Sermons on “John”

Have you ever been broken or consider yourself broken? Have you ever tried to hand over your brokenness to the Lord?

Have you ever been broken or consider yourself broken? Have you ever tried to hand over your brokenness to the Lord?

John brings us a metaphor of the grain of wheat. We can hold a grain of wheat in our hand or put it in a bottle and safely put it on a shelf but it remains nothing but a grain.

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Have you ever given any thought to the fact that Jesus died for you—that He died in your place?

Have you ever given any thought to the fact that Jesus died for you—that He died in your place?

Bill and his wife were driving through the Rocky Mountains when a near-miss with a truck caused their car to swerve off the road and plunge into the Colorado River. After scrambling out of their sinking vehicle, they frantically tread- ed water in the swift current

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Is it time for a spring cleaning of your temple?

Is it time for a spring cleaning of your temple?

Today’s gospel passage is one that I reflect on often. It is a day that Jesus shows his anger of how the temple or synagogue had become a marketplace rather than a house of worship.

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Are you conscious of witnessing to Jesus in your day to day life…especially in your family?

Are you conscious of witnessing to Jesus in your day to day life…especially in your family?

We are leaving the Christmas season now and entering into “Ordinary Time.” As I have often mentioned to you “Ordinary Time” doesn’t mean “ho-hum” time. The word “ordinary” here comes from the way we count, using ordinal numbers.

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How do you express your Christian joy? Do people see it in you?

How do you express your Christian joy? Do people see it in you?

This weekend marks the Third Sunday of Advent. We call this Sunday “Gaudete” Sunday because today’s Mass begins with the opening antiphon, “Gaudete in Domino semper” (“Rejoice in the Lord always”). Today we light the rose candle of the Advent wreath.

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Do you have a solid appreciation of the importance of the Eucharist in your life?

Do you have a solid appreciation of the importance of the Eucharist in your life?

What a wonderful focus our liturgies have this weekend! We celebrate “The Body and Blood of Jesus” (Corpus Christi). In the Gospel passage, we hear Jesus using one of His “I AM” statements.

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Have you considered lately the gifts of the Ho ly Spirit given to you at your Confirmation?  They are  in your heart and waiting to be called forth!

Have you considered lately the gifts of the Holy Spirit given to you at your Confirmation? They are in your heart and waiting to be called forth!

The season of Easter is officially over and today we celebrate Pentecost Sunday, the coming of the Holy Spirit!

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Is Jesus YOUR “way, truth, and life?”

Is Jesus YOUR “way, truth, and life?”

This weekend we hear Jesus using yet another “I AM” statement, namely “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” This is a loaded statement.

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Is Jesus the gate you use when you are making important decisions?

Is Jesus the gate you use when you are making important decisions?

How many can you name from all the years that you’ve listened to the Holy Gospel? Let’s see…There’s “I am the vine, you are the branches,” “I am the way the truth, and the life,” “I am the Good Shepherd,” etc…and this weekend, we hear “I am the gate for the sheep.”

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