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Msgr. Pat's Homilies

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 »

8-27-2017 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Alex Chan on 8/28/17

 

Homily

21st Sunday in OT / A / 2017

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

Today’s Gospel marks a turning point in the Gospel of Matthew—the confession of Peter at Caesarea Philippi. Up to this point, Jesus has been teaching the disciples about the Kingdom. He has also given indication ... Read More »

8-13-2017 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Alex Chan on 8/14/17

 

Homily

19th Sunday in OT / A / 2017

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

Our readings today focus on two men of God: the prophet Elijah and the apostle Peter, both men very different, but both of them models for our faith.

The story of Elijah comes to us ... Read More »

8-6-2017 Transfiguration of the Lord

Posted by Alex Chan on 8/08/17

 

Homily

18th Sunday in OT / Transfiguration / A / 2017

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

Today we celebrate the great Feast of the Transfiguration. The feast gives us the opportunity to talk about a word we don’t use very often: deification. Becoming God or God-like. I know that ... Read More »

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