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Little Things

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Run Time: approximately 9 minutes. Gospel: Mk 4: 26-34.

…And so this image, particularly of the mustard seed and the plant that grows from it. There’s a bit of irony in this that I think is lost. We hear this and think, ‘Oh yes! Mustard seed. Little tiny – ah – speck that grows into this big tree. And What’s a mustard three look like?’ There is no such thing as a mustard tree. If you’ve done any farming you know what mustard looks like, and you’ve shaken your fists at it. If you’ve done any gardening you know its a fairly invasive plant. And still if you go to Galilee today in the hillsides around the sea of Galilee there are fields and fields with this tiny, little yellow flowers that come out of this bramble. That’s the mustard plant. And a little bit of it can choke out a whole field very quickly. A little bit of it spreads like wild fire. An indiscernible amount and once its in, try to get it out.
…That little bit; not of the mighty things – not of the great and weighty things, but beginning in the little, little things of life. Where the Word of God is sown it spreads, and begins to color the whole field of our life.

Who Bids Entry?

Lying in repose

Lying in repose: Otto von Habsburg, heir to the Austrian and Hungarian thrones, and his wife Princess Regina of Saxe-Meiningen, at the Capuchin Church in Vienna on Friday, 15 July 2011. Photo Credit: Gryffindor, Wikimedia
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Run Time: 14 minutes. Gospel: Mt 25:1-13.

Aren’t we supposed to share? Well, yes!… But I cannot supply for another what they will not have, and another cannot supply for me what I will not have. Nobody’s holy grandmother is going to get them into heaven – if I will not follow Christ myself. Nobody’s good wife or husband, or generous children, will move what they themselves will not move.

Peter, Guarantor of Unity

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Run Time: approximately 10 and a half minutes. Gospel: Mt 16:13-20.

Regardless of the strengths or the gifts, or even the weaknesses and the shortcomings, of a particular successor of Peter, we have the obligation to preserve that communion of the Church in him who is the guarantor of that unity that Jesus prayed for…

Love Makes All Things Sweet


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Run Time: approximately 1 minute. Gospel: Mt 11:25-30.


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Run Time: approximately 8 minutes.

You have hidden these things from the wise and the learned, but have revealed them to children.

A Sure Remedy

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Run Time: approximately 6 minutes.

Gospel: Jn 1:29-34.

I apologize for the audio problems which are ongoing from last week, but it is still possible to understand the Deacon as he explains what the cause for the spiritual aliments that beset us is and what their surest remedy is-

“We were made and designed for life. We Christians understand that [this desire] is for eternal life. Yet in the business of life we sometimes only live a shadow of a life.”

The Kingdom of God

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Run Time: 11:24.

(This homily was recorded at the Extraordinary Form Mass and uses different readings. The Episal was 2 Thess. 1:2-10, and the Gospel was Mt. 13:31-35.)

…that the joy of the Gospel should be contagious from those who have it. This is the Kingdom of God. That the ruler of heaven and earth has chosen to dwell in me and make His dominion in my heart. And that in you and me the world might see Him at work and marvel at what He was wrought.