Homilies (sermons)

Please note:  Since the parish is currently unable able to gather as a community of faith because of Coronavirus precautions, homilies will now be available in audio and text format on the parish website.

Homilies for August: Pentecost IX-XIII

Homilies for August photo – W.G. Empey (c) 2019 Normally while our parish priest is away on vacation, the priest who stands in for him would be our Celebrant and give the homily / sermon each Sunday at church. Since we are not gathering at church on Sundays due to COVID-19, there are no liturgies…

Homily: Pentecost VIII – Training for the Kingdom

Training for the Kingdom Listen to this message Jesus put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so…

Homily: Pentecost VII – Weeds among the Wheat

Weeds among the Wheat Read today’s gospel scripture Matthew 13: 24-30, 36-43 Listen to this message The simple and stark reality is that the world is made up of good and evil, light and darkness, brightness and shadow, wheat and weeds. As Jesus says, weeds grow among the wheat. And when he was speaking in Elizabethan…

Homily: Pentecost VI — The Soil Within

The Soil Within Read today’s gospel scripture Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 Listen to this message A man goes out to sow. And as he walks, he casts the seeds far and wide. The seeds land every which way. Some on the trodden path, some in the rocks, some among the thorns. But, as he walks and…

Homily: Pentecost V – Wisdom vindicated by her deeds

Wisdom vindicated by her deeds Read today’s Epistle and Holy Gospel: Romans 7:15-25a;  Matthew 11: 16-19, 25-30 Listen to this message A person could easily ask these days, just what exactly is the world coming to? I mean just take a look around. What about this younger generation? They flock to the beach in spite…

Homily: Pentecost IV – small gesture, big difference

Small gesture, big difference Read today’s gospel scripture Matthew 10: 40-42 Listen to this message This is such a beautiful little passage from the Gospel of Matthew. It’s pretty brief but it has quite a bit of depth. It’s almost like a meditation. So, if you wish, you can pause the audio version of my…