Homilies

You shall be called the Prophet of the Most High

Living in Quebec, we think of this weekend as “La Fete Nationale”.  And if you’re not particularly into Quebec nationalism, it also falls around the summer solstice: long beautiful sunny days, and bonfires by night!  It seems that no one even mentions St. John the Baptist anymore.  So much so that not long ago, during one of our confirmation retreats, we had a category in our “Jeopardy” game entitled “Famous Saints”. When I gave as the answer “I am the cousin of Jesus, and my feast day is June 24th,” no one came up with the correct question: “Who is John the Baptist?”  (Note to self: ask catechists to please spend a bit more time on the saints!)

Here I am Lord

Good morning!  This afternoon we will be baptizing three beautiful babies.

That’s what wounds are for - places to enter each other’s lives.

As we complete our Easter octave, today’s Gospel presents us with the encounter between the Risen Christ and the Apostle Thomas.  I have always liked Thomas.  I can relate to Thomas.  I have even joked that if ever I became Pope (a long shot, to be sure!), I would choose to be called Thomas.  Having a science background myself, I appreciate Thomas’ inquisitive nature: his need to know, to understand, to test the evidence, to see for himself.  

Good Friday

The liturgy of the Triduum which began last night continues today and will culminate on Easter with the beautiful Easter Vigil (which I encourage all of you to attend).  The Triduum is a symphony in three parts, each part understandable in the light of the other two parts.

Be imitators of Christ

One of the great men of the 20th century was a Belgian priest named Father Damien.  Damien was a missionary priest who ministered in the South Seas, eventually being sent to the Hawaiian Islands, which were not yet part of the U.S..  Although we may immediately associate Hawaii with lu

Putting the Team Together

Good morning.  “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.” And so, Jesus begins his mission.  “The time is fulfilled” because Jesus has come among us with the blueprint, God’s plan for us.  He, in Himself, brings the kingdom of God.

Solemnity of the Epiphany

Today, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Epiphany.  Often referred to as “Little Christmas,” Epiphany is in fact just as important as Christmas, as our brothers and sisters in the Eastern Christian churches know only too well.

Third Sunday of Advent

Rejoice in the Lord always: again, I say, rejoice!  The Lord is near.” This antiphon for the Third Sunday of Advent, the lighting of the rose candle, the undercurrent of joy bubbling just beneath the surface of today’s readings, are designed to awaken in us Advent joy.  At the same time, the liturgy of this Sunday also invites us to cultivate an attitude of patience.  What might be the connection between these two virtues, and how are they brought to light in the Scriptures that have just been proclaimed.

That’s how the light gets in

Good morning. E=mc2. We’re all familiar with this equation which is one of Einstein’s greatest discoveries. The ‘c’ in the equation stands for the speed of light.  Light is one of the fundamental characteristics of our universe. It is remarkable in that the speed of light is the same for all observers and nothing, no signal can go faster than the speed of light. Light brings us information and we have learned a great deal about our universe by analyzing the characteristics of the light from distant stars and galaxies.  So light is a good metaphor for Jesus. In the beginning of John’s Gospel, Jesus is referred to as the light of the world and that divine light contains the most important knowledge of all: the knowledge of God’s love for us all which redeems us and takes us out of the darkness of our selfishness. John says in his Prologue,  Jesus’ life “was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

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