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  1. Jesus Gets Baptized for Us2019/01/13
    Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. "What Baptism is for us, why Jesus was baptized, and what we can learn from his example. What does Jesus and baptism lead us to?"
  2. The Epiphany and the Magi2019/01/06
    Feast of the Epiphany. "The Magi show us what responding to God's draw to discover truth, justice, and restoration looks like."
  3. Family and the Holy Family2018/12/29
    Feast of the Holy Family. "The Holy Family teaches us how holiness can be found in the context of ordinary life. Wherever we are in our families, God can lift us up as well."
  4. Straightening Our Paths2018/12/08
    2nd Sunday of Advent. "John the Baptist quoting Isaiah invites us to allow God to fill in our valleys, bring down our mountains, and make our roads straight and smooth. What does that mean?"
  5. Real Hope In Our Real God2018/12/02
    1st Sunday of Advent. "Jeremiah's preaching to turn back to God, worship God alone, and follow God's law is also what he preaches to us. This is because we live by a hope that has been realized in Christ. Advent helps us to live according to the reality to which we have been called into."
  6. Hear O Israel - and Catholics!2018/11/04
    31st Sunday in Ordinary Time. "Hear O Israel... The Shema and Jesus' teachings are rooted in God speaking, our hearing, and our responding. Our response in loving action means that we know how to speak naturally about what is most important."
  7. The Good Challenge2018/10/14
    28th Sunday in Ordinary Time. "Jesus and the Rich Young Man helps us to know what is most important and how to follow him."
  8. God's Intention - Marriage and the Impossible Ideal2018/10/08
    27th Sunday in Ordinary Time. "What did Jesus teach about marriage and why? How does his teaching help us to strive toward his intention in our creation and how do we do that?"
  9. To Depend and Trust2018/09/23
    25th Sunday in Ordinary Time. "God calls us to make him highest in our lives. We can only do that with trust, humility, and service. Yet, this is how God asks us to live."
  10. To desire and be drawn by God2018/09/16
    24rd Sunday in Ordinary Time. "We desire God and he draws us in. So why don't we follow through better? God reveals himself in three ways. It's through revelation in the Church that we can know the fullness of God through Scripture, Church teaching, and prayer."
  11. All Things Well2018/09/09
    23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time. "Who is like Jesus? Why is he unique? How do we accept his uniqueness in a world where many choose not to? What can we do practically to live according to his perfection?"
  12. Eat, Drink, Live2018/08/19
    20th Sunday in Ordinary Time. "Why do we believe the Eucharist is Jesus? What is the Eucharist? What is the purpose of the Eucharist?"
  13. Bread and Jesus2018/08/08
    18th Sunday in Ordinary Time. "What does our heart truly seek? How does God provide us a way to that end? What is with the bread?"
  14. Multiplication and Mana2018/07/29
    17th Sunday in Ordinary Time. "Why was the multiplication of the loaves and fishes so important? What was it really saying? How can we enter into the Kingdom that Jesus, the Messiah, brings?"
  15. T-Rex and Jesus' Rejection2018/07/08
    14th Sunday in Ordinary Time. "Do we dismiss because we think we have something all figured out? Have we lost our sense of wonder? This is what happened in Nazareth when Jesus was rejected in his home town. How can we avoid the same mistakes?"
  16. Jairus and Coming to Christ2018/07/01
    13th Sunday in Ordinary Time. God demonstrates that we are not disposable. If we come to God, we need to put a little effort into it, come in humility, and live for God rather than the opinions of others."
  17. Birth of John the Bapist2018/06/24
    Birth of John the Baptist. "What is a prophet? What does John teach us and how can we be prophets in word and deed like John?"
  18. How Do We Pray?2018/06/17
    11th Sunday in Ordinary Time. How the Kingdom grows is how it works with prayer as well. Thomas Green has a nice little book describing prayer. I hit some highlights this weekend and help frame what prayer is and how to do it well."
  19. The Fount and Summit of Christian Life2018/06/03
    Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ. For what and for whom do we live? What ultimately can make us fulfilled and happy? Jesus, Vatican II, and The Catechism tell us it is the Eucharist as the fount and high point of Christian life. Why?"
  20. The Consequence of the Trinity2018/05/26
    Feast of the Holy Trinity. Why does the Trinity matter? What are the implications of the Trinity? How specifically can we live in harmony with what God teaches us in his very nature?"
  21. Unity and Pentecost2018/05/23
    Feast of Pentecost. What the Holy Spirit and the Church teach us about unity in the Body of Christ."
  22. Jesus Shepherds In Us and Through Us2018/04/22
    Good Shepherd Sunday is also First Communion Sunday at St. James. How does Jesus shepherd us and how can we learn from his example by allowing others to shepherd us and encouraging us to be shepherds for others."
  23. Lenten Mission - Answering the Skeptic2018/02/25
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  24. Leaving Our Mark2018/02/04
    5th Sunday in Ordinary Time: "How do we live according to what is eternal? How does Jesus want to leave his mark in us? How can we leave our mark on the world?"
