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Solemnity of Christ the King

Solemnity of Christ the King

by: Fr. Joseph Pellegrino in Homilies,

Christ the King: Born to Testify to the Truth.Today’s Gospel is from the Gospel of John.  This Gospel loves showing contrasting opinions and situations.  To testify to the truth.  That is what true royalty is about.  This feast of Christ the King is about testifying to the truth.  It is about integrity. 

Commentary to the 33rd Sunday In Ordinary Time B

Commentary to the 33rd Sunday In Ordinary Time B

by: Fr. Joseph Pellegrino in Homilies,

God is in control.  We do our best to give ourselves to Him.  He gave Himself to us for that very reason, so that we, in turn, can give ourselves to Him.  As people united to the One who brings life through death, united to Jesus Christ,  we trust our loving Savior to care for us. 

Commentary to the 32 Sunday in Ordinary Time

Commentary to the 32 Sunday in Ordinary Time

by: Fr. Joseph Pellegrino in Homilies,

As good stewards we give from our needs, our need for more time to do the necessities of life, and our need to use our monetary blessings to care for ourselves and our families.  But there is a Greater Need in our lives.  That is the Need for Jesus Christ.

Commentary to the 31 Sunday in Ordinary Time

Commentary to the 31 Sunday in Ordinary Time

by: Campion P. Gavaler, OSB in Homilies,

A graphic statement in the First Letter of John forcefully reminds us that we must never forget the meaning of Jesus' words to the scribe of today's gospel and to us: "If anyone says, 'I love God,' but hates his brother, he is a liar..." (4:20).

Commentary to the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Commentary to the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

by: Fr. Joseph Pellegrino in Homilies,

The blind and deaf Helen Keller said, "The most beautiful things in the world can't be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart." Clever Bartimaeus saw Christ clearly with the eyes of his soul. So must you and I.

Commentary to the 28th Sunday In Ordinary Time - B

Commentary to the 28th Sunday In Ordinary Time - B

by: Fr. Joseph Pellegrino in Homilies,

 What really matters in life? The Book of Wisdom, the first reading, says that the wisdom of God is all that matters. To see things as God sees them.  To understand as God understands. To enjoy the fruits of creation as God means them to be enjoyed. 

"The Church Exists to Evangelize"

"The Church Exists to Evangelize"

by: Pope Benedict XVI in Homilies,

With this solemn concelebration we open the thirteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the theme The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith. This theme reflects a programmatic direction for the life of the Church, its members, families, its communities and institutions.

Commentary to the 27th Sunday In Ordinary Time B

Commentary to the 27th Sunday In Ordinary Time B

by: Fr. Joseph Pellegrino in Homilies,

The readings for this Sunday point us to a consideration of the sacrament of matrimony.  This is the sacrament so many of you live.  I can provide the theological, spiritual basis of the sacrament, but only those of you who are married can provide the reality of the sacrament in your marriages.

Commentary to the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Commentary to the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

by: Fr. Joseph Pellegrino in Homilies,

Most of the people here have been faithful Catholics throughout their lives.  They have attended Mass weekly from their earliest days.  They have lived moral lives and searched for ways that they could serve God in others, particularly in their families.

Commentary for the 24th Sunday In Ordinary Time -B-

Commentary for the 24th Sunday In Ordinary Time -B-

by: Fr. Joseph Pellegrino in Homilies,

Following of Jesus Christ is serious business.  It is not a matter of just being a member of a faith.  It is not just a matter of observing various rules and regulations.  It is not just a matter of knowing the beliefs of the faith.  Christ is calling us to more than this.  He is calling us to be completely sold on His Kingdom.

Commentary to the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time - Cycle B

Commentary to the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time - Cycle B

by: Fr James Gilhooley in Homilies,

The story is told of a four year old saying her night prayers. She asked God to take care of mommy, daddy, and her cat. Then she asked, "And now, God, what can I do for you?" A question still hotly debated is how do we take care of the poor.

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,

Many Catholics lose sight of the forest because of the trees. 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 for the 21 Sunday in Ordinary Time B

Commentary for the 21 Sunday in Ordinary Time B

by: Fr. Joseph Pellegrino in Homilies,

Jesus had given them a teaching that demanded their absolute trust in Him, their absolute faith in Him, even though this teaching was completely against what their eyes, ears and senses were telling them.

Commentary for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Commentary for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

by: Fr. Joseph Pellegrino, SJ in Homilies,

Eating Well. One of the things that I, and I am sure you, love watching children do is eat. For a child, particularly a young child, eating is a total body experience. For example, the young child doesn’t just taste ice scream, he smells it, and feels it and wears it.

Commentary for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Commentary for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

by: Fr. Joseph Pellegrino, SJ in Homilies,

After God saved them by parting the Red Sea, they murmured that there would not be enough food for them to eat in the desert. After God gave them manna, they murmured that the food was boring and wanted better grub.

Commentary to the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Commentary to the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

by: Fr. Joseph Pellegrino, SJ in Homilies,

The food that God gives demands a total commitment to Him.  It is called the Bread of Life.  We often, rightly so focus on the “bread” part as we discuss the Eucharist.  It is the “life” part I want to consider today.

Commentary to the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time B

Commentary to the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time B

by: Fr. Alex Gobrin, cmf in Homilies,

The author of John’s gospel calls the miracles of Jesus as “signs”. Precisely because these are signs of the kingdom… concrete and present. The place and timeframe of John’s good news is “here and now”: I have come that you may have life, and live it to the full. Thus feeding miracles are best to portray this proposal of Jesus.

Commentary to the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time B

Commentary to the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time B

by: Fr. Alex Gobrin, cmf in Homilies,

Good Shepherd:  God’s image as compassionate, merciful, forgiving, generous, just, liberatorIn every moment the human is caught with enormous difficulty, there is God not only present to rescue him or her but also giving him or her freedom to decide what is best. God’s love is always respectful to human choices.

Commentary to the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time-B

Commentary to the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time-B

by: Fr Alex McAllister SDS in Homilies,

 In today’s Gospel we hear about Jesus sending out his Apostles to preach the Good News. He gives them instructions on how to go about this task. Curiously he doesn’t tell them what to say but gives them authority over unclean spirits and tells them what not to take. They are not to go well provisioned or with a lot of gear because this will mean that they arrive in a place with an attitude of humility about them.