Weekday Homilies 2019

October 2019

Oct 31

Thursday of 30th Week of Ordinary C

After the Vietnam War was over, many teens and young men were forced to go to service. This time, going to service possibly meant to get sick and to die. Living in the city, many young men had no idea what it meant to farm in the country side. Some felt sick in the service. Others died because of the explosion of grenade after war. Still others...
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Oct 30

Wednesday of 30th Week of Ordinary C

Story told that in the first century, there was a famous monk very wise and holy always advised his disciples saying: Remember to repent a day before you die. His disciples asked him, “How would we know the day we die, so we can repent a day before?” “Therefore,” he said, “you need to repent a day before you...
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Oct 29

Tuesday of 30th Week of Ordinary C

In today’s Gospel, a short passage that Luke reported two parables the Lord Jesus taught his disciples. The mustard seed and the yeast, small in size and in measurement, but they all have potentiality to become great. In fact, a small mustard seed planted in a good soil would grow and became a large bush that the birds of the sky could...
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Oct 28

Monday of 30th Week of Ordinary C--Feast of Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles

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Oct 25

Friday of 29th Week of Ordinary C

A cop stopped a car and asked, “Sister, do you know that you are driving so slow?” “NO,” she replied, “I saw 41, that’s why I drove 41.” “Oh, no” the officer said, “It is highway 41, not the speed limit.” She responded, “I’m sorry. I thought it’s a speed...
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Oct 24

Thursday of 29th Sunday of OT Cycle C

Joke: “Hey John,” his friend Tony asked, “Why don’t we skip school today to play the most popular famous video game hearthstone?” “Are you crazy?” John said, “My mom will ground me for days”. “Well,” Tony said, “We liar to them then?” “Liar?” John...
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Oct 22

Tuesday of 29th Week of Ordinary Cycle C

In today’s Gospel, Jesus reminds his disciples and to each and every one of us to be ready in waiting for the Lord to come saying, “Gird your loins and light your lamps” and wait for the master’s return. What does it mean to gird the loins and light the lamps to wait for the Lord? Recalling those years of working and...
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Oct 21

Monday of 29th Week of Ordinary C

A man spent his entire life to work hard and to save money. When he died, he carried a bag of US dollars to go to heaven. He was introduced to a large hall with all kinds of food and drink. Everything costed the same. He came up and asked for a filet mignon steak and a class of white. He gave the angel serving a $100 bill, but the angel refused...
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Oct 18

Friday of 28th Week of Ordinary--Feast of Saint Luke, Evangelist

Today, the Church celebrates the feast of Saint Luke, the evangelist. He was a Physician and a painter at Antioch. He was a convert of Saint Paul and became his fellow laborer afterwards. Even though he was not an eye witness of Our Lord’s life, he diligently gathered information from the lips of the apostles and wrote all things in order...
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Oct 17

Thursday of 28th Week of Ordinary C--Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr

Today, the Church celebrates the feast of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, bishop and martyr. He was a disciple of Saint John. Ignatius was a man of prayer and fasting that when Domitian persecuted the Church, he spent time in prayer and fasting for peace of his own flock. In the year 107, the Emperor Trajan came to Antioch and forced the Christians...
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Oct 14

Monday of 28th Week of Ordinary C

Today’s Gospel is a continuation of the story of a mute man possessed by demons that after Jesus expelled the demons out of him, people began to be divided. Majority was amazed, but some asked for a sign. Others said that he used the power of the Beelzebul, the prince of demons, to drive out demons. In today’s Gospel, Jesus responded...
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Oct 12

Saturday of 27th Week of Ordinary C

A boy, his family just moved and lived next to cemetery, came home from school and saw people cried while buried their loved one in the grave. He immediately copied that. He went home and dug a hole in the backyard. He began to cry like those in the cemetery. His mom saw that and decided to move into another neighborhood. This neighborhood was...
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Oct 11

Friday of 27th Week of Ordinary C

When Jesus expelled a demon from a mute man, most of the people were amazed. Some said that he used the power of Beelzebul, the prince of demons to drive out the demon. Others tested him to perform a sign from heaven. To these, Jesus responded in today’s Gospel saying, “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not...
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Oct 10

Thursday of 27th Week of Ordinary C

What is a prayer? It is “a solemn request for help or expression of thanks addressed to God or an object of worship” according to Google dictionary. From the words of Saint Therese of Lisieux, “Prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial...
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Oct 8

Tuesday of 27th Week of Ordinary C

At the feet of the Lord Jesus, listening to him is what he reminds Martha, and perhaps, to each and every one of us to spend time at his feet to listen. The question is: What does it mean to be at the feet of Jesus and listening to him? What benefit to be at the feet of Jesus? To answer these questions, let’s us dive into some stories...
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Oct 7

Monday of 27th Week of OT C--Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary

The Victory of Self In 1570, the Turkish militaries invaded Europe where majority of people were Catholics. Leading by Ottoman Sultan, a devout Muslim, attacked Lepanto, Italy. Pope Pius V called all Europeans prayed the Rosary for victory to ask Mary for her protection. The Pope himself led the rosary procession in Rome. After about five hours...
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Oct 4

Friday of 26th Week of Ordinary C--Saint Francis of Assisi

Today, the Church celebrates the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, founder of the Franciscan Order. He was a son of a merchant of Assisi and born in that city in 1182. As a wealthy merchant, he wanted his son Francis to become a businessman. As a wealthy merchant, Francis would have what he would like to have. Story told that at the age of...
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Oct 3

Thursday of 26th Week of Ordinary C

The Word of the Lord Jesus today sent out his disciples two by two carried no money bag, no sack, and no sandals reminds me the day that I left Vietnam where I was born and raised for twenty-two years. The day that I left to come to America, my mom bought me a suit and a jacket for winter. Of course, the suit couldn’t fit me after some...
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Oct 1

Tuesday of 26th Week of Ordinary C--Saint Therese of the Child Jesus

Today the Church celebrates the feast of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus. She was born into a family of nine children, and she was the youngest. Four of the nine children died and left five girls behind. All five girls entered convent. When Therese was not even four years old yet, her mom passed away after twelve years of suffering from cancer....
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Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen


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