Second Sunday Lent (3/17)
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Second Sunday Lent (3/17)

Today’s Gospel begins: “Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with Him Peter and John and James and went up on the mountain to pray” (Luke 9:28). Eight days after saying what things? Shortly before in Caesarea Philippi Jesus had told His disciples that He was going to be rejected by the elders,...

5th Sunday Ordinary Time [C] February 10, 2019
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5th Sunday Ordinary Time [C] February 10, 2019

This Sunday all the Scripture readings present our being our being chosen by God. In the Gospel (Luke 5:1-11) Jesus calls Peter to an entirely different way of living. Having long labored as a fishman, Jesus calls Peter to live from now on as a fisher of men and women. DEEPEN YOUR AVAILABILITY TO CHRIST...

Preaching Notes (Sun) August 27
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Preaching Notes (Sun) August 27

“And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). The biblical word translated “church” is ekklesia. It means (the totality of) those who are called out. Three crucial questions. Who calls? From what...

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Another Homily Note (Sun) August 13
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Another Homily Note (Sun) August 13

The steadiness and security of Jesus is contrasted with the disciples’ distress (Matthew 14:22-33). The biblical word describing their perilous situation at sea is rather loosely translated “tossed about by the waves.” The word literally means “tortured” (basanizomenon). While a poetic rendering makes for more colorful reading at Mass, the anemic translation understates the danger...

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19th Sunday [A] August 13, 2017
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19th Sunday [A] August 13, 2017

Matthew 14:22-33 Immediately after the miracle of the loaves and fishes, Jesus sends the disciples to the other side of the lake in a boat while he dismisses the crowds and, then, ascends the mountain alone to pray. Just as Jesus watches over the disciples and comes to their aid so, too, does Our Lord...

August 13, 2017March 28, 2019by
Homily Notes (Sun) August 13
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Homily Notes (Sun) August 13

No sooner are more than 5000 people fed from a five loaves and two fish, than Jesus tells His disciples to make their way across the Sea of Galilee without Him (Matthew 14:22). It feels like a test for the disciples and one made even more rigorous due to Jesus’ physical absence. Jesus is alone...

August 13, 2017August 13, 2017by
SOLEMINITY OF SAINTS PETER & PAUL – JUNE 29
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SOLEMINITY OF SAINTS PETER & PAUL – JUNE 29

Acts 12:1-11; Psalm 34; 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 17-18; Matthew 16:13-19   The apostles PETER & PAUL are considered the “first pillars” of the Church. Together they unleashed the Holy Spirit, the Lord the Giver of Life,  in wondrous ways that led to the rapid spread of the presence and power of Christ through His Church....

June 24, 2014June 10, 2015by
Effects of Contrition
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Effects of Contrition

“The Lord [Jesus] turned and looked at Peter” (Luke 22:61). Jesus’ glace prevented Peter from falling into despair. The look was one of encouragement through which Peter felt understood and forgiven. It took him back to Jesus’ story about a loving father whose merciful stare helps to restore fractured relationships with his two sons (cf....

March 25, 2013June 10, 2015by
Resolution and Determination
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Resolution and Determination

Peter left everything to follow Jesus. Peter had a front row seat to Jesus’ many miracles and inspirational teachings about a more abundant way to live – living in the light of God’s Kingdom. Jesus loved Peter and entrusted to the former Galilean fisherman special leadership responsibilities that the others acknowledged and respected. The Jerusalem...

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