Sermons by Father Cesar

Christian Privilege: Forgiven to forgive

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time Fr. John Monbourquette, in his bestselling book How To Forgive, writes: “If you want to be happy for a moment, then seek revenge. If you want to be happy for a life time, then grant forgiveness.” He follows it up by presenting the four possibilities and consequences if we do not…

The Divine Mercy: Fruit of Lent and Easter

St. Gregory of Nazianzen called the Second Sunday of Easter (Octave or Eight Day of Easter) as “the birthday of salvation”; St. Augustine as “the compendium of mercy”; and St. Thomas Aquinas as “the second perfection of Easter.” Then, on April 30, 2000, as he canonized St. Faustina, St. John Paul II named the Second…

The light that makes one see or renders one blind!

4th Sunday of Lent-3/26/17 In the Gospel, the evangelist John develops the cure of the man born blind into a “sign” narrative. Focus is not the actual cure but on the drama that follows. It tells us who Jesus is and explores the meaning of sin. Having revealed himself as “the light of the world”…

Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God

Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart! At the beginning of the year, we cry in unison to honor Mary, Mother of God and our Mother. She is rightly called the beginning of our salvation. Through her consent to God’s invitation to become the mother of the Redeemer, Mary actively cooperates…

Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!

John the Baptist makes this call that is always relevant, as he prepares the appearance of Jesus, the Messiah, and as we prepare for Christmas and the coming of the Lord at the end of time.   Repentance is not a feeling, though it is often accompanied by sorrow and regret. Repentance involves three things:…

End of Time and the Virtue of Patient Endurance

Today’s Gospel from Luke opens with the prediction of Jesus concerning the destruction of the temple of Jerusalem. The temple is a marvel of a gem for the Jews, a symbol of their identity as God’s people, a sign of God’s presence and an embodiment of their cherished hopes. They believe that as long as…

Jesus: Our Life and Resurrection

As liturgical year draws closer to its end (Nov. 27th is the First Sunday of Advent), the Church leads us into God’s word about death, the inevitable end of our earthly existence, and eternity. The readings leading to the Gospel underline the importance of living by the three theological virtues: FAITH AT ALL COST. The…

Praying always without becoming weary!

In today’s Gospel from Luke, Jesus tells His disciples the necessity of praying always without becoming weary. He describes a widow who is persistent in her pursuit of what is just. Deprived of rights after her husband’s death, she insists on the protection afforded by the Law of Moses for widows and orphans.   She…

The Lord hears the cry of the Poor

In the First Reading, Prophet Amos castigates the rich in Israel not so much for their ivory seats or golden vessels, but for their neglect of the ruin of Joseph. By Joseph Amos means their poor brothers and sisters, fellow Israelites. We recall in the book of Genesis how the sons of Jacob sold their…