Sermons on “Matthew”

Are you READY to meet the Lord NOW!

Are you READY to meet the Lord NOW!

When I read this weekend’s Gospel, I thought to myself, “We’re getting closer to Advent with the theme of being prepared and watching for the Lord.” This Sunday’s Gospel passage brings us familiar warnings about preparation for the end of our own world, the end of our own time and our passing into eternity.

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Do you think people see you as a hypocrite? Do you see yourself as one?

Do you think people see you as a hypocrite? Do you see yourself as one?

This weekend in the Gospel, Jesus offers us a strong invitation to render humble, committed and loving service to others. He bluntly tells the Pharisees (and us) that he has no respect for hypocrisy. Did you know that the word “hypocrisy” comes from the Greek and has a root meaning of “pretense” or “pretend?”

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How deep is your love for God and for “His people?”

How deep is your love for God and for “His people?”

This weekend in the Gospel, Jesus reminds us of the “Two Great Commandments.” These commandments are pretty straightforward and don’t need a volume of interpretation.

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Do you have your priorities straight… are you true to your commitment as a Christian, no matter what is going on around you?

Do you have your priorities straight… are you true to your commitment as a Christian, no matter what is going on around you?

This weekend in the Gospel, Jesus escapes from the ongoing attempts of the Pharisees to trap Him. The Pharisees ask the question, “Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?” Jesus hesitates a moment and then firmly replies “Render to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.”

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Are you using the gifts that God has given you to help build the Kingdom of God?

Are you using the gifts that God has given you to help build the Kingdom of God?

This weekend in the Gospel, Jesus provides another parable (story with a message) for us to peruse. Once again, the parable is allegorical.

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Do you recognize your talents and abilities as gifts of God?

Do you recognize your talents and abilities as gifts of God?

In today’s passage of the Holy Gospel, Jesus offers what is called an “allegorical parable.” An allegory is a method used in literature and art to suggest a meaning that is not literal.

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Are you big on talk and weak on action or “vicey versey?”

This weekend we hear another parable (a story with a lesson) from Jesus. Jesus presents two sons in this parable as he does in the parable of the Prodigal Son.

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Instead of complaining about “your lot in life,” have you ever taken the time to list all the reasons you have to show gratitude?

Instead of complaining about “your lot in life,” have you ever taken the time to list all the reasons you have to show gratitude?

This weekend we hear a familiar Gospel story about the “Workers in the Vineyard.” You remember the story…the owner of the vineyard hires workers at the beginning of the day, the middle of the day, and toward the end of the day…AND…he pays them all the same wage. What???

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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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