Sermons

Alleluia, the Tomb is Empty!

“On that first day of the week, Mary Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb.” (John 20:1􏰀9) Why did Mary Magdala go to the Tomb early in the morning on that first day of the week?

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Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion – A stunning Reversal of Fortune

How can one liturgy communicate the triumph and tragedy of Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion fully and completely. But that is what the Liturgy for this Sunday must accomplish. It does it very well from Jesus’ triumphal entrance into Jerusalem to Jesus’ passion and death on the cross, we come to experience in this one liturgy God’ culminating plan of salvation.

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A Way Forward

How often has a way forward seemed like a way that leads backward? Take for example the situation of the people of Israel in today’s first reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah 43:1621, Isaiah tells the people of Israel who are in exile in Babylon that God will not only give them a way forward out of a difficult period of suffering in their lives.

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Laetare Sunday is a day for Rejoicing Because we have been found!

The Lenten season is a penitential season which provides us the way and the means by which we can be reconciled with God. The way is the cross and the means is Jesus’ shedding of His blood on that cross.

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“The quality of mercy is not strained, it drippeth as the gentle rain from heaven”

The number of Shakespearian quotes I know could fill a thimble, but there is one Shakespearian quote I do know, “The quality of mercy is not strained, it droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven.”

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With Our Heads in the Clouds

Have you ever woken from a dream, not knowing if the dream was real or not? It is as if your head is caught up in the clouds, or an even better explanation of the feeling would be, to be cloudy headed.

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Sound Advice from the Scriptures?

In years past, people would write to advice columnist such as Dear Abby and Ann Landers seeking advice on life and love. Today people go to websites and blogs to get their advice.

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Are you a person of Blessings or Woe?

Many years ago, I was assigned to hospice ministry while in Seminary. One of the hospice patients assigned was a Mother of three children ranging in age from 12 to 6 years old.

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All God’s People are called to Proclaim the Good News

Over my years as a Priest I have learned that no Priest ministers on his own, rather it is through the collaboration with others that the mission of Jesus Christ is accomplished. The most important attribute of a Pastor is having the ability to recognize the giftedness of ministry in others even when they do not recognize it in themselves.

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The Inspired Word of God must be shared!

We don’t often think about how all the scriptures were brought together to create the book we know as the Holy Bible. We know that the scriptures are the inspired Holy Word of God and that many different people received this inspired Word from God.

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