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Msgr. Pat's Homilies

Msgr. Pat's Homilies

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 »

6-24-2018 The Nativity of St. John the Baptist

Posted by Alex Chan on 6/25/18

 

Homily

Solemnity of the Nativity of John the Baptist / B / 2018

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

We are fortunate this year that the Feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist falls on Sunday because it gives us the opportunity to speak of the man that ... Read More »

6-17-2018 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Alex Chan on 6/19/18

 

Homily

11th Sunday in OT / B / 2018

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

Our Gospel today is the familiar "Parable of the Mustard Seed." Mark tells us that Jesus spoke in parables—"with many such parables He spoke the word to them as they were able to understand it." ... Read More »

6-10-2018 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Alex Chan on 6/11/18

 

Homily

10th Sunday in OT / B / 2018

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

We are back into OT—and the numbered Sundays. Today, the 10th Sunday in "order" (thus "ordinary time"). I don’t know about you, but I like getting back into this "ordinary season" after the richness of ... Read More »

6-3-2018 The Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ

Posted by Alex Chan on 6/04/18

 

Homily

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ / B / 2018

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

When I was growing up, my religious education was basically the Baltimore Catechism. In a sense, I’m glad, because it gave me a pretty good understanding of the Church before the ... Read More »

5-27-2018 The Most Holy Trinity

Posted by Alex Chan on 5/29/18

 

Homily

OT / Trinity Sunday / B / 2018

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

Trinity Sunday is sometimes called "a preacher’s nightmare" because the topic Trinity is a difficult one to explain—or to preach. But over the years, I’ve discovered that there are two sides to this Trinity coin: ... Read More »

5-20-2018 Pentecost Sunday

Posted by Alex Chan on 5/21/18

 

Homily

Pentecost / B / 2018

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

Today is Pentecost, the Feast of the Holy Spirit, and with St. Paul in our second reading, I want to speak about the "works of the flesh" and the "works of the Spirit." St. Paul is very concrete ... Read More »

5-13-2018 The Ascension of the Lord

Posted by Alex Chan on 5/14/18

 

Homily

Easter / Ascension / B / 2018

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

I would be the first to admit that the Ascension is difficult to explain. Fitting between the Resurrection of Jesus and the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, it is hard to understand its place ... Read More »

5-6-2018 Sixth Sunday of Easter

Posted by Alex Chan on 5/07/18

 

Homily

Easter VI / B / 2018

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

Sometimes, embedded in our readings, is a key that opens up a whole new world of thought. Today’s Gospel contains one of those keys, and it tells us something important about Christian spirituality.

And it is this: ... Read More »

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