Sunday Homily: Lent V

Ezekiel 37:12-14Romans 8:8-11John 11:1-45 In today’s Gospel, we have a whole new spin on the expression “Dead man walking.” Popularized by the movie, The Green Mile, that was the first time I had ever heard that expression. I could imagine it originally being used in the time of public executions, to warn people of the approach of a condemned – …

Pastor’s Daily Reflection – Friday: 3/27/20

John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30 Jesus moved about within Galilee; he did not wish to travel in Judea, because the Jews were trying to kill him.  But the Jewish feast of Tabernacles was near.  But when his brothers had gone up to the feast, he himself also went up, not openly but as it were in secret. Some of the inhabitants …

Pastor’s Daily Reflection – Thursday: 3/26/20

Alert: Bishop Stika Issues Decree on Palm Sunday and Holy Week Liturgies John 5:31-47 Jesus said to the Jews: “If I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is not true. But there is another who testifies on my behalf, and I know that the testimony he gives on my behalf is true. You sent emissaries to John, and he …

Pastor’s Daily Reflection – Wednesday: 3/25/20

Solemnity of the Annunciation of our LordMarch 25, 2020 Luke 1:26-38 The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph,of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.”But she was greatly troubled at …

Pastor’s Daily Reflection – Tuesday: 3/24/20

John 5:1-16. There was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.  Now there is in Jerusalem at the Sheep Gate a pool called in Hebrew Bethesda, with five porticoes.  In these lay a large number of ill, blind, lame, and crippled. One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years.  When Jesus saw him …

Pastor’s Daily Reflection – Monday: 3/23/20

The Gospel for today is John 4:43-54.          At that time Jesus left [Samaria] for Galilee. For Jesus himself testified that a prophet has no honor in his native place.  When he came into Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him, since they had seen all he had done in Jerusalem at the feast; for they themselves had gone to the feast. Then he …

Sunday Homily: Lent IV

I Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a Ephesians 5:8-14 John 9:1-41 Today’s Gospel is one of my favorite passages on which to preach. It’s just a great story with interesting characters that give insight on several levels, spiritual, moral, interpersonal, and so on. In this story, Jesus manifests himself as the light of life. First, Jesus heals a man who was blind …

Father’s McNeeley’s Thoughts on St. Joseph

The Solemnity of St. Joseph is the last day for public masses for at least the next couple of weeks, possibly longer.   One thing I have always noticed about Joseph’s role in the life of Jesus was his conspicuous absence during Jesus’ earthly ministry, but especially during Holy Week and Easter.  I presume he died sometime between finding Jesus …