Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Homily for the Feast of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Rafael

Today we celebrate the Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael the three archangels. What role do these three archangels play in the Church? These three archangels are models for us for they in some particular way prepared the way of the Lord. You and I too are called to prepare the way of the Lord.

How do we prepare the way of the Lord? For starters, simply by living a life of faith! It’s amazing how much we convey to others through our examples. So I often I say it is not enough to speak about Jesus, more importantly rather we need to show others who Jesus Christ is. Our kind words and works do wonders. One thing we must speak about this morning is the topic of forgiveness. All of us have been hurt at times by others, and when we hold that hurt inside and withhold forgiveness it weighs us down. You and I are called to model Jesus Christ for He showed forgiveness and mercy to everyone. In doing so in the end not only will we prepare the way of the Lord in the lives of others but we also prepare a way for the Lord in our hearts!

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Homily for Tuesday of the 26th Week of Ordinary Time

Determination! That is one word that stands out in this morning’s Gospel. What does the word determination mean for us gathered here who strive to live our faith out daily. A few moments ago we said together in our responsorial psalm, “Let my prayer come before you, Lord.” As I have said so many times before prayer can often be difficult. It’s not difficult because the concept of talking to God is difficult, but rather it’s difficult because we are faced with so many distractions.

Determination means perseverance! And perseverance means that we never give up. Are we determined to get up each day and work on our relationship with God? We make the right step each morning to come and gather as a community of faith to pray publically to Him. When we come here are we making every effort to check those worldly distractions at the door or at least offering them back to God and taking it prayer? This morning as we come forward to receive Him ask Him for the grace of determination, the determination to live our lives of faith!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Corpus Christi Saint Vincent DePaul Food Pantry

This afternoon I had the opportunity to bring the sixth grade from Corpus Christi School over to assist us our food pantry.  The students had the opportunity to assist us by putting an order of food away and listened to me explain how much food goes in and out of the pantry each week.  On average we give out about between 90 and 100 bags of groceries each week.  I also showed them how we put together a bag of food to give out to those who need it.  Overall it was that the kids had the opportunity to see part of what we do in our parish to serve the poor. 

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Homily for Monday of the 26th Week of Ordinary Time the Memorial of Saint Vincent DePaul

This morning the Church commemorates the memorial of Saint Vincent DePaul who strived to minister to those who are poor. Ministry to the less fortunate is an essential ministry within the Church. We are all called to reach out to those in need!

Our Gospel for today reminds us that the least among us will be the greatest. You and I are called to be servants. So often we strive to be number one, which in many cases isn’t bad. It’s sometimes healthy to have a little competition. However, when it comes to living a life of faith that’s not a competition. Every person has their own unique relationship with God. As we reflect on the message of the Gospel and on the life of the Saint we remember today may we strive to be servants! To be servants who lead others to Jesus Christ.

StVdP(Saint Vincent DePaul, pray for us!)

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Homily for the 26th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Be aware of what you do here and now, it may come back and effect you later on. How about we ask the rich man we just heard about in today’s Gospel. He had it all, fine clothes, ate extravagant meals, and probably had more money than he knew what to do with compared with the poor man by the name of Lazarus who was poor and suffered greatly because of the sores on his body. In the end who ended up better off.

How many of us often act like the rich man and ignore the sufferings of others? It is unfortunate that there are many people out there who look to take advantage of people. Because of this it causes most of us to be skeptics of those who come begging for help. Think about this line, “It is better to be fools for Christ.” What does that mean? While there are people out in society looking to take advantage of others, it is better to give to someone who is unworthy than to deny someone truly in need. Now that doesn’t mean we don’t have to do our homework. Often times when people come in seeking help and they say that they have been staying in a particular hotel and they need more money to continue staying there that we don’t call the hotel to verify they are indeed staying there. Or someone stops at your door and says they need money for prescriptions and you offer to go buy their prescription at the pharmacy and they would rather you not go yourself but to give them the money to pay the bill themselves, most likely unfortunately they are scamming you. There are ways we can protect ourselves from those who wish to steal from us, but in the end our true motivation should be to help all those in genuine need.

It’s unfortunate we need to think like this, however in today’s world it is a reality. Be aware of what you do here and now, it may come back to effect you later on. In the end it was Lazarus who found himself in paradise while the poor rich man suffered because of his actions or lack thereof. Now while the poor rich man suffered He cried out, “Then I beg you send him to my father’s house, for I have five brothers, so that he may warn them, lest they too come to this place of torment.” What was Abraham’s response? Interestingly he said, “If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead.” How true! If we think about it how many times do we need to have the truth pounded into us before we can actually believe it! While there maybe those who wish to attempt to pull the wool over our eyes we cannot let the wool be pulled over our eyes about the truth that you and I are called by God to reach out to those who are in need.

Before we stand to profess our faith, our Gospel reading in essence calls us to action. How many times in our lives we fail to act out of fear of being trampled on. This weekend over in the parish center our Catholic Council of Catholic Women are hosting a ministry fair highlighting the various ministries that are available within the parish community. As Catholics we are called to be involved and there are many ways you can get involved here at Corpus Christi. I would like to personally invite each one of you to stop by the parish center after Mass (not before) to learn about the various service organizations within our great parish. Stop by and talk to the volunteers who are taking the time this weekend to be present to you to speak about their particular group. There are many ways to get involved here in the parish and we need your help. It is because of the dedication of so many volunteers that help us keep this great parish moving forward. While the Church does not belong to you or me, it ultimately belongs to Him; we are entrusted with its care. May we not disappoint our Lord by neglecting His house and His work, may we be good stewards of our parish by supporting it through our generosity. Let’s get involved and build up what has been given to us.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Yesterday’s Homily…Homily for Thursday of the 25th Week of Ordinary Time…the Memorial of Saint Padre Pio

This morning’s first reading contains one of my favorite lines in the Scriptures, “Vanity of vanities! All things are vanity!” There are many things in our life that are truly vain and unnecessary. How many of us have bought things, just because it looked good? It really wasn’t necessary but we bought it anyway. How many of us have bought things just to outdo our neighbor next door, making our home look better than theirs. If we stop and reflect we perhaps will find numerous times in which we have done things similar to this from time to time.

