Deacon Homily, August 19 2018

Gospel JN 6:51-58

Jesus said to the crowds:
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven;
whoever eats this bread will live forever;
and the bread that I will give
is my flesh for the life of the world.”

The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying,
“How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”
Jesus said to them,
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood,
you do not have life within you.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood
has eternal life,
and I will raise him on the last day.
For my flesh is true food,
and my blood is true drink.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood
remains in me and I in him.
Just as the living Father sent me
and I have life because of the Father,
so also the one who feeds on me
will have life because of me.
This is the bread that came down from heaven.
Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died,
whoever eats this bread will live forever.”

Fr. Todd Homily, The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, August 15 2018

 


And Mary said:”My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me
and holy is his Name.
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.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
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.”

Deacon John Homily, August 12 2018

 

The First Reading for Sunday, August 12 is from: 1 Kings, chapter 19

Elijah went a day’s journey into the desert, until he came to a broom tree and sat beneath it.   He prayed for death saying: “This is enough, O LORD!
Take my life, for I am no better than my fathers.”   He lay down and fell asleep under the broom tree, but then an angel touched him and ordered him to get up and eat.
Elijah looked and there at his head was a hearth cake and a jug of water.  After he ate and drank, he lay down again, but the angel of the LORD came back a second time, touched him, and ordered, “Get up and eat, else the journey will be too long for you!”   He got up, ate, and drank; then strengthened by that food, he walked forty days and forty nights to the mountain of God, Horeb.

Fr. Todd Homily, July 22 2018

This week’s recording includes the Holy Gospel according to Mark.

The apostles gathered together with Jesus and reported all they had done and taught.  He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest awhile.”  People were coming and going in great numbers, and they had no opportunity even to eat.  So they went off in the boat by themselves to a deserted place.  People saw them leaving and many came to know about it.  They hastened there on foot from all the towns and arrived at the place before them.

When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.

 

Fr. Todd Homily, July 15 2018

This weekend we have an interesting contrast between the First Reading and the Gospel, depicting the day in the life of a Christian, they look radically different.

In the First Reading, when following the Lord, everything goes wrong.  In the Gospel, when following the Lord, everything is going right.

In these 2 realities, when things are going well, it’s easy to keep trucking along.  We they aren’t going well, frustration comes.

What do you do when the going gets rough?

 

Fr. Todd Homily, July 8 2018

I am greatful!   Here I am.  What a blessing Fr. Joe has been to you.  He has poured himself out to you.  We thank God to Fr. Joe for all he’s done.

On my first weekend here, let me begin by sharing grace that has been a real help to me.  Every now and again God will reach down and grab your head, and redirect!  A few weeks ago that moment happened.

We all need a reminder!