Weekday Homilies 2019

April 2020

Apr 30

Thursday of 3rd Week of Easter A

After he finished the drawing of St. Peter’s Basilica as a chief architect, Donato Bramante was invited to come to see the Pope, Pope Julius II. He brought in with him his little boy. The Pope was very pleased with his work and took him and his son to a cabinet. Open its draw, there were a lot of gold coins. The Pope said to the little boy...
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Apr 29

Wednesday of 3rd Week of Easter A--Memorial of Saint Catherine of Siena, virgin and doctor of the Church

Today, the Church celebrates the feast of Saint Catherine of Siena, virgin and doctor of the Church. Story told that as a child, prayer was her delight. She would say the “Hail Mary” on each step as she mounted the stairs, and was granted in reward a vision of Christ in glory. As a child, only at the age of seven, she made a vow of...
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Apr 28

Tuesday of 3rd Week of Easter A

After graduated from Gary Jobs Corp Center in San Marcos with Electrician Degree, I went to Houston to work for Schill Electric Company. I was about two and a half years living in America and weighted only 99 pounds at the age of twenty-four. They had a contract to work for the Garage Bus station in Houston. I couldn’t even carry,...
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Apr 27

Monday of 3rd Week of Easter A

A British professional wrestler, Thomas Moore, best known by his ring name Jack Dempsey, he could only sleep at 2:00 A.M. after he won the World Welterweight Championship the night before. He woke up after an hour of sleep because he lost his championship in his dream. Since he couldn’t sleep, he took a walk in downtown. He bought the...
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Apr 24

Friday of 2nd Week of Easter A

Last few days, we have learned the Sacrament of Baptism. Today, Saint John begins to teach us the Sacrament that completes the Sacraments of Christian Initiation, the Sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist. What is the Sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist? Why do we need to receive it? “At the Last Supper,” the Church teaches,...
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Apr 23

Thursday of 2nd Week of Easter A

From the beginning of this week until now, the Lord Jesus kept reminding us to be born again and to have faith in the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ. John finished the lesson of Baptism by reminding us the words of Jesus demanding us for a decision saying, “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever disobeys the Son will...
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Apr 22

Wednesday of 2nd Week of Easter A

Two famous verses of Saint John’s writing reported in today’s Gospel, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.”...
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Apr 21

Tuesday of 2nd Week of Easter A

Today’s Gospel is a continuation of yesterday’s Gospel. Yesterday’s Gospel, Jesus reminds us that in order to inherit the Kingdom of God, one has to be born of water and Spirit, to be baptized with water and Trinitarian formula. What does it mean to be born of water and Spirit if it’s not to be born from above, Jesus...
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Apr 20

Monday of 2nd Week of Easter A

From now until the rest of Easter Season, the Gospel is chosen from the writing of Saint John. Beginning of the teaching of Saint John during this Easter is the Sacrament of Baptism. What is the Sacrament of Baptism? Have we all need to go through Baptism? “Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the...
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Apr 17

Friday of 1st Week of Easter A

At the command of Jesus before and after his death, the lame walked, the mute spoke, the sick was healed and even the death was raised back to life again. At his command, the storm died out, the wind stopped, the water changed into wine, and the fish was caught in number reported in today’s Gospel after his resurrection from the dead. Had...
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Apr 16

Thursday of 1st Week of Easter A

During this octave of Easter, the Church arranges the Gospel’s readings to help us experience the risen Lord Jesus Christ with his disciples. After he appeared with some individual disciples, today, he appeared to the eleven. He appeared to them when they were discussing and recounting their experience with the risen Christ. The first...
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Apr 15

Wednesday of 1st Week of Easter A

“To maintain a joyful family,” Saint Pope John Paul II once said, “requires much from both the parents and the children. Each member of the family has to become, in a special way, the servant of the others.” So, how do we become servant to the others in our family? There are three elements that one cannot be fulfilled...
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Apr 14

Tuesday of 1st Week of Easter A

Have you ever avoided answering a phone call? Living in our modern technology, a lot of us, including myself, recognize what phone call we should pick it up and what phone call we want to avoid. Perhaps, the numbers that we don’t recognize in our phone book, we try to avoid answering. We absolutely avoid to answer the phone call that said...
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Apr 10

Good Friday—Celebration of the Lord’s Passion

In the movie, the Passion of Christ by Mel Gibson, Pedro Sarubbi played the character of Barrabas. He shared his powerful conversion experience during the movie. At the scene that he got released, the moment that he looked at Jesus, Mel Gibson told him, “Barrabas is like a ferocious dog, but at one moment he becomes a puppy: When he meets...
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Apr 9

Holy Thursday

Joke: A little girl was taken to church for the first time. As she was coming out of the church the pastor standing at the front door asked her how she likes the Holy Mass. “I liked the music,” she replied, “but the commercials in between were too long.” If this little girl comes to Mass today, both the music and the...
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Apr 8

Wednesday of Holy Week A

Growing up in my family back in Vietnam, either at lunch or dinner, we all had to gather to eat together with my parents. During the meal, we used chopsticks to pick up the food to eat with rice. We also used our spoon for the soup. We just dipped into the food and not worry about spreading the germ to one another. Perhaps, this was my...
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Apr 7

Tuesday of Holy Week A

In his book, The Heart of the Enlightened, Anthony de Mello told a story of a man who was busy building a home for himself. He wanted it to be the nicest, cosiest home in the world. Someone came to him to ask for help because the world was on fire, but it was his home he was interested in, not the world. When he finally finished his home, he...
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Apr 6

Monday of Holy Week A

In these first three days of the Holy Week, the Church arranges the first reading taken from the book of the prophet Isaiah describes the suffering servant of God, while the Gospel readings describe the last days of Jesus before he’s entering into his passion, death and resurrection. In today’s Gospel, Saint John retells a story...
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Apr 3

Friday of 5th Week of Lent A

Yesterday’s Gospel, Jesus tried to help the Jews understand who he is by telling them that “Before Abraham came to be, I AM.” Today’s Gospel, they got mad and wanted to stone him, so he said, “I have shown you many good works from my Father. For which of these are you trying to stone me?” What good works that...
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Apr 2

Thursday of 5th Week of Lent A

story told that Bishop John Selwyn once encountered a fight among the young men. He approached them and kindly lectured them that one of them struck him on his face and ran. Everybody there was stunned and frozen. Bishop Selwyn turned around and walked away quietly. Years later, an evangelist priest was asked to come to give the last rite to a...
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Apr 1

Wednesday of 5th Week of Lent A

Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, the third of thirteen children, was born on November 25, 1881 at Sotto il Monte (Bergamo) of a family of sharecroppers. At the age of forty-two, he was called to Rome to reorganize the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. He was nominated to titular archbishop of Areopolis and apostolic visitator to Bulgaria in...
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Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen


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