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Father Mitch Pacwa’s homily for February 4th, 2021

Today, this celebration, this feast of St. Joseph of Leonessa, helps to highlight something of today’s first reading from Hebrews; namely, this is the primary text where the Bible calls us to have devotion to the saints. And we remember the saints, in general. As a matter of fact, in the Maronite Rite, we just […]

Father Mitch Pacwa’s homily for January 27th, 2021

Today we are continuing on in Chapter 10 of the letter to the Hebrews. This chapter is pulling together the very rich arguments of the previous nine chapters. He had been setting out step-by-step each of the points that were necessary for them to understand, and that included the divinity of Christ in Chapter 1, […]

Father Mitch Pacwa’s homily for the Baptism of Jesus

Today, we mark the end of the Christmas season with the Baptism of the Lord. In fact, in the east, Epiphany is associated with the Baptism of the Lord as well as, of course, Christmas and the coming of the Magi. We celebrate this as a distinct feast to mark the beginning of what we […]

Father Mitch Pacwa’s homily for the Epiphany

Ephesians Chapter 3 is one of a number of places where St. Paul speaks about the mystery of Revelation. He uses this word following the prophet Daniel who, in his revelation of various dreams and other revelations, identifies them as mysteries known only to God. And St. Paul uses that for the even more profound […]

Father Mitch Pacwa’s homily for December 14th, 2020

Today’s Gospel brings up a problem that occurs throughout humanity–and we certainly see it in our own time; there are people who want to have authority and power but disregard what is true for its own sake. In this case, the chief priests and the elders were in charge of the temple where Our Lord […]

Father Mitch Pacwa’s homily for Gaudete Sunday

In the Latin rite this is one of the two days in the Church’s year where we wear the rose colored vestments. And this Sunday is known as Guaudete Sunday. More than half of Advent is over, so there is rejoicing because Christmas is getting closer. And I always look forward to that because it […]

Father Mitch Pacwa’s homily for December 2nd

It is always important for us to remember, as we enter into this season of Advent, that it’s part of a bookend celebration. At the end of the liturgical year, we were reading text about the Final Judgment and the end of the world. At the beginning of the liturgical year, we do it again […]

Father Mitch Pacwa’s homily for Wednesday, November 11

Appropriate for our present moment in history is this reading from Titus. It’s worth keeping in mind that when St. Paul says to remind everyone to be under the control of the magistrates and authorities, to be obedient, and to be open to every good enterprise, he said this while the Roman government had arrested […]

Father Mitch Pacwa’s homily for October 21st

An important term that keeps both readings together is that of being a steward; oikonómos, in Greek. We can recognize the word economy comes from that. Oikonomía referred to all the inhabited region of the world. The oikonómos has this duty as a steward within that world to serve the Lord St. Paul speaks of […]

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