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8 minutes | Feb 24, 2022
Daily Mass - 02/24/2022 - The Choices We Make - Fr. Mitch
Homily for the Thursday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time Some of the words and images Jesus uses in this Gospel are graphic, intimidating, and frightening. Jesus wants his disciples to understand that the choices they make every day of their lives will determine their future. Their choices will affect their happiness and peace in this world and their choices will determine what will happen after they die. Today is a good day for us to stop and reflect on the choices we are making in our lives. Do my choices only involve what is good for me or am I concerned about the people in my life and in our world? My daily choices have an impact on the life I am living. My choices determine my peace, my happiness, and, to a degree, my physical and mental health. Despite knowing this, I don’t often think about the choices I make each day. This evening, sit down and reflect on your day. What were the choices you made today? Did you attend to the needs of others or were you completely self-focused? What were the gifts you received today? Be thankful for these gifts. Then ask yourself: What do I want to do differently when the new day dawns? Each new day is a gift. Cherish this gift and the opportunity to begin again.
10 minutes | Feb 24, 2022
Daily Mass - 02/23/2022 - I Have Decided to Follow Jesus - Fr. Mitch
Homily for the Memorial of Saint Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr “Following Jesus” sounds very romantic and holy. However, following Jesus may be a difficult journey at times. If you choose to wholeheartedly follow Jesus, most likely you also will experience rejection or perhaps even hate. Jesus clearly was countercultural in his society. Are you willing to follow Jesus rather than the “crowd?” Are you prepared to truly be countercultural in your beliefs and choices? Are you willing to deal with anger, rejection or alienation if you make choices to do what is truly loving and kind? Do you trust Jesus to walk with you, strengthen and grace you? The “world” is not an easy place to live. Each day we have the opportunity to make a variety of choices. Today will you choose to follow the crowd and simply do what is expected of you? Or will you choose to follow Jesus and act as Jesus would act? Only you can choose. What will you do?
7 minutes | Feb 23, 2022
Daily Mass - 02/22/2022 - Who Do You Say That I Am? - Fr. Mitch
Homily for the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, Apostle As the disciples were walking along, Jesus asked them: “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some believe that you are John the Baptist. Others believe you are Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.” Jesus was not satisfied with answers the disciples gave. He turned and looks at his disciples. Then he asked, “Who do you say that I am?” What do you think was going through their head? Do you think they were surprised? It’s not surprising that Simon was the one who answered this question. Peter looked directly at Jesus and said from the depths of his soul: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Today Jesus will ask each of us this question. He will look at you and say, “Who do you say that I am?” How we you respond to this question? Will you be silent for a time as we search our minds and hearts for the answer to Jesus’ question? Will you respond to Him from the depths of our hearts and proclaim that Jesus is Christ, the Son of the Living God?
7 minutes | Feb 23, 2022
Daily Mass - 02/21/2022 - I Believe, Help My Unbelief - Fr. Mitch
Homily for the Monday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time We probably all know what it feels like to experience a time of spiritual renewal. There are times and seasons when we seem to see God more clearly and sense His presence more fully. While those times and seasons are sweet, it’s also true that there are times for most of us when we struggle to take God at His Word and to trust His plan for our lives. In fact, oftentimes we should consider that our lack of faith and our fears come from a loss of seeing Jesus clearly. We need a greater view of Jesus. We need a greater view of who Jesus is and what he can do. God can bring difficulties into our lives so that we will need to trust him even more. We see this in the book of Job, allowing Job to suffer so that a greater faith would be developed in him. What is it in our lives that we do not believe God can do anything about? What do we think God will not solve? What do we think God cannot handle? Where in our hearts have we said to the Lord, “If you can do anything?” Do not be self-sufficient. Do not rely on yourself. Let us pray for greater faith. Let us pray for the Lord to help our regular moments of unbelief. All things are possible for one who believes.
