Weekday Homilies 2019

July 2019

Jul 30

Tuesday of 17th Week of OT C

A manager of a shop once suddenly heard his employee talked to a customer, she said, “No mam, we haven’t had it for a few weeks, and I don’t think that it will come in a few days.” The manager jumped in and said, “Young lady, it’s not really like that. It will come in a few days.” The manager excused the...
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Jul 29

Monday of 17th Week of OT C--Memorial of Saint Martha

Today, the Church celebrates the feast of Saint Martha. Study Scriptures, we know that Martha has a sister by the name Mary and a brother by the name Lazarus. Martha is apparently the head of the household of a family that both parents might be deceased in the Middle East culture at that time. Both Martha and Mary are adults and might have...
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Jul 26

Friday of 16th Week of Ordinary Time Cycle C--Memorial of Saint Joachim and Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today, the Church remembers Saints Joachim and Anne, the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the grandparents of the Lord Jesus Christ. We don’t know much about Joachim and Anne except that they are the parents of Mary. We know this fact through Protoevangelium Jacobi (The Gospel of James) written in 170 AD. This Gospel is not part of...
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Jul 25

Thursday of 16th Week of OT Cycle C--Feast of Saint James, Apostle

When James and John, the sons of Zebedee, asked Jesus to be sit one on the left and one on the right of Jesus in his kingdom, Jesus reminded not only these two but all of his disciples saying, “The Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.” What does it mean when you and I, by the...
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Jul 23

Tuesday of 16th Week of Ordinary Cycle C

In front of the patio, an elderly man was sitting on his rocking chair day after day and refused to stand up until he met the Lord. A little girl was chasing a balloon saw him and asked him, “Excuse me sir, are you really sitting here waiting for the Lord to come?” “Yes,” the elderly man responded, “before I die, I...
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Jul 22

Monday of 16th Week of OT Cycle C--Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene

The story of Martha and Mary that we just heard on weekend, is that Mary the same Mary Magdalen that the Church celebrates her feast today? Pope Gregory the great believed that this Mary, sister of Martha and Lazarus, and a sinful woman bathed Jesus’ feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair, they are Mary Magdalene. However, our...
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Jul 19

Friday of 15th Week of Ordinary Time C

Today’s Gospel is a continuation of yesterday’s Gospel. Yesterday, Jesus reminds us that his yoke is easy and his burden is light. What is the yoke if it’s not the law? What is his law if it’s not easy law? What is easy law unless there is mercy and compassion exist? This is exactly the Lord Jesus concluded in...
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Jul 16

Tuesday of 15th Week of OT

Woe to you, Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum! Why did Jesus express grief for these cities and not Tyre and Sidon cities? The cities of Tyre and Sidon were the cities of pagans denounced for their wickedness, but Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum were the cities that had received many miracles from the Lord Jesus. However, these cities turned...
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Jul 15

Monday of 15th Week of OT--Memorial od Saint Bonaventure

A young beautiful lady came from a high class family wanted to join a cloister. To test her vocation, a vocation director made up all kinds of difficult situations that she would have to face in the convent. After listening, she was a little trembling of the rules and the regulations that all the sisters in the house have to obey. After a moment...
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Jul 12

Friday of 14th Week of Ordinary Time C

“Son, do you believe in life after death?” the boss asked his youngest employee. “Yes, Sir,” the boy replied. “Well, good” said the boss with a scowl. “Because just after you left early yesterday to go to your grandmother’s funeral, she stopped in to see you.” The young man wasn’t...
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Jul 11

Thursday of 14th Week of Ordinary C

It is interesting to observe the liturgy of the Mass since I’m a priest. I’ve seen, for instant, a deacon and even a priest makes the sign of the Cross on the water before he pours into the cup of wine which does not even mention in the rubric of the Roman Missal which the priest uses to celebrate Holy Mass. In the Liturgy of the...
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Jul 9

Tuesday of 14th Week of OT

In the movie “The Mark of the Devil,” told a sad story of a little girl born with a strange mark on her chest. People lived in the village believe that the strange mark is the mark of the devil, so they decided to put her into a basket and threw it in the ocean. A fisherman rescued her and raised her up. Years passed, she grew up and...
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Jul 8

Monday of 14th Week of OT Cycle C

After finished his drawing of San Pietro in Montorio, a Church in Rome, Donato Bramante, an Italian architecture, was invited to visit Pope Julius II. Coming to see the Pope, he took with him his little boy. After looking at the drawing of Saint Peter Church, Pope Julius II was very please and proceeded to the money safe. The Pope told...
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Jul 5

Friday of 13th Week of Ordinary Time Cycle C

On this 186th day of 365 days of a year, the Church remembers these two saints: Saint Anthony Zaccaria, priest, and Saint Elizabeth of Portugal. One was a doctor turned priest, the other was a queen and mother. One was a popular preacher who founded in Milan the Clerics Regular of Saint Paul called Barnabites for the reform of society, the other...
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Jul 4

Thursday of 13th Week of Ordinary Time Cycle C

A monk once lectures his students to help them understand that people when they commit a crime, they often have a narrow mind of the cause and effect or the punishment for the crime that they commit. He shares a story of a two prisoners who shared their conversation of what happens next. The first one asked, “How long would you be locked...
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Jul 3

Wednesday of 13th Week of OT--Feast of Saint Thomas, Apostle

Fides et Ratio, or Faith and Understanding, that Saint Pope John Paul II compared them as the two wings of a bird that the bird cannot rise to the Truth when one of the wings is injured or broken. Faith and Understanding or Faith and Science that one needs to balance them in order to rise to the Truth. One cannot emphasize too much of one site...
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Jul 2

C--Tuesday of 13th Week of Ordinary

Today’s Gospel is a continuation Gospel of yesterday that Jesus invite those who want to follow him. In today’s Gospel, Matthew reports to us that Jesus was asleep in the boat, while the boat was being swamped by waves. It was either Jesus was very tired from his ministry or he just wanted to see how much faith his disciples had on...
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Jul 1

C--Monday--13th Week of Ordinary--Optional Memorial of St. Junipero Serra

Today’s Gospel is part of yesterday’s Gospel. However, today’s Gospel is the Gospel of Matthew, but yesterday’s Gospel is the Gospel of Luke. This similarity that we called Synoptic Gospel which included the Gospel of Mark, Matthew, and Luke. Both Gospels report the exact words of Jesus saying, “Follow me, and let...
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Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen

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