What is more important to us…our material possessions, or our relationship with God? Things of this world come and go, but our relationship with God can and will last forever. Growing in our relationship with God can only happen by renouncing the enticements of worldly allurements. Our Lord has blest some with worldly riches, and the Lord invites them to use the gifts that they have been given to reach out to others. Today the Church celebrates a recent saint, Saint Padre Pio who was a Capuchin priest who renounced worldly possessions and shared immensely in the sufferings of Christ. This morning we ask His help to embrace our own crosses and not to rely on our material things for God is the only one we need!

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Homily for the Feast of Saint Matthew

Jesus in the Gospel invited Matthew who was sitting at the custom post to follow him. As one can imagine this would create quite a stir with a few individuals in the community. “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” How often do we think that question to ourselves? We see someone who we know to be struggling living a life of faith and we are quick to pass judgment. In the back of our minds we ponder to ourselves how someone who lives a life like that can come to Church every Sunday.

Our Lord hears those thoughts and is quick to respond. Listen again to His words, “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. I desire mercy, not sacrifice. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.” What we tend to forget when we pass judgments in the back of our minds about individuals is that we ourselves fall short. We are not perfect and in constant need of the Divine Physician! While we are here we are called to be mindful of our shortcomings, we are also called to model Jesus who called a humble tax collector sitting at the custom post. Seeking Matthew’s intercession we ask his assistance in helping us be mindful of our own faults and at the same time showing others the way to Jesus!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Homily for Monday of the 25th Week of Ordinary Time

“Refuse no one the good on which he has a claim when it is in your power to do it for him.” These are good words for us as we conclude our time of retreat. You and I are called to service and now that we leave here with our spiritual batteries recharged and renewed we march forward going back into the world living out our vocations.

Our lamps have been refueled, now we must place them out for the entire world to see. May our lamps only have one purpose, and that is to lead others to Christ! Be faithful to God and His commands, do good, lead others back to Him! Turn away from sin and things of this world and we will find ourselves with those we have led on His holy mountain!

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Corpus Christi School Kids Reach Out to Those in Need

During the week of September 13 through the 17th the student council of Corpus Christi School brought in food for our Saint Vincent DePaul food pantry. The primary focus of our food pantry is to provide one bag of food a week per-household. On average our St. Vincent DePaul food pantry gives out about a hundred bags of groceries a week and this year alone we are on pace to give out over 3,000 bags of groceries this year alone.

Many thanks to our Corpus Christi School Children and their families for their generosity! It is our hope that our school children learn to understand the value of this phrase, “it is in giving that we receive!”

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St. Vincent DePaul, pray for us!

Homily for 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Writing to Timothy Saint Paul writes, “First of all, I ask that supplications, prayers, petitions, and thanksgivings be offered for everyone.” Prayer is essential and necessary, for that is why we are here this weekend. Right now we come here to this beautiful place to pray for ourselves and to ask for strength as we prepare to go back out again. However, it is not always easy going on retreat, and it’s often hard to schedule vacations because we live a life for the service of others. Perhaps there is someone who preoccupies our minds right now. The question what must we do!

It’s important to get away, to take a break from the normal schedule to renew ourselves and prepare for the days ahead. Many times we go on retreat without withdrawing from the world. We need breaks! When I was in seminary my rector always drilled into us that we should not to be attached to the day off. There is some truth to that for things do come up which demand us to rearrange our schedules. For example, a bishop showing up in your parish while you are on a vacation, or a funeral that comes up, these are only a few examples of things that can and should lead us to rearrange some things around! One day I read in our adoration chapel Bishop Sheen’s book “The Priest is Not His Own” which contains reference to this for it basically says the priest’s time is not his own, but rather Christ’s time. The same thing can be applied to all you gathered here. Our time is indeed not our own but rather His. Everything that we do should be done for His greater glory. However, with respect to my seminary rector there are some days in which for our own physical and spiritual health we need to get away.

What do we do when we come on retreat? Do we leave things at the door? The answer is yes and no. There are many aspects of our vocations we leave at the door, such as the hustle and bustle of our normal schedules. But there might be something that we cannot let go of, and that’s ok. What we have to do in those cases is take it to prayer. Retreats don’t always have to focus just on ourselves; we can take this opportunity for others, maybe even more so since we have a little more time on our hands. While a retreat should primarily be for our own spiritual renewal, we do have an opportunity and we should pray for others who are in need.

This Sunday we take with us the challenge to keep praying unceasingly. There are many people out there in the world and in our own lives who are in desperate need of our prayers! At times it’s not easy going on retreat because we find ourselves distracted.  Place everything into God’s hands.  Today you have one more day of retreat, one more day to dedicate yourselves totally to Him.  Do not pass up this opportunity.  May we go forth praising the Lord in His goodness as we continue to pray for another during this time of spiritual renewal for all of us gathered here!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Homily for Saturday of the 24TH Week of Ordinary Time

A word stands out in our readings, and that word is “seed.” A seed is usually very small which we place into the ground to produce plant. When I was younger I remember my father planting tomatoes and for school projects we would plant seeds in little cups and watch them grow. Each one of us has a seed implanted within us and we often refer to that seed as the “seed of faith.”

