Homily for March 22, 2009

Father Tom’s Homily
4th Sunday of Lent
Mass of Healing
March 22, 2009

Healing bodies, hearts and souls was at the heart of Jesus’ ministry as Messiah.
He reached out to those who were crippled with withered arms and legs, to those who had despaired that their lives had no purpose, to those who felt unloved and unworthy of respect.

Jesus, the Messiah, laid hands on the sick who thought that their sickness and deformity was a sign that they were cursed by God. They regained their health and rejoiced in God’s special blessing on them.

Homily for March 15, 2009

Father Tom’s Homily
3rd Sunday of Lent
March 15, 2009

In one of his plays Jean Anouilh describes the last judgment as he imagines it.
The good are clustered at the gate of heaven, eager to march in, sure of their reserved seats, bursting with impatience. Bad sinners, meanwhile, are on a faraway hill waiting their sentence of condemnation.

But then, a rumor starts spreading among the righteous that God is going to forgive those others too.

Homily for March 8, 2009

Father Tom’s Homily
2nd Sunday of Lent
March 8, 2009

Today’s gospel story about an experience at the mountaintop is not a faraway tale about Jesus, Moses, Elias and the three apostles.
It is meant to be our tale as well. We are invited to follow Jesus up that mountain path to share the vision at the top.

What do we see. Like the three apostles, we see Jesus in another light. He is transfigured. We find out something about him we had never fully appreciated before. Yes, Jesus is truly the glorious Son of God.

Homily for March 1, 2009

Father Tom’s Homily
1st Sunday of Lent
March 1, 2009

The gospel readings of the first Sunday of each Lent are about Jesus’ retreat into the desert, where he fasted and prayed and was tempted by Satan.
This year we read from Mark’s gospel. In the other two years of the liturgical cycle we read from Matthew and Luke.
Mark’s account is astonishingly brief.

Homily for February 22, 2009

Father Tom’s Homily
7th Sunday
February 22, 2009

Harriet Tubman was a black slave in Maryland in the early 1800s. She worked as a field hand, engaged in hard labor from dawn to dusk in the summer heat and the cold of the winter.
She preferred outdoor work to other jobs given to female slaves, who often waited on the family of the owners in the mansion, or tended the owners’ children, or prepared meals in the kitchens and kept their rooms clean, and washed and mended their clothes.

Homily for February 15, 2009

Father Tom’s Homily
6th Sunday
February 15, 2009

If you have been in search of some quotes to woo your beloved in your valentine notes, you could do no better than to use Jesus’ words at the Last Supper.
As we read the gospels, we must keep in mind that they are not historical texts, but living words to help us discover today the good news that God is present in our lives.
And not only present, but wanting us to respond to his love for each of us.

Homily for February 8, 2009

Father Tom’s Homily
5th Sunday
February 8, 2009

Today’s gospel reading begins with these words: “Jesus entered the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John, where Simon’s mother-in-law was sick.” In our reflection this morning let us approach the doorway of this house and consider its history and meaning.

An outline of its history is given in the quotes from the journals of four persons over a period of 13 hundred years. The first is from the journal/gospel of Mark that we have read this morning. Jesus entered this house.

Homily for February 1, 2009

Father Tom’s Homily
4th Sunday
February 1, 2009

In the first reading today from the Book of Deuteronomy, the Lord speaks to Moses with these words: “I will raise up for the people a prophet like you (Moses) from among their kin, and I will put my words into his mouth. He shall tell them all that I command him.”
Moses was a prophet who led his people from slavery to freedom.

Homily for January 25, 2009

Father Tom’s Homily
3rd Sunday
January 25, 2009

According to a legend, in the third century, seven young Christian men in Ephesus (a Christian community in present day Turkey) were running for their lives to escape the emperor’s police. They were in trouble because they had refused the Roman Emperor Decius’ command to sacrifice to the Roman gods. As Christians they could not in conscience do this.

Homily for January 18, 2009

Father Tom’s Homily
2nd Sunday
January 18, 2009

Today’s gospel reading is from the Gospel of John. This gospel begins with a prologue that gives a cosmic overview of God’s entry into human history.
“In the beginning was the Word…and the Word was God…and the Word became flesh.”

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