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Father David's Homilies

Father David's Homilies

The Feast of the Ascension

Posted by Rev. David Chiantella

Ascension 2020

Forty days after rising from the dead, Jesus issued some final instructions to His disciples and ascended into heaven. While Christians universally confess this strange event as an article of their faith, the exaltation of Jesus to God’s right hand generally drops off our radar from there. ... Read More »

Sixth Sunday of Easter 2020

Posted by Rev. David Chiantella

Sixth Sunday of Easter 2020

In the Gospel for today’s Mass, Jesus gives us three lessons on love meant to prepare us for the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. They also go a long way in describing the normal Christian life.

Too many Christians see the Faith ... Read More »

Fifth Sunday of Easter 2020

Posted by Rev. David Chiantella

http://cms.usccb.org/bible/readings/051020.cfm

5th Sunday of Easter 2020

By His resurrection, Jesus has brought us from death to life. He has snatched us from this present evil age and from the death-directed desires of our body and made us into a new and living creation. As such, we have exchanged the ... Read More »

Fourth Sunday of Easter 2020

Posted by Rev. David Chiantella

Fourth Sunday of Easter 2020

The Fourth Sunday of Easter is traditionally called Good Shepherd Sunday, for the readings focus on how our risen Lord Jesus is our shepherd, who leads us to eternal life. Of course, the flip side is that we are sheep. We sometimes miss the ... Read More »

Third Sunday of Easter 2020

Posted by Rev. David Chiantella

In today’s Gospel we encounter two discouraged and broken men making their way to Emmaus. The text describes them as “downcast.” That is to say, their eyes are cast on the ground, their heads are hung low. Their Lord and Messiah has been killed, the one they had thought ... Read More »

Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday 2020)

Posted by Rev. David Chiantella

We live in times in which mercy, like so many other things, has become a detached concept in people’s minds, separated from the things that really help us to understand it. For indeed, mercy makes sense and is necessary because we are sinners in desperate shape. Yet many today ... Read More »

Easter Sunday 2020

Posted by Rev. David Chiantella

First, go to your Bibles and read the readings for today:

Acts 10:34. 47-43  |  Colossians 3:1-4  |  John 20:1-9

Resurrexit sicut dixit, Alleluia, Alleluia!  He has risen as he said, Alleluia, Alleluia!

How does the resurrection of Jesus make a difference for us?  You might think that the ... Read More »

Prayful Reflection on the Triduum

Posted by Rev. David Chiantella

Dear All:

The widespread fear, the economic impact beginning to be felt by many, and the quarantines that have closed churches during the holiest week of the year – all are working mightily to shake the trust that God, our loving Father and the Author of life and of ... Read More »

Reflection for Good Friday 2020 04/10/2020

Posted by Rev. David Chiantella

Good Friday 2020

How difficult it is to even begin to think about the passion of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Words sometimes fail us. If someone who was not a Christian asked us to explain what Christ’s suffering and death on the cross meant to us, it would be ... Read More »

Reflection for Holy Thursday 04/09/2020

Posted by Rev. David Chiantella

Holy Thursday (Maundy Thurs.)

Today is Holy Thursday, also known colloquially as “Maundy Thursday,” which begins the Easter Triduum. What does “Maundy” mean? It’s a derivative of the language used in the “new commandment” given by Christ as he washed the feet of the apostles at the Last Supper. ... Read More »