Browsing Fr. Arturo Homilies

Homily for the 2nd Sunday of Advent, December 4, 2022

Posted by Carol Johnson on 12/04/22

     My reflections today are focused on the way we live and the importance of changing for the better. This change needs to take place now because, otherwise, we may take the risk of being forced to go through that process in circumstances that may be more painful ... Read More »

Homily for the 1st Sunday of Advent, November 27, 2022

Posted by Carol Johnson on 11/28/22

Today’s gospel ends with a serious warning: “You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of man will come”. I would like to focus my reflections today on the importance of being prepared for the coming of the Lord into our lives ... Read More »

Homily for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 13, 2022

Posted by Carol Johnson on 11/14/22

My formal installation as pastor of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton is scheduled for this coming Tuesday. Pastors’ installations are performed by the Bishop or by another priest on the Bishop’s behalf. Bishop Zarama performs the installation of pastors appointed for the first time. Since I have been a pastor ... Read More »

Homily for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 6, 2022

Posted by Carol Johnson on 11/07/22

In today’s gospel the Lord ends his teaching regarding the resurrection of the body saying: “He [the God of Moses] is not God of the dead, but of the living, for to him, all are alive”. This truth, that for God all those who have already left this world ... Read More »

Homily for the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 30, 2022

Posted by Carol Johnson on 11/01/22

Jericho was on the road from our Lord’s native province, Galilee, toward the city of Jerusalem. Our Lord traveled that road many times during his life, several of those as a preacher and miracle maker. We assume that Zacchaeus was not aware of those several visits, but he definitely ... Read More »

Homily for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 23, 2022

Posted by Carol Johnson on 10/23/22

The importance of being humble when praying comes from the fact that prayer without humility is not true prayer. The Lord makes this clear when he says that the Pharisee spoke a prayer to himself. Saint Thomas Aquinas taught that humility is truth. And the naked truth about human ... Read More »

Homily for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 16, 2022

Posted by Carol Johnson on 10/17/22

Today’s gospel ends with the Lord’s perplexing question, “But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” I would like to focus my reflections on faith and obedience to God. Moses is the example of both faith and obedience that is given to us today.

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Homily for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 9, 2022

Posted by Carol Johnson on 10/10/22

Today’s gospel story about the ten lepers highlights the beautiful virtue of thankfulness. Briefly I would like to reflect on its importance. I would also like to talk about some steps for practicing thankfulness, especially toward our loving God.

Saint Luke tells us that, after all had been healed, ... Read More »

Homily for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 2, 2022

Posted by Carol Johnson on 10/04/22

Today I would like to introduce to the parish our new Increased Offertory Program, titled “Growing as Family, Building our Future, Witnessing our Faith”. I believe this initiative will help us increase our trust in God almighty and in the plans God has for our parish and for our ... Read More »

Homily for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 18, 2022

Posted by Carol Johnson on 9/19/22

The parable of the dishonest steward states that, “The master commended that dishonest steward for acting prudently”. We wonder why he was praised and not rebuked. His smart use of his intelligence to gain access to people’s homes when he would need them is what the master praises him ... Read More »