YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 28TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (1) HOMILY THEME: “Jesus said to his disciples, ‘How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.’” (Mark 10:23, 25)

YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 28TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME HOMILY THEME: “Jesus said to his disciples, ‘How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.’” (Mark 10:23, 25) BY: Fr. Robert deLeon, CSC   HOMILY: Mark 10:17-30 The gospel passage we hear today addresses the topic of generosity with the God-given resources at our disposal. We are invited…

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YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 27TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2) HOMILY THEME: “A man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, let no one separate.” (Mark 10:7-9)

YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 27TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME HOMILY THEME: “A man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, let no one separate.” (Mark 10:7-9) BY: Fr. Robert deLeon, CSC   HOMILY: Mark 10:2-16 Moments before the start of the parish Mass on that Sunday morning, I stood in the church vestibule with the lector and server waiting for the processional hymn to begin and, happening to look down, spotted a button…

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YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 24TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (1) HOMILY THEME: “Jesus said, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it.’” (Mark 8:34-35)

YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 24TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME HOMILY THEME: “Jesus said, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it.’” (Mark 8:34-35) BY: Fr. Robert deLeon, CSC   HOMILY: Mark 8:27-35 If you really want to follow Jesus, if you really want to live forever with him, the road…

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YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 20TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (1) HOMILY THEME: "I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh."(John 6:51)

YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 20TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME HOMILY THEME: “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”(John 6:51) BY: Fr. Robert deLeon, CSC   HOMILY: Having shared with me the story of her medical history, Helen stands as a continual reminder both of the sacrifice of Jesus and the life-giving mission to which we are all called as his faithful followers. Some…

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YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 18TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2) HOMILY THEME: “Jesus said to his disciples, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.’” (John 6:35)

YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 18TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME HOMILY THEME: “Jesus said to his disciples, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.’” (John 6:35) BY: Fr. Robert deLeon, CSC   HOMILY: In the gospel passage we hear today, Jesus advises his disciples to look beyond what nourishes for only a time to what lasts forever. “Do not work for food that perishes,” Jesus advises his disciples, “but for the food that endures for eternal…

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YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 7TH SUNDAY OF EASTER (2) HOMILY THEME: "JESUS LOOKED UP TO HEAVEN AND PRAYED, ‘O FATHER MOST HOLY, PROTECT THEM WITH YOUR NAME WHICH YOU HAVE GIVEN ME.’" (John 17:11)

YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER HOMILY THEME: “JESUS LOOKED UP TO HEAVEN AND PRAYED, ‘O FATHER MOST HOLY, PROTECT THEM WITH YOUR NAME WHICH YOU HAVE GIVEN ME.’” (John 17:11) BY: Fr. Robert deLeon, CSC   HOMILY: As Mom carved the rare roast beef at the kitchen counter on a long ago Sunday afternoon, Snoopy the cat took up her accustomed place three feet away, eyes following the back-and- forth movement of the carving knife. Home for a brief visit, I sat at the nearby dinette table salivating…

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YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (1)

YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER HOMILY THEME: “JESUS SAID TO HIS DISCIPLES, ‘IT WAS NOT YOU WHO CHOSE ME, BUT I WHO CHOSE YOU AND APPOINTED YOU TO GO AND BEAR FRUITS THAT WILL REMAIN.’” (John 15:16) BY: Fr. Robert deLeon, CSC   HOMILY: John 15:9-17 During the five years in the mid-1980s when I lived on the Notre Dame campus, occasional walks took me past Cedar Grove Cemetery just outside the main university gate. Weathered tombstones in the cemetery, many barely legible, marked the graves of long…

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HOMILY FOR THE THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER YEAR B (2) HOMILY THEME: "THEN THE DISCIPLES RECOUNTED WHAT HAD TAKEN PLACE ON THE WAY AND HOW JESUS WAS MADE KNOWN TO THEM IN THE BREAKING OF THE BREAD." (Luke 24:25)

HOMILY FOR THE THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER YEAR B HOMILY THEME: “THEN THE DISCIPLES RECOUNTED WHAT HAD TAKEN PLACE ON THE WAY AND HOW JESUS WAS MADE KNOWN TO THEM IN THE BREAKING OF THE BREAD.” (Luke 24:25) BY: Fr. Robert deLeon, CSC   HOMILY: Third Sunday of Easter; Luke 24:35-48 The oldie on the car radio (“The House at Pooh Corner,” by Kenny Loggins) returned me in a flash to 7th grade English class. The sweetness of those innocent, youthful days returned—as did the bitter pain of her betrayal. My…

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HOMILY FOR THE 2ND SUNDAY OF EASTER YEAR B (3) HOMILY THEME: “UNLESS I SEE THE MARK OF THE NAILS IN HIS HANDS, AND PUT MY FINGER IN THE MARK OF THE NAILS AND MY HAND IN HIS SIDE, I WILL NOT BELIEVE.” (John 20:25)

HOMILY FOR THE SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER YEAR B HOMILY THEME: “UNLESS I SEE THE MARK OF THE NAILS IN HIS HANDS, AND PUT MY FINGER IN THE MARK OF THE NAILS AND MY HAND IN HIS SIDE, I WILL NOT BELIEVE.” (John 20:25) BY: Fr. Robert deLeon, CSC   HOMILY: John 20:19-31 What does it take to believe? We learn from today’s Gospel what the answer was for Thomas. Needing physical proof that the familiar face before him, now peaceful and even smiling, was the same face he’d seen just days…

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HOMILY FOR THE FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME. SOLEMNITY OF THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD (1) HOMILY THEME: “MAGI FROM THE EAST CAME TO JERUSALEM, ASKING, 'WHERE IS THE CHILD WHO HAS BEEN BORN KING OF THE JEWS? FOR WE OBSERVED HIS STAR AT ITS RISING, AND HAVE COME TO PAY HIM HOMAGE.’” (Matthew 2:1-2)

HOMILY FOR THE FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME HOMILY THEME: “MAGI FROM THE EAST CAME TO JERUSALEM, ASKING, ‘WHERE IS THE CHILD WHO HAS BEEN BORN KING OF THE JEWS? FOR WE OBSERVED HIS STAR AT ITS RISING, AND HAVE COME TO PAY HIM HOMAGE.’” (Matthew 2:1-2) BY: Fr. Robert deLeon, CSC   HOMILY: Matthew 2:1-12 The article popped up as I was browsing through Facebook. Entitled “Why Some People Really Don’t Need to Ask for Directions,” it sets a focus for our consideration on this Feast of the Epiphany. I share…

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