Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Father Dave discusses today’s Gospel reading about Martha and Mary. He provides context to explain why Mary chose the better role in this instance by sitting at the feet of Jesus instead of keeping busy. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 7-21-19
Tuesday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave preaches about today’s Gospel reading in which Jesus promises to come to our aid. Father Dave reminds us to always turn to God, especially in difficult times. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 7-18-19
Memorial of Saint Bonaventure, Bishop and Doctor of the Church. Father Dave reflects on how we value certain brands in our lives. He suggests making today’s psalm, “Our help is in the name of the Lord,” our brand. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 7-15-19
Friday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave preaches near the tomb of Saint Peter. He explains that certain things, like visiting Saint Peter’s tomb, can inspire awe in us and call us to be bolder. Father Dave challenges us to become bolder in our lives of faith so as to inspire awe in others. Preached at Saint Peter’s Basilica, Rome, Italy on 7-05-19
Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Father Dave discusses today’s reading in which God appoints Elisha to be the successor of Elijah. Father Dave points out that it’s important for us to have our own succession plan when it comes to passing on our faith to others. Preached at The Basilica of Sant Andrea Della Valle in Rome, Italy on 6-30-19
Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist. The opening prayer for Mass today says that John the Baptist was raised up by God to “make ready a nation fit for Christ the Lord.” Father Dave invites us to consider that in today’s world, it’s us believers who take up that task from John: making ready the people in our lives to receive Jesus the Lord. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Parish in New York City on 6-24-19.
Monday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time. In today’s reading from 2 Corinthians, Paul addresses believers by calling them “fellow workers.” Does your Christian life feel like a job? Maybe it should. Father Dave explains being Christian isn’t always warm and fuzzy. It might feel like work, and that’s okay. Living a Christian life involves things that are hard to do like forgiving, loving unconditionally, and serving others. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Parish in New York City on 6-17-19.
Thursday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time. Saint Paul tells the Corinthians, “Because of my love for you, I will not be silent!” Father Dave posits that perhaps we choose to be silent too often when it comes to sharing our faith with the ones we love. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 6-20-19.
Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. Father Dave steers away from trying to explain the theological concept of a Trinitarian God and instead focuses on the three persons of God being in perfect unity, perfect harmony, and in perfect love. God challenges us to be like this is our relationships, which flies in the face of our self-centered culture. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 6-16-19.
Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church. Father Dave explains a brand-new feast day in the Church’s calendar, one that’s only been celebrated once before. Pope Francis declared in 2018 that from that time forward, we would now celebrate the feast known as “Mary, Mother of the Church” on the Monday after Pentecost each year. Mary’s universal motherhood can be seen in both of the readings chosen for today: She’s called “Mother of All the Living” in Genesis; and in John’s Gospel, Jesus says on the cross to “the beloved disciple” (representing all disciples down through the ages), “Here is your mother,” thus declaring Mary the mother of all believers, or “mother of the Church.” Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 6-10-19.