Catholic Homilies

(by Fr Phil Bloom)

Shorter homilies for a time of pandemic

As Yourself "Daryl Davis illustrates the basic principle of Jesus' love: Hate the sin, but love the sinner. In his case he hated the sin of racism, but he loved the sinner.." (October 25, 2020 - Thirtieth Ordinary Sunday, Year A)

Return to God "Two weeks ago we heard about a 15-year-old boy who repaid his soul to God: Blessed Carlo Acutis. Like all young people he had to discover his purpose. He stated it simply, 'To always be close to Jesus, that's my plan'..." (October 18, 2020 - Twenty-Ninth Ordinary Sunday, Year A)

Secularism Destroys the Soul "A farm and a business are good things, but these people had made them their ultimate concern. What matters to them are only the things of this world. That's what secularism means..." (October 11, 2020 - Twenty-Eighth Ordinary Sunday, Year A)

Be of the Same Mind "if the conversation turns to politics, priests will disagree, sometimes violently. I've never seen a fist fight, but I've witnessed some heated arguments...." (September 27, 2020 - Twenty-Sixth Ordinary Sunday, Year A)

Are You Envious? "Envy is not simply jealousy which is the desire to attain or possess what the other person has. Envy is the sin of being upset at another's good fortune..." (September 20, 2020 - Twenty-Fifth Ordinary Sunday, Year A)

(I will be in Oregon for 23rd & 24th Sundays. Fr. Armando Guzman will take my place and St. Mary of the Valley will live stream his Sunday morning Masses)

Recover Prayer "During the pandemic some deepened their prayer. Others, not so much...when it comes to prayer all of us need to make a new beginning..." (August 30, 2020 - Twenty-Second Ordinary Sunday, Year A)

They Love Their Freedom "The Persians outnumbered the Greeks a hundred to one. Still, a Greek king named Demaratus warned the Persian emperor that the Greeks will fight to the last man because they love their freedom - and they love their law...'" (August 23, 2020 - Twenty-First Ordinary Sunday, Year A)

Three Steps of Prayer "If we as a church and as a parish are going to recover from our current devastation, we have to return to prayer. The beautiful Canaanite woman models prayer. It has three steps...'" (August 16, 2020 - Twentieth Ordinary Sunday, Year A)

Not Color Blind but Color Blessed "Some people say, 'When I look at people, I don't see race. I don't see their color.' Pastor Warrens responds, 'There's a word for that: liar!...'" (August 9, 2020 - Nineteenth Ordinary Sunday, Year A)

Jesus Reveals Hidden Treasure "We have worked hard to make our church safe, to protect our people. Our protocols are working. We cannot, however, take away all risks..." (August 2, 2020 - Eighteenth Ordinary Sunday, Year A)

Evil is Like the Coronavirus "Like the coronavirus lust is parasitical. It takes over something good. Sexuality is very good... (July 26, 2020 - Seventeenth Ordinary Sunday, Year A)

(Sixteenth Sunday, July 19, Deacon Gene preached)

Glorious Freedom "Freedom does not mean doing whatever I want, whenever I want. No. When a person loses impulse control, it leads to slavery... (July 12, 2020 - Fifteenth Ordinary Sunday, Year A)

I Give You Praise, Father "It seems like yesterday I came here in July of 2009. So much has happened... (July 5, 2020 - Fourteenth Ordinary Sunday, Year A)

Small Things with Great Love "All of us know a smile can make a big difference. When I'm wearing a face mask, however, I can't use my winning smile. But I've noticed... (June 28, 2020 - Thirteenth Ordinary Sunday, Year A)

Fulcrum of History "the most challenging, most fulfilling, most important job I will have during my time on this Earth is to be Sasha and Malia's father... (June 21, 2020 - Twelfth Ordinary Sunday, Year A)

A New Beginning "Especially after the turmoil of the last 20 days, we know we can't return to business as usual. We want a new beginning, a new vision ..." (June 14, 2020 - Corpus Christi Sunday)

What is Heaven? "Deep inside we want to know. I remember in 1977 when the Roots Series came out. It transfixed our nation. ..." (June 7, 2020 - Trinity Sunday)

Healing of Memories "If the Holy Spirit can heal the other person's memory, he can heal your memory and mine - even going back before birth. My mom told me about going to the doctor suspecting she was pregnant..." (May 31, 2020 - Pentecost Sunday)

