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Homily 1/26/20 Unrefracted Light: God gives the increase (8am Mass with readings)

Homily 1/26/20 Unrefracted Light: God gives the increase (8am Mass with readings)

January 26, 2020

Jesus begins his ministry in Galilee—in a land of darkness, light has dawned. For that light to shine in the Church it must be received unrefracted. And so God worked through Paul and Apollos.

Called to be holy — the Scriptural and patristic doctrine of theosis (divinization) 10am Homily 1/19/20

Called to be holy — the Scriptural and patristic doctrine of theosis (divinization) 10am Homily 1/19/20

January 19, 2020

The ladder of divine ascent calls us to keep in step with the Spirit.

Homily 1/19/20 Called to be holy (8am homily, includes readings)

Homily 1/19/20 Called to be holy (8am homily, includes readings)

January 19, 2020

Theosis, or divinitarion, is a foundational doctrine and the foundation of our faith. God calls you to embrace the full gospel of the Fathers. 8am homily.

Homily: Baptism of Christ Why It was fitting for Jesus to receive the baptism of repentance

Homily: Baptism of Christ Why It was fitting for Jesus to receive the baptism of repentance

January 19, 2020

Homily: Baptism of Christ Why It was fitting for Jesus to receive the baptism of repentance.

The conversion of the Magi: a new birth and a better death

The conversion of the Magi: a new birth and a better death

January 10, 2020

The journey of the Magi is the primary image of Epiphany.  But how many people understand that this is a story of conversion?  TS Eliot unpacks this in his immortal poem: "The journey of the Magi" in which he concludes, from the perspective of one of the Magi, "I will be glad for another death."  This is what we can celebrate if we want to get the most out of the Epiphany season. 

 

Christmas and Childlike Faith — Homily, Dec 25, 2019 00:38

Christmas and Childlike Faith — Homily, Dec 25, 2019 00:38

December 25, 2019

Christmas Eve Mass in the Night

The Shepherds were told that the child in the manger would be a ‘sign.’ What did that signify? The answer is our route to wonder, joy, and trust.

St. Joseph and the Fulcrum of Faith — Homily 12/22/19

St. Joseph and the Fulcrum of Faith — Homily 12/22/19

December 22, 2019

St. Joseph is an example of how to remain faithful when social pressure threatens our Christian integrity. He is also an example of authentic biblical masculinity.

Homily 12/15/19 The Already Kingdom and Not-Yet People (John the Baptist and James 5:7-10)

Homily 12/15/19 The Already Kingdom and Not-Yet People (John the Baptist and James 5:7-10)

December 21, 2019

Jesus says that those who are least in the kingdom of heaven are greater than John the Baptist.  This in no way detracts from St. John's sanctity, but speaks of a new epoch inaugurated by our Lord.  James (in the Epistle reading) speaks about the kind of people we are becoming in Christ and the patience that is appropriate as we grow more fully into who we are by virtue of Christ's redemption.   Recording from the 8am Mass.  

Homily 12/8/19 There shall come forth a shoot / Plan B People — Advent II (Isaiah 11:1-11)

Homily 12/8/19 There shall come forth a shoot / Plan B People — Advent II (Isaiah 11:1-11)

December 8, 2019

There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse (Isaiah 11:1).  

The 'trees' we cultivate in life--that is, our expectations and plans--are all-too-often reduced to mere stumps.  Isaiah said a shoot shall come forth from the stump of Jesse.  We can celebrate the 'stump' because the shoot -- the Plan B of God -- is more beautiful that what we had before.  

 

Homily 12/2/19 - The day is at hand - Advent I

Homily 12/2/19 - The day is at hand - Advent I

December 4, 2019

We are tempted each day by works of darkness, which includes compromise in our hearts that can be difficult to detect.  St. Paul calls us to live according to who we will be -- to live with the perspective of the coming Day of redemption -- in order to see the world through the eyes of Christ.