7/2018
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7 October 2018 Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Mark 10:2-16 + Homily 18 Minutes 40 Seconds Link to the Readings http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/100718.cfm (from the parish bulletin) The opening line of a children’s poem by Mary Howitt in 1828 is a caution for growing up in a duplicitous world: “‘Will you walk into my parlour?’ said the Spider to the Fly.” Christians must be “wise as serpents and innocent as doves” (Matthew 10:16) because we are sent as sheep into a world of...

Duration:00:21:40

2018-09-30 - Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, Archangels

9/30/2018
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30 September 2018 Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, Archangels Patronal Feast of the Parish (transferred from 29 September 2018) John 1:47-51+ Homily 16 Minutes 32 Seconds Link to the Readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/092918.cfm (from the parish bulletin) Abraham Lincoln won the election of 1860 with only 39.8 percent of the popular vote and was so loathed that he had to take a night train secretly into Washington for his inauguration. The Salem Advocate in...

Duration:00:10:12

2018-09-23 - Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

9/23/2018
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23 September 2018 Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Mark 9:30-37 + Homily 15 Minutes 56 Seconds Link to the Readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/092318.cfm (From the parish bulletin) The selection of Saint Michael as our parish’s patron in 1857 certainly was inspired. Who could be a better champion in “Hell’s Kitchen” than that heavenly soldier wielding the sword, as the great statue in our church shows him? As angels are pure spirit and sublime intelligence, it is...

Duration:00:17:44

2018-09-20 - St. Andrew Kim Tae-gon

9/23/2018
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20 September 2018 Memorial of Saints Andrew Kim Tae-gon, Priest, and Paul Chong Ha-sang, and Companions, Martyrs Luke 9:23-26 + Homily 20 Minutes 10 Seconds

Duration:00:23:32