This week you have had the opportunity to water the seed of faith. Retreats are important, and they are important for this very reason. We need to take the opportunity to get away from our normal schedules and bask in the presence of the Lord. While most of us love the opportunity to serve we do get beaten down and tired and we need time away to rejuvenate our body, mind, and spirits. Of course we can plant our seeds in the wrong places. You and I can find ourselves enticed by worldly pleasures and things. For us who strive to serve the Lord on a daily basis we need plant our seeds in fertile soil and that soil is found in obedience to Jesus. So many of us have fallen into the trap where we have added our own personal agendas to the mix. We must remember that our faith and its growth doesn’t depend on us, but rather depends on Him. Slightly altering Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton’s words to also refer to myself, you and I are called to be “daughters and sons of the Church.” May we listen to the guidance Holy Mother Church provides for us in helping water our seed of faith!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Reflection on today’s readings…also the Memorial of Saint Robert Bellarmine

Since I am spending part of the day in Chambersburg before returning to Cape May New Jersey late this afternoon early evening I would like to offer a reflection on this morning’s readings. “St. Paul writing to the people of Corinth says, “If there is no resurrection from the dead, then neither has Christ been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then empty too is our preaching; empty, too, your faith.” This passage corresponds to what we said earlier this week about the cross. We as Catholic cannot deny the existence of the cross by burying it away from our memories, in the same way we cannot deny the mystery of the resurrection. Both of these mysteries are essential to our faith as Catholics!

As I said earlier this week remove the cross, one dismantles the faith brick by brick stone by stone. The same thing can be said if we deny the mystery of the resurrection. Our preaching and our faith are empty. The image of the crucified Lord is essential and necessary to remind each of us of the extent of God’s love that He had for all of us. Think about this the Cross is the means of salvation, not the end. You and I have crosses that have been placed upon our shoulders each and every day. Do we carry them willingly, or do we try to avoid them at all cost? Now if we focus all our attention of the image of the crucified Lord that would be depressing. Once we are reminded of God’s love however, we have to reflect on what comes after it, the Resurrection. It is in the mystery of the Resurrection we find our hope.

The image of Christ crucified should be found in every parish Church and chapel where the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is celebrated. One might notice that I always refer to the term, “Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, rather than “celebrating the Eucharist.” You and I must never forget that when we come to Church each Sunday or throughout the week we are primary doing two things. First, we are offering back to the Lord our lives. Each and every day we make sacrifices and on Sunday we offer God our sacrifices back to Him. Secondly, we give Him thanks for the many gifts that have been bestowed upon us and we worship and bask in His awesome presence. Now we don’t leave Church Sunday empty handed, because He gives us something that is very special and that is this His Word impressed into our hearts and the opportunity to receive Him physically within us. Once His Word is pressed into our hearts and we receive Him in Holy Communion and we go forth from Church than we can truly say we celebrating the Eucharist. The word Eucharist means “thanksgiving” and we truly give thanks to God when we go forth taking what has been implanted into our hearts and sharing that with the world.

That final line, we truly give thanks to God when we go forth taking what has been implanted within our hearts and sharing that with the world. Together we are called to model Jesus. Listen to the first words of today’s Gospel, “Jesus journeyed from one town and village to another, preaching the good news of the Kingdom of God.” Today the Church commemorates the Memorial of Saint Robert Bellarmine, Doctor of the Church. He is the patron Saint of Catechists. All of us are called to be teachers of the faith, may we never forget that. Teachers in Catholic Schools and our Religious Education programs which encompass CCD, Adult Continuing Faith Formation and Education, and RCIA are called to teach the Catholic Faith. Priests are called to impart the faith through their preaching. Parents however are called to form and reinforce the Catholic Faith in the homes. It is unfortunate that many parents delegate this to CCD and Catholic Schools. Parents have a grave responsibility to bring them up in the practice of the faith. As we think about it today may we ask Saint Robert Bellarmine’s intercession asking Him for the strength to live and teach our Catholic faith!

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Traveling back to Chambersburg

This morning I will be interrupting my vacation to return home to Chambersburg later this afternoon for the Franklin Deanery Penance Service led my our Bishop the Bishop of Harrisburg, the Most Reverend Joseph McFadden.  Later on this evening I will be joining my brother priests in hearing confessions of those present.  Not only is this a great opportunity to gather with our Spiritual Father, but it is also always great to be with brother priests.  I will return to Cape May tomorrow afternoon/evening to continue my vacation till Monday.  Please keep me in your prayers as I travel back and forth.

Homily for Thursday of the Twenty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time the Memorial of Saint Cornelius and Saint Cyprian

In the very last line of the Saint Paul’s letter to the people of Corinth we hear, “so we preach and so you believed.” How true is this line? We have the opportunity to preach every single day. Not always by words but many times we preach through our actions. Think of how many people we could have introduced to the risen Lord each and every day in our ministries.

One of the problems with being human beings we often tend to pass judgments. Listen to the Pharisee who invited the Lord to dine with him when he saw the sinful woman wiping Jesus’ feet. “If this man were a prophet, he would know who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him that she is a sinner.” How many of us look at others and think the same thing? Although we may not act on our thoughts, these thoughts can be dangerous because it moves from our thoughts and slips off the tip of tongues. How many of us gathered here label one another. Society does it all the time; we label people “conservative” or “liberal.” Those with a “conservative” mindset think liberals are crazy while those of a “liberal” mindset think conservatives are out of touch with reality. This too is also dangerous because it also affects our spiritual life.

Today we are called to preach what we believe and profess. This afternoon as we together reflect on God’s love may we pray for the strength to love others with the love He calls us to love them!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Homily for Our Lady of Sorrows

Today’s Gospel is a familiar one to all of us, where we find Mary the mother of Jesus standing at the foot of the Cross. This memorial is fitting the day after we celebrate the exultation of the Cross. It must have been hard for her to stand there gazing upon her bruised and battered son as He hung upon the cross.

