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Father David's Homilies

Father David's Homilies

19th Sunday of the Year 2020

Posted by Rev. David Chiantella

19th Sunday of the Year 2020

The Gospel today is about faith and about focus. It teaches that although storms and struggles inevitably arise, we have a choice as to whether we focus on them or on Jesus. The message is clear: “Keep your eyes on the prize. Hold on!”

The text tells us that Jesus drew back from the disciples and sent them to make the crossing of the lake on their own, intending to rejoin them later. During their crossing they encountered a ... Read More »

18th Sunday of the Year 2020

Posted by Rev. David Chiantella

18th Sunday of the Year 2020

We have in today’s Gospel the very familiar miracle of the loaves and fish. One is tempted to say, “Oh that one…” and then tune out. But if we will accept it, the Gospel today contains a very personal appeal from the Lord’s lips to your (my) ... Read More »

3rd Scrutiny 2020

Posted by Rev. David Chiantella

3rd Scrutiny Homily 7/26/20

So, Jesus said to them, “Untie him and let him go free.”

Notice something important here: Although Jesus raises Lazarus, and gives him new life, Jesus also commands the bystanders to untie Lazarus and let him go free. Christ raises us, but He has work ... Read More »

17th Sunday of the Year 2020

Posted by Rev. David Chiantella

17th Sunday of the Year 2020

The Gospel today asks a fundamental question: “What is it that you value most?” When we’re with the doctor (and Jesus is our doctor) our best bet is to answer honestly so that we can begin a true healing process. The fact is, ... Read More »

16th Sunday of the Year 2020

Posted by Rev. David Chiantella

16th Sunday of the Year 2020

Our lives are full of choices. Some choices are good and some problematic. Honest reflection reveals that some of our choices are grains of wheat and some are weed seeds. As the parable from the Gospel impresses upon us: early on, the two ... Read More »

Independence Day 2020

Posted by Rev. David Chiantella

Independence Day 2020

On July 4, 1776, in the midst of the American Revolution, the Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia courageously declared the thirteen colonies independent from Great Britain. Today, 244 years later, we celebrate this Declaration. With all our fellow Americans, we celebrate our freedom on this Independence ... Read More »

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Father's Day)

Posted by Rev. David Chiantella

Father’s Day 2020

Hope is one of the three theological virtues that are infused in the soul in the moment of Baptism: Faith, Hope and Charity.

Hope is the virtue by which we place our total trust in God. Despite our failures, weaknesses, shortcomings, our sins and total fragility ... Read More »

Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Posted by Rev. David Chiantella

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Officially part of the liturgical calendar since 1856, though with much earlier roots, it is one of the greatest devotions of Christianity. The Sacred Heart stands as a powerful symbol of the whole human body of Jesus ... Read More »

Solemnity of Corpus Christi 2020

Posted by Rev. David Chiantella

Solemnity of Corpus Christi 2020

All of us together form the Body of Christ which is the Church. Who is the center or head of the Church? It is Jesus Christ. How is Jesus most present to us? In the Blessed Sacrament. Today’s celebration of Corpus Christ, the Body ... Read More »

Feast of the Most Holy Trinity

Posted by Rev. David Chiantella

Trinity Sunday 2020

In our Gospel today, Jesus uses words that can hardly sustain the fullness of their meaning in this brief excerpt from the Last Supper Discourse…with these words, the Lord teaches us something amazing.  He gives us a glimpse of the very nature of God.  Like a ... Read More »