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Homily for the Second Sunday of Easter April 16, 2023

Posted by marguerite noga on 4/18/23

  By his wounds we are healed

Recently, as I’ve reflected on the Easter stories in the Bible, I’ve become focused on the wounds of Jesus. If Resurrection is supposed to be about healing, the overcoming of the limitations of this life, and the destruction of sin, suffering and ... Read More »

Homily for Easter—April 9, 2023

Posted by marguerite noga on 4/15/23

  Who Needs It? 

Pope Francis recently celebrated the tenth anniversary of his election as Pope. I came across an interview that was done by Italian Swiss Radio and Television. Let me share a couple of items from that interview.

 

Many people describe you as the Pope of ... Read More »

Homily for Holy Thursday—April 6, 2023

Posted by marguerite noga on 4/15/23

He Has No Body but Ours

In a speech to Roman university students and staff, Pope Francis noted:

 

The first time I went out to Saint Peter’s Square as Pope, I approached a group of young blind people. And one of them said to me, “Can I see ... Read More »

Homily for Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion April 2, 2023

Posted by marguerite noga on 4/03/23

    Entrance by Donkey

 

I’d like to do something a little different today, and that is to reflect on the gospel we started with about Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem, clarifying some of its details.

 

For example, why did Jesus come riding in on a donkey? One ... Read More »

Homily for the Third Sunday of Lent March 12, 2023

Posted by marguerite noga on 3/13/23

    Are you completely satisfied?

A young woman was asked by a teacher from her church to tutor a young boy while he was in the hospital. The woman didn’t realize until she got to the hospital that the boy was in the burn unit, in considerable pain ... Read More »

Homily for the Second Sunday of Lent Mach 5, 2023

Posted by marguerite noga on 3/06/23

  Love’s DNA

A well-known sculptor had a burning ambition to create the greatest statue of Jesus Christ ever made. He began in his Oceanside studio by shaping a clay model of a triumphant, regal figure. The head was thrown back and the arms were upraised in a gesture ... Read More »

Homily for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time February 12, 2023

Posted by marguerite noga on 2/13/23

   Dealing with the Explosive Power of Anger

Our Gospel reading today is from one of the most famous and central parts of Jesus’ teaching, the Sermon on the Mount. Teaching on a mountain, Jesus is seen as a new Moses, giving his interpretation of the ancient Law. In ... Read More »

Homily for the Fifth Sunday of the Year February 5, 2023

Posted by marguerite noga on 2/06/23

  Bringing the light of encouragement

Years ago there was a group of young men at a Midwestern university, who seemed to have amazing, creative talent. They were would-be poets, novelists and essayists. They were extraordinary in their ability to put the English language to its best use. These ... Read More »

Homily for the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time January 29, 2023

Posted by marguerite noga on 1/30/23

  Blessed are the poor in spirit

To help us appreciate today’s readings, I want to begin with two stories.

The first… On the 27th of March 1808, a grand performance of The Creation took place in Vienna. The composer himself, Franz Joseph Haydn, who was quite elderly, was ... Read More »

Homily for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time January 15, 2023

Posted by marguerite noga on 1/17/23

Keeping the divine life flowing

There was a quiet forest dweller who lived high above an Austrian village along the eastern slope of the Alps. The old gentleman had been hired many years ago by an earlier town council to clear away the debris of leaves and branches from ... Read More »