As I mentioned in the beginning of yesterdays homily that Pope Benedict reminded us that the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is directed to the image of Christ crucified. His holiness highlighted the importance of the image of Christ crucified by placing the crucifix in the center of the altar. Some have criticized the Holy Father by saying the crucifix obstructs ones view. The Holy Eucharist elevated towards the crucifix demonstrates a connection between the sacrifice of the past with the sacrifice of the present. Shouldn’t we all be gazing upon the same image? The image of our crucified Lord must be present and central in every single parish Church and Chapel especially wherever the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is celebrated. By removing the image of the crucified Lord we are in essence destroying our faith brick by brick, stone by stone. Kids in school often here “Jesus loves you,” and “you are special,” but they avoid the image of Christ on the cross because they say it’s too depressing. The problem with this is that they will never learn how much He loved them or how truly special they are that the Son of Man would do this for every single one of us. If we don’t know about the cross then we don’t know about suffering and when suffering occurs we don’t know how to handle it. Every time we celebrate these Sacred Mysteries we together should be gazing at the image of the crucified Lord as our Blessed Mother did that very day.

Our Blessed Mother suffered a lot! However, she embraced her sufferings with humility and trust in God’s providential plan! We can learn a lot from her and the example that she has shown us. For us she is the model of faithfulness and obedience. What did she say at the Wedding Feast of Cana? “Do whatever He tells us you.” Today she is still weeping not only because of the hatred and violence throughout our society but also because of the infidelity and disobedience all throughout the Church.  Our Blessed Mother directs us to follow and to listen carefully to her Son, therefore it is with that same faith we turn to His delegate His Vicar on earth and the example He shows us here and now. As we honor the memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows, may we reflect on our own sufferings and ask her to intercede to her Divine Son on our behalf, that we may be able to lift high our crosses!

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

September 13th through 20th

This week I am spending a wonderful working vacation along the beautiful shore line of Cape May Point.  Throughout this week I will be celebrating Mass over at St. Mary’s By the Sea the retreat house for the Sister’s of Saint Joseph of Chesnutt Hill.  The ocean is truly a beautiful sight to see especially if you haven’t seen it for over 16 years.  It was very peaceful just to be able to sit on the porch which sits off my room and listen to the sounds of the crashing waves. 

Homily for Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

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Our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI reminds each of us that the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass especially the Liturgy of the Eucharist is directed to the image of Christ crucified as a reminder of the love Jesus Christ had for us. Today Holy Mother Church celebrates the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

Why does the Church exalt the Cross of Christ? Deep down we all already know the answer! It is because the Cross of Christ represents our salvation. If it wasn’t for the cross there would be no resurrection and if there was no cross and resurrection we would still be waiting for a savior who would open the gates of paradise to us. The Holy Cross stands as a symbol of the victory Christ won for us over sin and death. Every time we gather at Mass not only are we worshiping our Lord Jesus Christ but we are also entering a spiritual journey. Our God speaks to us in the Liturgy of the Word, but in the Liturgy of the Eucharist we accompany Jesus as He embraces His cross and follow towards Him.

Saint Paul in this letter to the Philippians reminds all of gathered here this morning, that our Lord Jesus, “emptied Himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled Himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross.” Jesus accepted the cross, and the question ourselves are being humble to accept the crosses that have been given to us. Our Lord showed us that the Cross is not the end but rather the means. If we can find the strength to embrace our crosses now with the same humility our Lord demonstrated to us, than we will experience the true joy and peace that awaits us in His Kingdom!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Homily for Monday of the Twenty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time…the Memorial of Saint John Chrysostom

“Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you enter unto my roof. Therefore, I did not consider myself worthy to come to you; but say the word and let my servant be healed.” In today’s Gospel we hear the account the centurion who approached the Lord and begged on behalf of his servant. The centurion demonstrates the importance of faith.

Faith is often times a difficult thing for us to grasp. Most likely, that is because so often we would rather do things ourselves than place them into the hands of another. By doing things ourselves all too often we have forgot how to have faith. There are many times in life we cannot do things on our own and we do need to place our faith and trust in God. If we can learn more often to place our faith and trust in others it becomes easier for us to have faith. On the first Sunday of Advent 2011, the Church will introduce a new translation. In the new translation in place of saying “Lord I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word I shall be healed,” we will now say “Lord I am not worthy that you shall enter unto my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed,” to demonstrate the connection between the centurions faith and our own. As we know from experience it’s not always easy to have faith when things are rough. However, by placing our faith and trust in God we will find the strength we need to overcome those things we find most difficult and when that happens we will be truly renewed in faith.

 

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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Remarks at the Closing of the Prayer Service kicking off the IHS Youth Ministry Year

Falling for God! What a theme for us to have this year! How do we fall for God? Our youth group is titled IHS which stands for “In His Service.” We have the opportunity to fall for God each and every single day, however many of us don’t take advantage of the opportunity. There are plenty of opportunities out there for us to serve Him. This year within our youth ministry program we have the opportunity to serve Him through Christian service not only in the community through nursing home visits but also through serving one another.

Throughout this year we have many fun activities planned. Along with the fun activities we will also have the opportunity to spend with the Lord in adoration, prayer and reflection. Now with that said, if we are going to truly fall for God, then we must spend time with Him. Last year, some of our least attended scheduled events were our days of adoration. If you truly desire to grow closer to God, than you must be willing to put work in building that relationship. It isn’t hard, for God already desires that close relationship with us, however He gives us a free will and therefore we must desire it ourselves.

Today young people are faced with a challenge when it comes to having a relationship with God. Many times you are pulled in many different directions between, band, sports, and other activities. Like most adults the same with young people when things become busy the first thing that goes is prayer. It’s not easy giving up things we like that is why I think many of our fun activities are so well attended, but when something comes up the first thing we drop is prayer, however that should be the last thing we give up. Having a close personal relationship with God is essential in helping us fall for Him! God is good, and He is the one who has given us the opportunities that we have before us! Therefore, we must take the time to thank Him for those gifts and opportunities.

As your spiritual advisor I would like to encourage you to get involved in the life of the parish. I am not asking you to become an altar server, lector, or to join the choir. By getting involved in the parish I would like to strongly encourage and invite you to come to special parish activities. This week on Thursday our Bishop will be present for a Deanery Penance Service at 7PM. It would be great to see many of you present there that evening. Also there are many other great spiritual opportunities, the three nights of forty hours, and the Sacred Triduum Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil. Be present, be visible you are the future and you are the present! Do not be afraid to step forward, because there are many in our parish that needs to see youth involvement. Not only does your presence radiate light but it also gives all of us hope.

