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Commentary to the First Sunday of Lent (A)

Commentary to the First Sunday of Lent (A)

by: Father James Gilhooley in Homilies,

 A pilgrim asked Mother Teresa, "What's wrong with the Church?" She replied, "You and I, for we are the Church." Reflect this Lent that there is no neutral ground in the universe. Every square inch, every split second, is claimed by God and counterclaimed by Satan. While Satan is out of style, he is not out of business. (CS Lewis) 

Commentary to the Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time (A)

Commentary to the Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time (A)

by: Fr. Joseph Pellegrino, SJ in Homilies,

Don’t be anxious, the Lord says. Tomorrow will bring new joys and new graces. Yes it will have its burdens, but it will also have the grace to conquer them. When grace is considered the burdens of tomorrow will be no heavier than those of today. Each day has its own toil, its own cross and its own joy.

Commentary to the 7th Sunday of Ordinary Time (A)

Commentary to the 7th Sunday of Ordinary Time (A)

by: Fr. Joseph Pellegrino SJ in Homilies,

Perhaps the most difficult of all of Christ's commands are those which are expounded in today's gospel, from the Sermon on the Mount. "You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer.

Commentary to the Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time (A)

Commentary to the Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time (A)

by: Fr. Joseph Pellegrino SJ in Homilies,

Matthew's gospel was written primarily for  Christians who had first been Jews. These were Christians who were grounded in the scripture and traditions of the ancient Hebrews. The gospel also addressed Jews who were considering becoming Christians as well as all who wanted to learn more about this New Way, as our faith was first called.

Commentary on the Presentation of the Lord

Commentary on the Presentation of the Lord

by: Fr. Joseph Pellegrino SJ in Homilies,

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord.  This feast returns us to the Christmas season focusing in on the person of the Lord.  Jesus is seen as a child, presented to the priests according to the law of Moses. 

Commentary to the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

Commentary to the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

by: Fr. Phil Bloom in Homilies,

I share Pope Francis' dream. I dream that we will give Jesus first place in our lives. That we will hear him say, "Follow me." And that we will do our part in gathering the people*: Those who have become discouraged, those who have drifted from the faith. Families with small children, high school students and young adults. 

Commentary to the 2nd Sunday Ordinary Time (A)

Commentary to the 2nd Sunday Ordinary Time (A)

by: Fr. Joseph Pellegrino SJ in Homilies,

And John the Baptist saw Jesus and proclaimed, “Look, there is the Lamb of God. He is the one who will baptize with he Holy Spirit.”  Jesus’s disciples would be given the power of God to transform the world.  They would be given the power to create a new world, a world with a new way of living, the way of sacrificial love.

THE SOLEMNITY OF THE BAPTISM OF OUR LORD

THE SOLEMNITY OF THE BAPTISM OF OUR LORD

by: Alan Hopes, Bishop of East Anglia in Homilies,

Today we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord. With this Feast we come to the end of our Christmas celebrations. We have pondered on and wondered at the God who makes himself the Son of Man and shares in our human life, in order that we might become children of God and sharers in his divine life. 

The Solemnity of the Epiphany:  Celebrating the One Body of Christ

The Solemnity of the Epiphany: Celebrating the One Body of Christ

by: Fr. Joseph Pellegrino SJ in Homilies,

There are very many Epiphany stories revolving around the three Kings and their mission to seek, worship and give gifts to the King of Kings.  I enjoy telling Henry Van Dyke’s story about the Fourth Wise Man, O Henry’s, The Gift of the Magi, and G. K. Chesterton’s story about the Modern Wise Men.

Commentary to the 2nd Sunday of Advent (A)

Commentary to the 2nd Sunday of Advent (A)

by: Fr. Phil Bloom in Homilies,

John brings people together around a common ritual; he baptizes them as they confess their sins. Jesus and the Church he founded continues that practice. Pope Francis states, "The transmission of faith occurs first and foremost in baptism."

