4th of Easter – Desire & Locked Doors

Seems to me that what we humans desire most is connection – acceptance, approval, love, welcome, hope, and such.  Why does it seem many either don’t really pursue our deeper desires or we find other things to fill that connection? Case in point – The disciples locked the doors (gates) yet Jesus stood among them and spoke to […]

4th of Easter – The Deeper Desire

We are told that the deeper or deepest human desire is for God.  I have had a goodly number of moments like that.  On the other side of the scale, there’s been seemingly weeks, months, and years of other than that.  What might it mean to search more attentively for this desire for God? It […]

4th of Easter – The Voices we hear / Good Shepherd? Strangers?

   What does the voice of the Good Shepherd sound like?  What differentiates the voice of the Shepherd from strangers? Jesus’ Voice = phoné John 10:3–5           The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When […]

4th of Easter – Voices of Strangers and Shepherds…

Jesus made another attempt to get the attention of the Pharisees at the start of chapter ten in John.  Recall he had a dust-up with them over the man born blind and then told them they were blind. Here, he tells them they are idolaters (“stranger’s voice” = “strange” gods before me…) and essentially false shepherds.  Ezekiel […]

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 – Twentieth Sunday Ordinary Time

“The Bread of Life Discourse IV”  –  Believing in the Word means abiding in Jesus, who abides in the Father who abides in the Son.  Eating the Bread of Life means abiding in Jesus.  Following the Good Shepherd means abiding contemplatively in Jesus.  Remaining in the True Vine means abiding in Jesus contemplatively.  And this passage […]

Roc Homily – Nineteenth Sunday Ordinary Time 2015

“The Bread of Life Discourse III”  –  The several days I spent hiking in the Grand Canyon last week intensified this question for me: “What is the difference between that which is transitory and that which endures?”  One way this gospel addresses this is through the (implicitly stated) connect between eating the bread of life and […]

Roc Homily – 4th Sunday Easter 2015

Fourth Sunday of Easter 2015 (9:00 a.m. Mass)    Homily by Roc O’Connor, SJ, associate pastor of the Church of the Gesu (April 26, 2015)   John 10:11-18    “Jesus said: “I am the good shepherd.  A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep…”  


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