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Go for the Gold

Homily for February 19, 2017 (7th Sunday in Ordinary Time) Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18; Psalm 103; 1 Corinthians 3:16-23; Matthew 5:38-48 In the lobby of the United Nations Headquarters in New York City is a large mosaic inspired by...

The better angels of our nature

Homily for February 12, 2017 (6th Week in Ordinary Time) Sirach 15:15-20; Psalm 119; 1 Corinthians 2:6-10; Matthew 5:17-37 These past few Sundays we have been hearing Jesus in St. Matthew’s Gospel proclaim what has become...

A “Godly” Nation

Homily for February 5, 2017 (5th Sunday in Ordinary Time) Isaiah 58:7-10; Psalm 112; 1 Corinthians 2:1-5; Matthew 5:13-16 The director of a social service agency in Kansas City recently reflected on a telephone call he received...

We are answerable for what we believe

Homily for January 29, 2017 (4th Sunday in Ordinary Time) Zephaniah 2:3; 3:12-13; Psalm 146; 1 Corinthians 1:28-31; Matthew 5:1-12a Blessed John Newman, one of the great Catholic theologians of the 19th century, wrote that...