  25. God's Calling and our Calling2018/01/15
    2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time: "God calls all of us to him. We find our calling when we are open, sit at his feet, step out in faith, and persevere. We don't need to wait, he calls us now and where we are."
  26. Epiphany 20182018/01/07
    The lesson of the Magi and how they lead us by their example to be better Christians."
  27. Christmas 20172018/01/01
    Experiencing the reality of Christmas and learning from the example of the first Christmas."
  28. Advent Preparation and Repentance2017/12/03
    First Sunday of Advent: "What is Advent? What do we do to prepare for Christmas as Christians? How does our alertness help us to do repentance and preparation?"
  29. What's in a Talent2017/11/19
    33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time: "How much is a talent? Why does that matter and what does it say for us?"
  30. Greatness According to Jesus2017/11/06
    31st Sunday in Ordinary Time: "Being a slave to the slaves and how Jesus calls us to reject worldly jockeying for importance and greatness for Christian greatness."
  31. The Great Commandment2017/10/29
    30th Sunday in Ordinary Time: "Jesus tells us to love God, neighbor, and self. What does love mean and how do we do it?"
  32. Giving to God What is God's2017/10/22
    29th Sunday in Ordinary Time: "Give to Caesar what is Caesar's but give to God what is God's. What does that mean for us, really?"
  33. Wedding Feasts and the Kingdom2017/10/15
    28th Sunday in Ordinary Time: "The parable of the king throwing a wedding banquet is the opposite of Cana. How can we live by Cana?"
  34. What We Can Learn Along the Way of Santiago2017/09/10
    23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time: "The beauty of God's plan in giving us a Church. We have support and we support others. Some lessons along the way of Santiago that relate."
  35. Called to Walk on Water2017/08/15
    19th Sunday in Ordinary Time: "Peter stepped out in faith and almost had it. We also are called to step out and keep our focus on Christ."
  36. Glory and the Power2017/08/06
    Feast of the Transfiguration: "Jesus will be glorified regardless of whether or not anyone notices. Will we see his glory, glorify him, and participate in his glory?"
  37. Weeds to Wheat2017/07/23
    16th Sunday in Ordinary Time: "Weeds and wheat both grow together until the harvest. What does this say about what God wants us to be and how he wants us to live? Quite a bit."
  38. Sowing the Seeds of the Kingdom2017/07/17
    15th Sunday in Ordinary Time: "The parable of the sower helps us how to know how to receive the Kingdom and avoid those areas that prevent God's purpose from taking root in us."
  39. Family and Sacred Hospitality2017/07/02
    13th Sunday in Ordinary Time: "What does it mean to love God above all else and practice sacred hospitality? Today we talk about these two practices."
  40. The Spirit and Life2017/06/04
    Feast of Pentecost: "Pentecost is a feast of the Holy Spirit coming down upon the disciples but it is also a feast of our life in the Spirit - and that changes everything."
  41. The Ascension, Jesus, and Us2017/05/28
    Feast of Ascension: "The bigger story of the Ascension and our place in it."
  42. Jesus the Way, Truth, and Life2017/05/14
    5th Sunday of Easter: "Who is Jesus according to his own words and what does that mean for us?"
  43. Shepherding is for the Birds2017/05/07
    4th Sunday of Easter: "Good Shepherd Sunday teaches that Jesus is with us and cares for us. What can we learn from the example of a recent bird feeder that I have?."
  44. Sunday, Jerusalem, and the Resurrection2017/04/30
    3rd Sunday of Easter: "Jesus rose on Sunday, appeared on Sunday, and the Church glorified the risen Jesus on Sunday. Beginning in Jerusalem, the infant Church came together for worship. We come together on Sunday in the New Jerusalem and follow the patter that Jesus established as Emmaus points out."
  45. The Lessons from the Raising of Lazarus2017/04/02
    5th Sunday of Lent: "The raising of Lazarus by Jesus demonstrates his glory, calls us to be a part of it, shows God's love, and unbinds us and sets us free. It is much more than a big miracle, it shows a reality that God wants to share with us."
  46. The Three Stages of Faith2017/04/02
    4th Sunday of Lent: "The blind man came to see because of his faith. There are some stages to faith for us too and we are called to always go deeper."
  47. Transfiguring of Jesus Speaks to Us2017/03/14
    2nd Sunday of Lent: "The Transfiguration of Jesus tells us not only about him but what we are called to be and do."
  48. Pray for Enemies and Love Persecutors?2017/02/19
    7th Sunday in Ordinary Time: "Jesus says we need to pray for our enemies and love those who persecute us. This is a difficult teaching. Why would we want to do that and how can we do that? This is what we will explore."
  49. The Truly Blessed2017/01/29
    4th Sunday in Ordinary Time: "Jesus calls a series of different groups blessed but it seems odd by today's standards. How can a poor, mourning, meek, hungry, merciful, pure of heart peacemaker who is persecuted possibly be blessed? Well, we need to look at life more realistically and comprehensively."
