Baptism of the Lord - Baptism greets us at the door and washes away our false identities. It leads to the altar of praise, then sends us out to remind others who they are. God never forgot Jayme Closs or Elizabeth Smart. He has not forgotten you.
I’m not preaching this weekend but feel free to check out some of my older work: Your Gift Fit for a King (#808, Epiphany) +407+ An engagement ring from our King (Epiphany) Also look up the house blessing for Epiphany
Holy Family — When the angel comes looking for us, are we going to be too proud, selfish, or busy to serve the Holy Family? Or will we be humble, hard-working, and generous? Let Jesus be the King of your heart; let him be the Lord of your family.
Christmas - We left the Garden of Eden and wandered in the cold and darkness, until the cave of Bethlehem brought us back to God’s love. Welcome the Christ child into your hearts and homes. Let light and love fill you and transform you.
Advent 4 - What does the birth of Jesus mean? There are three more feasts to explain the true meaning of Christmas: He is our Sacrifice (January 1). He is the true King of the World (January 6). He is the true God (February 2nd). Keep celebrating!
Advent 3 - Hearing Confessions makes me feel like John the Baptist: I’m not the Christ, but I work for Him. I too must forgive and be forgiven. Let Jesus be the Lord of your failures. He will bring light and life into the darkness of your heart.
Advent 2 - God hides extraordinary grace, joy, and blessings in everyday life. It was only when St. Anthony had accepted being an ordinary monk that he started to truly live an extraordinary life for God. Embrace the ordinary, and look what happens.
Immaculate Conception - On our way to celebrate Jesus’ birth, we pause to celebrate Mary’s conception. Why?!? God had such a great gift that no one was pure enough to receive it. God helped Mary be ready. Advent is when God helps us get ready.
Advent 1 - All time belongs to Jesus. How can we keep the Grinch from stealing our time? 1) Give to God first 2) Discern and Invest 3) Trust the Lord when your schedule changes. Let Jesus be the King of your heart and the Lord of your time.
Christ the King - Jesus humbled himself, but God exalted Him and made Him the true King. Let Jesus be the king of your heart. Let him be the Lord of your work. And we can all stop playing King of the Hill.
Ordinary 33 - The Book of Daniel can be summed up in two words: God wins. The tragedies, trials, and dominions of this world are part of God’s great plan to bring about His kingdom. Do you want to see the victory in your own life? Remain faithful.
Ordinary 31 + TEC Anniversary - God commands us to love Him because He made us to love and be loved. But it’s humanly impossible! So God has sent the Holy Spirit into your heart. Listen to the Holy Spirit. He will transform you into God’s likeness.
Technical difficulties and a retreat will delay the publication of the November 4th homily and I’m not preaching November 11. So savor the last couple homilies and check out these gems from previous years. November 4th – 31st Sunday God and Government II (Homily for the 31st Sunday) November 11th – 32nd Sunday How to Get Greater Blessings from God ... Read More
All Souls - Here are three reasons why we pray for the dead: 1) Purgatory is Heaven’s Welcome Mat: Wipe your Souls before you enter 2) Communion: Our ancestors are still with us on our journey. 3) We want to meet them at the Resurrection of the Dead.
All Saints - Heaven is full of light, joy, peace… and free of death, evil, and sin. There’s only one requirement to get in: you have to be completely free of sin. Let God’s love fill your heart and life and — voilà! You are already in heaven.
Ordinary 30 - Arlie Hochschild, Strangers in Their Own Land talks about the Deep Story. Is your Deep Story one individualism and self-preservation? Being a Christian means we are part of Creation: inherently connected, known, and valuable.
Ordinary 29 - We like the idea of leaders serving others... until its our turn. How would life be different if you put others first? It would look like a baseball team helping each other win. If you want to be a servant, you have to do these two things.
Ordinary 28 - You can't do something to inherit eternal life because Jesus himself is Eternal Life. He loves you, and he desires you to be his friend. The journey may cost you everything, but it's worth 100 times more. ”I love you. Come, follow me."
Ordinary 27 - Our marriages would succeed if we would only live 1 Corinthians 13. Let God live in you and love in you. Action items: Daily Devotions, Sunday Worship, Faithful Obedience to God. Pray the Rosary. The Battle of Lepanto, thats why.
Ordinary 26 - Politics is not a sporting event between a red team and a blue team. And Jesus does not want to talk about what those other people are doing wrong. Jesus wants to focus on you. A sense of mission helps us see things from God’s perspective.