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Angry over God’s mercy? Learn Jonah’s lesson

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

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Fr. Elvio Baldeon
First Reading: Jonah 4:1-11 Jonah is angry that a plant has died.

Homily Summary: Have you reason to be angry? Many of us do. Jonah was angry because God forgave the city of Nineveh of its sins. Instead of being glad because of God’s mercy, he was sad and angry. God was trying to change Jonah’s idea of Him.

Which is more important — a plant or people? People are more important than plants, money or things. Jesus Christ not only gives instructions. He teaches us to talk to God, to pray. In the Gospel, he tells his disciples, “How do you pray?”

Jesus Christ prayed to the Father. If it is good for Jesus Christ to spend time with his Father, it is good for us to spend time with Him. We should ask Jesus Christ to teach us to pray.

I will follow You — oh, yeah?

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

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Fr. Elvio Baldeon
Gospel: Luke 9:57-62 “I will follow you where ever you go.”

Homily summary: We often say, “I miss you.” This helps us understand our relationship with God. The Psalm reading today said, “Let my tongue be silent if I ever forget you Jerusalem.” We don’t want to forget the one we love.

In today’s Gospel there are three people. They all said they wanted to follow Jesus, but they all came up with excuses. How many times do we make excuses? Especially in prayer. “I have to go somewhere else,” we say to the Lord. “Later I’ll talk with you.”

But the Ten Commandments remind us that God is first. Let us say to God, “I don’t want to live without you.”

Thrilling life of "Amazing Grace" author shows God's mercy

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

Fr. Elvio Baldeon25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sept. 18, 2011
Fr. Elvio Baldeon
Gospel: Matt. 20:1-16 The laborers in the vineyard

Homily summary: This is one of the most challenging Gospel readings. It is about God, who offers himself to people. There was a man named John Newton, born in 1725, whose father was the captain of a merchant ship. The son went to sea at the age of 11 in search of a different life.

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He was forced to serve in the British navy. He was ill treated, so he deserted, but was captured and then demoted as punishment. He requested to be transferred to a slave trading ship. He was rescued by the captain of another ship who knew his father. Continue Reading…

Right vs. wrong, and right vs. right

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

Read Fr. Baldeon's bio23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sept. 4, 2011
Fr. Elvio Baldeon

Gospel: Matt. 18:15-20

Homily summary: Freedom is something that everyone talks about. There are three kinds of freedom. First of all there is freedom from physical restraint. Secondly, there is freedom from psychological oppression, such as when someone threatens to burn down your home. Society protects you from the first two.

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The third type of freedom is moral freedom. This has to do with the type of person that God wants us to be, to become what He created us to be. Christ’s life, death and Resurrection helps us to become this third type. The Gospel warns us against seductive tendencies. We make moral choices each day. Thus, we move either closer to God or farther away from Him. Continue Reading…

Pentecost enables us to be Christ's witnesses to the ends of the world

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Read Fr. BaldeonSunday, June 13, 2011 Pentecost
Fr. Elvio Baldeon
Gospel: John 20:19-23
“As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.”

Homily summary: The coming of the Holy Spirit was a historical moment. It was also a historical moment when we received the Holy Spirit in Baptism and Confirmation. We can ask ourselves, why do we not receive the Holy Spirit in the same way? We receive Jesus in our hearts quietly.

Blessed Virgin Mary of MercyFr. Joseph Eddy is the vocation director of the Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy, founded to redeem Christians whose faith is in danger. The Order’s student house in the U.S. is in Philadelphia.

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We are to be his witnesses. People don”t like to be reminded of God. Still, we are commissioned to be his witnesses to Jerusalem, to Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. The disciples were afraid of the Jews. This changed when they received the Holy Spirit. They received the spirit of wisdom, understand, counsel, and so on. Continue Reading…