November 24, 2017

A Guest Homily on the Second Chapter of James

Introductory Note:  Father Hollowell is pastor of two Catholic parishes in western Indiana, one of which I attend.  He delivered this homily recently, and I asked him to submit it to Internet Monk as a gentle statement of the relationship between faith and works – a heated issue in the Christian world in general, even […]

The Homily

Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:4, NASB) As this is my last homily on iMonk, I hope you will allow me some leeway. Today is the Epiphany […]

The Homily

One day the seminary students came to Elisha and told him, “As you can see, our dormitory is too small. Tell us, as our president, whether we can build a new one down beside the Jordan River, where there are plenty of logs.” “All right,” he told them, “go ahead.” “Please, sir, come with us,” […]

The Homily

“Oh, how I love your law. I meditate on it all day long.”— Psalm 119:97 “So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith.”—Galatians 3:24 These days, the “Law” is almost a dirty word among Christians, particularly those who’ve been around for a while and […]

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Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5, ESV). When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” He said to him a second time, “Simon, […]

The Homily

“I will seek the lost, bring back the scattered, bind up the broken and strengthen the sick,  but the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them with judgment” (Ezekiel 34:16, NASB). And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, […]

The Homily

“I set my people free. I will come to Mount Zion. I will come to those in Jacob’s family who turn away from their sins,” announces the Lord. (Isaiah 59:20, NIRV) Then Zacharias, his father, filled with the Holy Spirit and speaking like a prophet, said, “Blessings on the Lord, the God of Israel, because he […]

The Homily

Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it.  The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely;  but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from […]

The Homily

The Lord God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man whom He had formed. Out of the ground the Lord God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of […]

The Homily

I have found myself starting most days by reading the homily delivered by Pope Francis during his daily Mass. This week he had this to say. Are you able to find the Word of God in the history of each day, or do your ideas so govern you that you do not allow the Lord […]