UMD NEWMAN CATHOLIC CAMPUS MINISTRY

By Father Mike Schmitz

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09/19/21 Desperate
Homily from the Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Edit, Convince, and Worry. Or Honesty, Trust, and Thanking God ahead of time.

"The mass of men live lives of quiet desperation." We do not merely desire, we have inordinate desire driven by fear. We do not merely have ambition, we have selfish ambition in which we can only envision one possible outcome. To escape this trap, we must lean into honesty, trust and thanking God ahead of time.

Mass Readings from September 19, 2021:
Wisdom 2:12, 17-20
Psalms 54:3-6 and 8
James 3:16—4:3
Mark 9:30-37

Sep 21, 2021
09/12/21 Not Mine
Homily from the Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Faith must be lived, not merely believed.

It is wise to take responsibility for one’s own time, resources, and family. And yet, we must be ready to allow ourselves to be interrupted by God. This demands faith. Real faith is more than belief, but involves renunciation of any claim we might have on our lives in favor of the absolute claim Jesus has on every aspect of our lives.

Mass Readings from September 12, 2021:
Isaiah 50:5-9
Psalm 116:1-6, 8-9
James 2:14-18
Mark 8:27-35

Sep 13, 2021
09/05/21 Seen. Known. Loved.
Homily from the Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Transition always involves destruction.

Jesus heals the man who was deaf and mute. In doing this, He was destroying something in the man’s life…his identity. Jesus has to take away the false identity in order to tell us who we truly are.

Mass Readings from September 5, 2021:
Isaiah 35:4-7
Psalm 146:6-7, 8-9, 9-10
James 2:1-5
Mark 7:31-37

Sep 06, 2021
08/29/21 Living in Later?
Homily from the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Am I doing “everything but”?

Often we avoid doing what is essential by filling our lives with many things that are optional.

Mass Readings from August 29, 2021:
Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8
Psalm 15:2-5
James 1:17-18, 21-22, 27
Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

Aug 30, 2021
08/22/21 Consumer Catholic: The Church of Me
Homily from the Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Everything I like and nothing that I don't.

The temptation to create a God in our own image and have a church in our own image is strong. But God has revealed Himself to us, which means we either choose Him…or we choose “not Him.” We don’t get to create our own personally curated version.

Mass Readings from August 22, 2021:
Joshua 24:1-2, 15-18
Psalm 34:2-3, 16-21
Ephesians 5:21-32
John 6:60-69

Aug 23, 2021
08/15/21 Consumer Catholic: The Body
Homily from the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
You are your body.

The Assumption of Mary reveals many things. One of the things it reveals is that our destiny is to be reunited with our resurrected bodies forever. Our bodies are good, and an essential part of what it is to be human.

Mass Readings from August 15, 2021:
Revelation 11:19; 12:1-6, 10
Psalm 45:10-12, 16
1 Corinthians 15:20-27
Luke 1:39-56

Aug 23, 2021
08/08/21 Consumer Catholic: Farther to Go
Homily from the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
The best of your life is ahead of you...you will need food for the journey.

The worst days of our life often com after the best days of our life. But even in those "worst days", you are not done yet. God has more for you to do and further for you to go. He wants to feed you with what you are going to need to have enough strength for the journey.

Mass Readings from August 8, 2021:
1 Kings 19:4-85
Psalm 34:2-9
Ephesians 4:30—5:2
John 6:41-51

Aug 09, 2021
08/01/21 Consumer Catholic: Choose God.
Homily from the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Choose God over the works of God.

The signs point to Jesus and Jesus is the point of the signs. When we are challenged to merely consume… When we are challenged to want the gifts more than the Giver of the gift, we must allow ourselves to be trained in a trust in God. To be trained in freedom.

Mass Readings from August 1, 2021:
Exodus 16:2-4, 12-15
Psalm 78:3-4, 23-25, 54
Ephesians 4:17, 20-24
John 6:24-35

Aug 02, 2021
07/25/21 Consumer Catholic: Everything Given. Nothing Wasted.
Homily from the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Nothing given to God is wasted.

The apostles asked the question, "What good are these for so many?" Yet, Jesus invited them to give what they had and to trust Him with all of it. Jesus invites us to do the same: Give everything and know that nothing will be wasted.

Mass Readings from July 25, 2021:
2 Kings 4:42-44
Psalm 145:10-11, 15-18
Ephesians 4:1-6
John 6:1-15

Aug 02, 2021
07/18/21 The Poison of Indifference
Homily from the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Indifference does not mean you don’t care; it just means you don’t care enough to move.

There are many opportunities to waste one’s life. One of those ways is to allow one’s circle of interest to outstrip one’s circle of influence.

Mass Readings from July 18, 2021:
Jeremiah 23:1-6
Psalm 23:1-6
Ephesians 2:13-18
Mark 6:30-34

Jul 19, 2021
07/11/21 Chosen and Consecrated
Homily from the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
You are wanted and set apart.

You are special. We’ve heard that for so much of our lives that we’ve either grown numb to it or no longer believe it. But what if it is true?

Mass Readings from July 11, 2021:
Amos 7:12-15
Psalms 85:9-14
Ephesians 1:3-14 or 1:3-10
Mark 6:7-13

Jul 12, 2021
07/04/21 "Ruined"
Homily from the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
The beauty is in the broken.

Too often, when we encounter our own brokenness and woundedness, we either pretend it isn’t there or we just want it to be taken away. But surrendered to God, our weakness is more than replaced and more than erased, they are redeemed.

Mass Readings from July 4, 2021:
Ezekiel 2:2-5
Psalms 123:1-4
2 Corinthians 12:7-10
Mark 6:1-6

Jul 05, 2021
06/27/21 Plan B
Homily from the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Love requires risk. Risk requires courage.
Many of us make plans. And many of those plans don’t end up working out the way that we had expected. Fortunately, God calls us to be courageous even when things don’t work out as we had expected.

Mass Readings from June 27, 2021:
Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24
Psalms 30:2, 4-6, 11, 12, 13
2 Corinthians 8:7, 9, 13-15
Mark 5:21-43

Jun 28, 2021
06/20/21 Everyday Courage: Into the Storm
Homily from the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
God is in the Storm.
There are times when we do everything God has asked us to do…and we still find ourselves in the midst of a storm. In those moments, we are called to resist resentment and embrace courage. In those moments, we are called to run into the storm, confident that God is in the storm.

Mass Readings from June 20, 2021:
Ezekiel 17:22-24
Psalm 92:2-3, 13-16
2 Corinthians 5:6-10
Mark 4:26-34

Jun 21, 2021
06/13/21 Everyday Courage
Homily from the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Everyday courage simply does what is necessary.
Courage is not merely needed for the big moments of life, but is required for each moment of a life well-lived. Courage is all of The other virtues the moment they are needed the most.

Mass Readings from June 13, 2021:
Ezekiel 17:22-24
Psalm 92:2-3, 13-16
2 Corinthians 5:6-10
Mark 4:26-34

Jun 14, 2021
06/06/21 The Crisis of Love
Homily from The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.
Do we lack faith? Or do we lack love?
Most people who call themselves Catholic do not believe one of the most central and most powerful teaching in the Church. Is it because they lack hearing? Do they lack the opportunity to know about this teaching? Do they lack faith? Or is something else missing?

Mass Readings from June 6, 2021:
Exodus 24:3-8
Psalm 116:12-13, 15-18
Hebrews 9:11-15
Mark 14:12-16, 22-26

Jun 07, 2021
05/30/21 Secret Identity
Homily from the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity.
What is God's deepest secret? What is yours?
What we are is shaped and revealed by what we choose. Who we are is established by relationships.

Mass Readings from May 30, 2021:
Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40
Psalm 33:4-6, 9, 18-19, 20, 22
Romans 8:14-17
Matthew 28:16-20

Jun 01, 2021
05/23/21 Kingdom Gifts
Homily from Pentecost Sunday.
Am I willing to use the gifts that God has already given?
At Pentecost, the disciples received the Holy Spirit and the subsequent gifts of the Holy Spirit. These gifts glorify the Father and have changed the world. If we were given these gifts, we could also glorify the Father and change the world…but would we?

Mass Readings from May 23, 2021:
Acts 2:1-11
Psalm 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34
1 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13
John 20:19-23

May 23, 2021
05/16/21 You Will Be Martyrs
Homily from the Mass of the Ascension of the Lord.
Nice is different than good.
Jesus doesn't call us to simply be "nice people." Jesus promises to send the Holy Spirit so that we can be more than we are now...so that we can do more than we can do now. Jesus sends His Holy Spirit so that we can have the strength to be the kind of people who can bear witness to Him and His love in this world. He gives His Spirit so that people can be saved and God can be glorified.