10 minutes | Feb 23, 2022
Loving My Enemies - 02/19/2022 - Fr. Patrick
Homily for the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time The ultimate call from Jesus is: “Do unto others as you would have them do to you.” Today Jesus is calling us to examine ourselves and ask: Do I do unto others as I would like them to do unto me? I assume we likely have varying responses. “I try to live this way, however, there are some people who simply drive me crazy.” Or I might say: “I can do that with most people but there is one person who deeply wounded me, and I simply am unable to forgive that individual.” These bluntly spoken words are difficult to hear. They may challenge us at the deepest level of our being. Most likely, each one of us has been wounded, betrayed or rejected at differing times in our lives. If this person was a friend, this wounding typically is amplified since we trusted this individual. However, each one of us also has wounded or betrayed individuals in our life. It is all part of our human condition. Jesus doesn’t ask for miracles nor does he want “play” forgiveness. He continually invites us not only to free the individual who wounded us, but also to free ourselves from the pain, anger and hurt that binds us. Jesus is patient and yet persistent. He continually invites us and calls us to forgive. Perhaps today we can take one small step in this direction. Readings from February 19, 2022: 1st Reading: 1 Samuel 26:2, 7-9, 12-13, 22-23 Responsorial: Psalms: 103:1-2, 3-4, 8, 10, 12-13 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:45-49 Gospel: Luke 6:27-38
13 minutes | Feb 23, 2022
Properly Ordering - 02/13/2022 - Fr. Mitch
Homily for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time What makes you happy and blessed right now? There are many factors that would make you feel happy and blessed. For example, if you can afford to live a comfortable life and you are not suffering from any sickness you may be are happy already and you may think that you are blessed already. But are you really happy and blessed because you have a comfortable life and you are not suffering from any sickness? You may say, “Yes” but in deeper retrospection this kind of life that you are having right now is not the be all and end all of life. Because the be all and end all of life is to live it with God, even if you are not living a comfortable life and even if you are suffering from sickness for as long as you have God you are blessed. Why? Because God is Supreme in this world and God’s supremacy extends beyond this world. Hence, you are blessed even, if you are poor, even if you are suffering, even if you got sick with covid-19 and even if you are weeping and hurting because God’s love, mercy and protection is with you. Do you feel blessed by the Lord? Readings from February 13, 2022: 1st Reading: Jeremiah 17:5-8 Responsorial: Psalms: 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:12, 16-20 Gospel: Luke 6:17, 20-26
3 minutes | Feb 14, 2022
Daily Mass - 02/11/2022 - Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes - Fr. Eric
Homily for the Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes To have been embraced by the blessed Virgin as our mother in her moment of supreme grief leaves no doubt about the special worth that she places on suffering in our lives. Her apparitions and numerous miraculous healings at Lourdes show us not only the exceptional value that suffering has in God’s eyes, but also how our own eyes need to be cleansed in order to see its value—both in ourselves and in others.
7 minutes | Feb 14, 2022
Daily Mass - 02/10/2022 - Great Faith is Saving Faith - Fr. Mitch
Homily for the Memorial of Saint Scholastica, Virgin The Syrophoenician woman’s response to Jesus was not one of despair and despondency. Rather, she agrees with Jesus about the state of her own unworthiness. But she recognizes that Jesus’s mercy is greater and deeper than her unworthiness. To receive Jesus requires us to own our own unworthiness. Love conquers with persistent trust and faith and the Lord shows mercy to those who seek him. The fact that Jesus reached out to this woman in particular, fundamentally shows that Jesus comes for the broken, the sick, the outsider, and the sinner. He wants us to increase our faith in His saving help. This also shows that God’s love and mercy knows no bounds. Sometimes God keeps us waiting so as to deepen our faith. In the long run what He wants is always best for us. Today ask yourself: "What are my ways to deepen my relationship and faith to the Lord?
8 minutes | Feb 10, 2022
Daily Mass - 02/09/2022 - Five-Finger Gospel: You Did it to Me - Fr. Mitch
Homily for the Wednesday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time Imagine a world where there was no violence, racism, angry conversations, or abuse. Imagine a world where people treated people with dignity and respect. What would that world look like? St. Teresa of Calcutta became well know for speaking about "the five-finger Gospel" where she liked to count on her fingers in a way to remind herself and others of Jesus' words: You. Did. It. To. Me." When we recognize Christ in those that we serve, the world becomes a different place, and God's grace can begin to be manifested. The importance of the words is brought out with emphasis: “As you did it to one of the least of these…you did it to me.” We will not be measured by vague intentions, positive thoughts, or sympathetic emotions; no, we will be measured by our actions and the character that is formed by those actions and gives rise to them. God isn’t looking for the most successful or most popular person to serve – He is looking for the most willing. We all have gifts we can use to serve Him and serve others. We just need to be willing. Today, choose to love and see Christ in everyone you meet.
