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God is Jealous But Not Envious

Memorial of Saint Jerome, Priest and Doctor of the Church. Father Dave discusses studying Scripture and today’s reading, which describes God as being jealous. Father Dave points out that God is not jealous in the human sense, rather he desires our exclusive love. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 9-30-19

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Lazarus as a Human Sign

Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Father Dave lifts up today’s Gospel reading, which features the parable of Lazarus and the rich man. He points out our duty to care for the poor and the importance of putting others first. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 9-29-19

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God Equips Those He Calls

Memorial of Saint Bernard, Abbot and Doctor of the Church. Father Dave discusses the story of Gideon in the Old Testament. He explains that Gideon was hiding from intruders and is confused when the angel greets him by calling him a champion. Father Dave encourages us not to allow fear to cripple us, but like Gideon, realize that God calls us for a purpose. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 8-20-19

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In Her Lowlieness

Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Father Dave discusses today’s Gospel reading from Luke in which Mary recites the Magnificat. He points out that Mary recognized her lowliness and is proof that God wants to use us even if we feel unworthy. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 8-15-19

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Even the Bad News is Good News

Tuesday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave points out our tendency to focus on bad news rather than good news. He points out that the disciples were tempted to focus on the bad news of Jesus’ death, rather than look with hope to the resurrection. He encourages us to find hope in all circumstances through our faith in God. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 8-12-19

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School of Rocks

Memorial of Saint Dominic, Priest. Father Dave points out that each of today’s readings mention rocks. He reflects out the symbolism of rocks in Scripture — they are solid and unmoving, just as we should be in our faith. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle, New York City on 8-08-19

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Having a Moses Moment

Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Priest. Father Dave discusses today’s reading in which Moses comes down from the mountain with the Ten Commandments. Father Dave explains that Moses had a life-changing encounter with God on that mountain, but as soon as he returned, he was among those who did not believe. Father Dave points out that we may have moments like Moses, in which we encounter those who do not have faith. He encourages us to be find our comfort in the Eucharist. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 7-29-19

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Keep Haggling in Prayer

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Father Dave discusses the importance of persistence in prayer and complete reliance on God. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 7-28-19

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The Ties That Bind

Tuesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave discusses today’s Gospel in which Jesus challenges us to question the things that are important to us, and encourages us to have allegiance to the family of God. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 7-23-19

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I Don’t Know How to Love Him

Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene. Father Dave reflects on the misconceptions that often circulate about Mary Magdalene. He also explains the important role she plays in the resurrection and the life of the Apostles. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 7-22-19

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