Mass Readings from May 16, 2021:
Acts 1:1-11
Psalm 47:2-3, 6-9
Ephesians 1:17-23
Mark 16:15-20

May 17, 2021
05/09/21 Spark Joy
Homily from the Sith Sunday of Easter.
Joy is rooted in confidence and comes as a consequence.
We can choose joy only insofar as we can choose the source of our joy. Joy comes as a consequence; it is a fruit. And the depth and permanence of our joy is only going to be as deep and long lasting as what we place our confidence in. Only when we surrender to the love of God can we have a joy that is deeper and more permanent than any amount of suffering that comes from life.

Mass Readings from May 9, 2021:
Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48
Psalm 98:1-4
1 John 4:7-10
John 15:9-17

May 10, 2021
05/02/21 Love Limits You
Homily from the Fifth Sunday of Easter.
Practice making the promise.
We find ourselves always moving and never done. We have so many options that we experience decision paralysis and subsequent decision dissatisfaction. But we are made for a full life. A full life is only possible when we intentionally limit ourselves by making the decision to love this person or to root ourselves in this place. Ultimately, unless we truly decide to remain in Christ, we will never experience the life we have been made for.

Mass Readings from May 2, 2021:
Acts 4:8-12
Psalm 118:1, 8-9, 21-23, 26, 28, 29
1 John 3:1-2
John 10:11-18

May 03, 2021
04/25/21 Inclusive Love/Exclusive Claim
Homily from the Fourth Sunday of Easter.
Inclusive means neither passive nor permissive.
To be included is an incredible gift. To be inclusive is powerful. It means more than being “welcome”, it means being radically open and desperately fighting to bring people in. The Church is as inclusive as God’s love. And yet, Jesus is also exclusive in His claim. Jesus has made an exclusive claim about Himself. And if this is true, Jesus has an exclusive claim on us.

Mass Readings from April 25, 2021:
Acts 4:8-12
Psalm 118:1, 8-9, 21-23, 26, 28, 29
1 John 3:1-2
John 10:11-18

Apr 26, 2021
04/18/21 To Be A Witness
Homily from the Third Sunday of Easter.
It is possible to see the miracle and to not be a witness.
It is possible to encounter God and go back to the same life. It is possible to live as if the miracle had never happened. It is possible to say "I believe" and not be a witness. But it is also possible to not see a miracle and still bear witness to Christ by how we live, what we choose, and what we love.

Mass Readings from April 18, 2021:
Acts 3:13-15, 17-19
Psalm 4:2, 4, 7-9
1 John 2:1-5
Luke 24:35-48

Apr 19, 2021
04/11/21 Scar Stories
Homily from the Sunday of Divine Mercy.
Every scar has a story.
Virtually everyone has scars. And every scar has a story. Scars are reminders of our past...they are reminders that won’t go away. And Jesus has kept His wounds in order to help us to never forget His story.

Mass Readings from April 11, 2021:
Acts 4:32-35
1 John 5:1-6
Colossians 3:1-4
John 20:19-31

Apr 12, 2021
04/04/21 Ellipsis
Homily from the Mass of the Resurrection of Our Lord.
It means that something more is coming.
Peter told Jesus that he would die for Him. And he meant it. He just wasn’t ready at the right time.

Mass Readings from April 4, 2021:
Acts 10:34, 37-43
Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23
Colossians 3:1-4
John 20:1-9

Apr 04, 2021
04/02/21 Gallicantu
Homily from Good Friday of the Lord's Passion.
Peter expected to fight in the Garden, not in the courtyard.
Peter told Jesus that he would die for Him. And he meant it. He just wasn’t ready at the right time.

Mass Readings from April 2, 2021:
Isaiah 52:13—53:12
Psalm 116:12-13, 15-18
Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9
John 18:1—19:42

Apr 03, 2021
04/01/21 Context Matters
Homily from the Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper
On the night He was betrayed…He gave.
Everything in the Bible leads to the moment of the Last Supper…and leads to every time we are at the Mass.

Mass Readings from April 1, 2021:
Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14
Psalm 116:12-13, 15-18
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
John 13:1-15

Apr 02, 2021
03/28/21 The Truth and the Choice
Homily from Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion.
Christianity doesn’t offer comfort. It offers something else.
In our culture today, we are able to avoid thinking of death. But death is the inevitable reality of living. Still, the fact that we will all die is not the problem. The problem is that we pretend that we won’t.

Mass Readings from March 28, 2021:
Isaiah 50:4-7
Psalm 22:8-9, 17-20, 23-24
Phillipians 2:6-11
Mark 14:1—15:47

Mar 29, 2021
03/21/21 To The Heart: Vulnerable and Able
Homily from the Fifth Sunday of Lent.
A heart that is too soft has to be protected. A heart that is too tough can’t be touched.
What good is it to have a heart that can be hurt by this world? Many choose to numb themselves rather than feel the pain of life. But becoming numb leaves us with a heart that is unable. Unable to feel pain but also unable to feel joy. As Christians, we are called to have a heart like the heart of Jesus: vulnerable and able.

Mass Readings from March 21, 2021:
Jeremiah 31:31-34
Psalm 51:3-4, 12-15
Hebrews 5:7-9
John 12:20-33

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Mar 22, 2021
03/14/21 To The Heart: Hidden Heart
Homily from the Fourth Sunday of Lent.
A hidden heart is a homeless heart.
The People of Israel were brought into exile. It was imposed from the outside. But after King Cyrus game them a way home, many of them chose to live in self-imposed exile. The same is true for all of us who have been exiled by our sin and slavery to death. Jesus has made it possible to step into the light and come home, but many choose to live outside the light...many of us live in self-imposed exile.

Mass Readings from March 14, 2021:
2 Chronicles 36:14-16, 19-23
Psalm 19:8-11
Ephesians 2:4-10
John 3:14-21

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Mar 15, 2021
03/07/21 To The Heart: My Treacherous Heart
Homily from the Third Sunday of Lent.
Is the question, “Can I trust God?” Or is the better question, “Can God trust me?"
There is something that all of us discover about ourselves the moment we have a minute of self-reflection: we have the capacity to do the things we hate. In spite of our best efforts and sincere desires to be consistently good, we have this thing in our chests that ought not to be trusted. We have treacherous hearts. And yet, Jesus entrusts His Heart to ours at every Mass.

Mass Readings from March 07, 2021:
Exodus 20:1-17
Psalm 19:8-11
1 Corinthians 1:22-25
John 2:13-25

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Mar 08, 2021
02/28/21 To The Heart: The Adventure of Obedience
Homily from the Second Sunday of Lent.
Obedience precedes understanding.

We are made for adventure. But adventure means mystery and uncertainty. Often, what holds us back from action is a lack of knowing why. But what if there is a better question than “why?”? What if the adventure of obedience means asking “how?”?

Mass Readings from February 28, 2021:
Genesis 22:1-2, 9-13, 15-18
Psalm 116:10, 15-17, 18-19
Romans 8:31-34
Mark 9:2-10

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Mar 02, 2021
02/21/21 To The Heart: Untamed and Untamable
Homily from the First Sunday of Lent.
God is not safe, but He is good.

Trust is a challenge for all of us. Trust in God is a battle that every person faces at some point in their lives. Often, we might find is easier to trust God if He were a “tame god”, but He is not. This Lent, our invitation is to not only trust in God’s mercy, but also in His justice.

Mass Readings from February 21, 2021:
Genesis 9:8-15
Psalm 25:4-9
1 Peter 3:18-22
Mark 1:12-15

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Feb 22, 2021
02/17/21 To The Heart: Escape or Embrace
Homily from Ash Wednesday.
Return to the Lord with your whole heart.

We are often tempted to run away from God and from difficult moments in life. We might even be tempted to escape from all that has been taken from us over the past year. But to choose to embrace this moment is to choose to embrace the Lord and His Providence.

Mass Readings from February 17, 2021:
Joel 2:12-18
Psalm 51:3-6, 12-13, 14 and 17
2 Corinthians 5:20—6:2
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18

Feb 18, 2021
02/14/21 Hindsight 20/20: The Cost
Homily from the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Every choice comes at a cost.

Looking back, there are some things we could have known. And looking back, there are some things we could never have known. But one thing is unfailingly true when seen through hindsight: every decision comes at a price and every choice has a cost. Making the decision is risky, but there are things that are more important than staying safe.

Mass Readings from February 14, 2021:
Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46
Psalm 32:1-2, 5, 11
1 Corinthians 10:31—11:1
Mark 1:40-45

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Feb 18, 2021
02/07/21 Hindsight 20/20: In Good Times and In Bad
Homily from the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Good times don’t last…and neither do bad times.