Before I bestow upon you the blessing of almighty God, I remind you that you will only get out of this ministry what you put into it. If you put twenty five percent into it, than you will only get twenty five percent back, however if you give it your all completely you will get one hundred percent back. Put your trust in God and fall into His arms and allow His Holy Spirit to fill you! One of the things I said at Mass last night and this morning at 10:30 is that all our welcome in this house. Do not hesitate to invite your friends to join this exciting ministry. It doesn’t matter whether or not they are of the Catholic faith, invite them! All are welcome here; the only prerequisite is that they all be willing to fall for God!

Homily for the Twenty Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time…Homily in Honor of the Tenth Anniversary of the Adoration Chapel

“I am grateful to Him who has strengthened me, Christ Jesus our Lord.” Saint Paul’s words to Timothy are a perfect way for us to open our reflection this afternoon. At this liturgy we welcome all of those who adore our Eucharistic Lord regularly in the chapel. This year our adoration chapel celebrates its tenth year anniversary which has been a source of grace and strength for many over the years. Thank you to all of you who take the time to spend with our Eucharistic Lord. Your prayer is not only a source of strength for you individually but it is also a source of strength for our parish, for our diocese, and for our Church as a whole.

Adoration is the act of adoring and every time we gather here not only are we worshiping our risen Lord but we also adore Him. It is unfortunate that so many people not only the priest rush through the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. We need to slow down! That is why I see the Promulgation of the New Translation of the Roman Missal in Advent 2011 as a source of renewal for the entire Church. We have become too familiar with the text and as I look and study the New Translation of the Missal I see a restoration in a sense of beauty, mystery and wonder and awe. We also have opportunity to celebrate the traditional Latin Mass. While some welcomed Pope Benedict’s decision for the wider celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass one must understand even before the revision of the Sacred Liturgy by Paul VI there were grave abuses in the way the Sacred Mysteries were celebrated as well. The Traditional Latin Mass, now referred to as the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite however, is truly a beautiful liturgy and can help us to enhance our celebration of the Ordinary Form.

One of things I found beneficial for me spiritually in studying and being present at the Extraordinary Form and one way that can benefit all of us as we celebrate the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite is to look and reflect on the way we receive Holy Communion. In the Extraordinary Form of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Holy Communion is distributed on the tongue while kneeling. There are many who would balk at the thought of the return of this traditional practice but my question is why. Kneeling expresses adoration. Why would we bulk at something that expresses our love and affection for our Lord Jesus Christ? Many people comment on the lack of reverence towards the Blessed Sacrament in today’s society and if we think about it we have nobody to blame but ourselves. Some may argue that the Church is starting to focus more on externals, but we mustn’t forget that our exterior posture can convey an interior reality. To receive Holy Communion kneeling conveys adoration and respect to our Eucharistic Lord, and to receive on the tongue conveys our humility and trust in His guidance much like an infant trusts his or her parents to feed and guide them. As a Church more should follow our Holy Father Pope Benedict who is Peter, in his example and invite those who are physically able to receive our Eucharistic Lord in this traditional manner.

Another aspect of the Extraordinary Form that I find beneficial is that it is truly centered on God. With many of the changes with the reform of the liturgy one of the things that has happened is that we have become preoccupied with who does what. One of the changes you may have noticed recently is that we no longer mention the celebrant’s name in the Introduction of the Mass. We did not do this to prevent people from bailing when they hear who it is but the reason for this is because we as priests do not celebrate the Mass, but rather He celebrates the Mass. We are only the vehicle. When the lector proclaims the reading, it is God Himself proclaiming the reading, for that is why we say “Thanks be to God” at the conclusion of the readings. It’s not about our roles in the Liturgy but is rather about each one of us fixing out hearts and minds on the Lord, our God!

Also in the Extraordinary Form, many people incorrectly describe the traditional practice of the priest facing the altar as the priest with his back to the people. If we think of it in this way of course it sounds negative and impersonal. Today however, with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass celebrated mostly in the vernacular and proper catechesis we can see how wrong our interpretation is when using this traditional posture. The priest never had his back to the people, but rather he and the faithful faced the same direction towards the altar of the Lord. Think about that, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass isn’t directed to ourselves but is directed towards Him. When we celebrate the Liturgy of the Eucharist we commemorate the passion and death of our Lord. It is fitting that after saying the words of consecration, “this is my body which will be given up for you, do this in memory of me,” that as the priest lifts the Sacred Body and Precious Blood we together gaze at the image of Christ crucified. We see the connection between the sacrifice of the past with the sacrifice of the present. Every time we gather together we do so at the foot of the cross looking up to Christ just as Mary and the beloved disciple did.

While some will instinctively complain of the Mass being celebrated with the priest and people facing the same direction one thing is clearly highlighted when the Mass is celebrated in this manner and that is the notion of sacrifice. Our Lord Jesus Christ laid down His life for our sake and we lay down our lives for Him! When the priest takes the gifts from the faithful He takes them to the altar to offer them up before His cross. Being here week after week, day after day, is not only about giving thanks to God, but it is also about sacrificing our lives back to Him!

At this particular celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, you will notice a couple of things. One the liturgy of the Eucharist will be celebrated in the traditional manner with the priest and people facing together in the direction of the Lord. This week the Church will celebrate the Feast of the Exultation of the Cross and the memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows. As Catholics we turn and look at the cross of Christ with appreciation and love in gratitude for all that He has done for us. Finally, a kneeler has been set in the front of Church at the priest’s station and this afternoon those who are able we invite you to consider receiving communion in the traditional manner. If you are unable to kneel please step to the side of the kneeler to receive communion as you normally would. While many including myself advocate for more use of these venerable traditional practices, I wish to assure all of you that these practices are for this specific celebration of the Mass. Over the years in my seminary formation I have learned it is better to teach by demonstrating rather than just teaching the subject matter from a piece of paper. Thus, that’s what we are doing this afternoon. Another reason for doing this is to show the intimate connection between adoration and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. For at Mass it must be said not only do we adore Him but we also have the opportunity to physically receive Him into our hearts and take Him with us into the world. Adoration, in fact, is an intension of the Mass. Meditate and reflect on the practices that are being done at this liturgy, and allow them to help you grow spiritually.

