Bishop DeGrood's homily from January 16, 2022. This weekend Bishop talked about our inclinations to focus on our weaknesses rather than our gifts. He encouraged us to recognize how much God delights in us, and to give thanks for the gifts, both natural and supernatural, that he has given us.
Bishop DeGrood's homily from January 2, 2022. On the feast of the Epiphany of the Lord, Bishop DeGrood reflected on the stark contrasts between the magi, shepherds and King Herod. The magi and the shepherds found Jesus with humility and an open disposition to the truth of spiritual reality. On the other hand, King Herod was prideful and felt threatened by the thought of another king. He did not seek Jesus with humility, only power and authority. May we be like the magi and the shepherds, seeking Jesus with humility and an open disposition.
Bishop DeGrood's homily from December 19, 2021. On this final Sunday of Advent, Bishop talked about the wills and passions of our hearts. He encouraged us to be like our Blessed Mother Mary and turn to God in our struggles and have faith that he will always provide.
Bishop DeGrood's homily from November 21, 2021. On this Christ the King Sunday, Bishop talked about the power and strength of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. He encouraged us to allow Christ to be the King of our lives, and to not try to control things we can't control. We're reminded that freedom lies in acknowledging we have a King who loves us, and that Jesus is not a king who wants to control us. Rather, Jesus wants to lead us to the eternal banquet in heaven.
Bishop DeGrood's homily from November 7, 2021. This weekend Bishop talked about giving what we have received from God and giving out of our poverty, whether it be financial, physical or spiritual poverty. He also reflected on walking with others in their poverty and loving them where they were at, and how his beloved Uncle Donnie was a great witness to giving generously.
Bishop DeGrood's homily from October 31, 2021. This weekend Bishop reflected on love and sacrifice. He gave examples for living for something greater than ourselves, and how we can love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. He encouraged us to love and sacrifice like Jesus.
Bishop DeGrood's homily from October 24, 2021. This weekend Bishop reflected on things we have all experienced in our relationship with God. Being unfamiliar with God, wondering if you’re praying correctly, or if he is hearing our prayers. Have you ever wondered how you know it’s God? Or how do to know what God wants for my life? In this homily Bishop talks about getting to know God, and how he talks to us.
Bishop DeGrood's homily from October 3, 2021. This weekend Bishop reflected on the sacrament of marriage, specifically the beautiful example of his parents. Bishop also highlighted the complimentary gifts of masculinity and the feminine genius.
Bishop DeGrood's homily from September 26, 2021. This weekend Bishop taught about the importance of having people in our lives to help us know the difference between truth and deception. He also encouraged us to be open to God's grace so that the light of truth, led by the Spirit, can guide us.
Bishop DeGrood's homily from September 19, 2021. This weekend, Bishop talked about temptation, deception and other evil forces trying to separate us from one another and from God. He reminded us of who we are in the eyes of God- his beloved sons and daughters made in his image and likeness. And when we know we've been separated from God to run to the sacrament of reconciliation to be set free from the bondage of sin.