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Fr. John's Lenten reflection - March 4

Posted by Hayley Kaffar on Thursday, March 7, 2013, In : Homilies 
March 4, 2013 - To Jesus through Mary

In Sunday’s first reading, we heard how Moses came to know God and his place in the Father’s plan in a revelation from God through the burning bush: a bush that was on fire but was not consumed.  In the history of the Church, the burning bush has often been seen as a symbol of Mary who was on fire with the Love of the Holy Spirit, and who even conceived in Her Womb God made man by the power of the Holy Spirit, while her virginity was not consumed.  Jus...
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Fr. John's Lenten reflection - Feb. 28

Posted by Hayley Kaffar on Friday, March 1, 2013, In : Homilies 
February 28, 2013 - To Jesus through Mary

Thus says the LORD:
Cursed is the man who trusts in human beings,
who seeks his strength in flesh,
whose heart turns away from the LORD.
He is like a barren bush in the desert
that enjoys no change of season,
But stands in a lava waste,
a salt and empty earth.
Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
whose hope is the LORD.
He is like a tree planted beside the waters
that stretches out its roots to the stream.

The Immaculate Heart of Mary shows us what it looks...
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Fr. John's Lenten reflection - Feb. 26

Posted by Hayley Kaffar on Friday, March 1, 2013, In : Homilies 
February 26, 2013 - To Jesus through Mary

In today’s Gospel our Lord Jesus says, “Call no one on earth your father; you have but one Father in heaven.”  Jesus reminds us that no one can satisfy our thirst for a Father, not even our earthly fathers.  No matter how good they are, they still fail us and leave us desiring more.  That is because we are made for God to be our Eternal Father, from whom all fatherhood comes.  Even the best of fathers in this life are nothing compared to the infi...
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Fr. John's Lenten reflection - Feb. 22

Posted by Hayley Kaffar on Saturday, February 23, 2013, In : Homilies 

February 22, 2013 - To Jesus through Mary

On this feast of the Chair of Peter, we celebrate this great gift of unity that God our Father has given us in the papacy.  Our Lord Jesus speaks to Peter of his identity in the Father’s Love: “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah.  For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.  And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church…”  Peter hears of his place in the Mystical Body of Christ fr...


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Fr. John's Lenten reflection - Feb. 21

Posted by Hayley Kaffar on Friday, February 22, 2013, In : Homilies 
February 21, 2013 - To Jesus through Mary

In the first reading today, Queen Esther intercedes to God for her people, the chosen people who are in exile and who are in danger of being exterminated.  She prays with deep desire and surrender: “God of Abraham, God of Isaac, and God of Jacob, blessed are you.  Help me, who am alone and have no help but you, for I am taking my life in my hand.”  She is risking her very life, surrendering with trust to God whom she knows will not abandon her.

Wha...
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Fr. John's Lenten reflection - Feb. 20

Posted by Hayley Kaffar on Friday, February 22, 2013, In : Homilies 
February 20, 2013 - To Jesus through Mary

“A clean heart create for me, O God, and a steadfast spirit renew within me.  Cast me not out from your presence, and your Holy Spirit take not from me.”  This verse from Psalm 51 expresses a lot of desire, a desire for a clean, new heart. It's a desire for a steady spirit secure in our true identity. It's a desire to be in God’s Presence never feeling as if we have to face life alone. And it's a desire for the Holy Spirit to fill my heart.  All ...
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Fr. John's Lenten reflection - Feb. 19

Posted by Hayley Kaffar on Friday, February 22, 2013, In : Homilies 
February 19, 2013 - To Jesus through Mary

“Thus says the LORD:  Just as from the heavens the rain and snow come down and do not return there till they have watered the earth, making it fertile and fruitful, giving seed to the one who sows and bread to the one who eats, so shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth;  It shall not return to me void, but shall do my will, achieving the end for which I sent it.”

Mary’s Immaculate Heart and Her whole person is that rich soil that receives ...
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Fr. John's Lenten reflection - Feb. 18

Posted by Hayley Kaffar on Friday, February 22, 2013, In : Homilies 
February 18, 2013 - To Jesus through Mary

Today our Living God speaks to us; “Be holy, for I, the Lord, your God, am holy.”  To be holy is to be our real selves, who God created us to be.  To be holy is to be like God in my human nature.  In the first reading, God shows us that the first step in being holy is to avoid sin. It calls us to avoid dark choices in our life such as living a lie, harming another’s reputation with gossip, holding onto a grudge, and so many other decisions that h...
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Fr. John's Lenten reflection - Feb. 16

Posted by Hayley Kaffar on Friday, February 22, 2013, In : Homilies 
February 16, 2013 - in preparation of the Consecration to Jesus through Mary

Jesus saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at the customs post.  He said to him, “Follow me.”

Levi, who became Matthew the apostle, was sitting in his main place of sinfulness.  The customs post or tax collector's booth was a place of greed, a place of addiction, a place of cheating and dishonesty… the place of his weakness.  But this is where Jesus “saw” him.  What must have been that gaze of love of Jesus...
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Fr. John's Lenten reflection - Feb. 15

Posted by Hayley Kaffar on Friday, February 22, 2013, In : Homilies 
February 15, 2013 - in preparation for the Consecration to Jesus through Mary

In today’s Gospel, Jesus said “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them?” This word “bridegroom” stood out for me throughout the day. In our preparation to consecrate ourselves to Jesus through Mary, it really is a journey into the Father’s Wedding Feast that He has prepared for His Son.  The Father’s Love story is revealed in the Pierced Heart of Jesus who thirsts for our hea...
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Father John's homily - Ascension 2012

Posted by Hayley Kaffar on Monday, May 21, 2012, In : Homilies 

Ascension - May 20, 2012

Today we celebrate the Ascension of our Lord Jesus into heaven as He brings our human nature right into the very Life of the Holy Trinity, to the right hand of God our Father.  The Ascension of our Lord Jesus completes the goal of His Incarnation.  The Eternal Son of God became Man, taking on our human nature in order to die for our sins.  Then He rises from the dead and now He even takes that same human nature with Him as He ascends into the very Life of God Himself...


