2019 Homilies

January 6: The Epiphany of the Lord
Readings:  Isaiah 60:1-6 / Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6 / Matthew 2:1-12
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Way back in 1996, Bishop Samuel Ruiz Garcia spoke at the Suenens Conference in Cleveland. He shared a memorable story of a visit when he and a compañero were met at the outskirts to a poor village. They were on foot. The residents had three questions for the bringers of “good news”:

Does your God save bodies, or only souls?
Are seeds only yours, or do we have seeds too?
Are you our brothers and sisters forever?


January 13: The Baptism of the Lord
Readings:  Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7 / Acts 10:34-38 / Luke 3:15-16, 21-22
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There are three images that come to mind on this Baptism Feast. They are inspired by our experiences here. 1. Even before newly baptized are sacramentally welcomed into our Community, they are reaching out and holding on to us. 2. Our baptismal certificates are a testimony to the fact that “transitions” are worth noting. And 3. If what we do because of our commitment to baptismal promises is of value, “they will come.”


January 20: Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Readings:  Isaiah 62:1-5 / 1 Corinthians  12:4-11 / John 2:1-11
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Denis Hayes is the CEO of the Bullitt Foundation in Seattle WA. The foundation is housed in the Bullitt Center, the greenest building on the planet. He was in town to speak to the City Club about the environment. With that stunning presentation in mind, the story of the wedding feast of Cana provided an opportune moment to focus on the six stone water jars. Water is life. The miracle this world needs now is for all of us to do what we can to guarantee enough water for everyone on Earth.


January 27: Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Readings:  Nehemiah 8:2-4a, 5-6, 8-10 / 1 Corinthians 12:12-30 or 12:12-14, 27 / Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21
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This Sunday followed on the heels of a confrontation near the Lincoln Memorial between Black Hebrew Israelites and a large group of young men from Covington Catholic High School who had participated in the March for Life.

 After witnessing all that went down in the past week, it occurred to me that sometimes, the only way different ingredients can become one in the sauce, or soup, or stew, is if they are heated up.  Left to simmer a while.  Maybe it is the challenges our many parts suffer from time to time that adds the heat, allows for the surrendering, brings out the flavors of the many parts, all in the same pot.


February 3: Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Readings:  Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19 / 1 Corinthians 12:31—13:13 or 13:4-13 / Luke 4:21-30
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Paul writes that “now” we see things as if in a mirror, darkly. He uses the image of a riddle to suggest that the truth might be right under our nose, but we cannot see it plainly. Love will sharpen our vision and help us see clearly. Truth and love will protect Jeremiah in his prophetic mission. Truth and love will be the heart and soul of Jesus’ ministry. That will lead to a time when we will see “face to face.”


