Catholic Homilies 2018

(by Fr Phil Bloom)

Current Homilies

Where We Belong "She and her husband longed for a child, prayed for a child. Her husband tried to comfort her by saying, "Am I not more to you than ten sons?"..." (December 30, 2018 - Holy Family Sunday)

Not by Any Righteous Deeds " We want a quick fix, but we need a firm foundation. That starts with recognizing we cannot save ourselves. That's good news..." (December 25, 2018 - Christmas Homily)

Fourth Advent Virtue: Meditation "Studies have shown that meditation improves a persons well being: emotionally, psychological and even physically. A new field of research called brain science demonstrates this positive impact..." (December 23, 2018 - Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year C)

Third Advent Virtue: Happiness "You may ask how happiness can be a virtue. Much of happiness appears a matter of luck..." (December 16, 2018 - Third Sunday of Advent, Year C)

Second Advent Virtue: Generosity "The penitential practice of fasting trains a person in delayed gratification. I now move to another penitential practice which in fact is our second Advent virtue....." (December 9, 2018 - Second Sunday of Advent, Year C)

First Advent Virtue: Patience "Without patience we cannot properly love other people. Love requires that we listen patiently to that other person - and balance our own desires against the good of the other...." (December 2, 2018 - First Sunday of Advent, Year C)

Trading Illusion for Truth "Gone with the Wind strikes a deep chord because it tells an ancient story. It's a story as old as the Garden of Eden..." (November 25, 2018 - Christ the King, Year B)

Ingratitude vs. Gratitude "I encourage people to use the TARP method - the T stands for Thank. Ingratitude lead to unhappiness. Gratitude leads to joy...." (November 252 2018 - Bilingual Thanksgiving Homily)

Gather his Elect "Many people reject God because judgement scares them. I understand, but at the same time we desire, even demand, judgement. Consider a recent case - the Brett Kavanaugh hearings. . ..." (November 18, 2018 - Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B)

Surplus Wealth and Poverty "In praising the impoverished widow Jesus speaks about "surplus wealth" and "poverty". This contrast continues to plague our world and nation..." (November 11, 2018 - Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B)

Prudence of Jesus vs. Prudence of the Flesh "Prudence of the a disorder in man with respect to his last end, which does not consist in the goods of the body...Jesus calls us not to prudence of the flesh, but to true prudence...." (October 14, 2018 - Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B)

Not Impossible "I'd personally like to have more married men in the priesthood. I am, however, convinced that God called me to celibacy and I know the immense satisfaction of being a spiritual father...." (October 7,, 2018 - Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B)

The Money Trap "Your gold and silver will tarnish and lose their value. To illustrate this reversal we have the story of a man to whom a genie appears..." (September 30, 2018 - Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B)

Combating the Green Eyed Monster "When untethered lust has terrible destructive power. Today we see something even more destructive than lust: the sin of envy, also called jealousy...." (September 23, 2018 - Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B)

Will you get in the wheelbarrow? "Blondin then approaches a man cheering loudest. "Do you really believe I can do it?" "Of course," the man says. "Then," says Blondin, "Will you get in the wheelbarrow?"..." (September 16, 2018 - Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B)

Sins of Innuendo "He uses gossip and innuendo to turn Othello against his blameless wife, Desdemona. Let's go back then to the Gospel..." (September 9, 2018 - Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B)

Care for the Afflicted "If I do something good, I need to give credit where credit belongs. God is the primary cause. On the other hand, if I do evil I can't blame God. I have abused the free will he gave me. I know it sounds unfair..." (September 2, 2018 - Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B)

Ephesians Week 7: Will you too leave me? "We tend to focus on the submission of wife to husband, but God requires a similar humility when says..." (August 26, 2018 - Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B)

Ephesians Week 6: Always and For Everything "Paul says to give thanks always and for everything. What does that mean? Especially when so many bad things happen, how can always thank God...." (August 19, 2018 - Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B)

Ephesians Week 5: Live in Love as Christ Loved Us "First, love involves properly using the gift of sexuality. Considering the dismal news in our country - and our church - we need to remember Jesus' teaching. You can sum it up in five words..." (August 12, 2018 - Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B)

Ephesians Week 4: Put Away the Old Man "The young can be old in St. Paul's sense. Someone - maybe a little cynical - observes this about Millennials: We can learn a lot from them, but they themselves have nothing to learn..." (August 5, 2018 - Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B)

Ephesians Week 3: The Call You Have Received "At Sister's grave we placed a boquet of sunflowers - her favorite. She liked them for their sturdy beauty but there's more. If you look sunflower in a botany book it says..." (July 29, 2018 - Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B)

Ephesians Week 2: He is Our Peace "Paul is speaking about competition and reconciliation. I'd like to lead into this topic with some humor. I once got into an unusual competition..." (July 22, 2018 - Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B)

Ephesians Week 1: In Love He Destined Us "I admit it's easier to imagine we are part of a random, meaningless universe. And certainly more comfortable to think there is no right or wrong, no true or false, no good or evil - no judgment..." (July 15, 2018 - Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B)

My Grace is Sufficient "The thorn could have been some bodily ailment, persistent temptation, depression brought on by a burden of shame - or something else. Whatever it was, God does not remove it but says..." (July 8, 2018 - Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B)

What Pursuit of Happiness Means "When our founders spoke about pursuit of happiness they weren't referring to delicious meals or luxury vacations..." (July 1, 2018 - Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B)

Baptism of Repentance "Most of us don't think we've done anything really wrong. I'm going to use an example from President Trump but it applies broadly..." (June 24, 2018 - Birth of St. John the Baptist)

We are Always Courageous "Paul says 'we are always courageous.' What does he mean? That we are some kind of macho guys?" (June 17, 2018 - Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B)

