Weekday Homilies 2019

March 2020

Mar 31

Tuesday of 5th Week of Lent A

Joke: The young pastor was teaching the 23rd psalm to the Sunday school children. He told them that they were sheep who needed guidance. Then the priest asked, "If you are the sheep then who is the shepherd -- obviously indicating himself. A silence of a few seconds followed. Then a young boy said, "Jesus. Jesus is the...
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Mar 30

Monday of 5th Week of Lent

A preacher once preached on Jacob’s ladder leading up to heaven. His son was very impressive. A few days later, he told his dad that he had a dream of a ladder leading to heaven. “Tell me what you saw in your dream,” his dad asked. “In my dream,” he said, “I saw a ladder leading up to the sky. There were many...
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Mar 27

Friday of 4th Week of Lent A

In today’s first reading, the author of the book of Wisdom beautifully explains that the wicked doesn’t normally like the righteous and often make the life of the righteous ones miserable. The righteous words and deeds of the righteous person often reveal the evil words and deeds of the wicked ones. Therefore, the wicked ones do not...
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Mar 26

Thursday of 4th Week of Lent A

A hunter often gets lost in the desert, so his friend gives him a compass with the hope that he will not get lost again. With this compass, the young hunter still gets lost in the desert, so his friend who gave him the compass asked him that if he carried the compass with him when he went for hunting. “I did,” he replied. “How...
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Mar 25

Wednesday of 4th Week of Lent A--Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord

Have you ever wondered why the Church chooses this date during Lenten Season to celebrate the solemnity of the annunciation of the Lord? To celebrate Mary’s Fiat, Mary’s saying “yes” to be the Mother of God? Or to celebrate the moment the Son of God, God himself, took flesh in the womb of a virgin? The Church celebrates...
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Mar 24

Tuesday of 4th Week of Lent A

Healing touch is a program for the individual who wants to enhance wellness in themselves and the lives of people they care about by using the gift of energetic touch. Healing touch program helps to enable one to offer comfort and relief when nothing else seems to help. It uses human energy system, I called the inner energy, the energetic...
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Mar 23

Monday of 4th Week of Lent A

A pastor was preaching about judgment day. “Thunder will roar, flames will flash across the sky. Floods, storms, devastation such as you’ve never seen …” he continued dramatically. Wide-eyed, a young boy turned to his mother. “Will I get to skip school that day?” he whispered. In John’s Gospel, there...
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Mar 20

Friday of 3rd Week of Lent A

Joke: A pastor was speaking to a Sunday school class about the things money can’t buy. “It can’t buy laughter and it can’t buy love” he told them. Driving his point home he said, “What would you do if I offered you $1000 not to love your mother and father?” Stunned silence ensued. Finally a small voice...
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Mar 19

Thursday of 3rd Week of Lent A--Solemnity of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Joke: A man from the U.S. took his family to Israel to see the places where Jesus had lived and died. He was forced to include his troublesome mother-in-law in the tour party. While in the Holy Land, his mother-in-law died. An undertaker in Tel Aviv explained that he could ship the body home to Wisconsin at a cost of $10,000 or the body could be...
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Mar 9

Monday of 2nd Week of Lent--A

A religious education teacher taught her Sunday school class on the subject “Be merciful as your heavenly Father is merciful” said to her class, “It is better to give than to receive.” Little Tony raised his hand and said, “I know that, and that is my dad’s moto as well.” “That’s...
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Mar 7

Saturday of 1st Week of Lent--A

In his book The Heart of the Enlightened, Anthony de Mello, S.J., shared a story of a village drunkard staggered up to the parish priest, newspaper in hand, and greeted him politely. The priest annoyed, ignored the greeting because the man was slightly intoxicated. He had come with a purpose, however. “Excuse me, Father,” he said,...
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Mar 6

Friday of 1st Week of Lent

One of the three pillars of Lent is fasting. What is fasting? Is fasting to abstain from meat alone? Is fasting to eat fish or shrimps on Friday during Lent only from the age of 14 and up? Is that fasting required for those who are from age 18 to 59 only? Does that fasting mean a person eats one full meal and two small meals that together are...
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Mar 5

Thursday of 1st Week of Lent A

Two religious sisters just came back from grocery and learned that they didn’t bring the house key with them. One said to the other, “why don’t we call our pastor to come to help us?” “No,” the other replied, “if we call him, he’s going to make fun of us.” “What’s about we call...
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Mar 3

Tuesday of 1st Week of Lent A

Joke: One day, little Johnny asked his mom for a new bike. His mom said, “At Christmas you send a letter to Santa to ask for what you want, don’t you?” “Yes,” replied Johnny, “but it isn’t Christmas now.” His mother said, “Then you can send a letter to Jesus and ask him.” Johnny went to...
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Mar 2

Monday of 1st Week of Lent--A

One of the three pillars of Lent is almsgiving. What is almsgiving? Or rather how would we give alms? To give alms is not to steal from others, reminds us the words of the Lord from the book of Leviticus, not to lie or speak falsely about other, not swear falsely by the name of the Lord, not take what belong to neighbor, pay justly to one...
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Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen


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