3rd Sunday A: You Are Not Alone

My father, Joe Huff was a firefighter for 34 years in the City of Binghamton, NY.   From time to time he would take part in “mock-up” exercises involving burning structures with a team of fire-fighters. Inside a building there would be thick smoke, pitch darkness and extreme heat. They would edge their way around the … [Read more…]

2nd Sunday A: The Lamb of God

It is to the Old Testament that we must look to begin to understand Jesus as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. The lamb occupies an important place in the story of the people of Israel. In the first few pages of their sacred text we encounter Abel, son … [Read more…]

The Baptism of our Lord; Cleaving the Darkness

For the early Christians, the thought that their Lord had Himself undergone baptism was disturbing, embarrassing and even scandalous.  Did the spotless Lamb, the Holy One of God, really acknowledge that He was truly united with sinful humanity by submitting to an act of ritual purification?   Why did the Son of God in human … [Read more…]

Epiphany: All Are Called To Him

At Midnight the song of the Angels is heard praising God and announcing peace. Above the sky heaven’s glory had come down to the darkness of earth’s night. In this heavenly light the angelic hosts the shepherds were told of a sign lying in a manger, and they went to see the Child and they … [Read more…]

Christmas Homily

The Sacrament of Christ’s Incarnation and Birth By St. Peter Chrysologus (406-450) A virgin conceived, bore a son, and yet remained a virgin. This is no natural occurrence, but a visible sacrament or sign of God’s divine power. It is a unique event, not like any other events. Christ’s birth was not a necessity, but … [Read more…]

Second Sunday of Advent: Preparing for Christmas

We all spend a lot of time getting ready for Christmas with gifts, cards, decorating, cooking, visits to Santa, shopping, caroling and presentations.  Why do we do all this?  “Well, everyone else is doing it,” you might say.  There’s some truth to that, because after all, we want to join those who are celebrating the … [Read more…]

First Sunday of Advent: Commit to the Kingdom!

They will beat their swords into plowshares, their spears into pruning hooks.  This is from the first reading this weekend from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah. At the end of World War II, the nations of the world decided that an international organization could best prevent war, and the United Nations was established.  Since that … [Read more…]