Our first reading today comes from the book of Ezekiel. Read the passage below. The angel brought me, Ezekiel,back to the entrance of the temple of the LORD,and I saw water flowing outfrom beneath the threshold of the temple toward the east,for the façade of the temple was toward the east;the water flowed down … Continue reading Living Water Flowing from the Side of Christ
Today we remember September 11th where almost 3000 people who lost their lives. It is very natural for us as humans to call down fire and brimstone on those who cause great harm and evil. I was too young at the time to understand what was going on entirely but I know many people were … Continue reading God’s Reaction to Tragedy
Today is the feast day of St. John XXIII. For us in the Diocese of Baton Rouge he is a important figure for a couple of reasons. First and most well known he called Vatican II, but for us in Baton Rouge he also founded our diocese in the early 60s. When he was elected … Continue reading Sometimes, God surprises us!
In today's Gospel, we hear Jesus telling a man who he called to follow him that he can't go back and bury his father. There is speculation on why Jesus said this, was this man's father really dead, could his father had just been spiritually dead, we just don't know. I think of my own … Continue reading Jesus moritorium on Funerals?
Today we celebrate the great feast of the Exultation of the Holy Cross. It is actually one of my favorite feasts of the year. I believe it was the first time I was scheduled to serve at St. Joseph Seminary. I was assigned as thurifer, and I was really nervous. So much so that I … Continue reading Feast of the Exultation of the Holy Cross
To give you a taste of my upcoming homily this weekend, here is the qoute which inspired my homily this weekend. A beautiful one from St. John Chrysostom one of the most important early Church fathers. Have you understood? When the disciples entreated him the Lord put them off but when the woman herself cried … Continue reading St. John Chrysostom on this Wekeends readings
Today we hear the famous parable of the sower and his careless planting of seeds. I’m reminded of an excellent gumbo and how the longer you let it simmer, the better it tastes. If we are to be like the rich soil, we need to meditate on God’s word day and night. The more we … Continue reading Seeds of God’s Word and Gumbo.
Today we hear again from the Gospel of Matthew and how the Lord tells us his yoke is easy and his burden light. The passage today reminds me of the fifth station of the cross when Simon Of Cyrene is pressed in carrying the cross for Jesus. Many times in our lives we can feel … Continue reading Carrying your cross