27th Sunday of Year B
CURATED HOMILY TRANSCRIPTS
Throughout salvation history, God expressed his love for his chosen people as conjugal love, writes Father Hawkswell. “Asked why his disciples did not fast, he revealed himself as the bridegroom: ‘How can wedding guests mourn so long as the groom is with them?’” (Roman Boed/PxHere)
FATHER VICENT HAWKSWELL
BC CATHOLIC | 2021
Chapter 1 of the Book of Genesis says that “God created man in his image; in the divine image he created him; male and female he created them.” Chapter 2 says that God created the man first, but then made the woman “as his partner.” The man clung to his wife, and the two became “one flesh.”
Therefore, said Pope St. John Paul II, a human images God not only as ruler of the world, “but also, and essentially,” as a “divine communion of persons.” God ordained the communion of man and woman “right from the beginning.”
Throughout salvation history, God expressed his love for his chosen people as conjugal love.
In the Old Testament, he reproached Israel: “I remember the devotion of your youth, how you loved me as a bride.” “But like a woman faithless to her lover, even so have you been faithless to me, O House of Israel.”
Fr. Michael Chua
KUALA LUMPUR | 2018
As much as young couples preparing for marriage are already experiencing the jitters and the butterflies that come with uncharted territories, I often choose to aggravate their anxiety by issuing one last caution – “Be warned before you enter! Marriage is dangerous. So dangerous it can get you killed!” I don’t think that this is an exaggeration. It’s stating the truth, the hard truth about marriage. These couples are entering into something which only death can release. “What God has united, man must not divide.” Only God can divide and He does so through death. No wonder one traditional translation of the wedding oaths entails life-long fidelity “till death do us part.” As much as the world often mocks the Church’s teaching on the permanence of marriage, that marriage is a permanent commitment that can only be dissolved by death, the Church can do no more than teach what Christ has taught us from the beginning.
So what exactly is Christ’s teaching on marriage and divorce? As difficult or as disagreeable as this may sound, Jesus did not mince His words when He described the action of divorcing one’s wife and remarrying another as “adultery.” In the gospel that we’ve just heard today, Jesus does the unimaginable. Many modern Christians would have imagined Him coming to relax the Law. We argue that it’s only human to fail: We live in an imperfect world made up of imperfect folks who often make imperfect promises. One would imagine our Lord agreeing with this and mercifully bending His teachings to match our predicament. But instead, He proceeded to raise it. The bar would no longer be set at a level that corresponds to human imperfections and limitations but rather it would be pegged to the standard of perfect love which the Lord had for His people. And how did He love them? He loved them to the end. God and not sin, would now be the new benchmark for all human relations.
Fr. Austin Fleming
A CONCORD PASTOR COMMENTS | 2018
I assure you that the irony of a celibate individual preaching about marriage and divorce is not lost on me. Also not lost on me is the humbling reality that I stand here, preaching about marriage and how it binds those who enter it on behalf of an institution (the Church) that has used texts like this (and ecclesiastical laws derived from these texts) to hold married people accountable to incredibly high and demanding standards — while many leaders of that same institution excused themselves from faithfulness and accountability to the high and demanding standards of their own calling in life.
Still, the Word of God needs to be heard and needs to be preached and needs to be lived.
As we can see in the gospel today, Jesus raised the stakes on marriage. Moses had permitted divorce as a concession to the hardheartedness he found among his people. But Jesus calls his followers back to Genesis, to the first marriage and the divine plan that two become inseparably one.
Msgr. Joseph A. Pellegrino
DIOCESE OF ST. PETERSBURG | 2021
Today’s readings lead us to a discussion of a topic that is pertinent to our present times in the United States. Although the media tries to paint a different picture, the fact is that many people in our country go to a Church or worship in a synagogue, mosque or temple, etc. The media may be agnostic or even atheistic, but the vast majority of the people are not. Just look at the area where you come from, North Pinellas or South Pasco. Consider how many places of worship you passed as you came to Mass this morning.