One of the many things that life teaches us is that life is always changing. To grow is to change. There are times that are good and there are times that are bad. All of us go through good times and bad times and neither of them are permanent. In both good times and bad, Jesus is Lord and He loves the person in a desperate situation and the person in a bright situation.

Mass Readings from February 07, 2021:
Job 7:1-4, 6-7
Psalm 147:1-6
1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23
Mark 1:29-39

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Feb 15, 2021
01/31/21 Hindsight 20/20: Worthless Knowledge
Homily from the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
I learned, but I didn’t grow.

Knowledge is powerful. Having lived through this past year, and looking back on what we have been through is essential. We can have learned a great number of things over 2020. But unless we are willing to act on that knowledge, hindsight will be powerless.

Mass Readings from January 31, 2021:
Deuteronomy 18:15-20
Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 7-9
1 Corinthians 7:32-35
Mark 1:21-28

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Feb 02, 2021
01/24/21 Hindsight 20/20: The Whole Story
Homily from the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Editing is the enemy of how we remember the story.

We look back so that we can see clearly and learn from our past. But we also have a temptation to edit the story we tell ourselves. We might edit how we tell the story, but we must not edit how we remember the story.

Mass Readings from January 24, 2021:
Jonah 3:1-5, 10
Psalm 25:4-9
1 Corinthians 7:29-31
Mark 1:14-20

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Jan 25, 2021
01/17/21 Hindsight 20/20: The Moment Before the Moment
Homily from the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time.
We can’t predict The Moment, but we can prepare in the moment before The Moment.

While no one can predict the future, all of us can learn from the past. While none of us can control when the big moments of our lives are going to happen, all of us can choose what we are doing in the moments before The Moment.

Mass Readings from January 17, 2021:
1 Samuel 3:3-10, 19
Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-10
1 Corinthians 6:13-15, 17-20
John 1:35-42

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Jan 18, 2021
01/10/21 You Are My Son
Homily from the Baptism of the Lord.
At the Incarnation, God joined His dicinity to humanity...at the Baptism of Jesus, God identifies with our brokenness.
What difference does the Baptism of Jesus make? It means that God doesn't stay away from our sins, but that He takes them upon Himself.

Mass Readings from January 10, 2021:
Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7
Psalm 29:1-4, 9-10
Acts 10:34-38
Mark 1:7-11
Jan 11, 2021
12/27/20 Holy Families
Homily from the Mass of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.
Parents are not powerless.
It can be so easy for parents to feel powerless when it comes to passing on the faith to their families. But there are four powerful tools every parent can employ to help their families become holy families.

Mass Readings from December 27, 2020:
Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14
Psalm 128:1-5
Colossians 3:12-21
Luke 2:22-40
Dec 27, 2020
12/25/20 Taken
Homily from the Mass of the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas).
Why is He there?
When you and I look at the image of the baby Jesus in the manger, how would we answer the question: why is He there?

Mass Readings from December 25, 2020:
Isaiah 52:7-10
Psalm 98:1-6
Hebrews 1:1-6
John 1:1-18
Dec 25, 2020
12/20/20 Silent Waiting
Homily from the Fourth Sunday of Advent.
Silence magnifies and waiting purifies.
Waiting is not meant to be wasted. The chance to wait in silence is often given by God to serve a purpose...above all to change our faith into something new.

Mass Readings from December 20, 2020:
2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8-12, 14, 16
Psalm 89:2-5, 27, 29
Romans 16:25-27
Luke 1:26-38
Dec 20, 2020
12/13/20 "I Am Not"
Homily from the Third Sunday of Advent.
No one can take from you what doesn’t belong to you.
We all have the temptation to pretend to be someone or something other than we are. To pass ourselves off as someone else…to be an imposter. We do this most often when we know the truth but live in fear of the truth. John the Baptist shows us what it looks like to know the truth and live in the freedom of the truth.

Mass Readings from December 13, 2020:

Isaiah 61:1-2, 10-11
Luke 1:46-50, 53-54
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
John 1:6-8, 19-28
Dec 14, 2020
12/06/20 Legacy
Homily from the Second Sunday of Advent.
We can’t go back to the beginning of the story, but we can start where we are and change the ending.
Saint Peter reveals that the Day is coming when The Story will have been written. On that day, everything will be revealed and we will know God’s hidden role in every moment of The Story…and we will know the truth and consequences of our roles in The Story. We will know our legacy.

Mass Readings from December 6, 2020:

Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11
Psalm 85:9-12, 13-14
2 Peter 3:8-14
Mark 1:1-8
Dec 07, 2020
11/29/20 Be Here
Homily from the First Sunday of Advent.
God will not just get us through this moment…He has brought us to this moment.
Too often, we find ourselves just wanting this moment to be “done." We miss out on the miracle of the moment because we see what is happening as something that is getting in the way of life. But this is life. There is not another one we are waiting for. We need to learn to trust that God is not just going to help us get through this moment, but that He has brought us to this moment.

Mass Readings from November 29, 2020:
Isaiah 63:16-17, 19; 64:2-7
Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19
1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Mark 13:33-37
Nov 30, 2020
11/22/20 Roadmap: Expect Delays
Homily from the Solemnity of Christ the King.
What you do with the delay makes all the difference.

We have a destination: to be who we are and to be that well. We have a Roadmap and a Rule of Life. What remains is one last question: Is there any room in your Rule for the Ruler?

Mass Readings from November 22, 2020:
Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17
Psalm 23:1-3, 5-6
1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28
Matthew 25:31-46

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Nov 30, 2020
11/15/20 Roadmap: Checkpoints
Homily from the Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time.
What have you done with what you've been given?

No one ever sets out to lose. But losing is entirely possible: in business, relationships, and in the spiritual life. It is possible to lose one’s soul. No one wants to lose, but many people do. Even with a great roadmap, we need regular checkpoints to make sure we are on course and haven’t gone off track.

Mass Readings from November 15, 2020:
Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31
Psalm 128:1-5
1 Thessalonians 5:1-6
Matthew 25:14-30

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Nov 16, 2020
11/08/20 Roadmap: Accident or Excellent
Homily from the Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Excellence requires making the decision carefully, consistently, and quickly.

The one question that can either deflate or motivate a person is “When?” This question reveals whether our goal is an actual goal or merely a wish. But if we want to escape a life of accidents and craft a life of excellence, we need to make the decision of “when” are we going to choose excellence carefully, consistently, and quickly.

Mass Readings from November 8, 2020:
Wisdom 6:12-16
Psalm 63:2-8
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Matthew 25:1-13

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Nov 10, 2020
11/01/20 Roadmap: Guardrails
Homily from the Solemnity of All Saints.
No one ever accidentally lived on purpose.

No two saints are the same. There is no “cookie-cutter” path to holiness. While there are certain givens that must be present, each person has to assess where they are in their relationship with the Lord in order to know best where to place wise guardrails in their own life.

Mass Readings from November 1, 2020:
Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14
Psalm 24:1-6
1 John 3:1-3
Matthew 5:1-12

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Nov 02, 2020
10/25/20 Roadmap: Reclaimed and Repurposed
Homily from the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Holiness isn’t always changing your what as much as changing your why.

Our lives have been reclaimed by Christ and we have become a new creation. Because of this, every moment of our lives can be lived with and for a new purpose. Every moment can be repurposed to be a sacrament, and sacrifice, and an act of surrender.

Mass Readings from October 25, 2020:
Exodus 22:20-26
Psalm 18:2-3, 3-4, 47, 51
1 Thessalonians 1:5-10
Matthew 22:34-40

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Oct 26, 2020
10/18/20 Roadmap: Be A Saint
Homily from the Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
The roadmap begins with “Who”.

There is one true goal in life: to be a saint. Many of us believe this, but is there a path? Without a plan, we will certainly fail to hit the goal. Without a roadmap, we will spend our time on this planet wandering as if we neither know where we are or where we are going.

Mass Readings from October 18, 2020:
Isaiah 45:1, 4-6
Psalm 96:1, 3-5, 7-10
1 Thessalonians 1:1-5B
Matthew 22:15-21

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Oct 20, 2020
10/11/20 No Difference
Homily from the Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
There are many goods. There is only one best.

Modern indifference is the inability to take joy in in one's situation regardless of the circumstances. It is seeing "no difference" between the awesome and the awful...as well as the awesome alright.

Mass Readings from October 11, 2020:
Isaiah 25:6-10
Psalm 23:1-6
Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20
Matthew 22:1-14
Oct 12, 2020
10/04/20 It's Not Your Vineyard
Homily from the Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time.
God has made you for freedom from anxiety over the unforeseeable future, the unchangeable past, and your present responsibilities.

