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Msgr. Pat's Homilies

10-14-2018 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Alex Chan on 10/15/18

 

Homily

28th Sunday in OT / B / 2018

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

Today’s first reading from the Book of Wisdom, and the Gospel from Mark, are closely tied and give us a fundamental principle of the spiritual life—not an easy principle, because it deals with possessions and ... Read More »

10-07-2018 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Alex Chan on 10/08/18

 

Homily

27th Sunday in OT / B / 2018

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

This morning I would like to comment on our first reading, from the Book of Genesis, regarding creation—and, in particular, the place of marriage in creation. Only in recent years have I come to see ... Read More »

9-16-2018 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Alex Chan on 9/17/18

 

Homily

24th Sunday in OT

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

Today’s Gospel is one of the most important passages in the Gospel of Mark—in fact, in all of the Gospels. Two important questions are posed by Jesus. The first is this: "Who do people say that I am?" And ... Read More »

9-09-2018 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Alex Chan on 9/10/18

 

Homily

23rd Sunday in OT / B / 2018

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

Our Gospel today from Mark is very physical—the interaction of Jesus and a man who is deaf and who also has a speech impediment. Friends of the man ask Jesus to "lay his hand on ... Read More »

9-02-2018 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Alex Chan on 9/04/18

 

Homily

22nd Sunday in OT / B / 2018

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

Our readings today are all about the Law—in particular, the Law of Moses, but we can extend this to all laws. We are a people of laws—with a kind of ambivalent relationship to law itself. ... Read More »

8-26-2018 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Alex Chan on 8/27/18

 

Homily

21st Sunday in OT / B / 2018

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

We bring to a conclusion this Sunday the series of Gospels on the Eucharist, from the 6th Chapter of St. John’s Gospel. In that chapter, St. John—and Jesus—spell out the Catholic doctrine of the Real ... Read More »

8-12-2018 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Alex Chan on 8/14/18

 

Homily

19th Sunday in OT / B

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

This is the third week of our reflection on the Eucharist. And our reflection begins in the OT, in the First Book of Kings, with the prophet Elijah. In the vernacular, we might say that Elijah has ... Read More »

8-5-2018 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Alex Chan on 8/06/18

 

Homily

18th Sunday in OT / B / 2018

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

Some of you may have heard of our Catholic (Latin) word Viaticum. Viaticum is Holy Communion given to a person who is dying—it really is the "last rites" of the Church, as we used to ... Read More »

7-8-2018 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Alex Chan on 7/09/18

 

Homily

14th Sunday in OT / B

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

All of our readings today have to do with prophecy—prophets and prophecy, and the trials and tribulations of one who is called to be a prophet. But here’s the thing: all of us are called to be ... Read More »

7-1-2018 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Alex Chan on 7/02/18

 

Homily

13th Sunday in OT / B / 2018

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

The opening line in our first reading today from the Book Wisdom stops us in our tracks: "God did not make death." What do we do with a line like that? Isn’t death the most ... Read More »

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