The plurality of various faith traditions leads us to a deeper consideration of the first reading from Numbers 11 and the first part of today’s Gospel from Mark 9. In Numbers Moses was told to summon 70 leaders to the Meeting tent to receive a portion of the Spirit he had been given. 68 did go to that Tent, received the Spirit, and began prophesying. However, the other two leaders, Eldad and Medad, had remained in the camp and were not in the tent. Still they also received the Spirit and began to prophesy. So, they were not among those with Moses in the Tent but still received the Spirit of prophecy. When this was brought to Joshua’s attention, he wanted Moses to stop them. Moses wouldn’t because he could see that their preaching was authentic, they had the power, the authority of the Spirit of God.
In the same way in our own times, there are many people of many faiths whose preaching is authentic. They may not be part of the Catholic Church, they may not even be Christian, but they still have a share of the Holy Spirit.
Fr. George Smiga
BUILDING ON THE WORD | 2003
There are two ways to ruin your life, and they pull in different directions. Unless we aim high, unless we strive for what is best, it is unlikely that our life will amount to very much, or that we will really make any difference in the lives of others. If we are going to live well then, we must live with high ideals. But high ideals are not in themselves the whole picture. We must also have hope in times of failure. Because all of us, at one time or another, will fail. We will all make mistakes. Some of us will make disastrous ones. In those moments, our future hangs upon our ability to find hope, to rally our courage and begin again.
Therefore, unless we want to ruin our lives, we need to develop two rather distinct ways of living: striving for high ideals and resolving to find hope in times of failure. Both of these abilities are important for us to embrace as Christians. Jesus in today’s gospel centers on marriage as a prime example of the call to a high ideal. Even in a society where the divorce rate is 50%, we as a community continue to follow Jesus’ teaching and believe that a life long commitment in marriage is possible. Even though our society denigrates the value of sexuality, we continue to hold that marriage is a sacred union, a life-giving relationship, not only for husband and wife, but for the family and the community that surrounds them and witnesses their faithfulness.
- Relating to All God Has Made (2009)
- The Witness of Marriage (2012)
- Marriage, Divorce, and Children (2015)
Fr. John Kavanaugh, SJ
SUNDAY WEB SITE | 1997
I attended a wedding one summer. It seemed a special privilege, since I did not have to preside, or “do” the ceremony. The bride was a former student of mine, one of those young people you hold always as a luminous presence in your life.
It was beautiful in every sense: in its simplicity, in the strong words of the celebrant-homilist, in the splendor of bride and groom, in the families all gathered and garnered.
I thought of that wedding as I read this Sunday’s scriptures. “It is not good for the man to be alone.” Intimacy, relationship—the bottom of our being. “God took out one of Adam’s ribs.” Adam spoke, “This one, at last, is bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh.” The two of them became one body.
A psalm sings: “Your spouse shall be like a fruitful vine in the recesses of your home; your children shall be like olive plants about your table. Behold thus is a human blessed. May you see your children’s children.”
27th Sunday of Year B
The Pittsburgh Oratory & Catholic Newman Center
Homily for the Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time preached by Father Paul Werley, C.O. at The Pittsburgh Oratory.
DIVORCE & FINDING MEANING IN OUR SUFFERING
SUNDAY GAME PLAN (2018)
Fr. Larry Young, Pastor of Ascension Catholic Church in Bowie, MD talks about what he’s planning for this weekend’s homily.
John Michael Talbot
JESUS’ TEACHING ON DIVORCE
THEOLOGICAL REFLECTIONS (2018)
PLAYLIST: Year Cycle B – Sunday Gospel Reflections
FR. EMMANUEL OCHIGBO
HOMILY FOR 27TH SUNDAY YEAR B 2018
Homily for 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B 2021 by Fr Emmanuel Ochigbo
THE WORD EXPOSED – REFLECTIONS
THE WORD EXPOSED (2018)
27th Sunday of Year B
BASILICA OF THE NATIONAL SHRINE
Celebrant & Homilist: Rev. Patrick A. Smith – October 7, 2018
OCT 3, 2021 | OCT 7, 2018 | OCT 4, 2015 | OCT 6, 2012 | OCT 4, 2009
27th Sunday of Year B
Friends, our readings this weekend have to do with biblical anthropology—or who we are in the presence of God—and the Christian understanding of marriage. A basic intuition of the Bible is that we begin not with the individual, but with community. And marriage is the most beautiful and intense form of this friendship God desires for us.
