Homilies

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

Easter IV (May 7)

Homily on John 10:1-10 

Readings: Acts 2:14, 36-41; 1Pt 2:20-25

Introduction: This is Good Shepherd Sunday.  Today, the Church calls us to reflect on the meaning of God's call for each of us and to pray for vocations to the priesthood, the diaconate and the consecrated life because the entire Christian community shares the responsibility for fostering vocations. Both the Old and New Testaments use the image of a Shepherd and His flock to describe the unique relationship of God with Israel and Christ with Christians. 

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Easter III - Luke 24:13-35

Acts 2:14, 22-33 1 Pt 1:17-21, Lk 24:13-35

Introduction: Our Scripture lessons for today have one common, encouraging theme: No matter what happens in our lives, the risen Jesus is always with us.  God is always near to those who seek Him and who want to live in His presence, doing His will.

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Divine Mercy Sunday

HOMILY SYNOPSIS: EASTER II (April 23) Cycle [A]

Readings: Acts 2:42-47, I Peter 1:3-9, John 20:19-31

Anecdote: Divine Mercy in action: A TIME magazine issue in 1984 presented a startling cover. It pictured a prison cell where two men sat on metal folding chairs. The young man wore a black turtleneck sweater, blue jeans and white running shoes. The older man was dressed in a white robe and had a white skullcap on his head. They sat facing one another, up-close and personal. They spoke quietly so as to keep others from hearing the conversation. The young man was Mehmet Ali Agca, the pope’s would-be assassin (he shot and wounded the Pope on May 13, 1981); the other man was Pope St. John Paul II, the intended victim. The Pope held the hand that had held the gun whose bullet tore into the Pope’s body. This was a living icon of mercy. John Paul’s forgiveness was deeply Christian. His deed with Ali Agca spoke a thousand words. He embraced his enemy and pardoned him. At the end of their 20-minute meeting, Ali Agca raised the Pope’s hand to his forehead as a sign of respect. John Paul shook Ali Agca’s hand tenderly. When the Pope left the cell he said, “What we talked about must remain a secret between us. I spoke to him as a brother whom I have pardoned and who has my complete trust.” This is an example of God’s Divine Mercy, the same Divine Mercy whose message St. Faustina witnessed. (Link)

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