Commentary to the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Commentary to the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

Using apocalyptic language and images, Jesus wants to remove the veil that prevents us from seeing the world through the eyes of God. When he seems to announce the end of the cosmos, he is not referring to the end of the world, but helping us to understand the end of the world.

Commentary to the 32 Sunday in Ordinary Time (C)

Commentary to the 32 Sunday in Ordinary Time (C)

by: Fr. Joseph Pellegrino SJ in Homilies,

A woman had seven husbands, who all died.  Whose wife will she be when she dies?  I don’t know, but I do know that when she dies she’ll have some explaining to do about her cooking.  I figure she must have served them corned beef. Certainly, it couldn’t have been spaghetti, God created that. OK, I that wasn’t how Jesus answered the question.

Commentary to the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time (C): His Mercy Knows No Limits

Commentary to the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time (C): His Mercy Knows No Limits

by: Fr. Joseph Pellegrino in Homilies,

Jesus didn’t intend to stay there. He was passing through Jericho. But something happened that made Him change His plans. Compassion happened. And Mercy. And Love. The little man that everyone hated, Zacchaeus the head tax collector, had climbed a tree along the road that Jesus was walking down. He was merely curious. He wanted to see this Jesus.

Commentry to the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time (C)

Commentry to the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time (C)

by: Fr. Joseph Pellegrino, SJ in Homilies,

 And so we come to Church today seeking God’s Presence to fill our emptiness.  We recognize how our sins have left us isolated in our worlds.  We have lost close friends because we have not been able to control our tongues.  We have destroyed relationships when we have allowed fantasy to be confused with reality.

Commentary to the 29th Sunday In Ordinary Time (C)

Commentary to the 29th Sunday In Ordinary Time (C)

by: Fr. Joseph Pellegrino in Homilies,

Jesus told his disciples, "pray always without becoming weary." By pestering the judge, the widow got what she wanted. The Israelites defeated Amalek as long as Moses prayed. All of life experience tells us, stick-to-it, set the goal and keep at it. But, why do we pray?  Why do we pester God with persistent prayer? God knows our needs. We do not have to tell God what we need! We do not have to keep badgering God until God meets our needs

Commentary to the 28th Sunday In Ordinary Time (C)

Commentary to the 28th Sunday In Ordinary Time (C)

by: Fernando Armellini and Alberto Rossa in Homilies,

We can run the risk of reducing the message of the today’s Gospel to a lesson of good manners, to remember to say thank you to those who help us. The message of joy is this: the impure, the heretics, the marginalized are not only closer to God, but they get to him and to Christ first and in a more authentic way than the others.

Commentary to the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time (C)

Commentary to the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time (C)

by: Fernando Armellini and Alberto Rossa in Homilies,

Many events of our life are enigmatic, incomprehensible and illogical and seem to give reasons to one who doubts whether God is present in and accompanies our history. In these moments our faith is put to hard test and we would naturally cry out to the Lord and implore: “Listen to our voice, understand our lament.”

Commentary to the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Commentary to the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

To enjoy life is to renounce what is superfluous. Jesus considers both greed of goods of this world and honestly earned wealth, as almost insurmountable obstacles to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. The deceitfulness of wealth chokes the seed of the Word (Mt 13:22); it tends to gradually conquer the whole human heart and leave no space for God nor for the neighbor.

Commentary to the 24th Sunday Ordinary Time

Commentary to the 24th Sunday Ordinary Time

by: Fernando Armellini and Alberto Rossa in Homilies,

A Lost Person is a Defeat for God.  These parables are not told to convince the sinners, but to help the just to understand this idea. The three parables speak of joy (although not all in the parables are happy) and a feast is prepared (not all want to participate). Who are in and who are out?

Commentary to the 23th Sunday In Ordinary Time (C)

Commentary to the 23th Sunday In Ordinary Time (C)

by: Fr. Alex McAllister SDS in Homilies,

None of you can be my disciple unless he gives up all of his possessions. These are quite uncompromising words from Our Lord in the extract from the Gospels presented to us today. And one really wonders what to make of them.