This afternoon as we celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and remember the tenth year anniversary of our adoration chapel may we strive to renew ourselves and ask the Lord to help and guide us on our pilgrimage of faith! It is not about our desires and opinions but rather all about Jesus Christ and what He desires and expects from each of us. As a parish community may we continue to look for ways to foster devotion and respect to the Most Holy Eucharist! By fostering devotion and respect for the Most Holy Eucharist not only in our lives and in the life of our parish we will watch the Church grow leaps and bounds.

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Saturday, September 11, 2010

In Memory of Those Who Lost Their Lives Today

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Nine years ago today our nation experienced the worst act of terrorism on our soil than we ever experienced before. It was a day, unlike no other, in which left our nation scarred forever. Many innocent people lost their lives this day which have left many families with voids. Our hearts go out to the families of all those who were killed that day.

While 9/11/2001 will be remembered forever as a day in which we experienced such great tragedy on our nation’s soil, we mustn’t forget those who responded instantly to the needs of others. Many of those individuals too lost their lives as they climbed the stairs of the two burning towers to look for survivors and help the injured. Yes, it was such a tragic day, but it was also a day in which so many people came together for one common purpose to reach out to those in need and pray for those who lost loved ones. We thank those men and women who responded so quickly on that day and we also thank those who continue to work so hard today in keeping our great nation safe and who strive to prevent such attacks from ever occurring again.

Many of us will never forget the events of that day which devastated our nation. We will remember where we were on the day of the attack and we fill never forget the images that were imbedded on our television screens for hours and hours. Throughout our nation many people will be gathering in their communities, to remember those who have been lost and those who continue to fight for our freedom. As we continue through the day may we take a moment to remember all those families who have been affected by this tragedy!  In their memory may we together work for peace throughout the world!

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May God bless the United States of America!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Homily for the Twenty Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time

God’s mercy endures forever! In the first reading we hear the Lord lament on how His people turned away from Him worshiping other idols. He said to Moses, “I see how stiff-necked, this people is. Let me alone, then, that my wrath may blaze up against them to consume them.” Moses was quick to respond on behalf of the people pleading to the Lord saying, “Why, O Lord, should your wrath blaze up against your own people whom you brought out of Egypt with such great a power and with so strong a hand.” Listening to Moses words the Lord relented on the punishment He threatened to inflict on His people.

We hear of another group of stiff-necked individuals in the Gospel account from Luke this morning/evening, the Scribes and the Pharisees. As the tax collectors and sinners were coming to listen to Jesus’ words, the Scribes and Pharisees said to themselves, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” Do we label people at times like the Scribes and Pharisees did in Luke’s Gospel account? How often do we look around here on Sunday and ponder to ourselves of the worthiness of another to worship with us week after week? Sadly there is many times in which these thoughts cross our minds. As it has been said before and this is something we must always remember, the Church is not necessarily a safe haven for saints, but more importantly is a hospital for sinners. Everyone is welcome in this house, saints and sinners alike.

All too often we are critical and judgmental of others in a negative way. By that what I mean is so often is that in the back of our minds, we write people off. To communicate with the Scribes and Pharisees Jesus used this parable, “What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert and go after the lost one until he finds it.” Together we have a responsibility to go out in search for the lost sheep that are wondering around in our society lost and abandoned. What makes our task as Christians more difficult is that there is this confusion. Many think if you judge the action, you are judging the individual. On the contrary judging the action is no way judging the individual but by judging the action it is our firm hope that it will put them back in the right direction. Some may be sitting in the pews thinking, “I can’t do that I myself am a sinner,” but that is precisely why we should. We have a moral duty to help one another get to heaven and we are failing in that responsibility if we don’t challenge one another to grow in holiness and to turn away from our sinful ways. Will people get upset, of course, but do we stop preaching the truth with charity just because it makes someone upset. No…sometimes the truth even preached with Christian charity will hurt. It hurts because the individual themselves know in their hearts and mind that it is the truth and they themselves are in the wrong.

Again it is our hope when we confront one another that it will eventually lead us back to Christ. Every one of us gathered here at times are hypocrites, at times we are stiff-necked! Sometimes when confronted with the truth it will take us some time to find our way back home. But when we do we can be assured that there will be much rejoicing in the Heavenly Kingdom!

Homily for Friday of the 23rd Week of Ordinary Time…School Mass…Votive Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mary the New Eve

Boys and Girls since this is my first opportunity to speak to the entire school community at once, I would like to formally welcome you back. Together we have an exciting school year ahead of us! Today’s readings come from the common of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Gospel proclaimed this morning was the very one we proclaimed on Wednesday when we celebrated the Blessed Mothers Birthday.

The prayers for this Mass are taken for this Mass focuses on the mysteries of Mary’s life. She holds various titles, Mother of God, Mother of Unity, Mother help of Christians, Mary our refuge of Sinners, to name a few. Today’s Mass reflects on Mary being the New Eve. Adam and Eve were the first to be created by God whom we read about in the very first book of the Bible called the Book of Genesis. Making a long story short, they fell down by saying no to God. They did what they wanted to do and so God out of love issued a punishment, not to be mean, but to help them understand that what they did was wrong. Boys and Girls your parents do the same thing when you don’t listen to them, they take away the television, or ground you in the house by not allowing you to hang out with your friends, this isn’t done to be mean, but to help you prepare for the future by making better choices.

