Homilies

Second Sunday of Advent, Dec. 8, 2013

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Written by Fr. Fitz Wednesday, 04 December 2013 11:27

"By the encouragement of the Scriptures, we might have hope..." Romans 15:4 Second Reading, BUT for many Advent can be a dark time. The holidays difficult. I feel some of that myself...

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FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT, DEC. 1, 2013

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Written by Fr. Fitz Wednesday, 27 November 2013 10:49

"Brothers and Sisters, you know the time: it is the hour now for you to wake from sleep!" Romans 13:1 From today's second reading, and this week, Pope Francis has delivered the same message to us in his just published encyclical: "THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL!"

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The Feast of Christ The King, Nov. 24, 2013

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Written by Fr. Fitz Thursday, 21 November 2013 12:32

APOLOGY: A flight delay made it impossible to publish a homily last week.

FEAST OF CHRIST OUR KING

Nov. 24, 2013

Historical events cluster around this week's feast. 50th Anniversary of JFK'S shooting in Dallas. It was preceded by a toxic atmosphere similar to today's. This week, John Boehner, refuses to allow immigration reform to be even considered by the House. Pray for his conversion. This week is also the anniversary of the execution in 1927 of the Jesuit martyr, Blessed Miguel Pro. As the shots were fired, he spread his arms in the sign of the Cross and proclaimed: "Viva Christo Rey,"

"Long live Christ the King!"

So today at the end of the church year, we honor Christ our King. Royalty still lingers in our modern world. We drove over the Queen Wilomena Bridge in Curuso and Prince William often smiles from the cover of People Magazine and we remain fascinated. Is it because amid the passing travails of history that a royal line provides continuity? Perhaps. Or amid tawdry events--glamour?

"Jesus, remember me, when you come into your Kingdom!" cried out the Good Thief.

"This day you shall be with me in Paradise!"

Thus Jesus claimed royal power.Like the Queen Wilomena Bridge, Jesus royal power connects. But his is a span from this world to the next.

Saint Bernard once prayed: "Lord Jesus remove the stumbling blocks within the kingdom which is my soul so you who ought to might reign in it."

Breakfast Question: When I pray, "Thy Kingdom come!" What am I praying for?

Personal Reflection: "The kingdom which is my soul"......how does Christ reign there?

 

 

 

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Thirty Second Sunday In Ordinary Time - Nov. 10, 2013

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Written by Fr. Fitz Friday, 08 November 2013 07:37

Perhaps we might think the fiercest opposition to Jesus came from the Pharisees.
Not so.
It came from the Sadduces. It is they who come forth today
and try to trip up Jesus with clever mind games.
The issue they raise has to do with the possibility of life after death.
They denied its possibility and their multiple wives story
was their attempt to trap Jesus who affirmed it.

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Thirty First Sunday In Ordinary Time, Nov. 3, 2013

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Written by Administrator Friday, 01 November 2013 09:18

Thirty First Sunday In Ordinary Time, Nov. 3, 2013

Zacchaeus! Come down, I must stay at your house today!"
Have you ever been, Too fat? Too skinny? Too short? Too much of anything? Then rejoice because the Lord wants to stay at your house today!
Zacchaeus went "out on a limb" to see The Lord passing by. It was his only recourse since all the "IN" people lined the road and there was no room for him to see. He was the clever Danny Devito of his day.
He was also a sinner, but one who still cared for the poor!
And that was enough for Jesus to give him a place of honor.

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