To Judge the Living and the Dead "Many people turn from God because they fear judgment. The famous movie director, Woody Allen, recently published an autobiography where he tries to explain and justify his life. At the end he says..." (May 24, 2020 - Ascension of Our Lord)

How Tremendous Are Your Deeds! "When all is said and done, don't we have to take care of our own problems? Aren't we the ones who have to defeat the coronavirus? As one of our politicians said..." (May 17, 2020 - Sixth Sunday of Easter)

Do Not Let Your Hearts be Troubled "We may not be suffering so greatly as people did during the Civil War or during the pandemic of 1918-1919, still our sufferings are real and for many quite terrible ..." (May 10, 2020 - Fifth Sunday of Easter)

Moving Out of Isolation "Many people have fallen into despair not just because they lose a job but because of the collapse of marriage, church and civic life. ..." (May 3, 2020 - Fourth Sunday of Easter)

Answering Objections "No one denied the empty tomb. What they did was give alternative explanations: That the disciples stole Jesus' body or they somehow revived him..." (April 26, 2020 - Third Sunday of Easter)

Let Go of Your Anger "I've heard people express anger at Trump, at the Democrats, the news media, even the bishops. I've experienced some of that anger myself...'" (April 19, 2020 - Second Sunday of Easter - Divine Mercy)

Honestly Examine the Evidence "If one day you wake up standing before Jesus, you will at least want to say you honestly examined the evidence. You'll want to do more than say, 'well, I watched a program on television or I saw a YouTube video....'" (April 12, 2020 - Easter Sunday)

Why We Long to be Back Together "You can be a good Buddhist by learning how to meditate. Christians also practice meditation but we require something more - physical immersion in Christ through the sacraments...." (April 10, 2020 - Good Friday)

Allow God to Serve You "I miss you and I admit I have had crazy dreams. I dream about doing a parking lot Mass..." (April 9, 2020 - Holy Thursday bilingual)

Power in the Blood "After hearing all the coronavirus symptoms they are wondering if they may have had an early case. A blood test could answer that question..." (April 5, 2020 - Palm Sunday, Cycle A)

The Third Scrutiny "Do we fear death? I don't think most people do. I think C.S. Lewis got it right..." (March 29, 2020 - Fifth Sunday of Lent, Cycle A)

The Second Scrutiny "They know everything, but they cannot see what is right in front of their eyes. They have put Jesus in a box..." (March 22, 2020 - Fourth Sunday of Lent, Cycle A)

The First Scrutiny "Think of the five husbands as five errant paths the woman has taken. She has 'married' herself to wealth, pleasure, honor, power, material things, etc..." (March 15, 2020 - Third Sunday of Lent, Cycle A)

Next Step in Evolution "People often ask when the next step in evolution - the step to something beyond man - will happen. But on the Christian view, it has happened already..." (March 8, 2020 - Second Sunday of Lent, Cycle A)

Immersed in the Scriptures "Now, the devil of course can quote Scripture - but he does it out of context..." (March 1, 2020 - First Sunday of Lent, Cycle A)

Wake-up Call for the Soul "Our young people have helped us rediscover fasting, many of them adopting vegetarian or even vegan lifestyle. Among my young priest friends fasting has come back..." (February 26, 2020 - Ash Wednesday homily)

Be Holy "Cardinal Avery Dulles tells about seeing a church banner that proclaimed: God is other people! He said he wanted to add a comma..." (February 23, 2020 - Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle A)

Eyes on the Prize "Heaven is a place of super-abundance. Even our meanest desires will have a surprising fulfillment. G.K. Chesterton said, 'a young man ringing the bell of a brothel is unconsciously looking for God'..." (February 16, 2020 - Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle A)

Thank God Ahead of Time "He kept saying, 'Thank God ahead of time.' Thus Blessed Solanus became salt to heal and sustain others. Perhaps his secret lay in what Paul said..." (February 9, 2020 - Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle A)

Better to Light One Candle "I decided I would offer the only type of 'Mass' I could. I would take the pain and impotence I was experiencing and lift them to God for a specific intention..." (February 2, 2020 - Presentation of the Lord)

Jesus' Basic Message "The Proclamation of the Kingdom and the Call to Repentance is not something once and for all. We have to hear it each day. I'd like to now recommend a way of hearing and living that call..." (January 26, 2020 - Third Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle A)


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