April 2023 archive of Homilies

April 2023 archive of Homilies

Third Sunday of Easter

Posted by Fr Terry Grachanin on 4/25/23

Acts 2:14, 22-23 | Ps 16 | 1 Pt 1:17-21 | Lk 24:13-35

Loss. Heaviness. Heartache. Jesus is dead. Two despondent disciples are going home. All their expectations and joys are gone. Their hopes have been destroyed. The mission is over. Their eyes are downcast. There is an ache ... Read More »

Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday)

Posted by Fr Terry Grachanin on 4/25/23

Acts 2:42-47 | Ps 118 | 1 Pt 1:3-9 | Jn 20:19-31

Gordon Sumner is probably not a name many people recognize. He made a seemingly inconsequential decision that would affect the rest of his life and career. When he was the bassist of a band called the Phoenix ... Read More »

The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night (Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord)

Posted by Fr Terry Grachanin on 4/25/23

Mt 28:1-10

Pet owners often share how difficult it is when a pet dies. Packing up the dog dish or having no use for a leash anymore can be heartbreaking. Suddenly, your dear cat no longer provides cuddles as you watch television or anxiously awaits your arrival home from ... Read More »

Friday of the Passion of Our Lord (Good Friday)

Posted by Fr Terry Grachanin on 4/25/23

Is 52:13-53:12 | Ps 31 | Heb 4:14-16; 5:7-9 | Jn 18:1-19:42

On this day, tears are sacred. Weeping heals as we surrender. Lament is holy within this liturgy.

In our worship across the globe, Christians reverence the wood of the cross. This gesture is far from empty. Today, ... Read More »

Holy Thursday (Mass of the Lord's Supper)

Posted by Fr Terry Grachanin on 4/25/23

Ex 12:1-8, 11-14 | Ps 116 | 1 Cor 11:23-26 | Jn 13:1-15

In John’s gospel we eavesdrop in the Upper Room. It is a scene of intimacy. It’s a scene of hope. Jesus gathers the disciples for the last time before his death. Did they have an inkling ... Read More »

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

Posted by Fr Terry Grachanin on 4/25/23

Mt 21:1-11 | Is 50:4-7 | Ps 22 | Phil 2:6-11 | Mt 26:14-27:66

Today the crowds welcome Jesus by waving branches and singing out, “Hosanna!” while other members of the city asked, “Who is this?” This question should fuel our prayer as we enter this intense and incredible ... Read More »

Fifth Sunday of Lent

Posted by Fr Terry Grachanin on 4/25/23

Ez 37:12-14 | Ps 130 | Rom 8:8-11 | Jn 11:1-45

Our third of three lengthy and yet beautiful Gospel stories, we hear proclaimed today Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. Word is sent to Jesus that the one whom he loved is ill. Who is the one Jesus ... Read More »


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