Many people are overwhelmed by anxiety. Anxiety over all the things that need to get done and over all that they have been through. But God calls us to have no anxiety at all. And to surrender our past, present, and future to His dominion.

Mass Readings from October 4, 2020:
Isaiah 5:1-7
Psalm 80:9,12,13-16,19-20
Philippians 4:6-9
Matthew 21:33-43
Oct 05, 2020
09/27/20 How Do I Look? Change Your Mind
Homily from the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
If you can choose your thoughts you can change your thoughts.

In the garden of the mind, our thoughts are constantly growing. Some we want, others we do not. As the gardeners of our own minds, we must think about what we think about, weed out the thoughts that poison our minds, and allow the Word of God to shape how we look.

Mass Readings from September 27, 2020:
Ezekiel 18:25-28
Psalm 25:4-9
Philippians 2:1-11
Matthew 21:28-32
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Sep 28, 2020
09/20/20 How Do I Look? Highlighter
Homily from the Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
It doesn’t matter how long you live. What matters is how you live.

Our lives will magnify (or highlight) something. Will they be so full of nice things that they will miss the most excellent things? Or will we be wise so that, no matter the outcome, Christ will be highlighted?

Mass Readings from September 20, 2020:
Isaiah 55:6-9
Psalm 145:2-3, 8-9, 17-18
Philippians 1:20-24, 27
Matthew 20:1-16
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Sep 21, 2020
09/13/20 How Do I Look? The Cost of Forgiveness
Homily from the Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
There is no forgiveness without justice.

Forgiveness is neither excusing nor enabling evil. There is always a debt that needs to be paid…and somebody needs to pay it.

Mass Readings from September 13, 2020:
Sirach 27:30—28:7
Psalm 103:1-4, 9-12
Romans 14:7-9
Matthew 18:21-35
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Sep 14, 2020
09/06/20 How Do I Look? Fighting For
Homily from the Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time.
How do Christians fight?

We all have experienced the temptation to see someone who has failed or someone who has hurt us as a non-person. But taking responsibility for the people in our lives means fighting that temptation. And it means doing what we can to fight for that person.

Mass Readings from September 06, 2020:
Ezekiel 33:7-9
Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9
Romans 13:8-10
Matthew 18:15-20
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Sep 06, 2020
08/30/20 How Do I Look? "Lucky"
Homily from the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Am I being conformed or transformed?

Christians must not only live differently in the world, we must look differently at the world.

Mass Readings from August 30, 2020:
Jeremiah 20:7-9
Psalm 63:2-6, 8-9
Romans 12:1-2
Matthew 16:21-27
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Aug 31, 2020
08/23/20 Influencer
Homily from the Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time.
The Church has influence even when it isn’t considered important.

We can often confuse influence with importance; authority with power. But the Church has been given the very influence and authority of Jesus Christ. Even when the world does not listen to the voice of the Church, She still has the influence and authority of Jesus.

Mass Readings from August 23, 2020:
Isaiah 22:19-23
Psalm 138:1-3, 6, 8
Romans 11:33-36
Matthew 16:13-20
Aug 24, 2020
08/16/20 Great Faith
Homily from the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Faith can only become great when it is tested.

What kind of faith do you want? Faith that makes a difference because it is lived out is the only kind of faith that matters.

Mass Readings from August 16, 2020:
Isaiah 56:1, 6-7
Psalm 67:2-3, 5-6, 8
Romans 11:13-15, 29-32
Matthew 15:21-28
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Aug 17, 2020
08/09/20 Why Did You Stop?
Homily from the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
It is one thing to start walking. It is another thing to keep walking.

Distraction is anything that takes our focus away from where it needs to be.

Mass Readings from August 9, 2020:
1 Kings 19:9, 11-13
Psalm 85:9-12, 13-14
Romans 9:1-5
Matthew 14:22-33
Aug 09, 2020
08/02/20 All We Have
Homily from the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Do I have an attitude of scarcity or an attitude of abundance?

All of us have gifts in our lives and all of us have real struggles in our lives. What weight do we give our blessings and what weight do we give our struggles?

Mass Readings from August 2, 2020:
Isaiah 55:1-3
Psalm 145:8-9,15-18
Romans 8:35,37-39
Matthew 14:13-21
Aug 03, 2020
07/05/20 Lead Yourself First
Homily from the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Freedom requires virtue.

The Founding Fathers gave the world a republic that necessitated a people who were virtuous, moral, and religious.

Mass Readings from July 5, 2020:
Zechariah 9:9-10
Psalm 145:1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13-14
Romans 8:9, 11-13
Matthew 11:25-30
Jul 06, 2020
06/28/20 Something to Lose
Homily from the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
It is a gift to have something to lose.

Every good thing in our lives comes from Jesus. Since He is the source of everything, He must be more important than anything.

Mass Readings from June 28, 2020:
2 Kings 4:8-11,14-16
Psalm 89:2-3,16-19
Romans 6:3-4,8-11
Matthew 10:37-42
Jun 28, 2020
06/21/20 Fear No One
Homily from the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
You matter to God and you have a job to do.

Jesus tells us to "fear no one." Not because there is no danger, but because He is calling us to not be safe.

Mass Readings from June 21, 2020:
Jeremiah 20:10-13
Psalm 69:8-10, 14, 17, 33-35
Romans 5:12-15
Matthew 10:26-33
Jun 21, 2020
06/14/20 No Longer Optional
Homily from the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ.
The Eucharist will never be optional...until the day it is no longer an option.

The moment worship becomes about “what I get” it ceases to be an act of love and becomes idolatry.

Mass Readings from June 14, 2020:Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14-16 Psalm 147:12-15, 19-20 1 Corinthians 10:16-17 John 6:51-58
Jun 15, 2020
06/07/20 In His Image and Likeness
Homily from the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity.
You do not have to know the details of a person’s life to know they are worth loving.

Human worth is rooted in our deepest identity. And our deepest identity comes from being made in God’s image and likeness. And God’s deepest identity is love.

Mass Readings from June 7, 2020:Exodus 34:4-6, 8-9 Daniel 3:52-56 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 John 3:16-18
Jun 08, 2020
05/31/20 Exiles: The First Gift
Homily from Pentecost Sunday.
For the love of God has been poured into our hearts.

Jesus sent the Holy Spirit so that we could receive the first gift of the Holy Spirit: to know what it is to be loved by the Father.

Mass Readings from May 31, 2020:Acts 2:1-11 Psalms 104:1, 24, 29-31, 34 1 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13 John 20:19-23
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Jun 08, 2020
05/24/20 Exiles: Restoration
Homily from the Ascension of the Lord.
Live the reason.

Return from exile is not about a change in location, it is about a change in vocation. It is less about geography and more about mission. The goal is not Resurrection, the goal is Restoration.

Mass Readings from May 24, 2020:
Acts 1:1-11
Psalm 47:2-3, 6-9
Ephesians 1:17-23
Matthew 28:16-20

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May 25, 2020
05/17/20 Exiles: Why Go Back?
Homily from the Sixth Sunday of Easter.
Not a habit or a have-to, but the heart is the reason.

At some point, the exile will end. You will be able to go back. But why? What is the reason why you will go back?

Mass Readings from May 17, 2020:
Acts 8:5-8, 14-17
Psalm 66:1-3, 4-7, 16, 20
1 Peter 3:15-18
John 14:15-21

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May 18, 2020
05/10/20 Insecure: Uncertain Plans
Homily from the Fifth Sunday of Easter.
Advance boldly into the shadows of uncertainty.

If we are wise, we will think about the future and plan for it. And if we are even wiser, we will be able to let go of those plans when we need to.

Mass Readings from May 10, 2020:
Acts 6:1-7
Psalm 33:1-2, 4-5, 18-19
1 Peter 2:4-9
John 14:1-12

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May 11, 2020
05/03/20 Insecure: Untroubled by the Unknown
Homily from the Fourth Sunday of Easter.
Knowing does not equal security.

In a world of insecurity, it is less important to know where one is being lead, and more important to know who is doing the leading.

Mass Readings from May 3, 2020:
Acts 2:14, 36-41
Psalm 23:1-6
1 Peter 2:20-25
John 10:1-10

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May 04, 2020
04/26/2020 Insecure: Not Home
Homily from the Third Sunday of Easter.
Back to normal might not be what we think.

Our lives can be spent wishing for certain outcomes. But a security built on specific outcomes is a conditional and temporary security. We need true hope to walk in confidence.

