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Homily for the Sixth Sunday of Easter

by Fr. Hernan Cely

Keep my commandments! Love is not easy. We say, “I love my children. I love my spouse.” But sometimes children bring pain and anxiety to parents; sometimes a spouse is irritable or inconsiderate. At those times love is not a sentiment or an emotion. It is a choice. We grit our teeth, and gather our […]

Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Easter

by Joy Rastiello

The Good Shepherd For more than two thousand years, the Church has been preaching the message of Jesus Christ. “I am the Good Shepherd.” Today’s gospel describes one function of a good shepherd. Jesus says “I am the gate for the sheep. Whoever enters through me into the sheepfold will be saved.” The metaphor of […]

Homily for Divinity Sunday

by Fr. Hernan Cely

Sunday of Divine Mercy “Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came.” Where was he? Maybe Thomas found it difficult to be crowded into a room with fearful, disappointed, grieving people. Maybe Thomas was a person who thought he needed to be alone when he is suffered. Whatever the […]

Homily for Easter Sunday

by Fr. Hernan Cely

He is risen! Alleluia, alleluia! “You know what has happened. We are witnesses of all that he did. God has raised him on the third day.” More than two thousand years after Peter spoke these words, you and I join Peter and proclaim that we KNOW what has happened. We ARE witnesses of all that […]

Homily for Holy Thursday

by Fr. Hernan Cely

The Last Supper of the Lord Tonight marks the beginning of the Paschal Triduum, the three days when we celebrate the central mystery of our Christian faith. Tonight we see Jesus, the Rabbi, the great teacher, as he teaches the lesson we all need to learn. A lesson that is not just a suggestion. It […]

Homily for Palm Sunday

by Fr. Hernan Cely

Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ Holy Week begins today with the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. The crowd gathered for the festival of Tabernacles was in a joyous mood. The young, miracle-working rabbi from Nazareth received a royal welcome. The people spread their cloaks on the road, waved palm branches in the air […]

Homily for the 5th Week in Lent

by Fr. Hernan Cely

The Story of Life In John’s Gospel, Jesus performs six signs emphasizing the great claim that he gives life. The Raising of Lazarus is not just a mighty work, but the unveiling of the glory and power of God, the Lord of Life. Today I am reminded that our reaction to the scripture we read […]

Homily for the 1st week in Lent

by Fr. Hernan Cely

The Temptations In recent years, there have been movies and television shows, featuring the amazing level of hardships imposed on elite military groups like Navy Seals, Army Rangers, and Marines. Just as steel is subjected to great stress beyond anything expected for their use, extraordinary military personnel submit to tests beyond anything they are expected […]

Homily for the 8th Week in Ordinary Time

by Fr. Hernan Cely

Divine Providence! In the list of sins we can commit there are much greater sins than worrying, but there is no sin more disabling.  Today’s gospel describes the sin of worrying and offers the remedy for conquering it:  “SEEK FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD.” Jesus instructs us that worry is needless, useless, and harmful.  Worrying […]

Homily for the 7th Week in Ordinary Time

by Fr. Hernan Cely

Be Perfect!! Let’s suppose that I am trying to organize one of the CCD classrooms, and I am having trouble with one of the bookshelves. No matter how many times I attempt to fix it, the shelf falls and the books pile on the floor. The problem is there is a screw loose. One loose […]