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The Hand of God at Work


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Run Time: approximately 11 minutes.

Gospel: Lk 24:13-35.

The day that these disciples go out is the day of the resurrection, that Easter day. Although they are not fully aware of it. They go out still seeing only the cross and not comprehending what has been told to them. They’ve gotten the news of the empty tomb, they say as much to Jesus … but they still don’t quite see it. All they see is the suffering and the pain and the defeat of the cross. They do not yet see the resurrection. And so they go out from the very place of grace – from Jerusalem … because all they see there is suffering and sorrow and hardship. They don’t see the hand of God at work.

On Palm Sunday, just a couple of weeks ago, in Egypt. Several Christian churches were attacked by bombers and gunmen killing dozens of Christians and maiming scores more as they gathered to begin the most solemn week of the Christian year. And the pictures that came to us of the blood strewn pews, the defaced churches, were shaking indeed. But what has happened since is all the more remarkable. Where the onlookers saw devastation, where the witness of the world was to the horrors of humanity and the atrocities we visit upon each other. The Christians of that place saw the cross of Christ and rejoiced. They responded in forgiveness, and in more energetic proclamation of the Gospel and of Christ risen from the dead. They did not just see the broken buildings and lost lives. They saw in the blood of Christians sharing in the blood of Christ the hand of God at work. What an incredible thing.

Blessed Are You


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Gospel: Jn 20:19-31.

Thomas is very practical about this business. And he says, ‘Well, unless I can see the mark of the nails and put my finger in them. Put my hand in the wound in His side – I will not believe.’ And for this we call him ‘Doubting Thomas’ and there is something well-earned to that reputation. Jesus says to him later, ‘Blessed are you who have seen and believed, blessed still are those who have not seen but believe.’ Who take on the word of testimony of those eyewitnesses our faith in the risen Christ. But I think there is something too that Thomas understands – if this is so there will be consequences. If this is true we can’t go back to the way it was, and the way that we were. That my life must change – if indeed He has risen from the dead.

Lord, If You Had Been Here

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Run Time: approximately 5 minutes.

Gospel: Jn 11:1-45.

sermon


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Run Time: approximately 17 minutes.

“I think in any suffering the lesson of the trust in God’s Providence and God’s timing, to accept that this may have come to me for some greater purpose. That God may have something more at work in this, even if only… if only to call me to a deeper appreciation and dependence upon His providential care.”

Living Witnesses To The Risen Christ

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Run Time: 06:37. Gospel: Lk 24:1-12.

We gather on this night so that every other day we might be living witnesses to the risen Christ and our lives be a testimony to Him, to His triumph and His glory over death and to the marvelous gift of new life. That we might live, not as before, but as new men and women in Christ. That we might live as those reborn in Him.

The Good Shepherd

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Run Time: 10:27. Gospel: Jn 10:1-10.

When we look then, dear friends, at the Good Shepherd, we see an image of Christ who is truly concerned for us. Not only in the past, not only here and now, but who desires our future wellbeing. The devotion and love which we show towards Christ in our modern way – through the Sacred Heart, through Divine Mercy, through the image of the crucifix – is indeed to be commended. Nevertheless, this approach to Christ does not represent His work in our daily lives in such a way as we see when we tap into the wisdom of those who have gone before us, who placed all their hope in Christ Who was raised from the dead for our salvation.

Fr. Pius Parsch (1884-1954)
The Church’s Year of Grace (Liturgical Press, 1953)

It Is In the Resurrection That We Find Our Hope

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Gospel: Mk 16:1-7.

How, then, can we let this power of the resurrection seep into the depths of our minds and hearts? And there is one simple thing that we can do that will make all the difference. And I hope if you remember nothing else from this homily (I hope you don’t [only] remember the story of Michelangelo – it is a beautiful sculpture) but this is the point: Keep the Lord’s Day holy. Every Sunday. Every Sunday we recall the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. This is why we are told by the Church that Mass is obligatory. To make sure that we don’t forget what goes on tonight. We need to be reminded; we need to make sure that we remember, where we are going – if you are not going to weekly Mass you have to ask yourself what do you really believe, what do you hold important? Because religion is not just about Christmas and Easter, it is about the day to day living out of our lives. Christmas and Easter are important, but so is every other day. What I’m saying is this: that we need to do our part as well in order to grow in faith. That, yes, coming to Mass is essential, but if we want to live our Sundays to the full, if we want to live our lives to the full and take on that rhythm of the resurrection, that kind of idea that we have been preparing for all through Lent, we’ve got to also use our creativity and imagination to make this day the first of days, the holiest of days, different from all the rest.

God’s Answer

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Run Time: 03:35.  Gospel: Mk 9:2-10.

Throughout all of human history mankind has sought answers to pressing questions that simmer in the depths of our hearts: ‘Why are we here? Who am I? How can we find happiness? Why is there suffering and evil in the world?’ Often, as attested to by the great literature of the world, we have addressed these questions directly to God. Sometimes it may seem though that God has not responded, but in fact He has. And His response is an amazing one – it is surprising one – it is not a thing, but rather His response is a living person. Not a formula, or a philosophy, or a way of life, but in the person of His Son – God become man…

Pascal Mystery Revealed

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Run Time: 08:55.  Gospel: Mk 1:7-11.

Pope Francis, in his ‘Joy of the Gospel’ wrote:

‘Jesus’ whole life, His way of dealing with the poor, His actions, His integrity, His simple, daily acts of generosity, and finally, His complete self-giving is precious and reveals the mystery of His divine life.’

Jesus is our model.  He transforms suffering and death into life, and we are called to be instruments of the same.

The Trophy of the Defeat of Death

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Run Time: 7:09.  Gospel: Jn 3:13-17.

I remember a picture I once saw of a drawing in the catacombs.  It was an early representation of Jesus.  He was carrying a cross.  But it was not the ponderous 10 foot long beam that, bent over, he dragged down the ‘Via Dolorosa‘.  It was a small cross slung over His shoulder with Jesus marching strong and erect.  This was not the cross of suffering.  Jesus was carrying His trophy, the symbol of His victory over death.  Can we appreciate the magnitude of that victory?  The honor given to that trophy?

Faith is a Gift from God

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Run Time: 10:02.  Gospel: Mt 13:24-43.

Today we had a special guest, Fr. Stanley Witeck preach the homily.

In today’s Gospel we have those three parables.  And Jesus is revealing that in this world we are invited to come to Him, but at the same time the devil is the enemy that is coming, as Scriptures says, at night.  Means when we are tired, when we are sleeping, when we do not give 100% attention, otherwise we would not let the devil come even close.  But he’s coming when we are most vulnerable.  When we are week, like the serpent in the garden … and so he is putting this bad seed, that weeds, into our souls and spirit.  And we feel that, our life is not as perfect.  And we feel also, as Christians, that being in this world our prayer is not as perfect.  Sometimes we come to church, or come to our prayer.  We do not know what to say.  We do not know how to pray.  We do not know how to lift our hearts to God.  But then St. Paul says in our second reading, ‘Look, it’s a gift from God.  It’s the Holy Spirit.  Given to everyone who believes in Jesus.  That’s the gift of the Father.  The gift of the Son.’  And then the Spirit of God – in our hearts – is saying the right prayer.  It’s the Spirit of God, the spirit of holiness, researching our hearts and knows us.  Is taking what is the best in us, the desire of our hearts, for God, for holiness, for righteousness, for love, and with the Spirit of God presenting to God – saying the right words.  Making the prayer right.  And that is for us a great comfort.