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WEEKLY HOMILY BLOGS

December 2019

Dec 30

12/29/19 Holy Family - Deacon Tony

Deacon Tony Conti The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Lectionary: 17   Today we celebrate the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph… We can sometimes tend to think that our family is somehow “unique” because of the many issues that we face… We can falsely assume that everything was always...
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Dec 30

12/29/19 Holy Family - Fr. Reggie

Christ is God, and God can do whatever he pleases. His authority and power are unlimited.  He could have chosen to form a body for the Incarnation out of the dust of the earth, as he had for Adam.  Instead, he chose to take on human life in all its dimensions, entering into a family and...
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Dec 30

12/25/19 Christmas - Fr. Reggie

The History Chanel tells us this: “Christians celebrate Christmas Day as the anniversary of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, a spiritual leader whose teachings form the basis of their religion.”  They´re right – and also completely wrong. Yes, we are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. No, he was not a...
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Dec 23

12/22/19 Fourth Sunday in Advent - Fr. Reggie

Advent is about newness. God acts, and he does something absolutely new. Both the first reading and the gospel today refer to this newness. And they refer to it by reference to something that’s a core teaching of our Catholic Faith – the Virgin Birth of Christ. In the book of Isaiah, King Ahaz is in dire straits. Enemies are...
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Dec 20

12/15/19 Third Sunday of Advent - Fr. Reggie

Things are not going well for John the Baptist in today’s gospel. We’re in the middle of Advent, joy is everywhere, and what are the first lines of today’s gospel? “From prison, John the Baptist heard of the works of Christ.” John the Baptist had given everything to God. He had left his home and his family. He lived...
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Dec 11

12/8/19 Second Sunday of Advent - Fr. Reggie

There are two ways that we can live out our Catholic faith. We can live it passively, or we can live it personally. When we live our faith passively, we are like the Pharisees and Sadducees that came to be baptized by John in the Jordan River. They were the religious and social leaders in...
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Dec 11

12/8/19 Second Sunday of Advent - Deacon Tony

Deacon Tony Conti Second Sunday of Advent Lectionary: 4 From our first reading: “There shall be no harm or ruin on all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be filled with knowledge of the Lord, as water covers the sea.”   Isaiah describes a place where we all long to reside... a place of peace and harmony......
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Dec 11

12/8/19 Second Sunday of Advent - Deacon Tony

Deacon Tony Conti Second Sunday of Advent Lectionary: 4 From our first reading: “There shall be no harm or ruin on all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be filled with knowledge of the Lord, as water covers the sea.”   Isaiah describes a place where we all long to reside... a place of peace and harmony......
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Dec 2

11/28/19 Thanksgiving - Fr. Reggie

Many of you have heard my take on receiving and giving…that receiving is more difficult than giving. I don’t know why, and I don’t fully understand it… but receiving can be often awkward. We don’t always know how to respond… if we should respond… what do we say? … do we owe something in...
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Dec 2

11/10/19 32nd sunday in Ordinary Time

The Sadducees were the Jewish political leaders in Palestine. They were less strict than the Pharisees, religiously speaking. They also collaborated with the Roman authorities who ruled Palestine, which made them a wealthy and influential class. Their frequent contact with pagan Roman society affected...
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Dec 2

12/1/19 First Sunday of Advent - Fr. Reggie

Another Advent is upon us. Why? Why does the Church lead us along the same path every year, repeating the same seasons, even the same readings? Is it for lack of creativity and imagination? No, the Church is always young, and never runs out of creativity. In every generation she gives the...
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