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Sunday Catholic Homilies

Catholic Homilies

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Living the life of the Gospel: What it means to be the friend of Jesus?

Father Joshua Kibler, C.O.


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God is love

Fr. Jude Thaddeus Langeh, cmf


The command to love through the power of the Holy Spirit God’s love knows no bounds! It cannot be reduced to a particular race, tribe, people or nation. In effect “God does not have favourites, but…anybody of any nationality who fears God and does what is right is acceptable to him”. To concretise these words of Peter, God through the Holy Spirit descended on all the listeners. This entails he Holy Spirit is at work in the life of men and even beyond the borders of the Church. Saint Peter being convinced of this truth engages the Church in dialogue with a pagan family, that of the centurion of the Roman Army.

God is love; he does not make distinctions among his Children. Knowing that he loves us freely, we must love one another equally without any condition; in other words, our love must extend to our enemies. To love is to remain faithful to the commands of the father by achieving the mission of Christ. To love is not just a simple choice, it is a “command”. Jesus is quite specific: This is my commandment, that you love one another. Here He is not talking in generalities. The idea behind the word “command” is more precisely a firm insistence. Jesus wants us to focus on the deepest truth of himself, without which we are in fairyland. An epistle of John makes precisely this point in relation to God: Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. As with God, so with Jesus. The word “command” can at first sight seem so unsatisfactory, it may be hard to find a better word.

Genuine love for Jesus will make us ready and willing to deny ourselves and undertake any difficult mission or task with joy; we are even ready to lose our reputation, risk our lives and die for his cause as the martyrs and the saints have done. Without obedience our love is pretension and without love obedience is mere slavery. Without the Holy Spirit it would be impossible to continue in love and obedience to the truth in a world that is under the power of the father of lies. Therefore the lord promises to send us the supernatural counsellor, the spirit of truth, the Holy Spirit to teach us the truth.

Jesus” love is so intense for us that he will not leave us as orphans. The Holy Spirit will continue teaching and guiding us in the way of love. Jesus lays down his live for us so that we can be able to do the same to our brothers and sisters who need us. The challenge is to live lovingly. Where do we begin? In the gospel passage, Jesus invites us to abide in his love, that is, to spend time with him, to hang around, to soak in his love, to bathe in it – and to let his love transform us: helping us to see, and to energise and empower us to change, to grow and to love maturely – as friends. Let us ask God for the grace to become aware of the presence of the Holy Ghost in our lives and to be open to his guidance so that our life can become meaningful and joyful, full of love to our neighbours without distinction.

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Cardinal Tagle

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A time of graduation for the Apostles

Fr. Peter Hahn

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Star Trek Theme Homily

Fr. Stevenson

Catholic Homilies

Do we really believe in one, holy, Catholic, and apostolic Church?

Fr. Vincent Hawkswell

During the current pandemic, the decisions of the Pope and the bishops have startled some of us. Let us take them as tests of our belief in the Catholic Church, which we proclaim every Sunday.

Even when the Pope is not clearly speaking ex cathedra, said Vatican II, we must give his teaching “loyal submission of the will and intellect,” respectfully acknowledging his “supreme teaching authority.” We must “sincerely adhere” to his decisions according to his “mind and intention,” made known “either by the character of the documents in question, or by the frequency with which the doctrine is proposed, or by the manner in which the doctrine is formulated.”

We must “revere” the bishops in communion with the Pope as “witnesses” of the truth, submitting to their decisions in matters of faith and morals “with a ready and respectful allegiance of mind.”  (2021)

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First Communion homily

Fr. Austin Fleming

Boys and girls: let’s talk about friends.

Everyone wants to have friends, likes to have friends. Let’s say I have a friend named Bill.   How would I stay friends with Bill? Well, Bill and I would spend time together.

Friends like to be together as much as they can. And Bill and I would talk to each other,

sharing happy times – and maybe some sad times, too.
And Bill and I would be there for each other if one of us needed something from the other.

Certainly I’d never want to do anything to hurt my friend Bill and I trust that Bill would never want to hurt me. Oh!And Bill and I would get together for dinner, too.

It’s always good to sit down and have a meal with a good friend. I’m pretty sure these are the ways you stay friends with someone. And I’m thinking about all this
because of something Jesus tells us in the gospel today.

Jesus told us he wanted to be friends with us – with all of us here – and certainly Jesus wants to be friends with you girls and boys. Do you remember what he said?  He told us,

 “I love you and I call you my friends. Remain in my love.”

Remain in my love… Be friends with me and stay friends with me.
Being friends with Jesus is a lot like my being friends with Bill. ….. (2018)

More Homilies for this Sunday by Fr. Fleming

First Communion Homily (2015)
First Communion Homily (2012)

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A choice made in love

Fr. Evans K Chama, M.Afr

The readings of this Sunday reveal God’s love for us which is manifested through his free choice, making us a chosen people. But how conscious are we of our dignity of being desired? And how do we respond to the value and trust expressed in such election? Come along with me, and together, let’s discover the richness which has been bestowed upon us. (2018)

Fr. Chama’s homily is divided into the following sections:

  • Wait a minute! Is it a rewind?
  • I want, but I hesitate, to use the verb “to elect”
  • What is to elect?
  • You are elected in love
  • We are beneficiaries and actors of the choice in love
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The elixir of love

