Category: Advent

Will of God

ADVENT YEAR A – Week 01 01 Walking in the Ways of the Lord (Is 4:2-6; Ps 122; Mt 8:5-13) *************************************** Walk a new path is the title of a book I wrote on addictions awareness and the 12 Step program. It connects with the message from Isaiah today, encouraging us to go up to […]

Christ- Advent

HOMILY ADVENT SUNDAY 01 – A Put on Christ and be Ready (Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 122; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:37-44) ********************************************************** Perhaps you have seen a billboard that reads, complete with pointing finger “Are you ready for Jesus’ return?” This Advent, put on Christ, and be ready to meet Jesus in the most unexpected places. […]

Faith-Forgiveness-Healing-St. John Kanti

HOMILY ADVENT DECEMBER 23 – Year II (HOMILY 01) An Infinite Horizon of Faith, Forgiveness and Healing: Optional Memorial of St. John Kanti (Mal 3:1-4; 4:5-6; Ps 25; Lk 1:57-66) ******************************************************** Bishop Olivier Tremblay, an Oblate who previously worked with university students in Eastern Canada, spoke at an Oblate symposium once. He noted that youth […]

Faith-Praise-Mary-Magnificat

HOMILY ADVENT DECEMBER 22 Profound Faith and Grateful Praise (1 Sam 1:24-28; 1 Sam 2; Lk 1:46-56) ********************************************** The readings today, as we approach Christmas, invite us to cultivate a profound faith in God’s love, as well as an attitude of grateful praise like Hannah and Mary. The first reading about the fidelity and gratitude […]

Faith-Mary-Annuncation

ADVENT HOMILY DECEMBER 20 Prophecy Fulfilled – Mary’s Fiat – God is With Us (Is 7:10-8:10; Ps 24; Lk 1:26-38) ************************************************ How accurate do you think you would be in predicting events seven hundred years into the future? The readings today, about prophecy fulfilled in Mary, encourage us to be like her and let the […]

Faith-Joseph-Mary- Prophecy

HOMILY ADVENT DECEMBER 18th Prophecy Fulfilled: God is With Us (Jer 23:5-8; Ps 72; Mt 1:18-24) *********************************************** Do you have a friend whose word you can trust totally? Today’s readings can be a reminder of the rock-solid foundation of our faith, based on the fulfillment of all the Old Testament prophecies about Jesus Christ. In […]

Faith-Genealogy of Jesus

HOMILY ADVENT DEC 17th The Blessing of Our Genealogies (Gen 49:8-10; Ps 72; Mt 1:1-17) *************************************** Are there any skeletons in your family’s closet? Today’s readings can help us relax and trust that God can work marvels even with a less than holy family tree. Today we read the opening lines of Matthew’s Gospel—the first […]

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