7 minutes | Feb 10, 2022
Daily Mass - 02/08/2022 - Keeping the Horse out of the House - Fr. Mitch
Homily for the Tuesday of Fifth Week in Ordinary Time Every Christian in the world wrestles with sin every single day of his or her life. Even the apostle Paul complained in Romans 7:15, “For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate”. When we choose to sin it's like bringing a horse into a living room...it doesn't belong there. None of us is conformed to the image of Christ overnight. However, it is a process that won’t be complete until we trust God and walk with His Spirit. Today, try to keep the horse out of the living room and continue to trust and walk with God daily.
8 minutes | Feb 7, 2022
Daily Mass - 02/07/2022 - If I Could Touch the Hem of His Garment - Fr. Mitch
Homily for the Monday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time The longing and desire for healing moves people to rush and follow Jesus. They go to towns, valleys and marketplaces, begging that they might touch the fringe of his cloak. How would you react if Jesus appeared to you today? Would you seek Him out and ask Him to heal you? What is the healing that you would ask for? Or would you be skeptical and watch Jesus from a safe distance? What is it that might keep you from approaching Jesus and asking Him for what you desire: fear, a sense of unworthiness, skepticism or shyness? No matter where you find yourself today, recognize a need for prayer and in the midst of your hardships, keep your eyes on Jesus and He will gift you with the grace you need for the day.
10 minutes | Feb 7, 2022
The Catch is in God's Hand - 02/06/2022 - Fr. Patrick
Homily for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time The gospel today offers rich possibilities for reflecting on how God calls ordinary people to discipleship and mission. Simon Peter and his fishing partners are simple fisherman, and they are simply doing what they did every day when Jesus comes along, enters into their normal mundane lives, and changes everything. Jesus encounters Simon as he is, even though he is acutely aware of his unworthiness. How often do we resist Jesus' claim on our lives because what he is calling to do seems too crazy or too impractical? How often do we avoid putting out into the deep waters of following and bearing witness to Jesus because we are convinced that we will not see any results? What might it mean for us to go deep-sea fishing with Jesus - to trust and follow him outside our comfort zone, to let go of our certainties... to have our lives radically reoriented? Jesus' mission doesn't wait until we think we are ready; we are called right now. We must trust that Jesus will keep working with us and through us. Today, trust God and realize that the catch is in God's hands, and that God's desire is for the nets to be bursting and boats full. Readings from February 6, 2022: 1st Reading: Isaiah: 6:1-2a, 3-8 Responsorial: Psalms: 138:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 7-8 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 Gospel: Luke 5:1-11
5 minutes | Feb 5, 2022
Daily Mass - 02/04/2022 - King David: Repentance & Prayer - Fr. Joseph
Homily for the Friday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time King David is a man who genuinely loved God. But he carved out an area of his life that was never submitted to the authority of the Lord. He allowed sin to build a position of power in his life, and that led him to a place where he did things that, in the earlier years of his life, he would never have imagined himself doing. However, David's prayer of thanksgiving reveals how David’s view of God grew instead of his ego. David could have thought, “I’m so great that even God gives me good gifts.” Instead, David’s heart is reflected in the prayer. Because of how God elevated his stature and his family, he praises God and tells God just how wonderful and mighty God is. Today, no matter what you’re going through, pray as David did. When worry, doubt, or the uncertainty of the future start to untether us, use David’s way of prayer as a way to combat the enemy of fear. We can trust that our mighty God is still authoring our lives and will use His plans for our good!
7 minutes | Feb 5, 2022
Daily Mass - 02/05/2022 - Are you willing to depend on Jesus? - Fr. Mitch
Homily for the Memorial of Saint Blase, bishop and martyr Today in the gospel, we see the disciples starting to get into the action of really getting their hands in the work. Jesus has given them the authority over any unclean spirits, he has paired them up, and now he is sending them out to do the work. The disciples, with their lack of food, money, and clothing are learning a new lesson - how to depend on and trust in Jesus with their every need. They are learning to listen to his word and to obey whatever he says. And that is the most important lesson anyone can learn in their life. This is a lesson that can be difficult for us to learn as we follow Jesus. Very rarely are we in situations where we have to be 100% dependent on anyone else. Our lives are more often overfilled than underfilled, and we have mastered the art of independence. The call of the Gospel, however, is a call to dependence. It is a call to rely completely on our Savior. It is a call to let our Provider provide. It is a call to obedience and faithfulness to the one who has given his life so that we might live. This dependence on Jesus is a dependence that we all must learn as we draw closer to him and allow him to work in our lives. Without Christ, we would be completely lost. We are dependent on him for all things, and our relationship with him will only improve if we can realize that dependence.
