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Sermons on “Matthew”

Is your heart a “forgiving heart” or do you hold grudges?

Is your heart a “forgiving heart” or do you hold grudges?

This past week we all certainly remembered “9/11”…a date that Americans consider one of the most significant in our nation’s history. It has become one of the epic historic events for us, right on the list with the founding of the United States…

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Do you understand and accept the reality that you ARE “your brother’s and sister’s keeper?”

Do you understand and accept the reality that you ARE “your brother’s and sister’s keeper?”

There’s definitely a common message in all of today’s readings. It has to do with the relationship between our“belonging” to a faith community (St. Michael’s parish of the wider Catholic Church) and our “private” lives.

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ave you ever taken some quality time to reflect upon how solid your understanding is of what it really means to be a disciple of Jesus…not just in word, but in action?

ave you ever taken some quality time to reflect upon how solid your understanding is of what it really means to be a disciple of Jesus…not just in word, but in action?

In this weekend’s passage of the Holy Gospel, Jesus “puts it to us” in this weekend’s Gospel. No doubt, you remember this line from this Gospel…

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Who Do YOU Say That Jesus Is?

Who Do YOU Say That Jesus Is?

In this weekend’s passage of the Holy Gospel, we hear what many believe to be the most important recorded question in all of Sacred Scripture. Jesus asks Peter, “Who do you say that I am?”

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Do you have your own “caste system” where you automatically pinhole people according to your idea of “who is better than who”?

Do you have your own “caste system” where you automatically pinhole people according to your idea of “who is better than who”?

This weekend’s Gospel story is a bit perplexing. At the outset, it appears that Jesus is “blowing off” a woman who has come to Him for help. How could this be?

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Are you working at strengthening your relationship with Jesus so that during “your storms,” you’ll be able to call upon Him and find Him there to help you?

Are you working at strengthening your relationship with Jesus so that during “your storms,” you’ll be able to call upon Him and find Him there to help you?

This weekend’s Gospel story is an account of another miracle…Jesus walking on the water! You remember this story, I am sure…the disciples were in a boat and a storm came up. They were afraid and then saw what they thought was a ghost (!) walking toward them on top of the water. If you were in the boat, what would have been your reaction?

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Are your eyes and heart open to see the Lord…in all His glory?

Are your eyes and heart open to see the Lord…in all His glory?

We often pray and sing, asking to “see God face to face!” When I read this weekend’s Gospel passage about the Transfiguration, I think that “seeing God”…I mean REALLY seeing Him…would be far too much for us while we are here on earth.

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Is Jesus Christ YOUR most valuable possession?

Is Jesus Christ YOUR most valuable possession?

In today’s Gospel, Jesus teaches that God’s Kingdom is something of extraordinary value…like a hidden treasure… or a valuable pearl. Further, He teaches us that reaching for the Kingdom of God calls for total commitment (this is BIG TIME commitment).

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Have you pulled the weeds in your own “garden” lately?

Have you pulled the weeds in your own “garden” lately?

In this weekend’s Gospel Jesus once again uses a parable (story) to advance His message about the “Kingdom of God.” The story we hear is called the “Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds.” Here’s the story…

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Are you willing to be a missionary for Jesus? No travel required!

Are you willing to be a missionary for Jesus? No travel required!

This weekend’s Gospel establishes an expectation for those of us who claim to be Christians. Are you ready…here it is!!! Jesus calls each of us to be a MISSIONARY!

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