Weekday Homilies 2019

August 2019

Aug 30

Friday of 21st Week of Ordinary C

What would one do when he or she has only one more day to live? One might want to hold the hands of a loved one, a dear one to him or to her. Other might spends his or her last day to eat and to drink what is his or her most favorite food and drink. Still other might call a priest for the last rite preparing him or her to meet the Lord. Yet...
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Aug 29

Thursday of 21th Week of Ordinary--The Passion of Saint John the Baptist

On this feast day of the Passion of Saint John the Baptist, the story of John the Baptist beheaded reported in all the Synoptic Gospels—Mark, Matthew and Luke. In this version of the Gospel of Mark, we are told that Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip, whom  Herod wanted to marry. John the Baptist stood for the truth and told...
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Aug 27

Tuesday of 21st Week of Ordinary C--Memorial of Saint Monica

Today, the Church celebrates the feast of Saint Monica, the mother of Saint Augustine. She was born in 332. Saint Monica married to Patritius, a pagan whom she had poured out tears and prayers for his conversion. Her prayers were heard, and her husband was converted and baptized a year before his death. Augustine didn’t do much better than...
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Aug 26

Monday of 21th Week of Ordinary C

After divorce, the husband came and took with him all his belongings. The little girl said to her mom, “Mom, why do you let dad go?” “He was bad,” mom replied. To stop her questioning, mom gave her her favorite chocolate cookie. After unwrapped the cookie, her older brother ran over and broke the cookie on her hand and...
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Aug 23

Friday of 20th Week of Ordinary C

 A scholar of the law tested Jesus and asked him, “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” To him, Jesus responded saying, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love...
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Aug 22

Thursday of 20th Week of Ordinary C--The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

  In celebrating the feast of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Church chose the Gospel reading from Saint Luke portrayed the scene that the angel Gabriel came to announce the great new to Mary saying, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.” What a great greeting from the angel Gabriel to the Blessed Virgin...
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Aug 20

Tuesday of 20th Week of Ordinary C--Saint Bernard, Abbot, Doctor of the Church

Today, the Church remembers Saint Bernard, Abbot and Doctor of the Church. He was born at the castle of Fontaines, in Burgundy. When he renounced the world to join the monks at Citeaux, all his brothers followed him except Nivard, the youngest one, who was left to stay with his father in his old age. However, the youngest one said to his...
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Aug 19

Monday of 20th Week of Ordinary C

Looking at the list of the saints who are canonized in the Church, there are only a few lay men and women. This makes me asked myself how to find the true treasure after this life. To search for the answer, I am reminded the words of Jesus in today’s Gospel saying to the young man who followed and observed all the laws his life, “If...
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Aug 16

Friday of 19th Week of Ordinary C

John complains with his friend about his sad love line. There are three moments in my life that I thought that I had love, but I did not, said John. The first one, I loved a neighbor, but she never paid attention to me and never cared for me. “So, that was love, wasn’t it?” his friend replied. No, John said, I was misled to...
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Aug 15

Thursday of 19th Week of Ordinary C--Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Joke: Ms. Holy cheek, the Catholic Sunday school teacher, had just finished explaining the feast of the Assumption to her class. "Now," she said, "let all those children who want to go to heaven to see their heavenly mother raise their hands." All the children raised their hands except little Marie in the front row....
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Aug 13

Tuesday of 19th Week of Ordinary

The Lord Jesus reminds his disciples saying, “Unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven.” Is there any child ever recognized of his or her great work? Is there any child ever considered as a great worker? Or rather, he or she is a good boy or a good girl because of his or her obedience to the...
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Aug 12

Monday of 19th Week of OT C

In his book, The Prayer of the Frog by Anthony de Mello, S.J., he told a story of a man went to see a psychiatrist and said that every night he was visited by a twelve-foot dragon with three heads. He was a nervous wreck, could not sleep at all and was on the verge of total collapse. He had even thought of suicide. “I think I can help...
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Aug 9

Friday of 18th Week of OT C

It seems that to follow the Lord Jesus Christ is not all about fun, happy, and peaceful, but it might be suffering, sad, and might cost one’s life as well. In today’s Gospel, Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.” First, it is an invitation for...
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Aug 8

Thursday of 18th Week of Ordinary--Memorial of Saint Dominic, Priest

Saint Dominic Guzman was born in Spain in 1170. As a student, he sold his books to feed the poor in a famine and offered himself in ransom for a slave. Beside a great love for the poor, Saint Dominic was a prayerful person and a great preacher. Under the protection of Our Lady for the Order of Friar Preachers, one of the threefold religious...
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Aug 1

Thursday of 17th Week of OT C--Memorial of Saint Alphonsus Ligouri, Bishop, Doctor of the Church

Today, the Church remembers Saint Alphonsus Ligouri, Bishop and Doctor of the Church. He was born of noble parents, near Naples, in 1696. At the early age of sixteen, story tells, he was made doctor in the law, and he threw himself into this career with ardor and success. Not too long, he made a mistake, by which he lost an important cause,...
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Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen


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