9 minutes | Feb 2, 2022
Daily Mass - 01/31/2022 - Breathe, Pray. Let God - Fr. Mitch
Homily for the Memorial of Saint John Bosco For many of us, there would not be a single day that passes by that we do not worry about big and even those little, unimportant things. So much so that if we do not worry, we would think it's almost inhuman. When we connect this to what St. Paul instructs us in Philippians 4:6, we come to understand that Paul is talking about the peace that comes from the God who is never subject to anxiety because He is the sovereign, omnipotent Creator and Lord of the universe. Nothing takes Him by surprise or makes Him bite His nails, wondering how it will turn out. This is the peace that Jesus promised, “not as the world gives.” It is humanly not explainable. But, praise God, it is real, and every child of God has known it and has known that it comes from God alone, not from psychological insights. Today, have no anxiety at all and know that in the joy of the Lord, our strength will come.
15 minutes | Jan 31, 2022
Unwelcome at Home - 01/30/2022 - Fr. Mitch
Homily for the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Do you ever find yourself discounting someone’s gifts or talents? Do you ever find yourself judging another person based upon where they live, who their family is, or their education? We don’t like it when someone judges us, right? However, oftentimes we tend to judge people before getting acquainted with them; it seems to be almost automatic at times. We know the pain of being judged or ignored because of who we are or what we do, yet we cause the same pain by being judgmental ourselves. Some of the people in the temple dismissed Jesus simply because he was a lowly carpenter. Other individuals in the temple were enthralled by Jesus, his presence, and his teaching. Are you enthralled by Jesus or has Jesus become too familiar to you? Have you lost the thrill, the joy, and the wonder you experienced when Jesus first became real to you and he no longer was just a character in the Bible? Today, sit in Jesus’ presence. Simply sit there quietly and in silence. Jesus is there with you. May your mind and heart be open and recognize his presence. Readings from January 30, 2022: 1st Reading: Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19 Responsorial: Psalms 71:1-2, 3-4, 5-6,15-17 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13 Gospel: Luke 4:21-30
8 minutes | Jan 31, 2022
Daily Mass - 01/28/2022 - Saint Thomas Aquinas - Fr. Eric
Homily for the Memorial of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor of the Church Saint Thomas Aquinas wisdom and absolute devotion to truth are both necessary and encouraging in our attempts to better understand and live the Faith. To write and practice every day, facing daily struggles and sacrifices is what makes action effortless and, therein, repeatable. St. Thomas Aquinas is trying to convince us of this. If we can act rightly once, great. But to act rightly 1000 times is far more worthy of praise, for a lifetime of goodness is more to be desired than a single great moment. Saint Thomas Aquinas, pray for us!
6 minutes | Jan 31, 2022
Daily Mass - 01/27/2022 - Light of Truth - Fr. Mitch
Homily for the Third Week in Ordinary Time In the homily today, Jesus uses the image of a lamp and light to describe who the disciples are to be to the world. They are to be light for the world. Jesus also calls each of us to be light in our world. Now take a moment and ask yourself, “How do I shed light in the world?” Most likely many of the ways we strive to do this may seem insignificant to us. However, small rays of sunshine still light up the world. Our world is in need of sunshine and hope. Today, share some sunshine with the people you encounter and to notice the ways in which others share sunshine with you.
7 minutes | Jan 27, 2022
Daily Mass - 01/26/2022 - Saints Timothy and Titus - Fr. Mitch
Homily for the Memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus Paul installed St. Timothy as his representative at the Church of Ephesus. Titus has the distinction of being a close friend and disciple of Paul as well as a fellow missionary. In Titus we get another glimpse of life in the early Church: great zeal in the apostolate, great communion in Christ, great friendship. Yet always there is the problem of human nature and the unglamorous details of daily life: the need for charity and patience in “quarrels with others, fears within myself,” as Paul says. Through it all, the love of Christ sustained them. At the end of the Letter to Titus, Paul says that when the temporary substitute comes, “hurry to me.”
9 minutes | Jan 27, 2022
Daily Mass - 01/25/2022 - Conversion of St. Paul - Fr. Mitch
Homily for the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul, Apostle St. Paul’s conversion teaches us that when Jesus come to us, He doesn’t come alone. He comes with His angels, saints, priests, and bishops. He comes with Mary, the sacraments, doctrine, and devotions. He comes with the Church because he and the Church are one. And when we go to the Lord we don’t go alone either. We go as members of a Church into whose mystical body we were baptized. Thus St. Paul heard from God Himself, and thus we believe today.
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