COMPILATION OF SUNDAY MASS HOMILIES

TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

"PURITY OF COMMITMENT"

August 25, 2018

Fr. Gary Thurman

I would like to read the last paragraph of the book entitled Gulliver’s Travels, “But the Houyhnhnms, who live under the government of reason, are no more proud of the good qualities they possess, than I should be for not wanting a leg or an arm, which no man in his wits would boast of, although he must be miserable without them.  I dwell the longer upon this subject from the desire I have to make the society of an English Yahoo by any means not insupportable; and therefore I here entreat those who have any tincture of this absurd vice, that they will not presume to come in my sight.”   Did you get the spiritual insight of this passage?   I don’t think so, because to get the meaning of the last paragraph, you need to read the whole book.

TWENTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

"PURITY OF SUSTENANCE"

August 18, 2018

Bishop Ariel Cornelio P. Santos

 

This the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, and this is the fourth Sunday that we have been in John chapter 6.  Jesus has been telling us about this Bread from heaven, about Him being the true food, the living Bread and the Light of the world. 

NINETEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

"PURITY OF LIFE"

August 11, 2018

Fr. Roberto M. Jorvina

 

Today is the day that the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.  For two hundred and twenty-four days now, God has remained faithful.  Each day is a unique experience of God’s faithfulness throughout this year.  We gather today with this great truth in our hearts and in our lives.    

EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

"PURITY OF DESIRE"

August 04, 2018

Fr. Gary W. Thurman

 

Today is a very special day in my life personally.  It was exactly twenty years ago today that three young deacons from the Cathedral of the King, Dcn. Ariel Santos, Dcn. Claro Navalta, and myself, along with fifteen or so from other parishes of Philippines in CEC were ordained into priesthood at the Church of the Holy Trinity, at Forbes Park, Makati. What I have learned from these twenty years is that the biggest fulfillment of my role as a priest is to help you see and fulfill your role as a priest.  We are all part of the royal priesthood; and the biggest part of my job is to help you walk in this. This is to bring us all into the fullness of the faith, into the fullness of believing. 

SIXTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

“Purity of Compassion”

July 21, 2018

Bishop Ariel Cornelio P. Santos

  

I will confess that the message of the gospel today is first and foremost for me.  I need to hear this as much maybe more than you do.  In God’s word to Jeremiah, He showed His heart for His sheep.  He is the Good Shepherd and He lays down His life for His sheep.  Before Jesus ascended, He told Peter three times, “If you love Me, tend My sheep, feed My lamb, shepherd My flock.”  Jesus was patient with His disciples to tell them, “How long will I be with you?” He wasn’t thinking of going to back to the glory of His Father, but thinking of His flock.   He was thinking whether they would be taken care of.  His heart was for them.  Jesus was not thinking of sitting at the right hand of His Father.  He was not thinking of Himself, His needs, His privileges, His rights, and this is Jesus.  He always put the needs of others first before Himself.

FIFTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

"PURITY OF MISSION"

July 14, 2018

Fr. Gary W. Thurman

 

As a priest, I hear the expressions of many people concerning their role as Christians on how they perceive God.  A lot of times I hear people say, “I just don’t really know what God is doing.  I don’t understand what God is doing or why does He allow things to happen in my life or in society? I just want to know personally what God’s direction for me is.  What does God want from me?”  The good news is that it is not a mystery or a secret anymore because God has shown and revealed it to us in His Word, particularly today in St. Paul’s writing to the church at Ephesus.  

FOURTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

"PURITY OF WEAKNESS"

July 07, 2018

Bishop Ariel Cornelio P. Santos

 

We are here to know God and to make Him known.  My prayer is to be able to help you to know God and make Him known. In Mark 6:4, Jesus faced opposition which prompted Him to say, “The prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and among his own relatives and in his own household.”   

He was fresh from a miracle tour, doing wonders elsewhere and was praised for doing these only to be rejected in His own hometown.  John 1 said that Jesus came to His own hometown, but His own did not receive Him.

THIRTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Purity of Favor

June 30, 2018

Fr. Roberto M. Jorvina

 

This is a great day that God has made.  It is a day that will never be repeated in history.  It is a day and an opportunity that God has given us to gather.   As God’s community, as believers, we are continually zealous for God.  

 

It is July 1.  One hundred and eight-one days has already passed in 2018.  Tomorrow will be the midpoint, and after tomorrow, we will be in the second half of our year.  The journey continues.  Life does not stop no matter how difficult and how challenging it may be.

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