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Commentary to the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Commentary to the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

by: Fr. Joseph Pellegrino, SJ in Homilies,

We have to be like the One who humbled Himself. This is difficult. It is difficult because pride is so deeply rooted in each of us. But through the Grace of God we can conquer pride. And then we can be the people that God needs us to be for His Kingdom.

Commentary to the Twenty-fifth Sunday In Ordinary Time

Commentary to the Twenty-fifth Sunday In Ordinary Time

by: Fr. Joseph Pellegrino, SJ in Homilies,

It Is Never Too Late It certainly seemed like the workers who spent the entire day in the vineyard had a point. It didn't seem just for them to receive the same pay as those who worked a few hours.  After all, they were out in the sun all day, while those other guys only worked in the late afternoon.

Commentary to the 24th Sunday.

Commentary to the 24th Sunday.

by: Fr Joseph Pellegrino, SJ in Homilies,

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross. This feast goes back to the seventh century when the Cross was recovered from the Persians and exposed for veneration in Jerusalem. The Triumph of the Cross is the Triumph of Jesus Christ whose love for us and obedience to his Father climaxed with his death on the cross.

Commentary to the 23th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Commentary to the 23th Sunday in Ordinary Time

by: Fr. Joseph Pellegrino, SJ in Homilies,

This might seem harsh until we recognize that the Church is the Community of the Saved. Those who do not wish to be part of this community, but who want to continue in evil, are in effect separating themselves from the community.

Commentary to the Twenty-second Sunday

Commentary to the Twenty-second Sunday

by: Fr. Joseph Pellegrino in Homilies,

Conform or Be Transformed? "Times have changed, Father. I am doing what is perfectly accpetable ty our society" And with these words, the elderly lady explained away her present living condition. And with the same words, the young man justified his "wild"lifestyle, and with the same words the substance abuser justified his action.

Commentary to the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Commentary to the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

by: Fr. Joseph Pellegrino, SJ in Homilies,

Faith is a raging fire. It spreads from person to person. When we are exposed to a person of faith, our faith grows. As our faith grows, we ignite others with the fire of God's love. As others grow in faith, our faith increases. The Fire is the Fire of the Holy Spirit. Nothing can stop the flame.

Pope Francis  on the Solemnity of the Assumption of our Lady

Pope Francis on the Solemnity of the Assumption of our Lady

by: Pope Francis in Homilies,

Dear Brothers and Sisters, with all our heart let us too unite ourselves to this song of patience and victory, of struggle and joy, that unites the triumphant Church with the pilgrim one, earth with heaven, and that joins our lives to the eternity towards which we journey.

Commentary to the 19th Sunday Ordinary Time

Commentary to the 19th Sunday Ordinary Time

by: Fr Phil Bloom in Homilies,

God speaks to us in silence. If we are going to find our place in God's world, we need silence, a time of prayer each day. Can you give God 20 minutes every day, in the morning or in the evening? Take at least 20 minutes to slowly read a Gospel passage - maybe like we heard today. 

Commentary to the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Commentary to the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

by: Fernando Arminelli - Claretian Publications in Homilies,

The poor are hungry, but the sated also find themselves sad, frustrated and alone; the gratification of possession lasts a few days, if not hours, then anxiety resurfaces and the inner emptiness forces one to start desperately searching for other goods. To have more, rather than be satiated, increases hunger and makes one enter into a no-exit vortex of death.

Commentary to the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Commentary to the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

by: in Homilies,

It takes wisdom to combat the challenges of life. It takes wisdom to be a good parent, a good husband, a good wife, a good priest, a good person. It takes wisdom to discern what needs to be brought into the present and what needs to be left in the past. Where do we get this wisdom? The same place that Solomon received his.

Commentary to the 16th Sunday Ordinary Time

Commentary to the 16th Sunday Ordinary Time

by: Fr. Joseph Pellegrino, SJ in Homilies,

"The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also."

Commentary to the Fifteenth Sunday Ordinary Time

Commentary to the Fifteenth Sunday Ordinary Time

by: Fr. Joseph Pellegrino, SJ in Homilies,

The first is the parable of the sower. Seed is thrown out on a footpath, where the birds eat it up, on rocky ground where it had no deep roots, among thorns where it was choked, and finally on good soil where it yielded the abundant harvest. The message of the parable is clear and simple: Be good soil. 

Commentary to14th Sunday, Ordinary Time

Commentary to14th Sunday, Ordinary Time

by: Fr. Joseph Pellegrino, SJ in Homilies,

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am meek and humble of heart and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy and my burden light.” What do these words tell us about the Lord? What do they mean for us? They tell us something about God that is very different than the images of God we might have.

Commentary to the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Commentary to the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

by: Fr James Gilhooley in Homilies,

The Trinity feast goes back to 12th century England and St Thomas a Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury. Historians say the great Thomas celebrated a Liturgy in honor of the Trinity in his cathedral. So was born the observance. In the 14th century, the feast came to be observed by the universal Church

Commentary to the Feast of Pentecost

Commentary to the Feast of Pentecost

by: Fr. Joseph Pellegrino, SJ in Homilies,

 As Catholics we don't just put up with each other's differences, we value each other's differences as a unique manifestation of the Holy Spirit without which our faith body would be incomplete. 

Commentry to the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord

Commentry to the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord

by: Fr Alex McAllister SDS in Homilies,

The Feast of the Ascension has got to be one of the most dramatic in the liturgical year. Not perhaps very dramatic in its liturgy which is the same as any other Sunday; but dramatic in what it is all about: the lifting up of the Risen Jesus to his place in heaven.

Lessons learnt from the visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Lessons learnt from the visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

by: Fr.Joseph Santiago CMF in Homilies,

Here is that reversal of the Kingdom, celebrated in Mary’s Magnificat: where the ‘yes’ is an act of subjection or subservice, but a self-gift of loving service which lives in the transcendence of God’s own self-gift; it is the way in which we choose to live beyond ourselves, not for ourselves, ‘but for him.’

Commentary to the 4th Sunday of Easter, -A-

Commentary to the 4th Sunday of Easter, -A-

by: Fr. Killian Loch, O.S.B. in Homilies,

The Fourth Sunday of Easter is also known as Good Shepherd Sunday because on this Sunday we hear the Gospel in which Jesus teaches us about the Good Shepherd. In addition to the Good Shepherd I see two other images that can be looked at, the Lamb of God and the Good Sheep.

Commentary to the Third Sunday of Easter -A-

Commentary to the Third Sunday of Easter -A-

by: Fr. Joseph Pellegrino, SJ in Homilies,

Those disciples on the road to Emmaus in today’s Gospel reading, did not understand the significance of Jesus Christ as they walked down that road. They were upset over what had happened in Jerusalem that weekend. They had been followers of Jesus of Nazareth, and had thought that he would be the one who would redeem Israel.

Commentary to the 2nd Sunday of Easter - A -

Commentary to the 2nd Sunday of Easter - A -

by: Fr. James Gilhooley in Homilies,

Thomas alone had said "Let us all go that we may die with Him." Thomas was courageous, but he was a pessimist. The bottom line was doom and gloom. His faith told him it would be better to die with Jesus than live without Him. His unbelief told him that once Christ died, He would remain a rotting corpse like Thomas himself.