Give and Receive

July 2016 Homilies

Live recordings of Fr. Gerry's Homilies are posted here weekly! Click on the date to listen.

Read the Mass Readings of the day here — Daily Readings  

July 31, 2016.mp3     Today's Gospel is one of Jesus' great teachings on wealth and personal possessions getting in the way of growing rich in the sight of God. Fr. Gerry helps us connect the Gospels from the last three weeks with this one.  Listen as Fr. Gerry helps us clear the way that is contrary to the way of our world today. We gather and keep extra just in case. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "Without a rich heart, wealth is an ugly beggar." It always requires more to try to satisfy. Do my possessions enhance the experience of my journey? Do I see them all as Gift from God to navigate my life effectively?  Luke 12:13-21

July 24, 2016 Homily.mp3      Fr. Gerry addresses praying in it's best form — praying for our needs, not our wants. God wants to fulfill His hopes for us in this life. He teaches His Disciples and us how to pray in the Lord's Prayer, also called the Our Father. He teaches us how to worship, how to pray, and how to forgive in this prayer. God invites us to be like Him. His greatest gift to us, the Holy Spirit, is the key! May we receive His Spirit into our lives. Luke 11:1-13

July 17, 2016 Homily.mp3        We reflect on the story of Martha & Mary. Fr. Gerry invites us to go deeper than the surface level of this Gospel. Was Jesus chastising Martha? No, Martha's work was very important work. But, Jesus was inviting her to a deeper sense of being with Him. How much of an awareness do I have of being in the presence of the Lord? We are invited to be contemplative. We are working to answer our calling to be active in the world, while we spend time on the foundation of our very lives — spending time in personal relationship with Jesus Christ! Luke 10:38-42

July 10, 2016 Homily.mp3         We hear the well-known story of The Good Samaritan. Jesus asks us to look at the details carefully. While we know very little about the passers-by, we know what kind of persons they are. Fr. Gerry reflects on the fact that they were each self-absorbed and didn't respond to the injured man. The Samaritan responded without concern of who or what the poor man was. He simply took care of him. How do I see myself responding to my "neighbor?" Who am I in this story? Each of us was created in the image of God. How do we look now in light of judgements, prejudices & unforgiveness? Luke 10:25-37

July 3, 2016 Homily.mp3

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