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Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Easter May 8, 2022

Posted by marguerite noga on 5/10/22

  Hearing the Shepherd’s voice

Let me begin with a story. One day a newly installed pastor walked around the streets of his new parish to acquaint himself with the people of the neighborhood. One of his first stops was at the local shoemaker’s shop.

 

The pastor talked ... Read More »

Homily for the Third Sunday of Easter May 1, 2022

Posted by marguerite noga on 5/02/22

  Are we an Easter people?

I love to read historical biographies, and among my favorites are books about Abraham Lincoln and the other figures of the Civil War. Reading the biographies makes the history come alive, relaying very human details that made all the difference—human details that you ... Read More »

Homily for Easter April 17, 2022

Posted by marguerite noga on 4/19/22

  Let Jesus out! Let Jesus in!

Each year, as we come to the celebration of Easter, I am reminded of my favorite Easter story—a favorite because it is about children, and the particular enthusiasm that children can bring to any story, especially to one that’s been around as ... Read More »

Homily for Good Friday April 15, 2022

Posted by marguerite noga on 4/19/22

   The Price of Defending Truth and Justice

I recently read a commentary on today’s gospel reading, the Passion of Jesus according to St. John. One of the details fascinated me. It says in the gospel that Judas came with a detachment of soldiers, along with police from the ... Read More »

Homily for Holy Thursday April 14, 2022

Posted by marguerite noga on 4/19/22

  Why feet?

 

I read a cute story recently. A little five-year-old child and his mother were on their way to McDonald’s one evening, and on their way they passed the scene of a car accident. The mother pointed out the scene and the ambulance, and said they ... Read More »

Homily for Palm Sunday April 10, 2022

Posted by marguerite noga on 4/11/22

    “Remember, you must die”

While today’s celebration begins with the triumphant entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem, that changes rather quickly. Almost immediately, we are plunged into the reality of Jesus Christ’s suffering and death. Even the official title, Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, includes ... Read More »

Homily for the Third Sunday of Lent March 20, 2022

Posted by marguerite noga on 3/21/22

   Imitating the Creator

I recently came across a Native American creation story that comes from a tribe I never heard of, the Maidu Indians of California. Here’s how it goes… Earthmaker took some red clay, mixed it with water and carefully shaped man and woman. They were beautiful ... Read More »

Homily for First Sunday of Lent, March 6, 2022

Posted by marguerite noga on 3/07/22

   Previews of what’s to come

 

I have to admit that, when I used to read the beginning of our first reading, Genesis: 5-12, 17-18, I was not all that impressed. Our text for this Second Sunday of Lent has to do with the promises God made to ... Read More »

Homily for the Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time February 27, 2022

Posted by marguerite noga on 2/28/22

     Haunted by Jesus’ words

During this past week there have been quite a few ads for President’s Day sales, which reminded me about one of the most uplifting actions by any American President. The story goes like this…

 

Abraham Lincoln tried to love, and he left ... Read More »

Homily for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time February 12, 2022

Posted by marguerite noga on 2/14/22

   Blest are you who are poor

I recently read a story about how people catch monkeys in India. They cut a small hole in a sturdy box; then they put a tasty nut inside the box. The hole is large enough for the monkey to put its hand ... Read More »