Sunday Podcast Archive
by Bishop Robert Barron . October 7, 2018
Our first reading for this weekend is of pivotal significance in the Bible, for it lays out some of the fundamentals of human anthropology and the Christian vision of marriage. It behooves us to take a careful and attentive walk through this brief but highly significant passage from the second chapter of the book of Genesis.
by Bishop Robert Barron . October 4, 2009
Marriage is not just some secular act or social arrangement. Rather, it is brought about by God for God’s purposes. Marriage is properly understood, first and foremost, as a theological act. The purpose and meaning of marriage is revealed in the mystery of God’s own life (the Trinity) , in God’s relationship to creation, and in Christ’s relationship with the Church.
by Bishop Robert Barron . October 8, 2006
Our readings for this week are all about marriage. In the Catholic understanding, a married couple do not so much receive a sacrament as they become a sacrament. They realize that their marriage is not about them; rather it is a vehicle through which God’s purposes are being worked out.
Friends, in today’s Gospel, we hear the marvelous story of the healing of blind Bartimaeus—an icon of tremendous power and a sacred picture of the spiritual life and the process of salvation. We all find ourselves, in our need of Christ, in this image, as our own blindness distorts our vision of spiritual reality and the meaning of life.
27th Sunday of Year B
Father Frank Pavone
Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, shares thoughts on preaching pro-life on the 27th Sunday of Year B. For more pro-life tips, resources and updates, visit http://www.ProLifePreaching.com.
SANCTITY OF LIFE IN THE MUTUAL SELF-GIVING OF MARRIAGE
SOURCE: Priests for Life
Life Issues Homilies
Lifeissues.net website publishes articles directly related to issues raised in Evangelium Vitae, and related homilies by Fr. Al Cariño, O.M.I., Fr. Tony Pueyo, and others.
Some time ago, I came across an Indian parable titled The Creation of Woman which goes as follows (abridged): “In the beginning, when God came to the creation of woman, he found that he had exhausted his materials in the making of man. In his dilemma, he did as follows……”
There are instances in a dance when the partners are seen in their uniqueness and their individuality. There are also moments when they express themselves as one, no longer individual dancers but partners in the dance. If the dancers perform excellently, we don’t even see the dancers anymore. Rather we see the dance.
As one wise man said, “Eve is not taken from Adam’s feet that he may abuse her, nor is she taken from Adam’s head that she may rule over him, rather she is taken from Adam’s side that they may be partners in life.”
The Readings for this Sunday provide the homilist with an ideal opportunity to teach Christian doctrine concerning marriage and children. The opportunity is timely, too, as one of our political parties has taken an official stand supporting “same-sex marriage,” an arrangement that is not intrinsically related to the birth and rearing of children, does not provide the same benefit to society as true marriage, and can never be as optimal for the well-being of children as to be raised by their own biological father and mother. In the midst of the confusion about the very nature of marriage and its purpose, these Readings shed the light of God’s revelation on how we should live this most intimate aspect of our lives.
As the human body needs to replace its aging cells for the physical health of the body the human soul needs to replenish its pro-creative male or female powers for the spiritual growth and health of the whole person. These powers continuously enhance and renew themselves in a variety of pro-creative activities not only as fathers and mothers but as teachers and students, doctors and patients, priests and laity – as benefactors and beneficiaries bound together. In the mercy and Spirit of Christ it may be the recovery of God in man and man in God.
Jesus welcomes children: both literal children and the inner child in all of us.