Weekday Homilies 2019

February 2020

Feb 29

A--Saturday after Ash Wednesday

Joke: A long line of men stood at one of Heaven's gates, waiting to be admitted. There was a sign over the gate which read, "For men who were good followers of their wives while on earth." The line extended as far as the eye could see. At another of Heaven's gates, only one man was standing. Over this gate there was a sign that read,...
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Feb 28

Friday after Ash Wednesday A

“I don’t smoke during Lent.” The story is told of a priest who was coming back to his parish house one evening in the dark only to be accosted by a robber who pulled a gun at him and demanded, “Your money or your life!” As the priest reached his hand into his coat pocket, the robber saw his Roman collar and said,...
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Feb 27

Thursday after Ash Wednesday A

A man was given a cross to carry with Jesus during forty days of Lent. After a first few days, he asked Jesus to change to a different cross because the cross he carried was too heavy for him to bear. Jesus agreed to his request and brought him to a cemetery. In the cemetery, there were many different crosses that he could choose from. He...
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Feb 26

Ash Wednesday

Joke: An Irishman moves into a countryside, walks into the pub and promptly orders three beers. The bartender raises his eyebrows, but serves the man three beers, which he drinks quietly at a table, alone and orders three more. As this continued every day the bartender asked him politely, "The folks around here are wondering why you always...
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Feb 25

Tuesday of 7th Week of OT A

A little girl on her grandpa’s lap one evening looked up the sky and asked, “Grandpa, how many stars are there on the sky?” “It’s a lot,” grandpa responded, “There are hundreds and thousands of stars on the sky.” The little girl began to count one, two, … while her grandpa went back to read...
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Feb 24

Monday of 7th Week of OT A

A man, reported in today’s Gospel, said to Jesus, “Teacher, I have brought to you my son possessed by a mute spirit. Wherever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, grinds his teeth, and becomes rigid.” When a person possessed by evil spirit, he could not control himself. He had no fear of hurting himself...
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Feb 17

Monday of 6th Week of OT A

Sign, what does it mean? According to Google dictionary, sign is “an object, quality, or event whose presence or occurrence indicates the probable presence or occurrence of something else.” Something points to something else is called sign. Seven Sacraments we have in the life of the Catholic Church are also signs, but in a deeper...
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Feb 13

Thursday of 5th Week of OT A

Science is what we can prove with our five senses. A sick person is not sick any more when he can see, taste, hear, touch, and smell normal. This cure of sickness is called fact. What is fact, there is nothing need to be proved or to believe. If someone is healed from sickness and illness without the help of science such as doctor, he is easy to...
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Feb 11

Tuesday of 5th Week of OT A

In his book, The Heart of the Enlightened, Anthony De Mello told a story of a King ran into a dervish, and in keeping with the custom of the East when a King met a subject, he said, “Ask for a favor.” The dervish replied, “It would be unseemly for me to ask a favor of one of my slaves.” “How dare you speak so...
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Feb 10

Monday of 5th Week of OT A--Memorial of Saint Scholastica, virgin

Identical twin or fraternal twin? Do they think the same things and have the same passion? They said that identical twins are the result of a single fertilized egg splits into two parts after conception, resulting in the development of two individual embryos. Because the two embryos are the result of a single egg/sperm combination, they have the...
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Feb 7

Friday of 4th Week of OT A

Jesus’s fame had become widespread that some said that he was John the Baptist, others said that he was Elijah, and still others said that he was one of the prophets. Herod said that he was John whom he beheaded has been raised up. Who is Jesus for you and me? Herod, reported in today’s Gospel, who is a weak person. On one hand, he...
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Feb 6

Thursday of 4th Week of OT A--Memorial of Saint Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs

In 1945, Nagasaki, Japan, is familiar to Americans as the city on which the second atomic bomb was dropped and immediately killed over 37,000 people. Some centuries before, 26 martyrs of Japan were crucified on a hill, now known as the Holy Mountain, overlooking Nagasaki. Among them were priests, brothers and laymen, Franciscans, Jesuits and...
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Feb 4

Tuesday of 4th Week of OT A

“Father,” a lady called the parish emergency number after i just finished celebrating the third Mass on Sunday, “I’m a hospice nurse. I have a patient needs the last rite. I have been contacting five priests already, and no one returned my call. Would you be able to go to give the last rite for my patient?”...
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Feb 3

Monday of 4th Week of OT A

A person who is possessed by demons cannot control of himself. He often roams around the unclean places and the tombs. At night, he often cries out and hurts himself among the tombs and the hillsides where not many people come. This leads him to isolation among his mankind. He finds no freedom because of being bound by shackles and chains. He...
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Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen


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