Weekday Homilies 2019

November 2019

Nov 29

Friday of 34th Week of Ordinary C

In today’s Gospel, Saint Luke reports the Words of Jesus saying, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” Everything will pass away, but the Word of God, the Bible will not pass away. Therefore, we are all invited to observe and to live the Word of God. The question is: How would we observe and live...
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Nov 28

Thursday of 34th Week of Ordinary C--Thanksgiving

Joke: It was Thanksgiving season in the nursing home. The small resident population was gathered about their humble Thanksgiving table, and the director asked each in turn to express one thing for which they were thankful. Thanks were expressed for a home in which to stay, families, etc. One little old lady when her turn came said,...
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Nov 26

Tuesday of 34th Week of Ordinary C

In the presence of a master, a young scientist was boasting of the achievements of modern science. “We can fly, just like the birds,” he was saying. “We can do what the birds can do!” “Except,” the master replied, “to sit on a barbed-wire fence.” Science has advanced far more from the past....
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Nov 25

Monday of 34th Week of Ordinary C

In his book The Heart of the Enlightened, Anthony De Mello, S.J., told a story of a man once was busy building a home for himself. He wanted to be the nicest and expensive 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...
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Nov 22

Friday of 33rd Week of Ordinary--Memorial of Saint Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr

Today, the Church remembers Saint Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr, who is the patron Saint of music. Cecilia was a rich, beautiful, and noble Roman maiden, had vowed her virginity to God as a child. “Pure be my heart and undefiled my flesh; for I have a spouse you know not of—an angel of my Lord,” Cecilia said. These words changed...
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Nov 22

Friday of 33rd Week of Ordinary--Memorial of Saint Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr

Today, the Church remembers Saint Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr, who is the patron Saint of music. Cecilia was a rich, beautiful, and noble Roman maiden, had vowed her virginity to God as a child. “Pure be my heart and undefiled my flesh; for I have a spouse you know not of—an angel of my Lord,” Cecilia said. These words changed...
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Nov 21

Thusday of 33rd Week of Ordinary--Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today, the Church celebrates the presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The celebration is only reported in apocryphal literature. The Protoevangelium of James tells us that Anna and Joachim offered Mary to God in the Temple when she was three years old. This was to carry out a promise made to God when Anna was still childless. The Gospel the...
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Nov 20

Wednesday of 33rd Week of Ordinary

In today’s Gospel, while people were listening to Jesus speak, he proceeded to tell them a parable of a nobleman, a king, entrusted his gold coins to ten of his servants to make profits when he went away to a distant country. One of the ten didn’t do anything with the gold coin, in fact, he buried it and gave it back to the king when...
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Nov 19

Tuesday of 33rd Week of Ordinary

In the book Doing What Comes Spirituality, shared a story of a monk by the name Telemachus who left the world of people to live alone in the deserts and mountains. By isolation, meditation and fasting, one night on his knees, an insight came to him—his life of solitude was selfish and not selfless. He decided to return Rome, the capital of...
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Nov 18

Monday of 33rd Week of Ordinary C

“Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!” reported in today’s Gospel a cry of a blind man called out to Jesus for mercy, while the crowd rebuked him and asked him to be quiet. He shouted out more, “Son of David, have pity on me!” After Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man...
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Nov 15

Friday of 32nd Week of Ordinary C

Elena Frings, a young woman in her 20’s, was informed by her doctor that her heart was so weak that she had only six months to live. She decided to leave her office job in Santiago, Chile, and worked as a volunteer community organizer among the cities slum-dwellers. “That way I will die happy,” she said to a friend. Ms. Frings...
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Nov 14

Thursday of 32nd Week of Ordinary

In today’s Gospel, asked by the Pharisees when the Kingdom of God would come, Jesus said in reply, “The coming of the Kingdom of God cannot be observed, and no one will announce 'Look, here it is,' or, 'There it is.' For behold, the Kingdom of God is among you.” Pharisees were the ones who studied the laws and understood the...
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Nov 12

Tuesday of 32nd Week of Ordinary C--Memorial of Saint Josaphat, Bishop and Martyr

Today, the Church celebrates the feast of Saint Josephat, Bishop and Martyr. He was born of Ukrainian Orthodox parents about the year 1580. He embraced the Catholic faith as a young man and entered the Greek Catholic Order of Saint Basil the Great. He was elected bishop of Polock. He was noted for his piety and devotion to the poor. He...
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Nov 11

Monday of 32nd Week of Ordinary C--Memorial of Saint Martin of Tours, Bishop

Today, the Church celebrates the feast of Saint Martin of Tours, Bishop, became a Christian catechumen against his parents’ wishes. Therefore, at the age of fifteen, he was seized by his father, a pagan soldier, and enrolled in the army. One’s winter day, when stationed at Amiens, he met a beggar almost naked and frozen with cold....
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Nov 8

Friday of 31st Week of Ordinary C

In today’s Gospel, Saint Luke retold us a parable that Jesus talked about the dishonest steward who acted prudently. Dishonest and acted prudently, why and how? Steward, at that time in that culture, was the one who’s taking care of his master’s finance. Since he’s taking care of his master’s finance, he could...
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Nov 7

Thursday of 31st Week of Ordinary C

At the office of a psychological counselor, a beautiful young lady said, “Everything I want, my husband gives me. I have everything, I mean everything I want, and I have it. However, somehow I still feel empty inside. Would you help me doctor?” The counselor didn’t say anything to her but asked her assistant to tell the lady...
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Nov 5

Tuesday of 31st Week of Ordinary C

Today’s Gospel is an alarm for each and every one of us to reexamine ourselves on our response to God’s invitation. We might want to ask: What is God’s invitation for me? Does it benefit me when I respond to his invitation here on earth? Do I have to wait until I die to experience the great banquet in heaven? Let’s us...
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Nov 4

Monday of 31st Week of Ordinary C--Memorial of Saint Charles Borromeo, Bishop

Today, the Church celebrates the feast of Saint Charles Borromeo, Bishop. He was born on October 2, 1538. He was the third of the six children in his family. At a very young age of 12, he dedicated himself to the service of the Church. He told his dad that he only kept the money required for his education and to prepare him for service to the...
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Nov 2

Saturday--All Souls' Day

Joke: People die and go to heaven to present themselves to the Lord. Before they are able to see the Lord, they have to see Saint Peter first to run through paper works. Part of his duties is to ask this question: What would you want people say at your funeral? One said that he used to be a brother Knight of Columbus while living on earth. He...
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Nov 1

Friday--Solemnity of All Saints

Joke: A Sunday school teacher asked his class, “If I sold my house and my car, had a big garage sale and gave all my money to the church, would that get me into Heaven? “NO!” they all answered. “If I cleaned the church every day, mowed the yard, and kept everything neat and tidy, would that get me into Heaven?”...
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Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen


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