The eternal king and priest satisfies our deepest hungers

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Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi), Year C: May 29, 2016
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Christ’s Ascension: reconciling us to the Father, advancing the Kingdom

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Ascension of the Lord, Year C: May 8, 2016
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Christ’s New Covenant: so much deeper, stronger, further!

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6th Sunday of Easter, Year C: May 1, 2016
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La Luz del Mundo viene al Templo

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Presentación del Señor: 2 Febrero 2014
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The Light of the World comes to the Temple

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The Presentation of the Lord: Feb. 2, 2014
Mal 3:1-4; Ps 24; Heb 2:14-18; Luke 2:22-40

The feast of the Presentation that we celebrate today has traditionally been the conclusion of the Church’s Christmas season. Indeed, it was only about 5 years ago that the Vatican began taking down its Christmas decorations before today! And so today we return to the theme of Christ as the Light of the World.

  • 40 days ago, at the Midnight Mass on Christmas, we heard from the Prophet Isaiah: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.” (more…)

12 short homilies on the Mass

Given during January and February 2012

66:59 audio of all 12 homilies

  1. Why do we attend Mass? (text) (5:41 audio)
  2. Meeting Christ in the Mass (text) (5:12 audio)
  3. Christ’s Presence in the Mass (text) (5:20 audio)
  4. The Real Presence of Christ in the Mass (text) (4:51 audio)
  5. Christ, our great high priest (text) (5:58 audio)
  6. A sacrifice pleasing and acceptable (text) (5:48 audio)
  7. Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice (text) (5:43 audio)
  8. Uniting heaven and earth (text) (5:45 audio)
  9. In the heart of the Trinity (text) (5:43 audio)
  10. One in Christ (text) (5:29 audio)
  11. The Eucharistic Prayer (text) (5:48 audio)
  12. Source and Summit (text) (5:37 audio) (more…)
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Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice

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7th in a series of short homilies on the Mass

We have seen, in this series of homilies, that our Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal high priest, who offered himself as the one perfect sacrifice to the Father. And he instituted the Eucharist to make himself truly present to us in his sacrifice: the same Christ who offered himself once in a bloody manner on the altar of the cross contained and offered in an unbloody manner in this divine sacrifice which is celebrated in the Mass (Council of Trent, cited in CCC 1367). In this way, we are able to offer to the Father a gift, a sacrifice, that far surpasses any other sacrifice we could ever offer—a gift infinitely pleasing to him.

But that’s not all. It is not only Christ that we offer in the Mass; it is also ourselves, his faithful. (more…)

A sacrifice pleasing and acceptable

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6th in a series of short homilies on the Mass

What do you give to the God who has everything?

In my last homily, we considered how Christ is the perfect, eternal high priest—unsurpassable in bringing us closer to God, and God closer to us. And as soon as we speak of a priest, we quickly speak of sacrifice, which is, fundamentally, giving something to God. As with any gift, we can ask an obvious question: What should you give to God? What does he want or need? (more…)

Christ, our great high priest

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5th in a series of short homilies on the Mass

In the Mass, our Lord Jesus Christ is made truly present to us, in the fullness of his being—in both his divine nature and his human nature—body and blood, soul and divinity. He is made to be here with us—though under sacramental appearance—disguised, as it were, under the appearance of bread and wine. And that presence alone would be enough to make our encounter with him in the Mass the shining center of our day, our week, our entire life.

But that’s just the beginning. For our Lord makes himself present for a purpose—the purpose of drawing us into his one perfect sacrifice: as the great, eternal high priest, offering himself to the Father. (more…)