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Commentary to the Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Commentary to the Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

by: Fr. Joseph Pellegrino, SJ in Homilies,

This Sunday's Gospel reading is familiar, but it seems to be missing some verses. We hear Jesus asking his disciple: "Who do people say I am.” We hear Peter's answer, "You are the Christ,” but then Jesus moves on to speak about how he would suffer greatly. We are missing something. 

Commentary to the Twenty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Commentary to the Twenty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time

by: Fr. Joseph Pellegrino, SJ in Homilies,

Listen and Proclaim the Good News. He put his fingers into the man's ears, and he spat and touched his tongue; and looking up to heaven, he sighed, and said to him, "Ephphatha," that is, "Be opened." And the man's ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly.

Commentary to the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time - Cycle B

Commentary to the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time - Cycle B

by: Fr James Gilhooley in Homilies,

We give attention to minutiae and turn our backs on the essentials. Unhappily for us, we are living our lives in an epoch which downplays sin. There is a danger, John Newman warned, of thinking God takes our sins lightly because we take them lightly. 

Commentary to the Twenty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time

Commentary to the Twenty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time

by: Fr. Joseph Pellegrino, SJ in Homilies,

"This is hard to take,” some of the disciples complained. "People are leaving you,” the disciples moaned. "The choice is yours,” Jesus responds. "Will you leave too?” And then Peter, like Joshua, makes a great profession of faith. "Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.

Commentary to the Twentieth Sunday, Ordinry Time

Commentary to the Twentieth Sunday, Ordinry Time

by: Fr. Joseph Pellegrino, SJ in Homilies,

This week we come to the climax of John 6. But this is not the last Sunday that we have a reading from this chapter. Next week we'll consider the disciples suggestion that Jesus "tone down” his teaching. That's the conclusion. Today we have the climax. John 6 is about sustenance. It is about eating. It is about nourishment. It is about the Eucharist.

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

by: Pope Francis. Daejeon, Korea,15 August 2014 in Homilies,
Mary’s Assumption shows us our own destiny as God’s adoptive children and members of the body of Christ. Like Mary our Mother, we are called to share fully in the Lord’s victory over sin and death, and to reign with him in his eternal Kingdom.
Commentary to the 19 Sunday Ordinary Time, B

Commentary to the 19 Sunday Ordinary Time, B

by: Fr. Joseph Pellegrino, SJ in Homilies,

Elijah had had enough. He was out of food and water. More than that, he just didn't have the fortitude or the stamina to continue to do God's work. He laid down under that broom tree, and he said to God, "Look, I just can't do this anymore. I'm no better than anyone who has come before me. I just can't continue your mission to Israel."

Commentary to the 18 Sunday Ordinary Time

Commentary to the 18 Sunday Ordinary Time

by: Fr. Joseph Pellegrino, SJ in Homilies,

 What is the food that we are seeking? Certainly, all of us want to be happy. Sane people throughout the world have this as their goal. But most of our happiness is merely temporary pleasure. It is fleeting. Where can lasting happiness be found?

Commentary to the Seventeenth Sunday: John 6

Commentary to the Seventeenth Sunday: John 6

by: Fr. Joseph Pellegrino, SJ in Homilies,

This Sunday we begin a five week focus on the 6th chapter of the Gospel of John. We do this every three years, just as we repeat all the Sunday readings every three years. That the Church should spend five weeks on John 6 demonstrates that this is one of the most important sections of the Gospels.

Commentary to the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Commentary to the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

by: Campion P. Gavaler, O.S.B. in Homilies,

Jesus summons the Twelve and sends them out two by two. He gives them power over unclean spirits, and instructs them to take nothing for their journey but a walking stick. He warns them about rejection: people will not always welcome them or listen to them. 

Commentary to the 14 Sunday Ordinary Time (B)

Commentary to the 14 Sunday Ordinary Time (B)

by: Fr. Joseph Pellegrino, SJ in Homilies,

The second reading for today is written by a troubled man. The reading itself is troubling for us. In St. Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians, he writes about a thorn in the flesh that he suffered from. Three times he begged the Lord to remove this from Him. But all he heard was the Lord saying, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.”

Homily for the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul

Homily for the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul

by: Pope Francis in Homilies,

Yes, the Lord liberates us from every fear and from all that enslaves us, so that we can be truly free.  Today’s liturgical celebration expresses this truth well in the refrain of the Responsorial Psalm: “The Lord has freed me from all my fears”.

Commentary to the 12 Sunday Ordinary Time B

Commentary to the 12 Sunday Ordinary Time B

by: Fr. Joseph Pellegrino, SJ in Homilies,

Peace in the Turmoil . The readings for this Sunday speak about turmoil. The first is from the Book of Job. Job questions God. Job had lost his livelihood. He had lost his children. He was in terrible physical pain. 

Commentary to the 11 Sunday in Ordinary Time

Commentary to the 11 Sunday in Ordinary Time

by: Fr. Joseph Pellegrino, SJ in Homilies,
The gospel reading, from Mark, contains two parables that farmers would certainly understand, but which drive city slickers like me nuts. The first is the parable of the seed. The farmer plants the seed and goes about his routine day, day after day. Eventually the seed grows, not because the farmer does something special, but because nature took its course.
Solemnity of the Holy Trinity (B)

Solemnity of the Holy Trinity (B)

by: Fr James Gilhooley in Homilies,

The Dogma prof said, "Professor Thomas Aquinas, late of the University of Paris and the Albert Einstein of his day, didn't understand the Trinity. So, it is most unlikely that you blockheads will either. Just remember St Paul mentions the Trinity 30 times in his letters. Take it on faith and you'll muddle through somehow."

Commentary to the Solemnity of Pentecost B

Commentary to the Solemnity of Pentecost B

by: Fr. Joseph Pellegrino, SJ in Homilies,

In the Acts of the Apostles, the apostles received the Holy Spirit in the symbols of fire and wind, and immediately left the safety of the Upper Room to proclaim the Good News. The apostles were doing exactly what Jesus did before He was put to death. They were risking their lives, losing their lives, for the Kingdom of God. They gave up their safe place, for the safety of the Kingdom. 

Commentary to the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord

Commentary to the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord

by: Fr Phil Bloom in Homilies,

Today we celebrate the Ascension. As we say in the Profession of Faith, Jesus "ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father." Before explaining what this means I will try to summarize what we have learned in the homilies since Easter.

Space, Time and Ascension

Space, Time and Ascension

by: Thomas F. Torrance - Ucanews in Homilies,

In the risen Jesus … creaturely space and time, far from being dissolved are confirmed in their reality before God. On the one hand then, the ascension must be thought out in relation to the actual relations of space and time.