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Category: Homilies

Watch for the Day

1st Sunday of Advent

The keyword of this gospel is “watch”. Jesus uses that word three times: “Be watchful! Be alert! […] Watch, therefore; you do not know when the lord of the house is coming […] What I say to you, I say to all, ‘Watch!’” And as he talks about this watchfulness, it is pretty clear that he is talking about an active watching. This isn’t a passive watching like watching the sun set or watching the seasons change, this is

The Nature of a Commandment

The 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The greatest and the first commandment is “love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.”

What does it look like to fulfill that commandment? I think for many of us the image that comes to mind is the story of some of the great saints, especially the martyrs who literally gave their life because of the faith and their love of Christ. Or maybe a heroic figure from our own time. I often think of