Browsing the 2019 archive of Homilies

Solemnity of the Holy Family - Gift of Family

Posted by Nick Coffman on 12/29/19

On the Feast of the Holy Family, Fr. Steve reflected upon the importance of the role of family for the church and the importance of relationships and community in the life of the disciple of Jesus.

The first Sunday after Christmas, the Church calls us to celebrate the feast ... Read More »

4th Sunday of Advent - Trust in God

Posted by Nick Coffman on 12/22/19

In this weekend’s homily, Fr. Steve spoke of how our God is a God of surprises often not working as we plan in our lives.  But, we are called to trust in him.  And when we trust in him, we have begun one exciting journey of life!   Look at Joseph……….

This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about.  MT 1:18   So begins today’s gospel passage.  And many people giving some thought to this particular text would complete it by saying, “the birth of Jesus Christ came about through a lot of messed up plans for some very good people.”  We have two very good people with their families planning a marriage.  What could be more natural?  This good man, Joseph, was proceeding with his life in the most ordinary of ways.   He was planning to marry the woman he loved.  There were customs to be followed, but there was nothing out of the ordinary for these good Jewish folks, as far they could perceive.  But God wants to interrupt the good plans of these good people for a far better ... Read More »

3rd Sunday of Advent - Here Is Your God

Posted by Nick Coffman on 12/15/19

On Gaudete Sunday, Fr. Steve shared these words with us remind us of the hope that is ours when we ground our life in Christ.  

This third Sunday of Advent is known as “Gaudete Sunday”; “gaudete”, a Latin word which means rejoice.  When I hear this word, I often ... Read More »

2nd Sunday of Advent - Time of Renewal

Posted by Nick Coffman on 12/08/19

As preached in this weekend's homily:

The Scripture texts this Advent Sunday provide three powerful spotlights to draw our attention to dimensions of the spiritual life that we can quickly forget.  John the Baptist is a familiar image of Advent along with the Advent Wreath, Christmas music in stores, ... Read More »

1st Sunday of Advent - Stay Awake

Posted by Nick Coffman on 12/01/19

Therefore, stay awake!  For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.  MT 24: 42

Fr. Steve preached: Several years ago I was in Glendive for the funeral of my Great Aunt Victoria – she was the last of that generation.  I remember visiting with my ... Read More »

Christ the King - Not of this World

Posted by Nick Coffman on 11/24/19

My kingdom is not of this world.  JN 18:36

Fr. Steve emphasized in his homily: there is a stark contrast between Jesus’ understanding of kingship and the typical understanding of kingship.  The Feast of Christ the King stands in stark contrast to two contemporary trends in some Christian circles.  ... Read More »

33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time - Cling to Jesus

Posted by Nick Coffman on 11/17/19

Fr. Steve reminded us that as the liturgical year comes to a close, the Scripture texts that the church provides could be described as apocalyptic.  Often, when we think of that term today, we think of the “end times” or “the end of the world”.  Yet, the word in ... Read More »

31st Sunday of Ordinary Time - I Must Stay at Your House

Posted by Nick Coffman on 11/03/19

Zacchaeus, come down quickly, for today I must stay at your house.  LK 19:5

Fr. Steve reminded us that Zacchaeus was a tax collector despised and shunned by his own people as were all tax collectors.  They worked for the Romans and were considered their puppets by the Jewish ... Read More »

30th Sunday of Ordinary Time - Humble before God

Posted by Nick Coffman on 10/27/19

For whoever exults himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.  LK 18:14

Fr. Steve mentioned this weekend that whether we are a saint or sinner, no one is a self-made man or woman.  To think so is simply delusional.  Can you imagine telling ... Read More »

29th Sunday of Ordinary Time - Virtue of Constancy

Posted by Nick Coffman on 10/20/19

Jesus told his disciples a parable on the necessity of praying always and not losing heart.  Luke 18:1

Fr. Steve spoke this weekend on the virtue of fortitude or constancy.  Initially, he spoke of the difference between values and virtue.  Values are the choices we make.  We can pick ... Read More »