Browsing the December 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 »