Sermons on “Mark”

What are the temptations you face today and how do you face them?

What are the temptations you face today and how do you face them?

Lent has begun and as Christians we are concentrating on our sacrifices and a spiritual life that brings us closer to Jesus. One of the things we might remember during Lent is that our fellow Christians may be a little testy or maybe even cranky.

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Holy Gospel and Homily on the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Holy Gospel and Homily on the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Dalai Lama said, “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if we can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” This weekend’s gospel is about Jesus helping people.

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Are you open to being a person of service to others…without complaining?

Are you open to being a person of service to others…without complaining?

This will be my last effort at breaking open the Gospel for you as the leader of St. Michael’s parish. This weekend’s liturgy includes a wonderful Gospel passage that reminds us that Jesus was all about service.

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All of us have a certain degree of power/authority. Are you using yours to build people up rather than crush them?

All of us have a certain degree of power/authority. Are you using yours to build people up rather than crush them?

One word that gets a bad rap in our society is “authority.” I guess that we have heard about so many instances where “authority” has been misused that we tend to think that all authority is bad or criminal!

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As a disciple of Jesus, are you “WITH HIM” and “SHARING IN HIS MISSION”?

As a disciple of Jesus, are you “WITH HIM” and “SHARING IN HIS MISSION”?

This weekend, our passage from the Holy Gospel illustrates again the calling forth of disciples who “left everything to follow Him.” Talk about a prompt response to God’s call! Just before this “call,” Jesus reminded all those who were listening to Him to “repent and believe the Gospel.”

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Do you have the fire in your heart for Jesus that John the Baptist had?

Do you have the fire in your heart for Jesus that John the Baptist had?

We are used to Jesus being badgered by the Pharisees and Sadducees, but in this weekend’s Gospel passage, we hear about John the Baptist taking their challenges. John was preaching in the desert about repentance and “Preparing the Way of the Lord.” The Pharisees must have been intimidated, thinking that someone else was “stealing their thunder.”

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Are you remembering during these busy days that “Christ is the reason for the season?

Are you remembering during these busy days that “Christ is the reason for the season?

“Coming Home” after a long trip is typically a time when we can take a deep breath, drop our suitcases, and just be grateful that the trip went well and that we are back in “our own place,” safe and sound.

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