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Father John's homily - 6th Sunday of Easter 2012

Posted by Hayley Kaffar on Sunday, May 20, 2012, In : Homilies 

6th Sunday of Easter - May 13, 2012

In our first reading, Peter, the first leader of Christ’s Church chosen by Jesus Himself in Matthew chapter 16, sees how God is working in the hearts of Cornelius and his whole household.  They were non-Jews, Gentile pagans.  And Peter says, “In truth, I see that God shows no partiality.  Rather, in every nation whoever fears him and acts uprightly is acceptable to him.”  As he spoke the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Love being sent forth by the Father ...


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Father John's homily - 5th Sunday of Easter 2012

Posted by Hayley Kaffar on Saturday, May 12, 2012, In : Homilies 

5th Sunday of Easter - May 6, 2012  (First Communion Sunday)

Today [as we celebrate the Solemn Holy Communion of our 3rd graders] our Lord Jesus says in the Gospel, “I am the vine, you are the branches.  Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing.”  That is what God wants from each of your lives… that your lives would bear the supernatural fruit of God’s own Divine Love lived out in real virtuous deeds.

Our Lord Jesus is the main g...


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Father John's homily - 4th Sunday of Easter 2012

Posted by Hayley Kaffar on Sunday, April 29, 2012, In : Homilies 

4th Sunday of Easter - April 29, 2012

Today our Lord Jesus says to us, “I am the good shepherd.  A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep…  I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I will lay down my life for the sheep.”  Jesus Christ is not only the Lamb of Sacrifice who takes away our sins… He is not only the Lamb who was pierced, whose blood reconciles us to the Father… mysteriously our Lord Jesus is...


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Father John's homily - 3rd Sunday of Easter 2012

Posted by Hayley Kaffar on Sunday, April 29, 2012, In : Homilies 

3rd Sunday of Easter - April 22, 2012

Today in the Acts of the Apostle, after the coming of the Holy Spirit, Peter has the fortitude and strength to bear witness to the resurrection of Jesus as something real.  Preaching to the Jews, Peter says, “The author of life you put to death, but God raised him from the dead; of this we are witnesses.”  As the foundation of the Church instituted by Jesus Christ, the apostles were the primary witnesses to the Resurrection of Jesus.  Without the Res...


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Fr. John's homily - Divine Mercy Sunday 2012

Posted by Hayley Kaffar on Friday, April 20, 2012, In : Homilies 

Divine Mercy Sunday - April 15, 2012

Let those who fear the LORD say, "His mercy endures forever."  Divine Mercy is the greatest attribute of God.  Mercy is what glorifies God the most, even more than His awesome Justice.  It takes more creative power to bestow Mercy and forgive than it does to punish a soul for all eternity.  In fact the Mercy of God is really the source of all things, even the act of creation itself.  For in creating the universe and each one of us, God did so only out of ...


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Fr. John's homily - Easter Sunday 2012

Posted by Hayley Kaffar on Saturday, April 14, 2012, In : Homilies 
Easter Sunday - April 8, 2012

I once saw a beautiful icon of the Resurrection of Jesus.  It depicted Jesus coming out of the tomb, conquering sin and death, but as He rose from the tomb victorious, in His right hand he held the wrist of Adam and in His left hand He had a firm hold of the wrist of Eve, lifting both of them up out of the place of death as He lifted them with Himself into the Father’s Infinite Life and Love.

This is really our joy as we celebrate Easter as well;  that we too can...
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Fr. John's homily - Good Friday 2012

Posted by Hayley Kaffar on Saturday, April 7, 2012, In : Homilies 
Good Friday – April 6, 2012

In His Passion and Death, our Lord Jesus takes upon Himself all of our sin and pain.  He enters into our losses, our hurts and times when we are weighed down by suffering.  Wherever we have been rejected or abandoned by someone who should have loved us, Jesus was there, taking the pain to Himself.  Wherever our good name was harmed or whenever we were betrayed by a friend, Jesus was already there accepting the wound with us. Our Lord Jesus even becomes sin for our...
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Fr. John's homily - Holy Thursday 2012

Posted by Hayley Kaffar on Saturday, April 7, 2012, In : Homilies 
Holy Thursday - April 05, 2012

“Before the feast of Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to pass from this world to the Father.  He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end.”  This beautiful line from the Gospel brings us right into the Heart of God’s own Love story.  At the Last Supper, Jesus knows that in His Human nature, He is going to the Father, yet still linked with us, He desires at the same time to draw us too into this infinite Love existing between the Fa...
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Fr. John's homily - 4th Sunday of Lent 2012

Posted by Hayley Kaffar on Saturday, April 7, 2012, In : Homilies 
4th Sunday of Lent, B - March 18, 2012

In the Old Testament, in response to all of God’s invitations to be His own people, most of the house of Israel fell away from their faith, desiring more the false pleasures of this world.  As our first reading said, “they mocked the messengers of God, despised his warnings, and scoffed at his prophets, until the anger of the LORD against his people was so inflamed that there was no remedy.”  The anger of God is not a resentful, bitter anger, but it...
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Fr. John's daily meditation

Posted by Hayley Kaffar on Thursday, August 25, 2011, In : Homilies 

Click August 25, 2011 to read the daily meditation.


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