Mass Readings from April 26, 2020:
Acts 2:14, 22-33
Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-11
1 Peter 1:17-21
Luke 24:13-35

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Apr 27, 2020
04/19/20 Insecure: The Source of Security
Homily from Divine Mercy Sunday.
In a time of incredible insecurity, we trust in incomprehensible mercy.

We live in an insecure world, but God’s mercy is stable.

Mass Readings from April 19, 2020:
Acts 2:42-47
Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24
1 Peter 1:3-9
John 20:19-31

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Apr 20, 2020
04/11/20 Witnesses
Homily from Holy Saturday, the Easter Vigil.
We profess the faith today so we can persevere in the faith tomorrow.

Christianity is an historical religion that is not based on feelings, philosophies, or myths. It is based on a fact: the fact of the resurrection of Jesus. The one thing that changes everything.
Apr 13, 2020
04/10/20 Prepared But Not Ready
Homily from Good Friday of the Lord's Passion.
Why are we surprised when we discover that “weakness” is actually weak?

Jesus prepared His disciples for His Passion. But they were not ready, because they had not factored in their own weakness. But Jesus had factored it in. It was, in fact, why He entered His Passion.

Mass Readings from April 10, 2020:
Isaiah 52:13—53:12
Psalm 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17, 25
Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9
John 18:1—19:42
Apr 11, 2020
04/09/20 Re-Claimed and Re-Named
Homily from Holy Thursday, the Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper.
God speaks your true name: "Mine."

Our name is our identity. Christ has covered our given name with His blood. And now we have a new name: we are “His.”

Mass Readings from April 9, 2020:
Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14
Psalm 116:12-13, 15-18
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
John 13:1-15
Apr 10, 2020
04/05/20 Un-Done: Unfinished
Homily from Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion.
Jesus has not removed suffering from our lives, He has redeemed the suffering in our lives.

Jesus accomplished the Father’s will in His passion, death, and resurrection. His mission of salvation is “finished.” And yet, Christ’s Body on earth still lives out the mission of Her Head: we are called to unite our sufferings to His for the salvation of the world. And this work — the work He has entrusted to us — remains unfinished.

Mass Readings from April 5, 2020:
Isaiah 50:4-7
Psalm 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24.
Philippians 2:6-11
Matthew 26:14—27:66

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Apr 05, 2020
03/29/20 Un-Done: Broken, Not Lost
Homily from the Fifth Sunday of Lent.
Jesus is the God of the Broken Heart.

Suffering, sickness, and death are devastating. But nothing is worse than losing one’s heart. A broken heart is still home in Jesus’ Heart.

Mass Readings from March 29, 2020:
Ezekiel 37:12-14
Psalm 130:1-8
Romans 8:8-11
John 11:1-45


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Mar 29, 2020
03/22/20 Un-Done: God Shows Up
Homily from the Fourth Sunday of Lent.
Real suffering in this world reveals the deeper part of us that has come undone.

God made this world good, but He did not make it unbreakable. This world has come undone, and our sickness and suffering reveals the deeper ways our hearts have come undone.

Mass Readings from March 22, 2020:
1 Samuel 16:1B, 6-7, 10-13A
Psalm 23: 1-3, 3-4, 5, 6
Ephesians 5:8-14
John 9:1-41


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Mar 23, 2020
03/15/20 Un-Done: Not Fine
Homily from the Third Sunday of Lent.
You are not fine. You don't have to be.

We live in a world that has come undone with hearts and relationships that have come undone. Jesus comes to that wound to undo what has been undone.

Mass Readings from March 15, 2020:
Exodus 17:3-7
Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9
Romans 5:1-2, 5-8
John 4:5-42

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Mar 16, 2020
03/01/20 Un-Done: We've Come Undone
Homily from the First Sunday of Lent.
The decision that broke the world.

This world is not perfect. And we are not perfect. But imperfect does not mean unloved.

Mass Readings from March 1, 2020:
Genesis 2:7-9; 3:1-7
Psalm 51:3-6, 12-13, 17
Romans 5:12-19
Matthew 4:1-11

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Mar 03, 2020
02/26/20 He Sees. He Cares.
Homily from Ash Wednesday.
Your Father sees you. Your Father hears you.

We all desire to be heard and seen...to know we matter. Jesus reveals that even your actions in secret are known by the Father and they matter to Him.

Mass Readings from February 26, 2020:
Joel 2:12-18
Psalm 51:3-4, 5-6, 12-14, 17
2 Corinthians 5:20—6:2
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18
Mar 03, 2020
02/23/20 Defiant Love
Homily from the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time.

The Universe is indifferent to us. People can be vicious to us. The Christian’s response is not indifference nor viciousness. The Christian response is to love in the face of indifference and evil. If we are going to love like Jesus, we must love differently…we must love defiantly.

Mass Readings from February 23, 2020:
Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18
Psalm 103:1-4, 8, 10, 12-13
1 Corinthians 3:16-23
Matthew 5:38-48

Mar 03, 2020
02/16/20 More Than A Criminal Heart
Homily from the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

The Sermon on the Mount reveals the truth about our hearts: we need the Law. But God wants us to be free from the Law. Not by abolishing the Law, but by making our hearts like His. We can let Him do this by taking responsibility, taking action, and taking hold of the strength He offers.

Mass Readings from February 16, 2020:
Sirach 15:15-20
Psalm 119:1-2, 4-5, 17-18, 33-34
1 Corinthians 2:6-10
Matthew 5:17-37

Mar 03, 2020
02/09/20 Good...For Nothing?
Homily from the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Refuse to live as salt and light, and the Father remains unknown, unloved, and unglorified.

God trusts us with being His representatives in this world. He has made us His and He has made us good. But to what end? God has made us good for a purpose. Do we live in such a way that we have been made good for nothing?

Mass Readings from February 9, 2020:
Isaiah 58:7-10
Psalm 112:4-5, 6-7, 8-9
1 Corinthians 2:1-5
Matthew 5:13-16

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Mar 03, 2020
02/02/20 Underestimated: Unimpressive
Homily from the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord.
Unimpressive does not mean unimportant.

Most of life is made up of unimpressive moments and unimpressive seasons. If we are constantly waiting for the next “peak moment“ we will miss out on most of life…and also most peak moments.

Mass Readings from February 2, 2020:
Malachi 3:1-4
Psalm 24:7-10
Hebrews 2:14-18
Luke 2:22-40

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Mar 03, 2020
01/26/19 Underestimated: Silence is Not Absence
Homily from the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Do not underestimate what God is doing when it seems like God is doing nothing.

There are seasons of silence, and hiddenness, and brokenness in all of our lives. These times are not just useful, they are necessary for us to become the kind of people God needs us to be.

Mass Readings from January 26, 2020:
Isaiah 8:23—9:3
Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14
1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17
Matthew 4:12-23

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Mar 03, 2020
01/19/20 Underestimated: Single Unifying Principle
Homily from the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time.
The single unifying principle unites all of the various threads of our life into one whole image.

It is “too little” to remain who you are instead of becoming who God needs you to be.

Mass Readings from January 19, 2020:
Isaiah 49:3, 5-6
Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-10
1 Corinthians 1:1-3
John 1:29-34

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Mar 03, 2020
12/25/19 One Star
Homily from the Nativity of the Lord.
God will always fulfill His promises. Is that enough?

We know that God is faithful because He has fulfilled what He has promised. But He does not need to do what He has not promised to do.

Mass Readings from December 25, 2019:
Isaiah 52:7-10
Psalm 98:1, 2-3, 3-4, 5-6
Hebrews 1:1-6
John 1:1-18





Mar 03, 2020
12/22/19 Available and Capable
Homily from the Fourth Sunday of Advent.
Emmanuel. God is working with us to save the world.

God does not need us. But He has demonstrated that He does not want to heal, transform, or save the world without our help. He only needs us to be the kind of people who are willing and able.

Mass Readings from December 22, 2019:
Isaiah 7:10-14
Psalm 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
Romans 1:1-7
Matthew 1:18-24






Mar 03, 2020
12/08/19 The Gift That Changes Everything
Homily from the Second Sunday of Advent.
To be gripped by God is not supposed to be comfortable.

The Prophet says that the great gift of the Spirit is the fear of the Lord. But what is it?

Mass Readings from December 8, 2019:
Isaiah 11:1-10
Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17
Romans 15:4-9
Matthew 3:1-12






Mar 03, 2020
12/01/19 Before Goodbye
Homily from the First Sunday of Advent.
We do not know when, but we do know what.

Goodbyes can be painful. But what makes goodbyes even more painful is when we are not ready for the leaving or letting go. The goodness of the goodbye comes down to what we do with the time before goodbye.

Mass Readings from December 1, 2019:
Isaiah 4:2-6
Psalm 122:1-9
Romans 13:11-14
Matthew 24:37-44




Mar 03, 2020
11/24/19 A King Who Remembers
Homily from the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.
Jesus loves you and He hasn’t forgotten you.

