Homilies

Pentecost, Year B – Works of the Flesh, Fruits of the Spirit

By Fr. Jeff | 05/19/2024

In today’s gospel (second option), Jesus speaks of the Advocate whom He will send to us from the Father.  This advocate is “the Spirit of Truth that proceeds from the Father.”  The Advocate of whom Jesus speaks is the Holy…

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7th Sunday of Easter Year B – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 05/12/2024

7th Sunday of Easter Year BActs 1:15-17, 20a, 20c-26Psalm 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20 (19a)1 John 4:11-16John 17:11b-19May 12, 2024 Throughout the season of Easter our first reading at Mass comes from the Acts of the Apostles.  Acts tells us the story…

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6th Sunday of Easter, Year B

By Fr. Jeff | 05/05/2024

Love can change the world for the better.  Hate can’t do that.  Why? “Because love is of God.” Jesus does not want us to be his slaves.  He says so himself, “I no longer call you slaves.”  Instead He calls…

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5th Sunday of Easter Year B – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 04/28/2024

5th Sunday of Easter, Year BActs 9:26-31Psalm 22:26-27, 28, 30, 31-32 (26a)1 John 3:18-24John 15:1-8April 28, 2024 We read in Acts, “The church throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria was at peace.  It was being built up and walked in…

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4th Sunday of Easter, Year B – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 04/21/2024

We celebrate the 4th Sunday of Easter today.  The gospel reading on the 4th Sunday of Easter always come from Jesus’ Good Shepherd discourse in chapter 10 of the Gospel of John.   We also celebrate it as the World Day…

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3rd Sunday of Easter Year B – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 04/14/2024

3rd Sunday of Easter, Year BActs 3:13-15, 17-19Psalm 4:2, 4, 7-8, 9 (7a)1 John 2:1-5aLuke 24:35-48April 14, 2024 Peter spoke to the Jews who had heard that he has healed a crippled beggar.  He said to them, “the God of…

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2nd Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday

By Fr. Jeff | 04/07/2024

Today I would like to take a look at how our readings on this Divine Mercy Sunday contrast to the way the world looks at life.  Our reading from the Acts of the Apostles speaks of how the early church…

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Easter Sunday, Year B – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 03/31/2024

Easter SundayActs 10:34a, 37-43Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23 (24)Colossians 3:1-4John 20:1-9March 31, 2024 It fills my heart with joy to see the crowds at Mass on Easter.  What makes today special?  What draws people here? Hope! Hope in what? The tomb…

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Easter Vigil – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 03/30/2024

Easter Vigil Year AGenesis 1:1-2:2Genesis 22:1-18Exodus 14:15-15:1Isaiah 55:1-11Romans 6:3-11Mark 16:1-7March 30, 2024 Tonight’s liturgy is the highest liturgy of the year.  To understand the meaning of tonight’s liturgy, we must understand the symbols and rituals of this most solemn liturgy.…

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Good Friday, the Suffering Servant

By Fr. Jeff | 03/29/2024

Jesus’ death on the Cross was “a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles” (1 Corinthians 1:23).  It was a “stumbling block to Jews” because it was not what they expected or wanted.  Our first reading from Isaiah today…

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Mass of the Lord’s Supper – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 03/28/2024

Mass of the Lord’s SupperExodus 12:1-89, 11-14Psalm 116:12-13, 15-16bc, 17-181 Corinthians 11:23-26John 13:1-15March 27, 2024 Paul speaks of what he “received from the Lord” and “handed on to” the Corinthians and others he led to the Catholic faith. He speaks…

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Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, Year B

By Fr. Jeff | 03/24/2024

Today we celebrate Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, more simply known to many as “Palm Sunday.”  We hear two gospels today.  We begin Mass with the blessing of palms and a gospel recalling Jesus’ final entry into…

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5th Sunday of Lent, Year B – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 03/16/2024

5th Sunday of Lent, Year BJeremiah 31:31-34Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 14-15 (12a)Hebrews 5:7-9John 12:20-33March 17, 2024 “The days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah.” God…

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4th Sunday of Lent Year B

By Fr. Jeff | 03/10/2024

Last week we hear God giving the Ten Commandments to his people (Exodus 20:1-17).  God made it clear to his people how He expected them to live.  It’s not just what He wanted.  God knows that the Ten Commandments are good…

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3rd Sunday of Lent, Year B – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 03/03/2024

3rd Sunday of Lent, Year BExodus 20:1-17Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 12 (John 6:68c)1 Corinthians 1:22-25John 2:13-25March 3, 2024 At times, Paul tells us that as Christians we are not under the Law.  Rather, we are under the Spirit.  This does…

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2nd Sunday of Lent, Year B

By Fr. Jeff | 02/25/2024

“God put Abraham to the test.” How would you fair with the same test?  Last week I spoke about our struggles to resist temptation.  Who you do any better with the test that Abraham faced when God told him, “Take…

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1st Sunday of Lent, Year B – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 02/18/2024

1st Sunday of Lent, Year BGenesis 9:8-15Psalm 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9, (10)1 Peter 3:18-22Mark 1:12-15February 18, 2024 “Repent and believe in the gospel.” These are the words that were said as ashes were placed on the foreheads of people as we…

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6th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

By Fr. Jeff | 02/11/2024

Jesus had been healing many people.  In today’s gospel, “A leper came to Jesus.”  Given the number of people that were coming to Jesus one might think of the man with leprosy as one of many.  He knelt before Jesus and…

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5th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 02/04/2024

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – HomilyJob 7:1-4, 6-7Psalm 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6 (3a)1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-3Mark 1:29-39February 4, 2024 “Job spoke saying:  Is not man’s life on earth a drudgery?…I shall not see happiness again.” These are the words…

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4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

By Fr. Jeff | 01/28/2024

In today’s second reading Paul writes, “I should like you to be free of anxieties.” I’m glad to hear that because I want to be free of anxiety. Who wants to be anxious? Yet, at times we are. Sometimes the concerns are…

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3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 01/21/2024

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – HomilyJonah 3:1-5, 10Psalm 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9 (4a)1 Corinthians 7:29-31Mark 1:14-20January 21, 2024 You can see near the end of this homily, I did something different to help people understanding the Bible shapes…

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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

By Fr. Jeff | 01/14/2024

As today’s first reading begins, “Samuel was sleeping in the temple.” Why? His mother prayed fervently for a child. When God gave her Samuel, she was so appreciative of the gift of a child that she gave Samuel back to the Lord…

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The Epiphany of the Lord – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 01/06/2024

The Epiphany of the Lord Isaiah 60:1-6 Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13 (11) Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6 Matthew 2:1-12 We come today to celebrate The Epiphany of the Lord.  In the Old Testament we hear stories of God appearing to people. …

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Feast of the Holy Family

By Fr. Jeff | 12/31/2023

Christmas is our celebration of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Thus, it is too important to celebrate with a single day. As Catholics, we celebrate Christmas as a season that begins on Christmas day and continues until we…

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Christmas Homily 2023

By Fr. Jeff | 12/23/2023

The Nativity of the Lord (Mass During the Night)Isaiah 9:1-6Titus 2:11-14Luke 2:1-14December 25, 2023 We come today to celebrate something very special and we do so with “abundant joy and great rejoicing.”  We come into church from a world with…

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