Thursday, October 20, 2016

Peace and/or evilness: Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Listen to the homily here.

Visit on the phone with an individual to speak about voting
·      I hope that we have peace on earth in our lives
·      Jesus said: “Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth?  No, I tell you, but rather division.”
Is Jesus Christ teaching us about peace in our world?
·      Yes and no
·      Yes—Jesus taught about no violence, (peace: “Do not resist one who is evil.  But if any one strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also”)
But here is a “no” from Jesus
·      Our world is fallen
·      Each of us are sinful
·      We humans have killed each other from the son of Adam and Eve to every generation in our humanity
o   Sticks, bow and arrows, knives, guns
Yes…we must be peaceful as we follow with Jesus Christ
·      But at the same time, Jesus Christ knows that there is a fight with evil
·      Again, that is why Jesus taught us “Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth?  No, I tell you, but rather division.”

Stewardship of God’s grace: Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 (School Mass)

Listen to the homily here.

Sorry about the extra recording for this homily.  One of our students kept the recording going so you could listen to the rest of the Mass!

St. Luke as an evangelist: Tuesday, October 20th, 2016

Listen to the homily here.


St. Luke
·      Doctor
·      Historical narrative for the Gospel and the Acts
·      As Luke was not an eye witness of Jesus he gathered information from the apostles
·      Followed St. Paul and Mother Mary
o   Luke is the only one with me.”  (2 Timothy 4)
Cool words this morning:
·      “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.”
·      “Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.”'s life does not consist of possessions: Monday, October 17th, 2016

Listen to the homily here.


“Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions…”

·      Visiting Ghana
·      I thought the poor was sad

·      Actually we are the sad ones

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Awesome homily from a priest in Phoenix!

Check out this intense, important and big issue with abortion:

Faith, Disciples and 2 Timothy 4:1-5: 29th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Listen to the homily here.

Jesus gives us a challenge: “But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?
·      Will he find your faith?  Will he find your mission to follow Jesus Christ as a disciple?
·      Follow our true leaders who lead our Kingdom of God
When I was out of town last week we had a wonderful conversation about evangelization:
·      Sherry Weddell with a book called “Intentional Disciple”
·      Sharing the Good News of God
·      Sharing our own stories with others
·      I also wrote an article for our bulletin next weekend
This day I would like to walk through 2 Timothy 4:1-5
·      It is one of my favorite passages of evangelization, discipleship and truth
Let us begin…4:1
·       “I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom:”
o   Continue to allow God—Jesus Christ--to be present wherever you are
o   God and Jesus Christ are our leaders
o   Kingdom
§  Jesus Christ already won the game!
·      preach the word, be urgent in season and out of season, convince, rebuke, and exhort, be unfailing in patience and in teaching.”
o   Each of you…you teachers…you disciples
o   Preach the word”!  The Good News of God
§  Share your story to others
o   “In season and out of season”
§  Private with friends, neighbors, family
§  Public as well!
o   “Convince, rebuke, exhort with patience and teaching”
§  Walk where people are
4:3-4 (this is the next three verses that we did not hear today)
·      For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own likings,  and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander into myths.”
o   Paul wrote this almost 2000 years ago
o   I have thought for many years…is this not about our country?
·      Itching ears…teachers to suit their own likings…turn away from listening to the truth…”
o   Is media, is politician advertisements on both sides not doing this?
·      Here is what we believe as Catholics to follow the truth in their teaching
o   God
o   Jesus Christ
o   Bible
o   Catechism of the Catholic Church
o   Pope Francis
o   Saints in history
·      As for you, always be steady, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.”
o   Boom!
o   Steady, endure suffering, work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry
§  We must follow Jesus Christ!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Parish Bulletin Article: "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few...": 10-16-16

Jesus taught his disciples: “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few…” (Matthew 9:37).  Jesus teaches the same words to us today.

When I was out of town, I had a wonderful four days at our Clergy Conference.  Our presenter, Sherry A. Weddell, spoke about intentional discipleship.  She wrote a book called “Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus” (a great book that I recommend).  She also spoke at our Diocese Assembly for hundreds of diocesan parishioners.

Three thoughts from this weekend for growing as disciples of Jesus…

First, disciple simply means “a personal follower of Jesus”.  How are you following Jesus?  How is your relationship with him?  How can you grow in your friendship with our savior?

Second, we must be laborers for Jesus in our parishes.  We need several more disciples to serve as EMs, lectors, musicians, sacristans, ushers, servers, visitors, builders, painters, discerners, pray-ers, greeters, and more!

Third, our harvest is plentiful!  About 25% of our parishioners come to Mass regularly.  This means that 75% of us can be welcomed, visited, encouraged and invited back to God’s house with His family.  To those you know, share your relationship with God!  Give the Good News to offer your experience of Jesus’ love, mercy and compassion.  Take the step to walk with brothers and sisters to move forward in our journey with Jesus Christ. 

“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few…”
Continue to grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ as a disciple in our family, to serve the beautiful harvest of our faith!

God Bless!