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Mary, Mother of the Church

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.

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Pentecost Sunday: Unused Gift Cards Are Like the Holy Spirit

Pentecost Sunday. Father Dave begins by asking the congregation how many of them have unused gift cards sitting in a drawer somewhere. He uses this as an analogy for the Holy Spirit, which we hear about in today’s readings for the Feast of Pentecost. We sometimes think only other people—certain special people—have the gifts of the Holy Spirit. In fact, every baptized person has the Holy Spirit dwelling inside of them. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 6-9-19.

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Paul and Barnabas: We Are Not God

Monday of the Fifth Week of Easter. Father Dave takes a closer look at the lessons on humility found in today’s readings. He has a special message for priests: They need to be reminded that sharing the Good News isn’t just about them, but about all the people who need to hear the word of God. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 5-20-19

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He Will Fit You for the Work

Fifth Sunday of Easter and the first Mass of Father Evan Cummings, CSP. Father Dave explains that all the people of God — not just those who are ordained — are called to do the work of making disciples in their communities. God has fit you for the work and given you strength to show others you are believers by your love, Father Dave says. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 5-19-19

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Blessed Are You If You Do It

Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter. Father Dave challenges us to take our faith beyond going to Mass, beyond church walls, and really live our faith out loud in all aspects of our lives. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 5-16-19

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He Commands Eternal Life

Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Easter. Father Dave shares that it often feels like the work of the Holy Spirit is a little more clearly seen in the rearview mirror. Thinking back on these moments of grace can remind us that the Holy Spirit is our guide and help at all times in our lives, leading us toward eternal life. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 5-15-19

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To Be Known and Loved

Fourth Sunday of Easter and Mother’s Day. The intimate relationship between a shepherd and his sheep is often used in the Bible to represent how God loves us. Father Dave talks about the significance of “being fully known and being fully loved” as children of God and how we should share that love with others. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 5-12-19

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But What Was It Like for Philip?

Thursday of the Third Week of Easter. Father Dave discusses today’s reading from the Acts of the Apostles in which Philip baptizes the Ethiopian eunuch. Father Dave encourages us to explain and share our faith just like Philip to help open the hearts of others. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 5-09-19

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Believing Is Not Like a Drive-Thru

Monday of the Third Week of Easter. Father Dave encourages us to refrain from looking at our relationship with Christ as something transactional. Rather, we should believe that God provides for our needs and we shouldn’t expect God to work on our own timeline. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 5-06-19

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God is Trustworthy, but Do You Trust Him?

Memorial of Saint Athanasius, Bishop and Doctor of the Church. Father Dave focuses on how difficult trusting in God can be. God is worthy of our trust, but we can block ourselves from trusting him. Father Dave challenges us to try harder to be confident in God this week. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 5-02-19

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