TEXT: 4th Sunday of Lent, March 26, 2017

4th Sunday of Lent March 26, 2017 Homily by Fr. John De Celles St. Raymond of Peñafort Catholic Church Springfield, VA Ever since the first Good Friday 2000 years ago, the Cross and the suffering of Jesus have been the focus of constant meditation and veneration by the Church. We continue this tradition today, as we observe the season of Lent –40 days and nights of meditation on the Cross of Jesus, in preparation for the remembrance of the days of his death and of his resurrection.   Lent is full of constant reminders of the Cross, and the suffering … Continue reading

TEXT: 3rd Sunday of Lent, March 19, 2017

3rd Sunday of Lent March 19, 2017 Homily by Fr. John De Celles St. Raymond of Peñafort Catholic Church Springfield, VA   “I thirst.” Jesus said these words as he hung on the Cross. But he also could have said them as he came out of his 40 days in the desert where he was tempted by the devil. And he also probably said them to himself in the scene recorded in today’s Gospel, as, tired from his long journey, he sat down by a well in the hot mid-day sun.   But, while Jesus’ thirst was genuinely physical in … Continue reading

TEXT: 2nd Sunday of Lent, March 12, 2017

2nd  Sunday of Lent March 12, 2017 Homily by Fr. John De Celles St. Raymond of Peñafort Catholic Church Springfield, VA   It may seem a little strange to read the Gospel of the Transfiguration during Lent: the joy of the Transfiguration seems to stand in stark contrast to the sorrow that usually marks this season of penance. But this Gospel really is a window into the true meaning of Lent, which is a season about stark contrasts. Like Peter James and John, during Lent we also go away with Christ to be alone with him, and in the mystery … Continue reading

TEXT: 1st Sunday of Lent, March 5, 2017

1st  Sunday of Lent February 26, 2017 Homily by Fr. John De Celles St. Raymond of Peñafort Catholic Church Springfield, VA   This week we began 40 days and nights of Lent, in imitation of Christ who, as we read in today’s Gospel, began his road to the cross by going out into the desert for 40 days and 40 nights. But why did Jesus do this in the first place—why did he go out into the desert? It may surprise us to find that Scripture tells us: “Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted … Continue reading

TEXT: 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time, February 26, 2017

8th  Sunday in Ordinary Time February 26, 2017 Homily by Fr. John De Celles St. Raymond of Peñafort Catholic Church Springfield, VA     You know, I don’t really like talking about money, especially asking for money,        especially from the pulpit.   I suppose there are several reasons for that: –first, I’m a priest not salesman; –and it’s difficult: I’m trying to get you to give away something you’ve worked hard for. But mainly, I’m reluctant because there’s always, hanging in the back of my mind, the words of Jesus that we read today: “You cannot serve [both] God … Continue reading