Jesus is the New Adam, and Mary is the New Eve. We honor Mary because she said “yes” to God. Jesus said “yes” to God’s will also by allowing Himself to suffer the challenges and trials that awaited Him for our sake. Listen again to Mary’s words at the end of the Gospel, “I am the Lord’s servant! Let it happen as you have said.” Boys and Girls, Mary challenges you and me to be the Lord’s servants. Listen to what he says, and help on another. Next week you will have the opportunity to help others by bringing in food for our food pantry. A little later I will have all of you come over and we will share with you the work that we do as a Church to provide for the needs of the poor. The work that we are able to do because of your family’s generosity will surprise you.

As you leave here today, remember to say “thank you” to the Blessed Virgin Mary for her “yes.” It was her “yes” that gave us the greatest gift of all, Jesus! In conclusion, boys and girls, let’s kneel down and show our appreciation to the Blessed Mother by saying together the Hail Mary; “Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now at the hour of our death.” Amen!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Homily for Thursday of the Twenty-Third Week of Ordinary Time…the Memorial of Saint Peter Claver

“When you sin in this way against your brothers and wound their consciences, weak as they are, you are sinning against Christ.” Every time we sin we commit an offense against God. There is no such thing as a private sin. We must always remember that every time we commit an act which goes against God’s commandments, it affects the entire Body of Christ. The Sacrament of Reconciliation while done privately between God and the penitent, when utilized by us is truly a public act. While no one else knows our sins it restores the Body of Christ.

In everything that we do, you and I must strive to bring others back to Christ. Our Bishop in the homily of his installation stated one of the problems we face is the lack of appreciation for the Sunday obligation. There are more and more people today who are not going to Church. Many of them don’t come to Church because they have not encountered the living God. Our challenge today is to look for those individuals in our lives and invite them to come home. This morning we heard the words, “Be merciful, just as also your Father is merciful. What does the word merciful mean? It means simply to give relief. There are many people who are afraid to come home, because they fear getting scolded. While at times it is necessary to state clearly, perhaps what they are doing is sinful, one must understand that the confessional is a primarily a vehicle of mercy. As we reflect on these words this morning let us ask the Lord to guide us along the everlasting path. By placing everything into His hands we will lead others to the living God.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Homily for the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

God always has a plan and today we commemorate one of God’s plans being set in motion with the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This morning we are reminded in Saint Paul’s letter to the Romans, “for those he foreknew he also predestined.” Indeed from the very beginning our Lord had a plan for the Mary. She was predestined to become the Mother of God.

In the Gospel we have the familiar account of the announcement of the Birth of Jesus. The angel appearing to Joseph told him not to be afraid, “for it was through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her.” Again we see God’s plan at work. Mary had a special role in God’s plan from the very beginning. As we seek her intercession this morning may we open our minds and hearts to what God has in store for us!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Talk on the Eve of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Once again we gather here to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary. As we prepare to celebrate tomorrow the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary we reflect on the mystery of her assumption when she was taken up body and soul into heaven.

A few weeks ago when I preached on the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary we posed the question why did our Heavenly Father honor Mary in such a way. The Blessed Mother was chosen from the very beginning by God for something special. She was chosen to be the mother of our Savior. When the angel appeared to her she responded by saying, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” In this response we see the Blessed Mother’s trust and fidelity in God’s divine plan. Can we accept God’s plan for us in our lives?

This evening Gospel account was the one we heard a few weeks back on the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. After the visitation of the angel Gabriel, Mary set out to visit her cousin Elizabeth who was expecting. Our Blessed Mother’s willingness to travel is an example of humble service. Certainly the travel wouldn’t have been easy, however she persevered. Are we always willing to be a people of service or when the opportunity arises do we complain? Mary shows us that we are called to be a people of willing to service, to sacrifice our own comforts, our own desires, our own needs for the sake of others.

Upon her arrival we once again see the hand of God at work. Who was the first one to recognize the presence of Christ? It was the unborn child in Elizabeth’s womb. For at the sound of Mary’s greeting the infant leaped in her womb. God is indeed the author of all human life. Although her son’s conception was a miraculous event, beyond our human understanding, the announcement of our Lord’s conception demonstrates to us this truth. It is further illustrated by the encounter between Elizabeth and Mary that the child in Elizabeth’s womb would be one of the first to recognize the presence of Christ within their midst. Tonight the Blessed Mother would like each of us to examine our hearts. She wants us to examine our consciences for the sole purpose of leading each of us into the loving embrace of her Son. Are we open to life and doing all we can to educate people to this divine truth? Was there ever of time in our lives in which we were not open to life for which we have never repented? Our Blessed Mother does not want to hurt us by stirring things up of the past, but rather wishes to heal the wounds of the past so that we can experience a piece of what she experienced. Divine Life was in her and instilled in her by the Holy Spirit. Do we know and recognize that divine life is instilled in us as well? When we fall into sin that divine life is blocked, and she wants to unblock it so that the Lord’s light can shine through our lives and into the hearts of others.

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior for He has looked upon me His lowly servant.” These opening words to Mary’s magnificat, gives us an example. While there are some who incorrectly suggest that we worship the Blessed Mother, we don’t, but rather we look to her as our beacon of light that shines within the midst of darkness guiding us in the direction to the Lord. Like Mary, we are blessed with many gifts. To whom do we give the credit? Or do we give credit? Mary shows us this evening who we should credit? Every day at Evening Prayer I say those words that Mary did in today’s Gospel. They are words every one of us should say everyday for it puts everything into proper perspective. Are we proclaiming the greatness of the Lord each and every day of our lives?

Our Blessed Mother’s magnificat is also one that proclaims the truth! Not only is she herself proclaiming God’s goodness to her she also testifies to His power and strength. “He has mercy on those who fear Him in every generation. He has shown the strength of His arm and has scattered the proud in their conceit. He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly.” Beginning with the Immaculate Conception and the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary, God demonstrated His mercy to all. God’s plan was set in motion; everything was put into place to prepare for the great events to come. “He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty.” Indeed He feeds us with many good things. Tonight He feeds us through His words and on Sunday and everyday of the week He feeds us with His Body, the Bread of Life. “He has come to the help of His servant Israel, for He has remembered His promise of mercy, the promise He made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children forever.” Ever since the fall we were in need of a savior. A savior who would come and reconcile us with the Father! Mary’s testament of faith, testifies for us that the time for fulfillment has come.

