Audio Homily: The One Who Can Help You the Most

August 3, 2020

Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus.
But when he saw how strong the wind was he became frightened;
and, beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught him… (Matthew 14:22-36)

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to offer a brief homily based on the above gospel passage. Here is the audio of that homily:

Homily: Embrace the Gift

July 26, 2020 – Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings: 1 Kings 3:5, 7-12 / Romans 8:28-30 / Matthew 13:44-46

I delivered this homily at the vigil Mass last night at St. Pius X Parish in Indianapolis and will be delivering it again at the Masses this morning. You may listen to the homily by clicking below or the text of the homily follows if you would like to read it.

 

Most of us – at one time or another – have been overwhelmed by a gift we’ve received. The gift was a surprise; it was bigger or more expensive than expected; or maybe we thought we didn’t deserve the gift.

In the early 1990’s, I became quite ill and needed to go to a specialty hospital in Chicago. I was transported to that hospital for a week’s worth of treatments. Carol, of course, wanted to be with me. Our four children were ages 4-11. We had no extra money and our low-limit credit cards were maxed out. Carol left the kids with her sister and made the trip to Chicago, deciding that she would just figure out how to pay for a place to stay once she got there. I was in no condition to argue with her. She checked into a hotel across the street from the hospital — a hotel in downtown Chicago was not going to be cheap. She had no idea how she would pay for it at the end of the week. Continue reading

Audio Homily: An Eye for an Eye?

“You have heard that it was said,
An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.
But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil.
When someone strikes you on your right cheek,
turn the other one to him as well.” (Matthew 5:38-42)

Yesterday, we heard these words read from the Gospel of Matthew. Here is an audio version of the homily I delivered on the reading at a Communion Service held at St. Pius X in Indianapolis yesterday:

 

Audio Homily: Please listen to this before plucking out your eye

June 13, 2020

I preached on the gospel passage below at our daily Mass at St. Pius X in Indianapolis yesterday morning. Here is the audio of the homily.

If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one of your members than to have your whole body thrown into Gehenna. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one of your members than to have your whole body go into Gehenna. (Matthew 5:27-32)

Audio Homily: Gave From Her Poverty

June 8, 2020

A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents.
Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them,
“Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more
than all the other contributors to the treasury.
For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth,
but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had,
her whole livelihood.”
(Mark 12:38-44)

Last Saturday morning, we heard a reading from the Gospel from Mark – the story of the poor widow giving from her poverty.

Here is the audio of the homily I delivered at that Mass:

Thoughts on this Sunday’s readings

I was a guest recently on a podcast called “All Set for Sunday” – talking about the readings for this Sunday – Trinity Sunday.

If you’d like to give it a listen, go to: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/9-the-solemnity-of-the-most-holy-trinity/id1510029900?i=1000476526494

Or you can search for “All Set for Sunday” on whatever platform you use to listen to podcasts.