2021 archive of Homilies

2021 archive of Homilies

First Sunday of Lent (Catholic Charities Annual Appeal)

Posted by Fr Terry Grachanin on 2/21/21

Gn 9:8-15 | Ps 25 | 1 Pt 3:18-22 | Mk 1:12-15

On this first Sunday of Lent, I invite all of us to reflect on what it means to follow Jesus into the desert.

In today’s gospel from the first chapter of Mark, we hear that “the Spirit ... Read More »

Ash Wednesday

Posted by Fr Terry Grachanin on 2/19/21

Jl 2:12-18 | Ps 51 | 2 Cor 5:20-6:2 | Mt 6:1-6, 16-18

Today we observe the beginning of Lent—a time of fasting, penance, and almsgiving. During this sacred time before the celebration of Easter, we are called to turn away from our sins and turn more faithfully toward ... Read More »

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Fr Terry Grachanin on 2/19/21

Lv 13:1-2, 44-46 | Ps 32 | 1 Cor 10:31-11:1 | Mk 1:40-45

Some of the most beautiful stories in the gospels are of Jesus’ interactions with ordinary people who have the courage to step out of the crowd and approach him.

Today’s gospel is a wonderful example of ... Read More »

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Fr Terry Grachanin on 2/19/21

Jb 7:1-4, 6-7 | Ps 147 | 1 Cor 9:16-19, 22-23 | Mk 1:29-39

There is probably no other reading at Mass that is as honest and relatable as today’s first reading from the Book of Job. “Is not man’s life on earth a drudgery?” If I needed a ... Read More »

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Fr Terry Grachanin on 2/19/21

Dt 18:15-20 | Ps 95 | 1 Cor 7:32-35 | Mk 1:21-28

There is no doubt that Jesus made a profound impression on everyone he met. No one who came in contact with him was ever the same afterward. Throughout the gospels, we hear that people marveled at his ... Read More »

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time [Sunday of the Word of God]

Posted by Brian Myers on 1/25/21

Jon 3:1-5, 10 | Ps 25 | 1 Cor 7:29-31 | Mk 1:14-20

Repent! The kingdom of heaven is at hand! Time is running out!

These are the messages in today’s liturgy. How often do we, as sinners, put off going to confession, thinking we have time on our ... Read More »

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Brian Myers on 1/23/21

17 January 2021 1 Sm 3:3b-10, 19 | Ps 40 | 1 Cor 6:13c-15a, 17-20 | Jn 1:35-42

Our job in this lifetime is to attune our ears and our spirit to God’s voice and carry out his will with the time we are given. Above all, we must ... Read More »

The Baptism of the Lord

Posted by Brian Myers on 1/23/21

10 January 2021 Is 55:1-11 | Ps 29 | Acts 10:34-38 | Mk 1:7-11

Throughout the Christmas season, we have been reflecting on the child Jesus. We have been meditating on his earthly family: Mary, who gave birth to him with such faith and love, and Joseph, who accepted ... Read More »

The Epiphany of the Lord

Posted by Brian Myers on 1/23/21

3 January 2021 Is 60:1-6 | Ps 72 | Eph 3:2-3a, 5-6 | Mt 2:1-12

In most nativity scenes (especially older ones) the wise men are depicted as three kings: one European, one African, and one Asian. They are often, too, depicted as: one older, another middle-aged, and the ... Read More »

The Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph

Posted by Brian Myers on 1/23/21

27 December 2020 Sir 3:2-6, 12-14 | Ps 128 | Col 3:12-17 | Lk 2:22-40

Today’s feasts is one of those that originated from the ground up, and it was a popular devotion long before it was a part of the official church calendar.

It wasn’t until 1921, that ... Read More »


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