Category: Guest Audio

Homily: 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Fr. Eric Tellez (with an invitation from Adam Stein)

The teachings of Jesus can confuse us as we try to make sense of what he asks and how it fits into our way of thinking. It takes time to reflect on what he is asking. This week’s Gospel, and the Beatitudes (our theme for the year) really turn our world upside down, but does not Jesus do that already?

Fr. Eric breaks this open during his homily this weekend and invites Adam Stein, our Coordinator of Communications, to share more about our theme and a very special event that is happening next week.



Here is the video that was shown at all the Masses this weekend:


Click here for a flyer on the Beatitudes project events that is happening next week and mark your calendars for these important dates:

“The Beatitudes Project”
Saturday – Tuesday, October 20 – 23

October 20 & 21:
Stu G will be speaking at all Masses

Monday, October 22:
a night of stories & song
6:30 pm in the Church

Tuesday, October 23:
“A View from the Hill” – Film & Q&A
Two Showings:
9:30 am in the Daily Mass Chapel
6:30 pm in Fenlon Hospitality Center


Finally, you can click here to download the Beatitudes card & calendar of events here at St. Patrick that takes us through the rest of this year. Thank you! Together we are Christian Disciples in Mission who are Living Beyond Sunday through the Beatitudes!

Homily, Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 16, 2017, Fr. John Coleman

Today’s Gospel marks the beginning of the third long discourse given by Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew. Over the next few weeks, the Gospel readings will consist of the entire 13th Chapter of Matthew’s Gospel, a lengthy teaching discourse.

Throughout this discourse, Jesus will offer several parables to illustrate for his listeners what he means by the kingdom of heaven. He begins with the parable of the sower, which appears rather straightforward—of course seeds grow best in good soil. Seeds that miss the soil, are sown on rocky ground, or are sown among other plants will not grow. The surprise in the parable is the enormous yield of the seed that is sown on good soil.

Jesus then explains his use of parables. Jesus seems to suggest that he uses parables to teach because the meanings of parables are not self-evident. The hearer must engage in some degree of reflection in order to comprehend the message of a parable. In this way, the medium—the parable—models the point of the parable of the sower. Those who are willing to engage themselves in the effort to understand will be rewarded by the discovery of the message and will bear fruit.

To bring home the point, Jesus interprets the parable of the sower to his disciples. The different types of soil in which the seeds are sown are metaphors for the disposition with which each individual hears the teaching about the kingdom of heaven. Some will be easily swayed away from the kingdom of heaven. Some will receive it for a time but will lose it when faced with difficulties. Some will hear the word but will then permit other cares to choke it out. Yet some will receive it well, and the seed will produce abundant fruit.

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