Browsing the July 2021 archive of Father's Homilies

Homily for the Sixteenth Sunday of the Year July 18, 2021

Posted by marguerite noga on 7/19/21

   Compassion, Not Mere Pity

I want to focus on one phrase of today’s gospel. It says that when Jesus saw the crowd he was “moved with pity”. Actually, in Greek, it’s a very unusual word, a much stronger word, meaning something like “moved in the bowels”. In other ... Read More »

Homily for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time July 11, 2021

Posted by marguerite noga on 7/12/21

   Learning to be successful and faithful

Our gospel reading today is a missionary one: the twelve Apostles are sent on a mission, and they are given particular marching orders. There is an urgency about the mission. They are to travel light, not get bogged down, bring Jesus’ message, ... Read More »

Homily for July 4, 2021

Posted by marguerite noga on 7/06/21

  A Good Samaritan Story

It was a bitter, cold winter in northern Virginia many years ago. The old man’s beard was glazed by winter frost while he waited for a ride across the river. The wait seemed endless. His body became numb and stiff from the frigid north wind.

He heard the faint, steady rhythm of approaching hooves galloping along the frozen path. Anxiously, he waited while several horsemen rounded the bend. He let the first one pass by without an effort to get his attention. Then another passed by, and another. Finally, the last rider neared the spot where the old man sat like a stone statue. As this one drew near, the old man caught the rider’s eye and said, “Sir, would you mind giving an old man a ride to the other ... Read More »