It is easy to feel forgotten and forsaken…even by God. But God notices, loves, and remembers you.

Mass Readings from November 24, 2019:
2 Samuel 5:1-3
Psalm 122:1-2, 3-4, 4-5
Colossians 1:12-20
Luke 23:35-43

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Mar 03, 2020
11/17/19 CompariSIN: Stealing Joy
Homily from the Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time.
If comparison is a thief of joy, then we have to learn how to steal it back.

In the battle to escape the comparison trap, we can become invincible to bad comparison by actively looking for the blessings, giving thanks, and inviting others into celebrating them. Because there are some things worth celebrating.

Mass Readings from November 17, 2019:
Malachi 3:19-20
Psalm 98:5-9
2 Thessalonians 3:7-12
Luke 21:5-19

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Mar 03, 2020
11/10/19 CompariSIN: Incomparable
Homily from the Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time.
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

We will continue walking through this world in which people are better than us. How can we become invincible to comparison?

Mass Readings from November 10, 2019:
2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14
Psalm 17:1, 5-6, 8, 15
2 Thessalonians 2:16-3:5
Luke 20:27-38

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Mar 03, 2020
11/03/19 CompariSIN: Infinitely Preferred
Homily from the Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time.
What makes them so great? What makes me so awful?

When someone else being honored or loved more than we are meets our insecurity, we are tempted to tell stories…about them and about ourselves. But when we know who we are and are grateful for what we have, we have security. And comparison is powerless.

Mass Readings from November 3, 2019:
Wisdom 11:22-12:2
Psalm 145:1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13, 14
2 Thessalonians 1:11-2:2
Luke 19:1-10

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Mar 03, 2020
10/27/19 CompariSIN: The Way of Comparison
Homily from the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
What makes them so great? What makes me so awful?

Comparison is the desire to be “more” than another. At the heart of that desire is fear. Vulnerability breaks through that fear.

Mass Readings from October 27, 2019:
Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18
Psalm 34:2-3, 17-18, 19, 23
2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18
Luke 18:9-14

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Mar 03, 2020
10/20/19 The Hardest Step: The Next Step
Homily from the Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Often, the next hardest step is the next step.

Continuing to walk in the midst of failure, rejection, and imperfection is a sign of a great life. In your life, you will take hundreds of first steps. But in a great life, you will take thousands of next steps.

Mass Readings from October 20, 2019:
Ezekiel 17:8-13
Psalm 121:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8
2 Timothy 3:14-4:2
Luke 18:1-8

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Mar 03, 2020
10/13/19 The Hardest Step: The First Step
Homily from the Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
You just have to start.

The first step is the most difficult…but it is also the most important.

Mass Readings from October 13, 2019:
2 Kings 5:14-17
Psalm 98:1-4
2 Timothy 2:8-13
Luke 17:11-19

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Mar 03, 2020
10/06/19 Are You Saved? From What: Lovelessness
Homily from the Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time.
How do you know God loves you? How do you know you are saved? Answer: the sacraments.

The saving work of Jesus was accomplished in His life, death, resurrection, and ascension. The saving work of Jesus meets our lives and transforms them through the tangible gifts of His love: the sacraments.

Mass Readings from October 6, 2019:
Habbakuk 1:2-3; 2:2-4
Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9
2 Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14
Luke 17:5-10

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Mar 03, 2020
09/29/19 Are You Saved? From What: Lifelessness
Homily from the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Jesus took from us what was ours so He could give to us what is His.

God’s grace is the cause of our salvation. God’s free gift is what gives us the power to even choose Him or choose to do good works. We do not merely “collect” or “receive” His grace, but we become active participants with Him.

Mass Readings from September 29, 2019:
Amos 6:1, 4-7
Psalm 146:7, 8-9, 9-10
1 Timothy 6:11-16
Luke 16:19-31

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Mar 03, 2020
09/22/19 Are You Saved? From What: Hopelessness
Homily from the Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Jesus took from us what was ours so He could give to us what is His.

When we come face to face with our sin, we realize that we owe a debt we cannot pay. When we come face to face with Jesus, we realize that He paid a debt He did not owe. This is the free gift that saves us from hopelessness: we are saved by grace through faith working itself out in love.

Mass Readings from September 22, 2019:
Amos 8:4-7
Psalm 113:1-2, 4-6, 7-8
1 Timothy 2:1-8
Luke 16:1-13

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Mar 03, 2020
09/15/19 Are You Saved? From What: Fatherlessness
Homily from the Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Jesus saves us from being orphaned or abandoned.

I was saved at my Baptism. I am being saved. I hope to be saved. The Father has adopted us in Christ. And He cannot take it back. But do we live as children of the Father?

Mass Readings from September 15, 2019:
Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14
Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 17, 19
1 Timothy 1:12-17
Luke 15:1-32

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Mar 03, 2020
09/08/19 First Thing First
Homily from the Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Out of everything in life, Jesus has to be first.

In our lives, we continually divide ourselves and divide our hearts by giving away our small “yesses”. Jesus calls us to experience freedom, joy, and clarity by giving Him our big “Yes” because He is the priority.

Mass Readings from September 8, 2019:
Wisdom 9:13-18B
Psalm 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-14, 17
Philemon 9-10, 12-17
Luke 14:25-33

Mar 03, 2020
09/01/19 Oh, Vanity
Homily from the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time.
The high price of vanity.

It is easy to think of vanity as nothing more than being conceited or overly concerned about one’s appearance. But the vice of vanity comes at a cost. A person could even find themselves living someone else’s life.

Mass Readings from September 1, 2019:
Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29
Psalm 68:4-5, 6-7, 10-11
Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24
Luke 14:1, 7-14
Mar 03, 2020
08/25/19 Hope and Discipline
Homily from the Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Discipline is the mark of the mature Christian.

We have to do difficult things all of the time. Why do we do them? We do them because we hope. We have the confidence that what we do makes a difference. The hope that, even when discipline becomes difficult, the discipline makes a difference.

Mass Readings from August 25, 2019:
Isaiah 66:18-21
Psalm 117:1,2
Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13
Luke 13:22-30



Mar 03, 2020
08/11/19 Living By Faith
Homily from the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
A disciple is a decision-maker.

Faith is more than belief. It “acts”. It can be seen. In fact, what we choose reveals our faith. And our decisions shape our lives, here on earth and in eternity.

Mass Readings from August 11, 2019:
Wisdom 18:6-9
Psalm 33:1, 12, 18-19, 20-22
Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19
Luke 12:32-48



Mar 03, 2020
07/07/19 Declaration
Homily from the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
The Father has uttered His declaration; we are offered the chance to answer.

All of Christianity comes down to one question: does God have permission to love you? 

Mass Readings from July 07, 2019:
Isaiah 66:10-14
Psalm 66:1-3, 4-5, 6-7, 16, 20
Galatians 6:14-18
Luke 10:1-12, 17-20



Mar 03, 2020
06/30/19 We'll See
Homily from the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Transfer your primary allegiance.

When following Jesus, the first things He invites us to give up are safety and control. 

Mass Readings from June 30, 2019:
1 Kings 19:16, 19-21
Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11
Galatians 5:1, 13-18
Luke 9:51-62

Mar 03, 2020
06/09/19 The Peace of Christ
Homily from Pentecost Sunday.
I know I have what I need.

The promised Holy Spirit gives many gifts, but few are more powerful and profound than the Spirit’s gift of peace.

Mass Readings from June 9, 2019:
Acts 13:14, 43-52
Psalm 100:1-2, 3, 51
Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13
John 20:19-23
Mar 03, 2020
05/12/19 #Fail: Failure is Feedback
Homily from the Fourth Sunday of Easter.
Failure either gives us clarity and conviction or course correction.

Failure is not final and failure is not fatal. As long as we don’t stop, and as long as we are willing to learn from our failures, they have no power to defeat us but only to educate us and make us better.

Mass Readings from May 12, 2019:
Acts 13:14, 43-52
Psalm 100:1-2, 3, 5
Revelation 7:9, 14-17
John 10:27-30

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Mar 03, 2020
05/05/19 #Fail: The Only Way to Fail
Homily from the Third Sunday of Easter.
The only way for failure to be final is if you stop.

Even sin is not final if you don’t stop. God has a call for you that is not erased by failure.

Mass Readings from May 5, 2019:
Acts 5:27-32, 40-41
Psalm 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11-12, 13
Revelation 5:11-14
John 21:1-19

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Mar 03, 2020
04/28/19 #Fail: Free to Fail
Homily from Divine Mercy Sunday.
Failure is the one necessary prerequisite for God’s greatest gift.

