Father George William Rutler Homilies
2019-04-28 - Second Sunday of Easter

2019-04-28 - Second Sunday of Easter

April 28, 2019

28 April 2019

Second Sunday of Easter

John 20:19-31 + Homily

15 Minutes 22 Seconds

Link to the Readings:

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/042819.cfm

(New American Bible, Revised Edition)

From the parish bulletin:

   In the radiance of the Resurrection, the Church relates to the emotions of the first witnesses: grief, fear, bewilderment, and then exultation. In each generation, believers experience all of these in various ways. On Good Friday our local custom is to meditate on the Seven Last Words, using meditations written by Blessed John Henry Newman. Because the reflections he wrote in the nineteenth century are so apposite to the history of the Church’s trials and triumphs, listeners often think they were written just yesterday. The same is true of the Paschal Sequence: “Death and Life have contended / In that combat stupendous.”

   On Good Friday a faithful young priest I knew when he was a boy, died after a long illness, and at the same time, a girl was born to one of our families. Early on Easter morning one of our Sri Lankan worshipers told me of the massacre in Colombo. It is estimated that around our world a Christian is martyred every five minutes “in odium fidei” by those who hate Christ. During the cathedral fire in Paris, the rescue of the Blessed Sacrament (which the frail ecclesiology of The New York Times called “a statue of Jesus”) was a triumph of life over death. 

   Over many years I have had recourse to an epitaph in an English church inscribed during the dark Puritan days of Cromwell’s Protectorate: “In the year 1653 when all thinges Sacred were throughout ye nation Either demolisht or profaned, Sir Robert Shirley, Baronet, Founded this church; Whose singular praise it is to have done the best things in ye worst times, and hoped them in the most callamitous.”

   On Easter Day in that spirit, and at a time of no little tribulation in the Church and culture in general, we dedicated a new baldacchino to enhance our central altar. This was part of an ongoing project to furnish our church with art and craftsmanship representative of the unsurpassed aesthetic patrimony of Catholicism. Our funds are limited, so this was a work of devotion by the carpenters who attended the dedication, and our own parishioners, including the architect and sculptor. If friends of the parish continue to be generous, we can put our local talent to further use. 

   The High Priests and Pharisees told the Roman governor Pontius Pilate that Jesus had said that He would rise from the dead. They certainly did not believe that, but it made them edgy enough that they asked permission to seal the Tomb. The Living Word, however, always has the last word. Recall the admonition of one of Hannibal’s soldiers after his victory at the battle of Cannae, when he hesitated to march on to Rome: “Vincere scis, victoria uti nescis.” —"You know how to win but you do not know what to do with the victory.” May the Victorious Christ never have to say that about us.

 

2019-04-21 - Easter Sunday

2019-04-21 - Easter Sunday

April 21, 2019

21 April 2019

Easter Sunday: The Resurrection of the Lord

John 20:1-9 + Homily

19 Minutes 42 Seconds

Link to the Readings:

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/042119.cfm

(New American Bible, Revised Edition)

From the parish bulletin:

THE EASTER SERMON OF JOHN CHRYSOSTOM

Bishop of Constantinople (c. A.D. 400)

   Is there anyone who is a devout lover of God? Let them enjoy this beautiful bright festival! Is there anyone who is a grateful servant? Let them rejoice and enter into the joy of their Lord!

   Are there any weary with fasting? Let them now receive their wages! If any have toiled from the first hour, let them receive their due reward; if any have come after the third hour, let him with gratitude join in the Feast! And he that arrived after the sixth hour, let him not doubt; for he too shall sustain no loss. And if any delayed until the ninth hour, let him not hesitate; but let him come too. And he who arrived only at the eleventh hour, let him not be afraid by reason of his delay.

   For the Lord is gracious and receives the last even as the first. He gives rest to him that comes at the eleventh hour, as well as to him that toiled from the first. To this one He gives, and upon another He bestows. He accepts the works as He greets the endeavor. The deed He honors and the intention He commends.

   Let us all enter into the joy of the Lord! First and last alike receive your reward; rich and poor, rejoice together! Sober and slothful, celebrate the day!

   You that have kept the fast, and you that have not, rejoice today for the Table is richly laden! Feast royally on it, the calf is a fatted one. Let no one go away hungry. Partake, all, of the cup of faith. Enjoy all the riches of His goodness!

   Let no one grieve at his poverty, for the universal kingdom has been revealed. Let no one mourn that he has fallen again and again; for forgiveness has risen from the grave. Let no one fear death, for the Death of Our Saviour has set us free. He has destroyed it by enduring it.

   He destroyed Hades when He descended into it. He put it into an uproar even as it tasted of His flesh. Isaiah foretold this when he said, “You, O Hell, have been troubled by encountering Him below.”

   Hell was in an uproar because it was done away with. It was in an uproar because it is mocked. It was in an uproar, for it is destroyed. It is in an uproar, for it is annihilated. It is in an uproar, for it is now made captive. Hell took a body, and discovered God. It took earth, and encountered Heaven. It took what it saw, and was overcome by what it did not see.

   O death, where is thy sting? O Hades, where is thy victory?

   Christ is Risen, and you, O death, are annihilated! Christ is Risen, and the evil ones are cast down! Christ is Risen, and the angels rejoice! Christ is Risen, and life is liberated! Christ is Risen, and the tomb is emptied of its dead; for Christ having risen from the dead, is become the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep.

   To Him be Glory and Power forever and ever. Amen!

 

2019-04-19 - Good Friday - Seventh Word from the Cross

2019-04-19 - Good Friday - Seventh Word from the Cross

April 19, 2019

19 April 2019

Good Friday

Seventh Word from the Cross

"Father, into your hands I commend My Spirit."

11 Minutes 32 Seconds

2019-04-19 - Good Friday - Sixth Word from the Cross

2019-04-19 - Good Friday - Sixth Word from the Cross

April 19, 2019

19 April 2019

Good Friday

Sixth Word from the Cross

"It is finished."

16 Minutes 32 Seconds

2019-04-19 - Good Friday - Fifth Word from the Cross

2019-04-19 - Good Friday - Fifth Word from the Cross

April 19, 2019

19 April 2019

Good Friday

Fifth Word from the Cross

"I thirst."

20 Minutes 16 Seconds

2019-04-19 - Good Friday - Fourth Word from the Cross

2019-04-19 - Good Friday - Fourth Word from the Cross

April 19, 2019

19 April 2019

Good Friday

Fourth Word from the Cross

"My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?"

17 Minutes 9 Seconds

2019-04-19 - Good Friday - Third Word from the Cross

2019-04-19 - Good Friday - Third Word from the Cross

April 19, 2019

19 April 2019

Good Friday

Third Word from the Cross

"Woman, behold thy son; son, behold thy Mother."

16 Minutes 47 Seconds

2019-04-19 - Good Friday - Second Word from the Cross

2019-04-19 - Good Friday - Second Word from the Cross

April 19, 2019

19 April 2019

Good Friday

Second Word from the Cross

"Today thou shalt be with me in paradise."

21 Minutes 9 Seconds

2019-04-19 - Good Friday - First Word from the Cross

2019-04-19 - Good Friday - First Word from the Cross

April 19, 2019

19 April 2019

Good Friday

First Word from the Cross

"Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."

18 Minutes 52 Seconds

 

2019-04-18 - Holy Thursday

2019-04-18 - Holy Thursday

April 18, 2019

18 April 2019

Holy Thursday:

Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper

John 13:1-15 + Homily

15 Minutes 14 Seconds

Link to the Readings:

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/041819-evening.cfm

(New American Bible, Revised Edition)