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Msgr. Pat's Homilies

11-12-2017 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Alex Chan on 11/13/17

 

Homily

32nd Sunday in OT / A / 2017

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

As we approach the end of the Church’s liturgical year—now the 32nd Sunday—our readings turn "apocalyptic"; that is, they deal with the "end times," the end of the world, the second coming of Jesus, the ... Read More »

11-5-2017 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Alex Chan on 11/06/17

 

Homily

31st Sunday in OT / A / 2017

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

The readings today speak to us of "leadership gone bad"—and they have a very contemporary ring to them. The readings are challenging for all of us—but they are particularly challenging for the clergy or "religious ... Read More »

10-29-2017 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Alex Chan on 10/30/17

 

Homily

30th Sunday in OT / A / 2017 / Love Commandment

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

I know a couple, a married couple, who are kind of the "odd couple." They live in Eastern Oregon, on a ranch. Each is very different from the other. They met as ... Read More »

10-15-2017 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Alex Chan on 10/16/17

 

Homily

28th Sunday in OT / A / 2017

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

Today’s parable is one of the strangest in the Gospels—even a little shocking, like last week’s parable of the tenants who kill the Son hoping to get his inheritance. This week—in brief— we have a ... Read More »

10-8-2017 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Alex Chan on 10/09/17

 

Homily

27th Sunday in OT / A / 2017

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

There is no denying that our readings are a little dark today—a reminder that Biblical religion is not all "fun and games," not just a feel-good remedy for the world. The Bible is always challenging—1) ... Read More »

10-01-2017 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Alex Chan on 10/02/17

 

Homily

26th Sunday in OT / A / 2017

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

Many years ago when I was a third year theology student, I remember reading and studying St. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians—and, in particular, the very passage we read today, our second reading, from the ... Read More »

9-24-2017 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Alex Chan on 9/25/17

 

Homily

25th Sunday in OT / A / 2017

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

Today’s Gospel is confounding for most of us—we struggle with it, wondering what the point is, feeling that an injustice has taken place, that someone got cheated and others got what they did not deserve. ... Read More »

9-17-2017 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Alex Chan on 9/18/17

 

Homily

24th Sunday In OT / A / 2017

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

I don’t often preach on St. Paul, but today I want to say a few words about our short second reading, taken from St. Paul’s letter to the Romans. Paul’s letter is full of pithy ... Read More »

9-10-2017 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Alex Chan on 9/11/17

 

Homily

23rd Sunday in OT / A / 2017

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

A couple of weeks ago we heard that Jesus would build his new community on the rock solid confession of Peter, that "Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah of God." This Church, this new community, ... Read More »

9-3-2017 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Alex Chan on 9/05/17

 

Homily

22nd Sunday in OT / A / 2017

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

The Gospel today is a continuation of last week’s Gospel, the scene in which Peter calls Jesus "the Christ, the Son of the living God." In turn, Jesus calls Peter "the Rock," and on that ... Read More »

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