Many people battle with perfectionism. God’s mercy in the midst of failure is His remedy for the fear that failure is the end.

Mass Readings from April 28, 2019:
Acts 5:12-16
Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-2
Revelation 1:9-11, 12-13, 17-19
John 20:19-31

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Mar 03, 2020
04/14/19 Behind Enemy Lines: Stand
Homily from Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion.
To stand for Jesus is to stand against the world.

If I live in such a way that I merely follow the crowd, I will find myself praising Jesus on Sunday and crying out for His Crucifixion on Friday. This world is a “not friend“ of the Christian. Therefore, we must stand against the world and for Jesus.

Mass Readings from April 14, 2019:
Isaiah 50:4-7
Psalm 22:8-9, 17-20, 23-24
Philippians 2:6-11
Luke 22:14—23:56

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Mar 03, 2020
04/07/19 Behind Enemy Lines: The Father of Lies
Homily from the Fourth Sunday of Lent.
There is no need to fear, but there is a need to fight.

Behind enemy lines, we find ourselves in a battle with the Enemy of God. Satan is real and Satan must be resisted. But the Catholic Christian has been given the tools to engage in the fight and thrive with the strength provided by God Himself.

Mass Readings from April 7, 2019:
Isaiah 43:16-21
Psalm 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6
Philippians 3:8-14
John 8:1-11

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Mar 03, 2020
03/31/19 Behind Enemy Lines: Let Go...and Come Inside
Homily from the Fourth Sunday of Lent.
We have different experiences, but the same enemy.

While all of us struggle with different sins and temptations, we all ultimately have the same enemy: pride. Pride is a chameleon and can disguise itself in many different ways. Ultimately, pride will work to keep you holding onto something other than God and to remain outside the Father’s house. Telling the truth…and hearing the Father’s voice…is the way to let go of what we cling to and come inside.

Mass Readings from March 31, 2019:
Joshua 5:9A, 10-12
Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7.
2 Corinthians 5:17-21
Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

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Mar 03, 2020
03/24/19 Behind Enemy Lines: Trust God...and Fight
Homily from the Third Sunday of Lent.
Trained in trust...strengthened through struggle.

God has freely given so much to us…and we are grateful. But why do we still experience the consequences of slavery? God gives us the chance to grow in trust of Him and His love…and He allows us to grow stronger in our ability to walk as His children.

Mass Readings from March 24, 2019:
Exodus 3:1-8, 13-15
Psalm 103: 1-4, 6-8, 11
1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12
Luke 13:1-9

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Mar 03, 2020
03/17/19 Behind Enemy Lines: My Own Worst Enemy
Homily from the Second Sunday of Lent.
You have to know yourself to say no to yourself.

We are in a battle, but our primary enemy is closer than we might like to imagine. In order to gain true freedom and victory, we have to know this enemy and know when to say no to them.

Mass Readings from March 17, 2019:
Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18
Psalm 27:1, 7-8, 8-9, 13-14.
Philippians 3:17—4:1
Luke 9:28-36

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Mar 03, 2020
03/07/19 Behind Enemy Lines: Isolated and Disoriented
Homily from Ash Wednesday.
You are in a fight; what comes next?

For many of us, our default assumption about life is: it’s fine. Even when things are obviously broken, we can pretend that they will “fix themselves.” But Lent reminds us that we are in a battle that won’t be won unless we are ready to engage the enemy who will attack us like our Lord was attacked in the wilderness...behind enemy lines.

Mass Readings from March 6, 2019:
Joel 2:12-18
Psalm 51:3-4, 5-6, 12-14, 17
2 Corinthians 5:20—6:2
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18

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Mar 03, 2020
03/03/19 Talking and Trials
Homily from the Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
What reveals the heart.

We often are a mystery...even to ourselves. But Christians must come to a place of self-knowledge so we can present our true self to the true God.

Mass Readings from March 3, 2019:
Sirach 27:4-7
Psalm 92:2-3, 13-14, 15-16
1 Corinthians 15:54-58
Luke 6:39-45



Mar 03, 2020
02/24/19 Love Yourself
Homily from the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time.
You are loved most when you deserve it the least.

Jesus calls us to love our enemies. But how can we do that when we don’t even love the people we like? When we often don’t effectively love ourselves?

Mass Readings from February 24, 2019:
1 Samuel 26:2, 7-9, 12-13, 22-23
Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 8, 10, 12-13
1 Corinthians 15:45-49
Luke 6:27-38

Mar 03, 2020
02/17/19 The Fighting Virtue
Homily from the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Willing to engage and embrace the realities of life.

Hope is not a “soft” virtue. It is a fighting virtue. Hope is what enables us to live in the present with strength and conviction. It takes hope to take action.

Mass Readings from February 17, 2019:
Jeremiah 17:5-8
Psalm 1:1-4, 6
1 Corinthians 15:12, 16-20
Luke 6:17, 20-26

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Mar 03, 2020
02/10/19 Disqualified: Unfit
Homily from the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
God is able to make you holy even if He never makes you whole.

There are some things in our lives (our decisions, our wounds, our weaknesses) that we wish and pray were gone. God calls you and I in our weakness; He doesn’t necessarily call us out of our weakness.

Mass Readings from February 10, 2019:
Isaiah 6:1-2, 3-8
Psalm 138:1-5, 7-8
1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Luke 5:1-11

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Mar 03, 2020
02/03/19 Disqualified: Remarkably Average
Homily from the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Being unqualified does not disqualify when God calls.

There are many people who would look remarkably average on paper. Our stats would reveal that we are unqualified for being a part of God’s great work. But the Lord calls us to the greatest of these: love.

Mass Readings from February 3, 2019:
Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19
Psalm 71:1-6, 15-17
1 Corinthians 12:31—13:13
Luke 4:21-30

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Mar 03, 2020
01/27/19 Disqualified: Prevented or Prepared?
Homily from the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time.
What great work may God be preparing you for right now?

In Christ, your past might not be the thing that prevent you from being a part of God’s great work… It might be the thing that has prepared you.

Mass Readings from January 27, 2019:
Nehemiah 8:2-4A, 5-6, 8-10
Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 15
1 Corinthians 12:12-30
Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21

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Mar 03, 2020
01/20/19 Insufficient and Insignificant
Homily from the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time.
God uses what we have and gives us what we need.

It is often very tempting to forget the heart of God. To forget that He notices us, delights in us, and rejoices in us. When the focus shifts from His love to our insufficiency and feelings of insignificance, He reminds us of the truth.

Mass Readings from January 20, 2019:
Isaiah 62:1-5
Psalm 96:1-3, 7-10
1 Corinthians 12:4-11
John 2:1-11
Mar 03, 2020
12/25/18 But Why?
Homily from the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas).
The Why is a Who.

Jesus is not merely the “reason for the season”… He is the reason for everything.

Mass Readings from December 25, 2018:
Isaiah 62:11-12
Psalm 97:1, 6, 11-12
Titus 3:4-7
Luke 2:15-20
Mar 03, 2020
12/09/18 The End?
Homily from the Second Sunday of Advent.
This might be the end of the dream, but it is not the end of the story.

God has begun a good work in you. In fact, he has begun many “good works.“ Many of them will come to an end, but the truly great work that God has begun is a work that he intends to continue to finish.

Mass Readings from December 09, 2018:
Baruch 5:1-9
Psalm 126:1-6
Philippians 1:4-6, 8-11
Luke 3:1-6



Mar 03, 2020
12/02/18 Be Ready, Get Ready
Homily from the First Sunday of Advent.
You will never be ready unless you get ready.

Advent is a season of preparation. We get ready to celebrate the first coming of Christ into this world. We also get ready for His Second Coming at the end of the world…or at the end of our individual lives. During Advent, we get ready to die.

Mass Readings from December 02, 2018:
Jeremiah 33:14-16
Psalm 25:4-5, 8-9, 10, 14
1 Thessalonians 3:12—4:2
Luke 21:25-28, 34-36

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Mar 03, 2020
11/25/18 Come to the Altar: Kingdom Priesthood
Homily from the Thirty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Don't waste your priesthood.

Jesus is the one eternal High Priest. He has called certain men to participate in His priesthood in a unique way. But He has also extended a share in His priesthood to all believers so that the Father may be glorified and the world redeemed when the sacrifice is offered throughout the world.

Mass Readings from November 25, 2018:
Daniel 7:13-14
Psalm 93:1, 1-2, 5
Revelation 1:5-8
John 18:33-37

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Mar 03, 2020
11/18/18 Come to the Altar: Learning to Worship
Homily from the Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Not merely witnessing the miracle, but offering the sacrifice.

