Sermons by Deacon Mike Young

DONNING OUR APRONS

  Megan McKenna, the famous  theologian who has taught at many major Catholic institutions including Fordham, once reflected on our Gospel for today and wrote: Jesus tells two parables of a master and a servant. In the first, the master dons an apron in delight when he finds his servants ready and he waits on…

Supreme and Extreme Love

  “If anyone comes to me without hating his father and mother, his wife and Children, his brothers and sisters, indeed his very self, he cannot be my Disciple.” A traditional hymn begins: “Jesus, my Lord, my All, how can I love Thee as I Ought?” We Love Jesus as we ought by loving him…

“FIX YOUR EYES ON JESUS”

“FIX YOUR EYES ON JESUS” “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, Who inspires and perfects our faith. (Heb 12: 2) When we are persecuted and, like Jeremiah, thrown in the muddy cistern to die, “Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus. “When we are tempted to “grow despondent or abandon the struggle, “Let…

Who do you say that I am?

Who do you say that I am? The prophet Zachariah in our first reading, prophesized that Jesus will be coming. He will bring a spirit of grace and petition to the inhabitants of Jerusalem in the house of David. They will look at Him who has been pierced and they shall mourn for Him. There…

THIS IS MY BODY, WHICH IS FOR YOU!!!!!

THIS IS MY BODY, WHICH IS FOR YOU!!!!! Jesus continues to say to each of us: “This is My body” and “This is My blood.” Jesus says: “My flesh is real food and My blood real drink.” When we receive Holy Communion, we receive the body and blood, soul and divinity of Jesus. Most of…

We must not try to avoid the cross

“WE MUST NOT TRY TO AVOID THE CROSS”   In today’s Gospel, did Peter go back into the fishing business and quit following Jesus? No one could say that the thought didn’t go through his mind. Peter had long-standing problems with Jesus’ command to take up the cross. When Jesus had first mentioned the cross…

Highway Construction!

HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION!!! “Make ready the way of the Lord, clear Him a straight path.”   Before Christ’s Christmas coming and His Second Coming, we need to make a highway in the desert. We need this highway so we can make a highway in the daily desert of our journey to eternity. We need this highway…

Pains-taking prayer?

Pains- taking prayer? The Lord commands us to “confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and favor and to find help in time of need. When we do this, however, we should try to understand the implications of what we are asking. If we ask for many to be justified and saved, we…