The Transfiguration is linked to the Passion. The Transfiguration is the revealing already, the prefiguration, of Christ's victory, a deep consolation when the test of darkness comes. To hear the rest of Fr. Steven's Homily, download the audio file below.
"God is moved with compassion; he draws close; he extends his hand; and he touches you. This is an encounter today between the unclean one and the holy and clean one; the holy one who touches us and then sets us apart from the darkness and draws us into his wholeness and his holiness. So today even if you only have a sliver of hope, take that sliver and run to the Lord and ask him for his holy will for your good. Ask him to come over you and make you clean and do not be afraid for he is your salvation."
To hear the rest of Fr. Steven's homily, download the file below.
Only in Christ, the innocent one who suffers, does Job's story begin to have any meaning. It's a very hard invitation to enter into this mystery of hope and suffering. Poor Job feels like there is nothing left; there is nowhere to go. The liturgy then puts Job's words into the mouth of Simon's mother-in-law. As she is lying in the bed wondering when the dawn will come, the dawn does come. And as swiftly as the dawn comes, so comes Christ. To hear the rest of Fr. Steven's homily, download the audio file below.
"How remarkable! God speaks to us. God calls us. God transforms us. The first reading and the Gospel focus on specific calls to specific people. And as we'll see, the second reading, invites to ponder the highest calling, the core of which all callings are really about." To hear Fr. Steven's full homily, download the audio file below.
"Have you ever been so overjoyed that words lacked? Maybe it was a certain Christmas. Maybe it was a special trip. Maybe it was when your husband first popped the question; the birth of your first child. Maybe it was when you were buying a special gift. Maybe it was when you found something you knew someone you loved would like; a moment when you were so overjoyed you couldn't fully put it into words. It seems that the magi experienced this upon seeing a star. St. Matthew writes that they were overjoyed at seeing the star."
To hear Fr. Steven's homily, download the file below.
"In today's liturgy the figure of Mary, true Mother of Jesus, God-man, stands out. Thus, today's Solemnity is not celebrating an abstract idea but a mystery and an historic event: Jesus Christ, a divine Person, is born of the Virgin Mary who is his Mother in the truest sense." - Pope Benedict
To hear Fr. Steven's homily for this Solemnity, please download the file below.
"Let us ask the holy family, especially Mary and Joseph to help us have deep faith in the Lord; especially when we don't see him present; especially when we might see him but we don't see how His glory is being made manifest. Let us ask for their prayers, that we in our families might be a place where the covenant is made flesh." You can hear the full homily by downloading the audio file below.
Today, a Giver thinks about you, knows you, and desires your good. Here is the great surprise: Jesus himself is the gift! While he remains the same, he becomes a personal gift to each of you, right where you are. But, you have to receive him. If you receive him, you will discover and rediscover and keep discovering many things about him. When received, this Gift doesn’t leave you the same. He will make you more than a good person. He will share his very life with you, to make you fully yourself, fully alive, fully happy. So, dare to receive and be transformed by the Gift of Emmanuel, God with us. Merry Christmas!
To hear the full homily, download the file below.