YEAR C: HOMILY FOR THE 2ND SUNDAY OF ADVENT (4)

YEAR C: HOMILY FOR THE 2ND SUNDAY OF ADVENT HOMILY THEME: PREPARE TO HEAR THE GLORIOUS CALL BY: Abbot Philip Lawrence   HOMILY: My sisters and brothers in Christ, How many times in your life have you ever desired to be called? Maybe you waited upon a favorable response after a hopeful job interview? Perhaps you have auditioned for a play or school musical or tried out for an athletic team, and you waited on pins and needles for that affirming call from a director or coach, “You’re in!” What excitement…

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YEAR C: HOMILY FOR THE 1ST SUNDAY OF ADVENT (3) HOMILY THEME: BE VIGILANT 

YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 1ST SUNDAY OF ADVENT HOMILY THEME: BE VIGILANT BY: Abbot Philip Lawrence   HOMILY: My sisters and brothers in Christ, Today’s readings exhort us to be vigilant for Advent. This is not a time for passivity, for God is at work, fulfilling his promises and crafting signs and wonders attesting to His glory. “The Lake Isle of Innisfree,” William Butler Yeats’ poem begins, “I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree.” We Christians may not be going to Innisfree, but we must arise and…

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YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 33RD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (1) HOMILY THEME: THE END TIME

YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 33RD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME HOMILY THEME: THE END TIME BY: Abbot Philip Lawrence   HOMILY: My sisters and brothers in Christ, Here we are at the end of this Church Year once again. Next Sunday is Christ the King and then we enter into Advent. Today the readings direct our attention to the end of time. We are promised that if we are faithful, we shall not be destroyed. We are promised that the Archangel Michael will be there helping us. We are told that…

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YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 32ND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (3) HOMILY THEME: TRUST GOD COMPLETELY 

YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 32ND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME HOMILY THEME: TRUST GOD COMPLETELY BY: Abbot Philip Lawrence   HOMILY: My sisters and brothers in Christ, Jesus expects us to trust Him completely. Many of us are not quite so sure that we can trust Him, even though we want to trust Him. The widow in the first reading shows us how a person can trust completely, even to the point of giving up the little one has for another person. The Gospel of Mark today repeats that message with…

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YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 31ST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (1) HOMILY THEME: GOD MUST COME FIRST

YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 31ST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME HOMILY THEME: GOD MUST COME FIRST BY: Abbot Philip Lawrence   HOMILY: My sisters and brothers in Christ, Today the readings invite us to place our love of God before all else in our lives. Already in the Old Testament, the prophets and many of the writers recognized that God must come first. When God is first, our lives become ordered and work well. The first reading is from the Book of Deuteronomy and speaks clearly: “Therefore, you shall love the…

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YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 30TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (1) HOMILY THEME: The Lord has delivered his people

YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 30TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME HOMILY THEME: The Lord has delivered his people BY: Abbot Philip Lawrence   HOMILY: My sisters and brothers in Christ, “The Lord has delivered his people.” The Prophet Isaiah tells us clearly about the love that God has for His people. God will do all things for His people. God will reach out into time and history to draw us to Himself. Yes, God can be tough and God at times seems to treat His people poorly—but the truth is that God…

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YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 29TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2) HOMILY THEME: LET US BE SERVANTS TO ONE ANOTHER 

YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 29TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME HOMILY THEME: LET US BE SERVANTS TO ONE ANOTHER BY: Abbot Philip Lawrence   HOMILY: My sisters and brothers in the Lord, Jesus shows us the way to give glory to the Father: become the servant of all and give our lives for others. Are we willing to do that? The first reading today is from the Prophet Isaiah. He is very clear that even long before the time of Jesus, a deeply religious person could see that one person could…

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YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 28TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2) HOMILY THEME: THE GIFTS WE SHOULD ASK OF GOD

YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 28TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME HOMILY THEME: THE GIFTS WE SHOULD ASK OF GOD BY: Abbot Philip Lawrence   HOMILY: My sisters and brothers in Christ, Prudence and wisdom are the gifts that we should ask of God, and not money, wealth, riches, fame, power and other worldly gifts. We must be willing to give up everything in this life for the sake of the Lord Jesus. The first reading today is from the Book of Wisdom and some see this as Solomon pleading with God.…

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YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 27TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (3) HOMILY THEME: CHRISTIAN IDEA OF MARRIAGE 

YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 27TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME HOMILY THEME: CHRISTIAN IDEA OF MARRIAGE BY: Abbot Philip Lawrence   HOMILY: My sisters and brothers in Christ, Marriage! The readings today speak to us about the creation of man and woman and their union with one another in marriage. Today it is so difficult to speak about marriage because our culture is against the Christian idea of marriage. We have to be able to speak clearly and yet not condemn anyone. The first reading today is from the Book of…

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YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 26TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2) HOMILY THEME: PUT GOD FIRST

YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 26TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME HOMILY THEME: PUT GOD FIRST BY: Abbot Philip Lawrence   HOMILY: My sisters and brothers in Christ, ”Are you jealous for my sake?” We can almost hear Moses saying this to his followers in the Book of Numbers. He is frustrated because his followers are clearly thinking about themselves and their positions and not about the Word of God which anyone can receive and proclaim. The Gospel of Mark echoes this advice: “There is no one who performs a mighty deed…

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