Msgr. Joseph A. Pellegrino

Our society perpetuates the great lie that love can be won through an elixir (potion).  The elixir may be becoming a professional who makes a great deal of money.  Money is supposed to guarantee that happiness can be bought. Or the elixir might be that having the perfect body will attract lasting love. But the beautiful bodies of the young become the bodies of the middle aged.  And that six pack chest turns into a full keg stomach.   Commercials try to convince us that the right perfume or cologne will do the job.  That’s as close to an ancient elixir as you can come.  But a good job never won anyone love, and a beautiful body may attract another person but it isn’t going to win his or her love.  And folks, a famous perfume like El Stinko #5 is not going to be a love magnet. (2021)

More Homilies for this Sunday by Msgr. Pellegrino

Love and Mercy (2015)
The Elixir of Love (2012)
Love, the Foundation of Christianity (2009)
Love is a Choice (2006 PDF)

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Love and leisure

Fr. George Smiga

We find wonder through leisure. It is very important to understand what leisure is. Leisure is not the same thing as entertainment. Entertainment consists of the things we can schedule, a concert, a ballgame, a party, a vacation. But leisure is the ability, a habit of the heart, that allows us to see in those things and in all things, the beauty of creation and the presence of God. Leisure is the attitude that tells us it is not a waste to stop and gaze on a daffodil or to sit quietly for a few minutes and listen to the music of soft falling rain. Leisure tells us that it is important to recognize the beauty of our spouse’s smile and to relish the smell of the garlic in our grandmother’s marinara. Leisure says that there is a high priority to finding a few idle moments in even the busiest of days in which we can simply notice the beauty that surrounds us. The time we take to take that beauty in is not a distraction from life but actually delving into the very heart of living. It is in that moment that we touch the God whose life invigorates all things.

Wonder is a gift of the Holy Spirit, a necessary gift if we are to appreciate the presence of God in all created things. That is why the gospel today calls us to an attitude of leisure, an attitude that allows us to value the importance of wonder and to create a space in which we can experience it. Doing so is not optional or incidental. It is essential because every time we stand in awe, we understand better who we are and to whom we belong. Every time we are caught up in wonder, we know in our deepest heart that God is love.  (2009)

More Homilies for this Sunday by Fr. Smiga

To love as God loves (2018)
Jesus’ commandment (2015)
Mothers who affirm life (2012)

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How should we love one another? It’s called agape.

Jamie Waters

Why should we love one another? Today’s second reading and Gospel help us to answer this question. But the even more pressing question is how should we love one another?… The love that is envisioned by the Johannine community may be difficult, but it is essential that we all work toward it. The readings proclaim that we come to know God by being like God.

As to the question of how we can show selfless love, we might reflect on Martin Luther King Jr.’s ideas about love and the Beloved Community: “Love is creative and redemptive. Love builds up and unites; hate tears down and destroys.” King’s vision of the Beloved Community was grounded in love, reconciliation, dignity and respect for all. Poverty, racism, violence and the conditions that stem from these evils are intolerable. By working to end hate and division, fighting conditions and practices that dishonor others, we show our love for one another—and we come to know God by being more like God. (2021)

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Hankering after the “old faith”

Fr. John Kavanaugh, SJ

To have or not have rules can be easy. To keep or break commandments can be easy. We can set up our lives in such a manner that we allow no restraint or limit on our egos and desires. We can also legislate our lives so relentlessly that we delude ourselves into thinking that we have actually earned, produced, and now control the love that our scriptures speak of.

But the love revealed in Jesus, simple as it might sound, is terribly arduous. That is why the history of our faith so often reads like a history of our resistance to love.

Give us rules. Give us magic. Give us threats. Give us mighty victories in war or splendid successes in the marketplace to insure our worthiness. Give us Communion counts, converts, and the approval of the nations to guarantee our righteousness. But the mystery of love?…..(1997)

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Priests for Life

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Not that we have loved God, but that He has Loved us


The readings today teach us that God’s love for us takes precedence over our love for him, and that his choice of us takes precedence over our choice for him. “In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us” (First reading); “It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you” (Gospel). In a society that places such a high value on “freedom of choice,” this truth is especially important. It is God’s choice of a human life that gives it value, not our choice. It is God’s decision to entrust us to the care of each other that creates the responsibilities we have toward human life, not the choice we make to be responsible for them.

If our responsibility to love and care for human life, starting with our own children (born and unborn) is rooted in God’s eternal choice and his decision to love us (and those children), then we do not have the moral right to reject that responsibility, love, and life.

Giving life, moreover, is the very revelation of God’s love. “In this way the love of God was revealed to us: God sent hid only Son into the world so that we might have life through him” (First reading). The command given to us to love, therefore, is a command both to receive and give the kind of love God shows. “Love one another as I love you” (Gospel). We are to lay down our lives for one another, which is exactly the opposite of laying down others’ lives for ourselves (as so many do by abortion and other forms of violence).

General Intercessions

Celebrant: Today we call upon the Lord to help us to love others as he loved us. With that desire in our hearts, we present our needs to him.


That the Church may continue to proclaim the message and love of Christ to the world with clarity and conviction, we pray to the Lord…

That public officials will be open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit in their decisions and actions, we pray to the Lord…

That all mothers may experience the profound joy and gratitude of being vessels of life and of faith for their children, we pray to the Lord…

For all who lay down their lives, their resources, and their reputations to defend unborn children from abortion, we pray to the Lord…

That the members of this faith community will pattern their lives on the commandment of Jesus to love one another, we pray to the Lord…

That all who have died may receive the blessings which Jesus promises to his friends, let us pray to the Lord…


God of love, you sent Jesus to show us how to live and care for each other. Hear our prayers and help us to discern your will for us. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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