Homilies

Homilies

A Body to Touch

A Body to Touch

What is the meaning of the curious invitation by Jesus to Thomas to take his finger and place it into the gash on Jesus’ side? Why would Thomas want to do this?

Homilies

Life in the Presence of Death

Life in the Presence of Death

The life that Jesus offers us today is not life instead of evil, but life in the midst of evil. He promises us that we can have life, even in the presence of death.

Homilies

The Hungry Heart

The Hungry Heart

As we reach out for the things that we want, we are not being selfish. We are following a way to God. Nothing will ultimately satisfy us other than God alone.

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Waiting for the Angels to Come

Waiting for the Angels to Come

The devil comes three times to tempt Jesus. If it takes Jesus three times to send the devil packing, how much more difficult will it be for us? That is why it is essential for us to stand our ground.

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A Loophole in the Kingdom

A Loophole in the Kingdom

The Beatitudes contain a loophole, an escape clause, by which number of us might gain access to the Kingdom of God.

Homilies

Salt and Light

Salt and Light

Salt has a distinctive flavor. When Jesus tells us that we are to be salt for the earth, he calls us to stand apart.

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The 100th Monkey

The 100th Monkey

Both the early Rabbis and Japanese monkeys tell us that even the smallest action of loving-kindness is valuable and important.

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Not Slapping Back

Not Slapping Back

Jesus tells us that we are to respond to violence with non-violence. It would be difficult to find a more challenging teaching in the entire Bible.

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The Truth of Blinking

The Truth of Blinking

The transfiguration of Jesus calls us to wisdom and humility, claiming the truth that we can see and remembering that there is truth to which we are blind.

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Taking the Next Step

Taking the Next Step

God has a plan for our lives, but we do not see that plan all at once. This is why we must be willing to take the next step as God gives us the light to see it.

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Knowing Our Name

Knowing Our Name

Our value, if it is to become real, must be claimed. If our dignity is to have power, we must hear our true name.

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Behold the Lamb of God

Behold the Lamb of God

As Lamb of God, Jesus’ sacrifice is effective not because it is bloody but because it is motivated by love. We are called to follow Jesus’ example.