Monday of the Fourth Week in Advent. Sometimes, God takes our greatest weakness and, with His power, turns it into a positive situation. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 12-19-16.
Fourth Sunday of Advent. What role does Saint Joseph play in our faith? Father Dave says that we shouldn’t write Joseph out of the Jesus story because he’s a critical example of following God’s plan. Like Joseph, we should be more willing to accept the role that God has for us, even when it doesn’t always make sense. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 12-18-16.
Monday of the First Week in Advent. Father Dave reflects on Advent as a good time for a fresh start, especially for those who have been away from the Church. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 11-28-16.
First Sunday of Advent. Father Dave relates the beginning of Advent to troubleshooting issues with technology. Often, when a computer, phone, or television stops working, rebooting it helps solve the problem at hand. The same can be said for the season of Advent, which allows for an opportunity to reboot our faith lives and start fresh, just in time for Christmas. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 11-27-16.
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Father Dave relates the Batman signal in the sky to the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. As Catholics, we look towards the image of Guadalupe and feel comfort in her protection. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 12-12-16.
Third Sunday of Advent. Father Dave draws a connection between the two themes of patience and joy in today’s readings. While we’re joyful that the birth of Jesus is coming, we must also practice patience in the waiting, so that when he arrives, it will truly be a joyful experience. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 12-11-16.
Memorial of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Religious. Sometimes we have trouble finding Jesus in our lives, but when we get to heaven, we will have no problem recognizing Him as our savior. Father Dave reflects on striving to find Jesus in our hearts and minds while here on earth. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 11-17-16.
Memorial of Saint Leo the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church. Jesus says that The Kingdom of God is not a far off distant place that we can never reach. Rather, The Kingdom of God is right here with us, because we all are part of The Kingdom. Preached at St.Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 11-10-16.
After a tumultuous election cycle that divided the country and left people either happy or upset with the results, Father Dave offers some encouraging words in this homily. He reminds us that Jesus said we should have faith in Him — in both good times and bad times. Father Dave also encourages us that this is the time when we should build each other up rather than tear one another down. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 11-15-16 (Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time).
Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time. In business and in war, the term “acceptable loss ratio” is often used. We might even have an acceptable loss ratio in our own lives when it comes to money or personal belongings. But God does not have an acceptable loss ratio — every single one of us is precious to Him. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 10-30-16.