Roc Homily for 5th Sunday of Easter 2016

What is your next step in your spiritual life?  Might it have to do with this from today’s gospel: “Love one another AS I have loved you…” Jesus’ glorification happened on the cross when he died and handed over the Spirit.  That is, he revealed God.  Jesus revealed that he abides in the Father and […]

Roc Prequel [1] to Homily for 5th Sunday of Easter 2016

Here is a lead-in to my homily from yesterday, 4/24/16 – 5th Sunday of Easter I quoted Sebastian Moore, OSB again and, upon reflection, think that this bit of introduction would help. Here’s the piece from page 76 in “The Crucified Jesus is No Stranger”: But the mystery of iniquity is that I may easily […]

Roc Follow-up [1] on Homily for 4th Sunday of Easter 2016

GIRM 78 says that the Eucharistic Prayer is a prayer of thanksgiving and consecration.  For what do we give thanks?  For whom do we give thanks? Seems to me [and this is something I wish to underline] we give thanks to God and the Lamb through the Spirit for redemption – that Christ has opened […]

Roc Homily for 4th Sunday of Easter 2016

I actually preached on one key aspect of the Mass coming from the 2nd reading (Revelation) – the multitude from every people, nation, and language praising God and the Lamb because offers a picture of the Church at prayer in Mass standing at the beginning of the Eucharistic Prayer and singing, “Holy, Holy, Holy!” See what […]

Roc Homily for 3rd Sunday of Easter 2016

Sit with this for a moment if you will: How do you respond with Simon Peter to Jesus’ question, “Do you love me?” This may be the most revelatory question in the whole gospel in that it can reveal to you, to me, where we are with God revealed in Christ through the Spirit.  “Do […]

Roc Homily for 2nd Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy)

Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy) Some propositions for your consideration: 1. Thomas did not doubt. Rather, he stated a fact: “Unless I put my finger into his hands…” 2. The phrase, “whose sins you retain are retained,” may be the worst translation in the NAB.  The Greek, krateo, is translated as “to hold fast, to grasp (a […]

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