We have to learn the worship of God in a similar way that we need to learn the Word of God. The more we know What we are doing, Who we are offering, Why it is crucial, and When to focus, the more we will be able to do more than watch…we will be able to worship.

Mass Readings from November 18, 2018:
Daniel 12:1-3
Psalm 16:5, 8, 9-10, 11
Hebrews 10:11-14, 18
Mark 13:24-32

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Mar 03, 2020
11/11/18 Come to the Altar: Hollow Worship
Homily from the Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Offering first-fruits reveals and increases the depth of trust.

The temptation to experience worship as hollow or empty is universal. God’s solution for our hearts is the invitation to offer Him our first-fruits. Sacrifices that are intentional, consequential, and representational have the power to transform our hearts and fill up what might be hollow worship.

Mass Readings from November 11, 2018:
1 Kings 17:10-16
Psalm 146:7, 8-9, 9-10
Hebrews 9:24-28
Mark 12:38-44

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Mar 03, 2020
11/04/18 Come to the Altar: Where's Your Altar?
Homily from the Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Not to watch, but to worship.

The heart of religion is the worship of God. And the heart of worship is always sacrifice; a gift that is poured out on the altar. Where is your gift being poured out? Where is your altar?

Mass Readings from November 04, 2018:
Deuteronomy 6:2-6
Psalm 18:2-3, 3-4, 47, 51
Hebrews 7:23-28
Mark 12:28-34

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Mar 03, 2020
10/28/18 Rivals: Rival Voices
Homily from the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
We do not conquer our rivals, we are called out from beneath their power.

The voices around us shape us. Some voices shape us more powerfully and more negatively than others. These rival voices fashion a lens through which we see the world. They can rob us of peace, joy, and Christ place in our heart. But to take courage, get up, Jesus is calling you.

Mass Readings from October 28, 2018:
Jeremiah 31:7-9
Psalm 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6
Hebrews 5:1-6
Mark 10:46-52

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Mar 03, 2020
10/21/18 Rivals: The Rival of Control
Homily from the Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
What do I have to do to get what I want?

So much of our lives can be marked by the desire to control...or the fear of losing control. The rival of control can dominate. And the trust of praise and surrender can liberate.

Mass Readings from October 21, 2018:
Isaiah 53:10-11
Psalm 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22
Hebrews 4:14-16
Mark 10:35-45

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Mar 03, 2020
10/14/18 Rivals: The Reason is the Rival
Homily from the Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
God has an absolute claim on your heart. What is the reason you won’t give it to him?

There is a clear difference between a reason and an excuse. Excuses are not acceptable answers, but there are times when even “good reasons” fail to be “good enough.“

Mass Readings from October 14, 2018:
Wisdom 7:7-11
Psalm 90:12-13, 14-15, 16-17
Hebrews 4:12-13
Mark 10:17-30

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Mar 03, 2020
10/07/18 Rivals: All...or Nothing
Homily from the Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time.
There are some relationships that do not tolerate rivals.

There are only two kinds of relationships that get to a point where it is “all…or nothing“: Romantic relationships and our relationship with Jesus. If we say “all“, that carries with it some consequences. Namely, all of our heart must belong to the other.

Mass Readings from October 7, 2018:
Genesis 2:18-24
Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6
Hebrews 2:9-11
Mark 10:2-16

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Mar 03, 2020
09/30/18 Greatest of All Time: To Be Great, Let Go
Homily from the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
True greatness lies in being able to let go of whatever you don’t need.

The temptation to fall back into measuring greatness according to the standards of the world is powerful. And when we see the good that others have and have accomplished, it can be easy to fall into comparison, jealousy, and envy. We can be afraid that we are not enough because another has more. But Jesus reveals that His greatest moment is the moment He held on to the least.

Mass Readings from September 30, 2018:
Numbers 11:25-29
Psalm 19:8, 10, 12-13, 14
James 5:1-6
Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48

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Mar 03, 2020
09/23/18 Greatest of All Time: Selfless Ambition
Homily from the Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Ambition involves the willingness to risk. Selfless ambition is the willingness to risk the loss of status for the good of someone else.

Great leaders are not those who make their authority over others felt. Great leaders (and great people) are those who, like Christ, place themselves and their gifts at the service of others. They have no fear of losing their status, because they have no status to lose.

Mass Readings from September 23, 2018:
Psalm 54:3-4, 5, 6, 8
James 3:16-4:3
Mark 9:30-37

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Mar 03, 2020
09/16/18 Greatest of All Time: To Be Great, Give
Homily from the Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Could you be great even if no one knew?

The desire to be seen and to be known is written deep in the human heart. But is a person great simply because a large number of people acknowledge them? Jesus reveals that true greatness is when a person gives themselves away to something or someone greater; it is to lay down one’s life for Him and for the Gospel. It does not consist in self-protection or self-expression, but in self-donation.

Mass Readings from September 16, 2018:
Isaiah 50:5-9
Psalm 116:1-9
James 2:14-18
Mark 8:27-35

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Mar 03, 2020
09/09/18 Greatest of All Time: Identity, Not Ability
Homily from the Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time.
You don't have to do all the things. You just have to do the thing.

We can put off doing the one thing we need to do in order to do other, less important, tasks. Or we can do the will of God as He lays it out for us and simply do the thing.

Mass Readings from September 09, 2018:
Isaiah 35:4-7
Psalm 146:6-10
James 2:1-5
Mark 7:31-37

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Mar 03, 2020
09/02/18 Do The Thing
Homily from the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time.
You don't have to do all the things. You just have to do the thing.

We can put off doing the one thing we need to do in order to do other, less important, tasks. Or we can do the will of God as He lays it out for us and simply do the thing.

Mass Readings from September 02, 2018:
Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8
Psalm 15:2-5
James 1:17-18, 21-22, 27
Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

Mar 03, 2020
08/26/18 Not Welcome. Invited.
Homily from the Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time.

God is not indifferent to you.

Mass Readings from August 26, 2018:
Joshua 24:1-2, 15-17, 18
Psalm 34:2-3, 16-17, 18-19, 20-21
Ephesians 5:21-32
John 6:60-69

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Mar 03, 2020
05/06/18 An Example
Homily from the Sixth Sunday of Easter.
You do not need permission to be an example.

Not all of us can have influence, but we can all be an example.

Mass Readings from May 6, 2018:
Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48
Psalm 98:1, 2-3, 3-4
1 John 4:7-10
John 15:9-17




Mar 03, 2020
06/10/18 The Unforgivable Sin
Homily from the Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
At the heart of the unforgivable sin are two words.

The two words “I’m fine” might be a simple way of saying “no thanks.” But it is also a way of saying “I do not desire to change my current status.” Even if a person is thirsty or hungry, they might say “I’m fine" in response to an offer of water or food. In a similar way, someone who longs for mercy might say “I’m fine” in response to the offer of grace.

Mass Readings from June 10, 2018:
Genesis 3:9-15
Psalm 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8
2 Corinthians 4:13—5:1
Mark 3:20-35

Mar 03, 2020
04/29/18 What's Next: Go With
Homily from the Fifth Sunday of Easter.
Confidence is critical to moving forward. Surrender is the key to confidence.

It is one thing to have confidence when a person has power and knowledge. There is another kind of confidence that is necessary when a person is powerless and answerless. This is the kind of confidence in another – – God – – that is willing to place everything a person has and doesn’t have under the Lordship of Jesus.

Mass Readings from April 29, 2018:
Acts 9:26-31
Psalm 22:26-27, 28, 30, 31-32
1 John 3:18-24
John 15:1-8

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Mar 03, 2020
04/22/18 What's Next: When the Chips Are Down
Homily from the Fourth Sunday of Easter.

In calling us to what’s next, God doesn’t necessarily take anything away, but He gives us something. He doesn’t necessarily take away the danger or the fear, but He gives us what we need for the next thing. Courage is using what you’ve been given the moment what you’ve been given is needed the most.

Mass Readings from April 22, 2018:
Acts 4:8-12
Psalm 118:1, 8-9, 21-23, 26, 28, 29
1 John 3:1-2
John 10:11-18

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Mar 03, 2020
04/15/18 What's Next: What's Now
Homily from the Third Sunday of Easter.
Looking ahead only gets you so far.

Being convinced by Christ is one thing, being convicted to take action is another. The call is to be converted…to be changed…to be like Christ. This can happen when we follow the commandments with God’s grace and allow ourselves to be transformed. But this means that we are attentive to what’s now so that we can be ready for what’s next.

Mass Readings from April 15, 2018:
Acts 3:13-15, 17-19
Psalm 4:2, 4, 7-8, 9
1 John 2:1-5
Luke 24:35-48

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Mar 03, 2020