Homilies

Homilies

All the Saints

All the Saints

There are saints all around us. They come in all ages, genders, and occupations. They make good things happen in our world.

Homilies

When Do the Angels Come?

When Do the Angels Come?

It is easy to recognize God’s presence with us once a trial is over. But, it takes faith for us to see the angels who are with us even as we suffer.

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The Danger of the Cross

The Danger of the Cross

Without making an evil thing good, we believe that God has the power to make good come from it.

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Marks of Wounds and Glory

Marks of Wounds and Glory

In his risen body Jesus bears the marks of his passion to show us that when we admit our failures and our brokenness in light of his resurrection, they can lead to life.

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Troubled by Angels

Troubled by Angels

The angel appears to Mary and begins with a beautiful greeting: “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.” Why then does the next line tell us that Mary was greatly disturbed?

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Three Gifts, Three Kings

Three Gifts, Three Kings

The scriptures do not tell us how many wise men came to honor the Christ Child. But the Christian imagination concluded that if there were three gifts, there were three magi. This insight has deep spiritual meaning.

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The Goats Speak Back

The Goats Speak Back

Giving is is eternally important. Yet it is impossible to give unless someone is willing to receive.

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When God Keeps Calling

When God Keeps Calling

The story of Samuel asks us not to be prepared in case God calls us but to recognize signs in our life that God has already called us.

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A Dove at Jesus’ Baptism

A Dove at Jesus’ Baptism

It is said that as Jesus comes out of the water, the Spirit of God descends on him like a dove. But scholars cannot figure out what the dove is meant to signify.

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Of Whales and War

Of Whales and War

The Book of Jonah is a fable written by a Jew to tell us that we should never believe that God hates our enemies as we do.

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Burning Up

Burning Up

What if Peter’s mother-in-law was “burning up” not with a fever but emotionally? If she was really upset about something, it would change the nature of Jesus’ miracle.

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What Time Is It?

What Time Is It?

There are different kinds of time. Greek uses two words to distinguish them: “chronos” and “kairos.” Advent is “kairos time.”