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Homily 247 – 4th Sunday of Easter

Posted: April 21st, 2013, by Fr. Shawn P. Tunink

IMG_0257Faithful to Hope

It seems everyone wants to be successful, but when it comes to faith this can be a dangerous goal. You see, we always tend to measure success on the world’s terms. Do people like us? Are we getting ahead? Yet, in the Scriptures we see that sometimes the heroes are the ones that seem to be most defeated. The martyrs are killed, the apostles are put in prison and then killed and on and on. This sure looks like a lot of failures. Mother Theresa gives us the perfect answer to this problem. She tells us that God does not call us to be successful, but faithful. Faithfulness, no success, is our goal.

This is why we can have great joy even amid worldly failures. This world is not our goal. We live this life knowing that Christ has already won the victory and that if we follow him, our good shepherd, then nothing can take us out of God’s hand. God would never allow the slightest evil in the world if he were not able to bring about an infinitely greater good. The Father is greater. This leads to the virtue of hope. Even in our darkest moments, with all the pain and suffering that we’ve seen even just this week in Boston and other places, in the middle of all the apparent failures, we have joy and hope. In the end, we win. Therefore, let us not despair but remain faithful to hope.

Homily 246 – Divine Mercy Sunday

Posted: April 7th, 2013, by Fr. Shawn P. Tunink

Peace Is Flowing Like an Ocean

When Jesus reveals himself to the apostles after his resurrection the Scriptures tell us that his wounds were still visible. Why would a glorified body have wounds? The wounds of Jesus reveal how much he loves us, what he endured to save us. They are part of his perfect body because they perfectly reveal his mercy. Rather than condemn the apostles for their failure at the time of the passion, Jesus wishes them “Peace.” When God forgives our sins, what he is saying is that he loves us anyway. Even through our woundedness God is able to bring about great good. Our sins our swallowed up in the ocean of his Divine Mercy. Now that’s good cause for all of us to have peace.

Homily 245 – Easter Sunday

Posted: March 31st, 2013, by Fr. Shawn P. Tunink

Faith: Love It, Learn It, Live It

In today’s Gospel, we read how Peter and John both saw the same evidence at the tomb. The tomb it empty. Yet faith was necessary to correctly interpret what really happened. One could conclude the body had been stolen, but you’d be wrong. Faith isn’t just some fringe nicety that we can do without. If we don’t have faith, we are doomed to misinterpret all kinds of things in life. In this Year of Faith, let us resolve today to take the new life given us at Easter and make it grow.

Homily 244 – Palm Sunday

Posted: March 24th, 2013, by Fr. Shawn P. Tunink

The Hour Has Come

After weeks of prayer and fasting through these forty days of Lent, the Gospel tells us today that “the hour” has come. It is time for the celebration of the most important events in our Christian lives. Yet these are not just historic remembrances. Through the mystery of the Sacred Liturgy this week, the Church throughout the world lives once again these special moments. May the renewal of the Holy Spirit be evident in this upcoming Holy Week.

Homily 243 – 5th Sunday of Lent

Posted: March 17th, 2013, by Fr. Shawn P. Tunink

Habemus Papam

Pope FrancisThis past week has been an amazing time of excitement and joy in the Holy Spirit as we rejoice at the gift of our new Holy Father, Pope Francis. Today’s homily relives some of my personal experience of this week and considers what the election of Pope Francis might mean for the future of the Church.

Homily 242 – 4th Sunday of Lent

Posted: March 10th, 2013, by Fr. Shawn P. Tunink

Keys to the Conclave

Today’s homily gives an overview of the history of electing the Pope and the process that will be followed this week. If you have other questions not covered in the homily, feel free to post them below. Most of all, pray for the Cardinals and the coming of the Holy Spirit to help inspire the choice of our new Holy Father.

The Sacrament of the Eucharist – Longview Mission Day 2

Posted: March 5th, 2013, by Fr. Shawn P. Tunink

Today was my 4th and last day at St. Matthew’s parish in Longview, Texas. Below is the final mission talk from this evening. It has been a great blessing to be at this wonderful parish. Hopefully some of the seeds planted will live up to my theme of bearing fruit. Today’s talk is on the Eucharist. The format is similar to yesterday with about half and hour on some history and setting the context of the Eucharist in the Old Testament. After the break, part 2 begins with some Scripture meditation on the Gospel of John, followed by some practical points on various parts of the Mass.

Part 1 – The Lamb of God

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Part 2 – Eat My Flesh

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The Sacrament of Penance – Longview Mission Day 1

Posted: March 4th, 2013, by Fr. Shawn P. Tunink

Today was the first full day of the parish mission hear at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in Longview, Texas. I gave the same talk this morning and again this evening. The turnout of people has been wonderful. The talk today was on the Sacrament of Penance. It is broken into two parts. First is a little background and history of the Sacrament. The second half is a spiritual reflection on St. Peter and why we need the Sacrament. It ends with some practical tips for how get over any fears one might have about going to confession. Tomorrow we’ll talk about the Mass and the Eucharist.

Part 1 – The Development of the Sacrament

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Part 2 – Why St. Peter Needed Confession and We Do Too, Practical Tips

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Homily 241 – 3rd Sunday of Lent

Posted: March 3rd, 2013, by Fr. Shawn P. Tunink

Time to Bear Fruit

Today I am on the road in Longview, Texas giving a parish mission at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church. Msgr. Xavier Pappu and all the parishioners have been so welcoming. Last night I had dinner at an authentic Texas Roadhouse! (It seemed very similar to the Texas Roadhouses in Kansas, but this time I was in Texas). I officially kicked off the mission this weekend by preaching at all the masses. I’ll be here for the next two days and will be posting talks from the mission. If you are in the Longview area, tell people to come to the mission or send them to the website. Thanks for all those praying back home.

Today’s homily also provides my theme for the mission, “Time to Bear Fruit.” Maybe this Lent we need to spend some time cultivating the soul and spreading some fertilizer on our spiritual life. This is what the gardener in the gospel suggests. Yet, the gospel also comes with a warning…we don’t have infinite time. Moses also serves as our great example this weekend. We’ve got to pay attention and focus on God. Don’t wait for later. Now is the time to bear fruit.

Why All the Snow?

Posted: February 25th, 2013, by Fr. Shawn P. Tunink

15 inches of snow last week, now another 15 on the way. Many people in Kansas are asking, “What happened all the sudden?” I have a confession…It’s all my fault.

I recently spoke with my thesis director from seminary regarding a tiny paper I’ve been putting off writing for the last five years. He told me that if I could get him a draft by the middle of March and be complete by April 1st I could graduate at the convocation in May. I already have a Master of Divinity and a Sacred Theology Baccalaureate. This is for my Sacred Theology Licentiate (STL), sort of a Church master’s degree.

At any rate, I kind of made it my Lenten penance to finish this thing up. I also kind of asked God to help me…and now you understand why we’re having all these snow days and how it is in fact all my fault. God has left me snowed in to the rectory with only my laptop, hundreds of articles to read…and a style guide. The good news is that I only had about 20 pages when Lent started and I’m now at 37. I also managed to figure out how to get Microsoft Word to correctly place page numbers according to the convoluted mess contained in the above mentioned style guide.

So, please pray for me…you might get another snow day!