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2019 archive of Msgr. Pat's Homilies

2019 archive of Msgr. Pat's Homilies

3-17-2019 2nd Sunday of Lent

Posted by Alex Chan on 3/18/19

 

Homily

Lent II / C / Transfiguration / 2019

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

All three of our readings today inspire a sense of awe and mystery—they point to a world beyond our own, a transcendent world, from natural to supernatural, from earth to heaven.

In the first reading, ... Read More »

3-3-2019 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Alex Chan on 3/04/19

 

Homily

8th Sunday / OT / C / 2019

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

For the past few weeks we have been listening to St. Luke’s "Sermon on the Plain." It’s like Matthew’s "Sermon on the Mount," the core of Jesus teachings that he probably repeated from place to ... Read More »

2-17-2019 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Alex Chan on 2/19/19

 

Homily

6th Sunday in OT / C / 2019

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

I’m going to preach on our first reading today from the Prophet Jeremiah—despite the fact that our Gospel today is very important: Luke’s Sermon on the Plain. But I’m trying to stretch my appreciation of ... Read More »

2-10-2019 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Alex Chan on 2/11/19

 

Homily

5th Sunday in OT / C / 2019

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

The Church has selected some very beautiful readings for us today—but they are also very practical for the spiritual life. And here is a summary: 1) invasion of grace, 2) confession of sin, and 3) ... Read More »

1-27-2019 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Alex Chan on 1/30/19

 

Homily

3rd Sunday in OT / C / 2019

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

Our Gospel today is one of the most important passages in the entire NT: the words of Jesus as he begins his public ministry—his "mission statement," we might say. These powerful words provide the key ... Read More »

1-20-2019 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Alex Chan on 1/30/19

 

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2nd Sunday in OT / C / 2019

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

I like the fact that Jesus’ first miracle in the Gospel of John is changing water into wine—and not just any wine, but fine wine. And no small amount. In today’s measures, Jesus turned 180 ... Read More »

1-13-2019 Baptism of the Lord

Posted by Alex Chan on 1/14/19

 

Homily

Christmas / Baptism of the Lord / C / 2019

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

Today we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord—the end of the Christmas season. And this feast gives us the opportunity to talk about Baptism—the sacrament that probably all of us have received, but ... Read More »

1-06-2019 The Epiphany of the Lord

Posted by Alex Chan on 1/08/19

 

Homily

Christmas / Epiphany / C / 2019

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

We come to the Feast of the Epiphany—a beautiful feast of light, color, and drama—that gives us the opportunity to look at a phenomenon today that is very common: people who say that they are "spiritual" ... Read More »

12-30-2018 Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

Posted by Alex Chan on 1/08/19

 

Homily

Feast of the Holy Family / C / II / 2018

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

We celebrate today the Feast of the Holy Family. Many people will tell you what makes a family happy, integrated, functional, and so forth. But the feast today, and our readings, tell ... Read More »

12-23-2018 Fourth Sunday of Advent

Posted by Alex Chan on 1/08/19

 

Homily

Advent IV / C / 2018

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

We come to the 4th Sunday of Advent, the conclusion of our preparation for the great feast of Christmas. Our readings today reflect that proximity, that closeness to Christmas, with readings from the prophet Micah and the ... Read More »

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