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2017 archive of Msgr. Pat's Homilies

2017 archive of Msgr. Pat's Homilies

12-17-2017 3rd Sunday of Advent

Posted by Alex Chan on 12/18/17

 

Homily

Advent III / B / Gaudete / 2017

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

On this 3rd Sunday of Advent, Gaudete, I want to reflect on our 2nd reading from St. Paul’s First Letter to the Thessalonians. I think I have mentioned before that this letter of St. Paul ... Read More »

12-10-2017 Second Sunday of Advent

Posted by Alex Chan on 12/11/17

 

Homily

Advent II / B / 2017

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

One of the great saints and mystics of the Church is St. John of the Cross. John was a Carmelite priest, a great 16th century reformer, the spiritual director of St. Theresa of Avila (!), and one ... Read More »

12-3-2017 First Sunday of Advent

Posted by Alex Chan on 12/04/17

 

Homily

Advent 1 / B / 2017

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

Today we begin the Advent season and a new liturgical year. A new beginning for us. A time to take stock, to look back at the previous year and to look ahead to the next. Perhaps a ... Read More »

11-19-2017 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Alex Chan on 11/20/17

 

Homily

33rd Sunday in OT / A / 2017

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

We have the opportunity this Sunday to reflect upon the wonderful parable of the talents—which tells us something important about God and about ourselves. The story is familiar to us. A rich man (Jesus) "entrusts ... Read More »

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 »

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