Homilies



About once a month, the permanent Deacons at the Church of the Holy Spirit preach the Sunday homily.  Occasionally, someone requests a copy of one of my homilies, or asks if my homilies are available on the Internet.  In response to these requests, the following homilies are offered.  All the "Cycle A" homilies I could find are now linked to this page.

 

Some of the "Cycle B" and "Cycle C" homilies are not yet uploaded, but I’m working on it.  They’ll be posted as time permits.


Please note that I draw material from a variety of sources.  At Holy Spirit, we have "Homily Preparation" sessions attended by the parishioners and priests and/or deacons assigned to Holy Spirit.  We reflect on and discuss the readings, and attempt to reach consensus as to a "theme" that will provide the basic framework of the homily.  It isn't that we will all preach the same homily, but rather that we all will attempt to approach the readings from a common perspective.  The theme is also reflected in the "Focus on Scripture" section on the front page of our Sunday bulletin, which can be accessed at the Parish website.

 

In writing my homilies, I also consult various commentaries and other sources, sometimes including the homilies of others, and sometimes even my own past homilies.


When I first started preaching, I had some vague idea that once I had written about 156 homilies (one for each Sunday in the three-year Lectionary cycle, more or less), I'd be done.  I could just pull one of my old homilies out of the file and give it again.


I soon realized that it didn't work that way.  Three years after writing a particular homily, I might have a different reaction to the readings, or I might want to emphasize some different point, or there might be something going on in the world that I'd want to relate the homily to.  Although I do sometimes repeat certain thoughts (the 4th Sunday of Advent is a good example), I ordinarily do not "recycle" my homilies.


I especially like "Homiletic & Pastoral Review," sacerdos.org, and The Jerome Biblical CommentaryPreaching the New Lectionary and Homilies for the Christian People are somewhat dated but occasionally helpful.  The New Jerusalem Bible often has good commentary and footnotes.


Unlike some preachers, I need to write out my homilies word for word.  But I don't just "read" them.  We were taught to write homilies in a “verbal” style.  I do try to deliver them in such a way that doesn't sound like I'm reading them.

And I think I preach "to myself" much more than I preach to the congregation.  I need to hear it myself, more than anyone else.

 

The following are .PDF files. If you need some other format, please feel free to contact me.  I don't offer them as anything spectacular or earth-shakingly theological.  Sometimes I think it's more in the delivery than in the content.  But people sometimes do ask for copies.  So here they are.

CYCLE A HOMILIES:


2nd Sunday of Easter (Cycle A) March 30, 2008

 

2nd Sunday of Lent (Cycle A) February 17, 2008

 

2nd Sunday of Lent (Cycle A) March 20, 2011

 
3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle A) January 27, 2008


3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle A) January 23, 2011

4th Sunday of Advent (Cycle A) December 19, 2004

4th Sunday of Advent (Cycle A) December 23, 2007

4th Sunday of Adven
t (Cycle A) December 19, 2010

 

6th Sunday of Easter (Cycle A) May 29, 2010


7th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle A) February 20, 2011

 

9th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle A) June 1, 2008

 

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle A) July 6, 2008


14th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle A) July 3, 2011

 

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle A) July 24, 2005

 

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle A) August 7, 2011

 

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle A) August 31, 2008

 

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle A) September 7, 2011

 

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle A) 2005


26th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle A) September 27, 2008


29th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle A) October 19, 2008


30th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle A) October 23, 2005

 

34th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle A) November 20, 2005


Ascension of the Lord (Cycle A) May 4, 2008

 

Christ the King (Cycle A) November 20, 2011

 

 

CYCLE B HOMILIES:

 

1st Sunday of Advent (Cycle B) November 30, 2008

 

2nd Sunday of Easter (Cycle B) April 15, 2012

 

3rd Sunday of Lent (Cycle B) March 11, 2012

 

4th Sunday of Advent (Cycle B) December 21, 2008

 

4th Sunday of Advent (Cycle B) December 18, 2011

 

4th Sunday of Lent (Cycle B) March 26, 2006

 

4th Sunday of Lent (Cycle B) March 22, 2009

 

4th Sunday of Easter (Cycle B) May 11, 2003

 

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle B) February 15, 2008

 

7th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle B) February 19, 2012

 

8th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle B) March 2, 2003

 

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle B) June 17, 2012

 

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle B) June 25, 2006

 

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle B) June 21, 2009

 

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle B) July 13, 2003

 

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle B) July 19, 2009

 

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle B) July 27, 2003

 

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle B) August 27, 2006

 

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle B) October 30, 2006

 

All Souls (Cycle B) November 22, November 25, 2012

 

Christ the King (Cycle B) November 25, 2012

 

 

CYCLE C HOMILIES:  (NO LINKS YET – coming soon)

 

1st Sunday of Lent (Cycle C) 2013

 

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle C) 2013

 

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle C) 2004

 

2nd Sunday of Easter (Cycle C) 2004

 

2nd Sunday of Easter (Cycle C) 2010

 

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle C) 2013

 

4th Sunday of Advent (Cycle C) 2003

 

4th Sunday of Advent (Cycle C) 2006

 

4th Sunday of Advent (Cycle C) 2009

 

4th Sunday of Advent (Cycle C) 2012

 

4th Sunday of Easter (Cycle C) 2012

 

4th Sunday of Lent (Cycle C) 2007

 

5th Sunday of Lent (Cycle C) 2013

 

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle C) 2007

 

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle C) 2010

 

6th Sunday of Easter (Cycle C) 2010

 

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle C) 2010

 

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle C) 2004

 

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle C) 2013

 

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle C) 2013

 

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle C) 2013

 

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle C) 2013

 

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle C) 2007

 

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle C) 2010

 

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle C) 2013

 

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle C) 2004

 

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle C) 2013

 

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle C) 2007

 

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle C) 2010

 

 

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