Something Different "I mentioned I would do something different this summer. Here's what I propose..." (June 10, 2018 - Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B)

It's Good to Have a Body "It's good to have a body - no matter how you feel about what you see in the mirror. It's good to have a body because..." (June 3, 2018 - Corpus Christi Sunday)

Roots "A few years ago my brother did a DNA Ancestry Test. It was interesting to see the batch of different gene pools that we came out of..." (May 27, 2018 - Trinity Sunday)

Like a Rhizome "Gardeners know about rhizomes but it was a new word for me. A rhizome is a continuously growing underground stem..." (May 20, 2018 - Pentecost Sunday)

Bridging the Gap "Stop me if I seem too melancholy. :) I want face the bad news before giving you good news..." (May 13, 2018 - Ascension of Our Lord, Year B)

Organized Love "Few people fight more fiercely than those who have fallen out of love. Pope Benedict shows that eros love needs purification by a different kind of love..." (May 6, 2018 - Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year B)

Material Relation with Jesus "Some members of Jesus' body are experiencing robust health. Others are going through hard times. We need each other..." (April 29, 2018 - Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year B)

First Quality of a Good Shepherd "I can share how moved I was by those men opening their hearts to Lord and to me as Jesus' representative. That's something that happens when..." (April 22, 2018 - Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year B)

Evolutionary Leap "Like Pope Benedict he draws a comparison from the theory of evolution. He notes that people ask when the next step of evolution - the step to something beyond man - will happen...." (April 15, 2018 - Third Sunday of Easter, Year B)

MeToo & Need for Mercy "Sometimes people think that Christians made up the idea of sin and have imposed guilt. But consider last year's Me Too movement..." (April 8, 2018 - Divine Mercy Sunday)

Homilies for Triduum 2018:

Holy Thursday
Good Friday
Easter Sunday

The Joke's On Satan "When they closed Jesus' grave with a huge stone his triumph seemed complete. He could now forget Jesus forever. But the joke's on Satan. April Fools to him!" (April 1, 2018 - Easter Sunday)

What is Truth? "Jesus has just said that he comes to testify to the truth and that those who belong to the truth listen to him. Pilate shows little curiosity..." (March 30, 2018 - Good Friday)

A Girl Gives her Life for Jesus "All of you have heard of Billy Graham's death. The closest we Catholics had was Bishop Fulton Sheen..." (March 29, 2018 - Holy Thursday Homily bilingual)

Finding Hope When Life Hurts Week 6: Best Holy Week Ever "Judgment is often misguided and cruel but that does not mean we should be like Pilate. He avoided responsibility by cynically asking, "What is truth?" For that question I offer you a CD titled, "Who Am I to Judge?" ..." (March 25, 2018 - Palm Sunday)

Finding Hope When Life Hurts Week 5: Stop Procrastinating "What have you been putting off? Losing weight? Mending a relationship? Cleaning out closets? Job hunting? Write down the top three. I'll share mine. Your top three will be different but here are mine..." (March 18, 2018 - Fifth Sunday of Lent)

Finding Hope When Life Hurts Week 4: Believe "'This is not from you; it is a gift from God so no one may boast.' That's reason to rejoice isn't it? You notice I'm wear rose vestments..." (March 11, 2018 - Fourth Sunday of Lent)

Finding Hope When Life Hurts Week 3: The True Temple "Dr. Pitre then describes something I never thought about: What happens to the blood of all the lambs sacrificed in the Jewish Temple?..." (March 4, 2018 - Third Sunday of Lent)

Finding Hope When Life Hurts Week 2: Pivotal Moment "For us February 4, 11:04 am, was a pivotal moment as Sister Barbara passed from this life surrounded by parishioners singing 'Amazing Grace'..." (February 25, 2018 - Second Sunday of Lent)

Finding Hope When Life Hurts Week 1: Boundaries "Fr. Sica's recommendation for the First Sunday of Lent may at first surprise you. He describes the importance of boundaries..." (February 18, 2018 - First Sunday of Lent)

Finding Hope When Life Hurts "The blues come over me suddenly and I feel empty. A Lenten booklet is helping me: Finding Hope When Life Hurts..." (February 14, 2018 - Ash Wednesday)

Becoming a Missionary Disciple Week 5: Healing Touch "Do we really want to be healed? President Lyndon Johnson told a story about man who was losing his hearing. He goes to a doctor..." (February 11, 2018 - Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B)

Becoming a Missionary Disciple Week 4: Take up your Burden " I picture a young man walking a lonely road. Ear buds connected, unsure where he's headed, all of a sudden he sees something strange..." (February 4, 2018 - Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B)

Becoming a Missionary Disciple Week 3: Why Jesus' Authority is Different " Why should we repent? Why should we believe? Why should we follow Jesus? To many people Jesus is a moral teacher along with Socrates, Confucius and the Buddha. So what? There are thousands of them..." (January 28, 2018 - Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B)

Becoming a Missionary Disciple Week 2: Let Jesus Lift Your Guilt "I want to free people from guilt - and myself too. But how? Consider three instances of guilt..." (January 21, 2018 - Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B)

Becoming a Missionary Disciple Week 1: Meeting Jesus and Inviting Others "I don't know about you, but I don't find it easy to share something personal with a brother. What if he laughs? Or worse..." (January 14, 2018 - Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B)

Facing the Perceived Conflict of Science and Religion "When researchers interviewed young people they said things like:

Combatting a Philosophy that Destroys Our Children "Epicureanism - the view that everything is accidental and random - is the default philosophy of our culture. It dominates the media, the educational system, even courts of law. But we have powerful weapons, namely prayer and fasting..." (January 1, 2018 - Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God)


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