February 10: Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Readings:  Isaiah 6:1-2a, 3-8 / 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 or 15:3-8, 11 / Luke 5:1-11
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February 17: Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Readings:  Jeremiah 17:5-8 / 1 Corinthians 15:12, 16-20 / Luke 6:17, 20-26
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February 24: Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Readings:  1 Samuel 26:2, 7-9, 12-13, 22-23 / 1 Corinthians 15:45-49 / Luke 6:27-38
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March 3: Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Readings:  Sirach 27:4-7 / 1 Corinthians 15:54-58 / Luke 6:39-45
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March 10: First Sunday of Lent
Readings:  Deuteronomy 26:4-10 / Romans 10:8-13 / Luke 4:1-13
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March 17: Second Sunday of Lent
Readings:  Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18 / Philippians 3:17—4:1 or 3:20—4:1 / Luke 9:28b-36
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March 24: Third Sunday of Lent
Readings:  Exodus 3:1-8a, 13-15 / 1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12 / Luke 13:1-9
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March 31: Fourth Sunday of Lent
Readings:  1 Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a / Ephesians 5:8-14 / John 9:1-41 or 9:1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38
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April 7: Fifth Sunday of Lent
Readings:  Ezechiel 37:12-14 / Romans 8:8-11 / John 11:1-45 or 11:3-7, 17, 20-27, 33b-45
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April 14: Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
Readings:  Luke 19:28-40 / Isaiah 50:4-7 / Philippians 2:6-11 / Luke 22:14—23:56 or 23:1-49
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April 21: Easter Sunday of the Ressurection of the Lord
Readings:  Acts 10:34a, 37-43 / Colossians 3:1-4 or 1 Cor 5:6b-8 / John 20:1-9 or Luke 24:1-12
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April 28: Second Sunday of Easter
Readings:  Acts 5:12-16 / Revelation 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19 / John 20:19-31
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May 5: Third Sunday of Easter
Readings:  Acts 5:27-32, 40b-41 / Revelation 5:11-14 / John 21:1-19 or 21:1-14
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May 12: Fourth Sunday of Easter
Readings:  Acts 13:14, 43-52 / Revelation 7:9, 14b-17 / John 10:27-30
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May 19: Fifth Sunday of Easter
Readings:  Acts 14:21-27 / Revelation 21:1-5a / John 13:31-33a, 34-35
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May 26: Sixth Sunday of Easter
Readings:  Acts 15:1-2, 22-29 / Revelation 21:10-14, 22-23 / John 14:23-29
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June 2: The Ascension of the Lord
Readings:  Acts 1:1-11 / Ephesians 1:17-23 or Hebrew 9:24-28; 10:19-23 / Luke 24:46-53
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June 9: Pentecost Sunday
Readings:  Acts 2:1-11 / 1 Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13 or Romans 8:8-17 / John 20:19-23 or John 14:15-16, 23b-26
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June 16: The Most Holy Trinity Sunday
Readings:  Proverbs 8:22-31 / Romans 5:1-5 / John 16:12-15
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June 23: Corpus Christi
Readings:  Genesis 14:18-20 / 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 / Luke 9:11b-17
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June 30: Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Readings:  1 Kings 19:16b, 19-21 / Galatians 5:1, 13-18 / Luke 9:51-62
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July 7: Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Readings:  Isaiah 66:10-14c / Galatians 6:14-18 / Luke 10:1-12, 17-20 or 10:1-9
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July 14: Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Readings:  Deuteronomy 30:10-14 / Colossians 1:15-20 / Luke 10:25-37
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July 21: Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Readings:  Genesis 18:1-10a / Colossians 1:24-28 / Luke 10:38-42
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July 28: Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Readings:  Genesis 18:20-32 / Colossians 2:12-14 / Luke 11:1-13
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August 4: Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Readings:  Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:21-23 / Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11 / Luke 12:13-21
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August 11: Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Readings:  Wisdom 18:6-9 / Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19 or 11:1-2, 8-12 / Luke 12:32-48 or 12:35-40
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August 18: Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Readings:  Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10 / Hebrews 12:1-4 / Luke 12:49-53
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August 25: Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time
Readings:  Isaiah 66:18-21 / Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13 / Luke 13:22-30
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September 1: Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Readings:  Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29 / Hebrew 12:18-19, 22-24a / Luke 14:1, 7-14
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September 8: Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Readings:  Wisdom  9:13-18b / Philemon 9-10, 12-17 / Luke 14:25-33
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September 15: Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Readings:  Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14 / 1 Timothy 1:12-17 / Luke 15:1-32 or 15:1-10
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September 22: Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Readings:  Amos 8:4-7 / 1 Timothy 2:1-8 / Luke 16:1-13 or 16:10-13
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September 29: Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Readings:  Amos 6:1a, 4-7 / 1 Timothy 6:11-16 / Luke 16:19-31
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October 6: Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Readings:  Hebrews 1:2-3; 2:2-4 / 2 Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14 / Luke 17:5-10
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October 13: Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Readings:  2 Kings 5:14-17 / 2 Timothy 2:8-13 / Luke 17:11-19
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October 20: Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Readings:  Exodus 17:8-13 / 2 Timothy 3:14—4:2 / Luke 18:1-8
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October 27: Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Readings:  Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18 / 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18 / Luke 18:9-14
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November 3: Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time
Readings:  Wisdom 11:22—12:2 / 2 Thessalonians 1:11—2:2 / Luke 19:1-10
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November 10: Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Readings:  2 Macabees 7:1-2, 9-14 / 2 Thessalonians 2:16—3:5 / Luke 20:27-38 or 20:27, 34-38
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November 17: Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Readings:  Malachi 3:19-20a / 2 Thessalonians 3:7-12 / Luke 21:5-19
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November 24: Christ the King
Readings:  2 Samuel 5:1-3 / Colossians 1:12-20 / Luke 23:35-43
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December 1: First Sunday of Advent
Readings:  Isaiah 2:1-5 / Romans 13:11-14 / Matthew 24:37-44
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December 8: Second Sunday of Advent
Readings:  Isaiah 11:1-10 / Romans 15:4-9 / Matthew 3:1-12
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December 15: Third Sunday of Advent
Readings:  Isaiah 35:1-6a, 10 / James 5:7-10 / Matthew 11:2-11
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December 22: Fourth Sunday of Advent
Readings:  Isaiah 7:10-14 / Romans 1:1-7 / Matthew 1:18-24
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December 25: Christmas
Readings:  Isaiah 52:7-10 / Hebrew 1:1-6 / John 1:1-18 or 1:1-5, 9-14
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