This evening we have talked about the events that surrounded the life of our Blessed Mother. We began our reflection this evening by saying the assumption is the mystery of Mary being taken up body and soul into heaven. Why the assumption, why honor Mary with such an honor? I think we answered that question this evening. Mary played a unique role in God’s plan for salvation and she demonstrates to each of us many things. She said “yes.” It’s not always easy saying “yes” to the will of God, because saying “yes” to the will of God calls us to abandon what is comfortable and normal to us. However, saying “yes” to the will of God opens many doors to which we would never think possible.

Tomorrow as we honor the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary, may we take the time to say “thank you.” Thank the Blessed Virgin Mary for her “yes” which opened many doors for us. Look to her life as a model for which we should strive to live our lives. Finally in our prayers seek her intercession and ask the Blessed Virgin for her assistance in leading us in the direction of her Son.

Homily for Tuesday of the Twenty-Third Week of Ordinary Time

“Jesus departed to the mountain to pray, and he spent the night in prayer to God.” Our Lord Jesus Christ shows us in this opening line from Luke’s Gospel the importance of prayer. Today’s Gospel especially shows us the importance of prayer when it comes to making some important decisions. While the Lord already knew who He was going to choose to be His Twelve Apostles, by going to the mountain to pray, He shows us the necessity of prayer, especially when it comes to making all of life choices.

“The Lord takes delight in his people.” Indeed He does, especially when we take the time to spend some time with Him. As we listen and reflect on these words this morning, may we think about how much time we are giving to God each day! So many times we can become so wrapped up with everything that is going on in our lives that we lose sight of Him. However, remember the words of the responsorial psalm that the Lord takes delight in us! Spend time with Him, and He will help us with those decisions that face us each and every day!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Homily for Monday of the Twenty-Third Week of Ordinary Time…Labor Day USA

Today’s Gospel focuses on work, especially work on the Sabbath. In our nation this day many are off school and work in commemoration of Labor Day. However, do we every really stop working? Should we stop working? There are some things that we must constantly keep working for!

Jesus responds in the Gospel to His critics, “I ask you, is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath rather than to do evil, to save life rather than to destroy it.” The one thing we cannot stop working for is building up the Kingdom of God. This is a type of work that we must never stop. Although today is a day of rest for many of you gathered here this morning, take this opportunity for some reflection and thought and look for ways we can build the Kingdom of God here on earth!

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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Homily for the Twenty-Third Sunday of Ordinary Time

“In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.” As we page through the Sacred Scriptures each week and look back in our own lives we can see how the Lord has been present to us. There is plenty of truth in our responsorial psalm today. It serves as a reminder to us that the Lord is present among us and is here to help us when we need Him.

The very first line taken from the book of Wisdom states, “who can know God’s counsel, or who can conceive what the Lord intends?” This line serves as a reminder that we cannot fully grasp everything God intends. So often when things become difficult for us we tend to shy away from God. We think of our trials as afflictions rather than a share in the cross and passion of Christ. There are some things however, that are difficult for us to swallow. Like why did God allow this happen? Perhaps we have found ourselves pondering that same question. However, no matter how hard things may be at times, we must humbly trust in God’s providence. How easy it is for us to forget that He is present among us, especially in difficult times.

As we were reminded in the Gospel, “whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.” With discipleship comes the cross and yes at times it can be heavy! And at the end of the Gospel, it says, “anyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions cannot be my disciple.” This line for us today is more directed towards worldliness. All too often we place more faith in our possessions than we do God. Jesus doesn’t expect you to go home and sell everything you have, but rather he expects all of us to go home and take stock in those things that are truly important to us. What’s more important to us, our jewelry, our checkbooks, and other worldly items? Or is our families our top priority. For some it takes some mediation and thought.

Even if we find ourselves in this boat we should not despair for the Lord Himself is our refuge. Come to Him and ask Him for His guidance. He can change our hearts and minds! We don’t even have to go far, we He is right here with our midst. The Church is a place for each of us to learn humility. Present your needs and concerns to Him and He will show us the way!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Homily for Thursday of the Twenty Second Week of Ordinary Time

“If anyone among you considers himself wise in this age, let him become a fool, so as to become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in the eyes of God.” Saint Paul in this line written to the people of Corinth reminds all of us of true wisdom. True wisdom is not found always necessarily through books while they certainly do help us to grow wiser, however, true wisdom is found only when we can allow ourselves to let go and place everything before our Lord.

In today’s Gospel we hear the familiar account of Jesus asking Saint Peter to put his net back into the sea. Our Lord Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch. Listening to the two readings this morning we see an important correlation. True wisdom comes when we place our trust in God. What we allow ourselves to place everything into His hands we find more happiness and joy than we ever could imagine.

Another verse which is meant for all of us, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” My brothers and sisters we are called to be fishers of men! Some sitting here this afternoon might be wondering how. It’s easy to look at our limitations as a deterrent. Are they really a deterrent? Think of all the good we could do! We are fishers of men every time we introduce people to the living God. Our living God can be introduced through our kind words and gestures such as a simple smile. Of course we cannot forget the power of prayer. While it easy for us to become irritated and upset especially when we are hurting or sick, we must strive to always be fishers of men, to put out into the deep.

Prayer is important! Please pray for all those who are in need of our prayers! We also learn a lot from our prayer life. It is through our prayer that we learn true wisdom for it gives us the opportunity to place our concerns and needs into the palm of his hand. Approaching our Lord today in this great Sacrament may we ask Him for the true wisdom that will get us through this life and to the life that awaits us!