Homilies

A collection of the profound, thoughtful and beautiful homilies presented by Father Pasala.

13th Ordinary Sunday

OT XIII (July 2) 2 Kgs 4:8-11, 14-16a; Rom 6:3-4, 8-11; Mt 10:37-42

Introduction: The common theme of today’s readings is the work God gives us to do as the followers of Jesus: to love God and our brothers and sisters through hospitality, generosity, commitment and charity. The readings also remind us of the sacrifice demanded of Jesus’ disciples and the suffering they will endure for their Faith when they bear witness to him. 

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Ordinary Time XII (June 25)

Readings: Jer 20:10-13; Rom5:12-15. Gospel: Matthew 10:26-33  

Don’t be afraid! We have four bishops to pray for us." An elderly woman named Maude had a window seat on a big 747 jetliner that had just taken off for Rome from New York. She had been saving for years to fulfill her dream to visit the Eternal City. But it was her first flight, and she was terrified. Even the stately presence of four bishops seated behind her didn’t help. With fear and trembling she finally opened her eyes and peered out the window, just in time to see one of the plane’s four engines break loose from the wing and disappear into the clouds. "We’re going to die!" she cried out. "We’re going to die!" The stewardess consulted with the pilot who announced to the passengers that everything was under control that they could fly back to New York and land safely with three engines. But Maude continued to cry out, "We’re going to die!" The stewardess went to her and said, "Don’t worry, my dear, God is with us. We have only three engines, but look, we have four bishops to pray for us." To which Maude replied, "I’d rather have four engines and three bishops!" In today’s Gospel Jesus gives us three reasons why we should not be afraid and why we should have the courage of our Christian convictions.

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Holy Trinity (June 11)

Readings: Ex 34:4b-6, 8-9;
II Cor 13:11-13. Gospel: Jn 3:16-18

Anecdote # 1: Simplified explanations by Ss. Patrick, Cyril and John Maria Vianney: The shamrock, a kind of clover, is a leguminous herb that grows in marshy places. St. Patrick, the missionary patron saint of Ireland, used the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity.  The story goes that one day his friends asked Patrick to explain the Mystery of the Trinity.  He looked at the ground and saw shamrocks growing amid the grass at his feet.  He picked one up one of its trifoliate leaves and asked if it were one leaf or three.    Patrick's friends couldn't answer – the shamrock leaf looked like one but it clearly had three parts.  Patrick explained to them: "The mystery of the Holy Trinity – one God in Three Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit - is like this, but more complex and unintelligible.”    

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