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Homily for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ June 19, 2022

Posted by marguerite noga on 6/20/22

   This man welcomes sinners and eats with them

The story is told of a man attending a crowded church service who refused to remove his hat when asked to do so by ushers. The preacher was perturbed, too, and waited for the man after the service. He told ... Read More »

Homily for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity June 12, 2022

Posted by marguerite noga on 6/14/22

   Do you want to enter into this reality with me?

In a recent issue of the Vatican newspaper, I read an article about two Ukranian nuns and their experience of the war that is raging there. Because this article reveals something about the nature of God, I want ... Read More »

Homily for May 29, 2022

Posted by marguerite noga on 5/31/22

 The violence needs to  top

In today’s gospel, we have part of Jesus’ long and intimate prayer that he offers to the Father at the Last Supper—something we find only in the gospel of John. So, to begin our reflection on prayer, I want to offer two stories…

 

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Homily for the Solemnity of the Ascension May 26, 2022

Posted by marguerite noga on 5/31/22

  Following Jesus…bringing hope

Today’s feast of the Ascension has a lot to do with hope. The simplest way to put it is: where he has gone, we hope to follow. Like an older brother, Jesus has walked along the way ahead of us. He experienced many of the ... Read More »

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 »