Thoughts, Ideas, Sermons

Sunday Advent 1 B

Today is the first Sunday of Advent; it begins a new part of the Church’s year.  So Jesus says, “Keep awake; pay attention; watch.”  [To see the words of today’s gospel, click here.]  There is one author who says our spiritual life depends on those words–see, look, pay attention. Why? We need to see where God is working in our lives, how the Lord is touching us.  Sometimes we have to look very carefully to see how Jesus is working,…

Christ the King A

The question today is where do we find Jesus?  We can find Jesus in many places. Here in the Eucharist, when the priest holds up the host.  It is Jesus here with us. How is that possible?  Because we copy the words of Jesus.  Jesus said, “Any time you use bread and use my words, ‘This is my body.’ The bread is changed.” It becomes Jesus’s Body. Jesus’s power works to make that happen.  Then we say “The Body of…

Sunday Ordinary Time 33 A

In the story today Jesus talks about a man, a master, who gives his servants a lot of money.  To one man he gives 5 gold coins. [To see the words of today’s gospel, click here.] The word for coin is “talents”; it did not mean talents; it meant money, a lot of money. He gave to one 5 gold coins, to another 2, to a third 1.  He told them to use the money well.  Then the master left.…

Sunday Ordinary Time 32 A

The second reading is from St. Paul; he is talking about death. [To see the words of the second reading, click here.] He is writing to some followers of Jesus who are worried.  What is the problem? It is 20 years after Jesus ascended up into heaven; people had a very strong belief that Jesus was coming back soon with power and glory. Then all the followers of Jesus would be brought up with Jesus into heaven, into glorious life.…

All Saints A

Today, we celebrate a special day in honor of all the saints, all those good people who help us and help so many other people in the world and are now in heaven with Jesus and Mary. We celebrate the official saints, canonized saints, also all the very good people who have helped us.  “Saint,” what does it mean? The first reading says that an angel will mark all the people who are saved. [To see the words of the…

Sunday Ordinary Time 30 A

Jesus tells us the most important commandments. [To see the words of the gospel, click here.] The first one, Love God, how? With full heart, full mind, full strength. The Jewish people had the same idea. They agree that this is the first commandment. For the second commandment you have to look around in the Bible to find it:  “Love other people the same as you love yourself.”  Jesus is the first person to join those two commandments to become…

Sunday Ordinary Time 29 A

That is a very interesting story from Jesus. [To see the words of the gospel, click here.] The enemies of Jesus go up to trap Jesus. Who are they? Two groups: one group is from Pharisees, the leaders of the Jewish people; the other group is from King Herod. The two of them are opposite to each other, but both of them come together. Why? Because they both see Jesus is a challenge. The religious leaders saw Jesus wanted to…

Sunday Ordinary Time 28 A

On this Sunday, Jesus tells us the story of a banquet. [To see the words of the gospel, click here.]  A king is celebrating the wedding of his son. Some people refuse to come; others are welcome. Many times Jesus used banquets and dinners to teach us something. Eating with Jesus changes us. We are with Jesus right now in the Eucharist. When we come together at Mass, He is with us.  So, here are some of the examples when…

Sunday Ordinary Time 27 A

Last Thursday October 1 we honored a special saint, Saint Therese. Sometimes she is called The Little Flower. She seemed to live a very simple quiet life in a convent. She died in 1897 at the age of 24. But she left us a beautiful book, the story of her spiritual journey, a  story about how to be a holy person, how to come closer to Christ and become more and more like Him. Her idea is very simple. The…

Sunday Ordinary Time 26 A

Let me talk about the second reading from St. Paul. He says, “Be humble; think of others as being more important than you.”  [To see the second reading, click here.] “Humble” means what? It means:  Me, I am an awful person, a failure; I am no good; I am deflated? Is that what it means? No! “Humble” means being honest. I am honest about myself. I am honest about other people. I am honest before God. Look at the words…