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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Palm Sunday: Responding to the passionate love of Christ

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Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, Year C:
March 24, 2013

At the Procession with Palms
Luke 19:28-40

For all the mighty deeds they had seen… his disciples began to praise God aloud with joy.

For some three years, Jesus’ disciples had traveled with him. They had listened to his wise and powerful words; they had seen his miraculous deeds, healing and feeding and freeing; they had experienced his love, for them and for others.

And now they saw him approaching Jerusalem as a benevolent king. (more…)

The wellspring of thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving Day: Nov. 22, 2012
Sir 50:22-24; Ps 145; 1 Cor 1:3-9; Luke 17:11-19

A week or two ago, I received the latest newsletter from the Saint Luke Institute, which helps priests and religious sisters who have run into psychological difficulties. And the article on the front page was written by none other than Fr. Hugh Lagan SMA (who was recently resident in this parish for a couple years and is a member of their clinical staff). In this article, he spoke about “positive psychology,” which, rather than focusing upon psychological illness, instead studies what it takes for human beings to grow and function well and thrive. Toward the end of the article, he passed on two specific tips:

  • Count your blessings: Every evening for one week, write down three things that went well during the day. This can help refocus your thoughts on the positive, rather than the negative, and enhance your well-being. (more…)

The Eucharistic Prayer

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11th in a series of short homilies on the Mass

We read in the Gospel according to Matthew: “Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, ‘Take, eat; this is my body.'” (Matt 26:26) These four actions are distinctive—took, blessed, broke, and gave—so that we recognize them when the Gospel writers use them at other times (when Christ miraculously multiplies the loaves and fishes, and when he appears to the disciples on the road to Emmaus: Matt 14:19; Mark 6:41, 14:22; Luke 9:16, 24:30). And they are performed again in every Mass:

  • took, when the gifts are brought forward and the altar prepared;
  • blessed, in the entire Eucharistic Prayer;
  • broke, in the fraction rite;
  • and gave, in Holy Communion.
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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…)

To run forth to meet our Lord Jesus at his coming

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1st Sunday of Advent, Year B: Nov. 27, 2011
Isa 63:16-17, 19; 64:2-7; Ps 80; 1 Cor 1:3-9; Mark 13:33-37

Each year, for many people, the week of Thanksgiving brings many periods of watchful expectation. For these days include journeys, arrivals, and wonderful events that follow at the destination. How many children in how many cars will ask, “Are we there yet??” Well, that’s one kind of expectation! But perhaps we do better to think of the child inside the house looking out the front window and asking, “When will Grandma and Grandpa get here? Or my aunt or uncle? My cousins?”

And what is it that fills the hours and days before their arrival? (more…)