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Msgr. Pat's Homilies

Msgr. Pat's Homilies

9-29-2019 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Alex Chan on 9/30/19

 

Homily

26th Sunday in OT / C / 2019

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

Pope Benedict once said that the Church does three essential things: 1) worships God, 2) evangelizes, and 3) cares for the poor. That is an entire "ecclesiology" in just a few words! Interestingly, each of ... Read More »

9-22-2019 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Alex Chan on 9/23/19

 

Homily

25th Sunday in OT / C / 2019

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

I want to say a few words this morning about our 1st and 2nd readings—one from the Prophet Amos and one from St. Paul’s 1st Letter to Timothy. These readings sum up the Church’s attitude ... Read More »

9-15-2019 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Alex Chan on 9/16/19

 

Homily

24th Sunday in OT / C / 2019

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

I read the "shorter version" of our Gospel today, but I want to say just a word about the two parables I skipped—two parables that are very familiar to us: the "lost sheep" and the ... Read More »

9-8-2019 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Alex Chan on 9/09/19

 

Homily

23rd Sunday in OT / C / 2019

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

The Gospel today is one of the most challenging in all the scriptures, and it asks us an important question: who, or what, is the center of my life?

Jesus turns to the crowd and ... Read More »

9-1-2019 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Alex Chan on 9/03/19

 

Homily

22nd Sunday in OT / C / 2019

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

Our readings today are about humility—a fundamental virtue in the moral and spiritual life. Bernard of Clairvaux, when asked the most important Christian virtues, said, "humility, humility, humility." Catherine of Siena had a vision in ... Read More »

8-25-2019 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Alex Chan on 8/26/19

 

Homily

21st Sunday in OT / C / 2019

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

I must admit that I am drawn with some interest to our Gospel today, on the one hand, and on the other, I would like to run from it as far as I can!

How ... Read More »

8-11-2019 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Alex Chan on 8/12/19

 

Homily

19th Sunday in OT / C / 2019

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

When I was in college, I was very much drawn to Jungian psychology—the psychology of Carl Jung. Jung and others—Joseph Campbell for one—drew attention to the archetypal patterns in the stories and myths of the ... Read More »

8-4-2019 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Alex Chan on 8/05/19

 

Homily

18th Sunday in OT / C / 2019

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

Sometimes all three readings come together into a single theme—and this 18th Sunday is one of them. They express a truth that has to be repeated over and over, from generation to generation. And the ... Read More »

7-28-2019 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Alex Chan on 7/29/19

 

Homily

17th Sunday in OT / C / 2019

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

The Gospel today gives us Luke’s version of the Lord’s Prayer—shorter, more concise, more "to the point." It gives us the opportunity this week to take a look at probably the world’s most popular Christian ... Read More »

7-7-2019 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Alex Chan on 7/08/19

 

Homily

14th Sunday in OT / C / 2019

Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan

I have been studying the writings of St. Paul from my earliest days in the seminary—listening to them in the liturgy, teaching them in the classroom, and preaching them at Mass.

That being said, I ... Read More »

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