Homily for August 16-17, 2008

Father Tom’s Homily
20th Sunday
August 17, 2008

Today’s gospel story about Jesus’ encounter with a pagan woman follows two other stories in Matthew’s gospel. These three stories are meant to be read together as a study of opposites.
First there is the story about Peter, Jesus’ close friend and disciple. Then Matthew presents a story about Jesus encounter with the Pharisees.
Immediately following these two stories, there is today’s encounter with the Canaanite woman.

Homily for August 9-10, 2008

Father Tom’s Homily
19th Sunday
August 10, 2008

August 9th is the feast of St. Edith Stein. She was born in Germany of Jewish parents in 1891 on Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, a fact whose significance she later noted.
Independent by nature and gifted with a prodigious intelligence, Edith abandoned her family’s Jewish faith at age 13, declaring herself an atheist.

Homily for August 2-3, 2008

Father Tom’s Homily
18th Sunday
August 3, 2008

Our gospel story tells about Jesus going off to a place of retreat when he heard that his cousin, John the Baptist, had been killed. Jesus’ place of retreat is called “a deserted place.”
It was probably Jesus’ favorite place to pray and rest away from the crowds that were constantly seeking him. People sought him out because he was a healer and a teacher like none other they had ever encountered.

Homily for July 26-27, 2008

Father Tom’s Homily
17th Sunday
July 27, 2008

Dreams play a significant role in the stories of the Bible. For example, today’s first reading tells about King Solomon’s dream.
But does God dream? I say “yes, definitely.”
God has a dream for creation. It is called the Kingdom of God.

Homily for July 19-20, 2008

17th Sunday
July 20, 2008

Our three readings today have a common theme. It is expressed in today’s psalm verse: “You have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the kingdom.”
This teaches us that there is much we do not understand about God and ourselves. And that we must approach these mysteries with humility – as “little ones.”

The first reading looks with wonderment at the mystery of the God’s mercy. It is beyond our ability to comprehend.

Homily for July 12-13, 2008

Father Tom’s Homily
15th Sunday
July 13, 2008

Thirty-seven years ago I was assigned to be the chaplain at Mercy Hospital (across the street from St. Mary). I remember that first week walking into one area of the hospital and hearing a dying man shouting out in confusion and pain. You could hear his outcries down the hallway of that part of the hospital.

Homily for July 5-6, 2008

14th Sunday
July 6, 2008

Jesus’ spirituality was centered on a relationship, his relationship with the Father. His life was centered on this relationship. “The Father and I are one,” he says in John’s gospel.
His teaching ministry was centered on this relationship. He came to tell us that God is his Father, and ours as well. This is why the gospel so often says, “Do not be afraid.” God is not an angry judge who may condemn us. He is, above all, a loving father.

Homily for June 7-8, 2008

Father Tom’s Homily
10th Sunday
June 8, 2008

The first words that Jesus speaks in John’s gospel are: “What do you want?” He is asking this question of two disciples of John the Baptist who were following him.
Here’s how the text of John’s gospel reads (chap 1, verses 35-40): “As John stood there with two of his disciples, Jesus passed, and John stared hard at him and said: ‘Look there is the lamb of God.’
“Hearing this, the two disciples followed Jesus. Jesus turned around, saw them following and said, ‘What do you want?’”

Homily for June 1, 2008

Father Tom’s Homily
9th Sunday
June 1, 2008

Angelo Roncalli was born of a poor peasant family in rural Italy in 1881. He became the pope in 1958 (at age 77), taking the name Pope John XXIII. He died in 1963. He was beatified, that is, officially declared “blessed,” eight years ago. So he is called Blessed John XXIII. June 3rd is his feast day, because he died on that date.

Homily for May 25, 2008

Father Tom’s Homily
Corpus Christi
May 25, 2008

On this Feast of The Body and Blood of Christ we honor in a special way the Sacrament of Holy Communion.

In the gospel stories we often find Jesus sharing meals with others. He was invited to the homes of the rich and the poor.
The powerful, the common folk, the religious officials and sinners all enjoyed Jesus’ company.
And he enjoyed being with them to share meals.

There was one occasion when Jesus prepared a meal for others. It was the Last Supper when he gave himself as Food.

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