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Do We Want the Best for Others?

Tuesday of the Twenty-Third Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave discusses today’s reading in which Saint Paul writes about wanting what is best for the Colossians. Father Dave asks us to reflect on whether or not we genuinely want what is best for others, especially those with whom we disagree. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 09-07-21

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Playing a Part

Wednesday of the Twenty-First Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave reflects on today’s Gospel reading from Matthew where Jesus accuses the Pharisees of being hypocrites. Father Dave explains that back then, the word “hypocrite” was akin to calling someone an actor. He asks us to reflect in our own hearts whether or not we are acting when it comes to our faith, or if living our faith authentically. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 8-25-21

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Expect the Unexpected

Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Father Dave reflects on Elizabeth’s pregnancy with John the Baptist and points out that nothing is impossible for God. Father Dave encourages us to expect the unexpected in our own lives when following Christ. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 8-15-21

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Yeti Coolers With Food for the Journey

Monday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave reflects on today’s Old Testament reading in which Elijah feels defeated and prays for death. An angel appears to Elijah and encourages him to eat and have food for the journey. This one meal kept Elijah alive for 40 days. Father Dave relates this story to the importance of the Eucharist as food for our earthly journeys. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 8-09-21

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Don’t Give Up So Easily

Memorial of Saint Francis of Assisi. Father Dave discusses the importance of perseverance. He relates this to the woman in today’s Gospel who requests the healing of her daughter from an evil spirit. Jesus granted this healing because of her persistence. Father Dave encourages us to be persistent in our prayer even if it seems like nothing is happening. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 8-04-21

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Speak to God Face-to-Face

Tuesday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave discusses today’s first reading in which Moses has an encounter with God while praying in his tent. Father Dave relates this to our experience in the Eucharist and encourages us to meet God face-to-face when we receive communion. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church on 7-27-21

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It’s Always Been Worth It

Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene. Father Dave discusses the important role of women in our Church and how we can look to female saints throughout history to see the influence and impact of women in Catholicism. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 7-22-21

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Stillness Lets Us Be Close

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Father Dave reflects on today’s Gospel in which Jesus invites the disciples to go away to a deserted place and rest. He points out that while work is important, it is also important to rest and reflect alone with God in order to be able to carry out the mission he has given to us. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 7-18-21

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Why Does God Need Us?

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Father Dave reflects on God’s decision to use humans to carry out his purposes. He asks why God needs us, and points out that we are called to share our faith with everyone. God invites us to share his work out of love for us. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 7-11-21

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Joseph Made Them Share

Wednesday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave discusses the story of Joseph from the Book of Genesis. He points out that during the famine, Joseph encouraged the people to share their resources with those in need. Father Dave relates this to the pandemic and reflects on our duty to share hope with our neighbor. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 07-07-21

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