  50. Defeating the Defeated2017/01/25
    3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time: "Jesus defeats our defeatedness if we give him the opportunity. How can we listen and do what he calls us to?"
  51. Stories of Baptism2017/01/16
    2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time: "Baptisms that stand out point out the deeper reality of what baptism is and why Jesus became baptized for us."
  52. Mary and the Goals of the New Year2017/01/01
    Feast of Mary, Mother of God: "Looking at the new year with three goals in mind: Being people of blessing, partnering with God, and being prayerfully present."
  53. Joseph and the Tuned In2016/12/19
    Fourth Sunday of Advent: "Free will means we can choose to follow God's ways but it doesn't happen by accident. It comes from tuning our lives to God and his way and being open to his message when it comes. Joseph shows us a great model in doing this."
  54. Joy and or Happiness2016/12/12
    Third Sunday of Advent: "Gaudete tells us to rejoice. How do we rejoice with or without earthly happiness? What is the difference between Christian joy and worldly happiness?"
  55. Advent and the Pill2016/12/03
    Second Sunday of Advent: "Advent is all about repentance and preparation. How can we do that? Prayer and conversion go hand in hand."
  56. Constant in Change2016/11/13
    33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time: "With unsettled times what is changing and what doesn't change. More importantly, as Christians, how do we navigate rooted yet flexible at peace knowing who we are, what we are about, and how we are to live."
  57. The Kingdom or the Revolving Doorway?2016/11/08
    32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time: "The Sadducees not only denied the resurrection but were comfortable living under that false reality even when Jesus opens the door to something much greater. How do we do a similar thing in our own faith?"
  58. Persisting Prayer and Action2016/10/17
    29th Sunday in Ordinary Time: "Jesus tells a parable about the persistent widow. There is a reason. Persistent prayer and action forms the basis for a life of faith."
  59. Why Are Crooks More Clever?2016/09/22
    25th Sunday in Ordinary Time: "Jesus tells a parable about a crook. Instead of condemning him, he points out a compliment. Why?"
  60. Counting the Cost of Love2016/09/05
    23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time: "Completing the work and counting the cost includes blessing as well as the cross. Why would we want to sign up for this? That's what love does."
  61. Entering the Kingdom and the Olympics2016/08/23
    21st Sunday in Ordinary Time: "What the Olympics and Jesus can teach us about being a true disciple, seeking wisdom, and integrating your calling."
  62. Peter and Paul and Lives Worth Living2016/07/31
    The Feast of Saints Peter and Paul: "The lives of Saints Peter and Paul tell us something about the greatness of our Lord and His Gospel. Why did they give their lives for the Gospel? What can their rootedness in Jesus and his message inspire us to do?"
  63. Jesus Who Exceeds Expectations2016/07/31
    10th Sunday in Ordinary Time. How our God reveals himself is one who exceeds our wildest expectations while at the same time brings us the fullness of life. How can we avoid the traps of pride and comfort that keep Jesus from doing what he wants with us?"
  64. Trinity and Framework2016/07/31
    Trinity Sunday. How knowing something brings us to a deeper reality. The Trinity frames our belief so we can know and enter into our relationship with the true God."
  65. The Pole, Mirror, and Ring2016/07/31
    Pentecost Sunday. What does a fishing pole, mirror, and ring have in common?"
  66. The Ascension in Preparation and Action2016/07/31
    Ascension Sunday. Jesus gave the Disciples nine days to prepare for Pentecost. Why? Part of it is the constant patter of faith that includes preparation and action."
  67. Cadillacs and the Resurrection2016/07/31
    Easter Sunday. How events can change the course of human history. What happened after the resurrection and how can we enter into the new reality that it brings?"
  68. Palm Sunday2016/07/31
    Palm Sunday: "As the beginning of Holy Week, Palm Sunday reminds us that Jesus' sacrifice is not history but an invitation for us to enter into his sacrifice and for him to enter into our week."
  69. Fullness of the Law2016/07/31
    Fifth Sunday of Lent: "The greater story of the woman caught in adultery. Jesus as the lawgiver shows how God's infinite love and mercy complete the Law."
  70. Borrowed Time2016/07/31
    Third Sunday of Lent: "Tragedy and sin are not always connected but they do point to our need to seek conversion within the greater Gospel picture"
  71. After the Experience2016/07/31
    Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time: "The response to the religious experience is more important than the experience itself. How do we follow the example of Isaiah, Peter, and the saints to ground our spiritual live in a responsive and thankful way of Christian life?"
  72. The Dream of Baptism2016/07/31
    Baptism of the Lord: "What does Jesus' baptism mean for us and how can we enter into it so we can reach the other side through him?"
  73. The Gifts of the Epiphany2016/07/31
    Epiphany: "The fuller picture of the magi and the gifts that they gave help us to know what gifts we can give Jesus."
  74. Christmas Sunday - The Crib to the Cross2016/07/31
    Christmas Sunday: "Connections between Jesus's birth and his death which show how he came to enter into our world and how he invites us to enter into his world."
  75. The Connection Between Mercy and Love2016/07/31
    2nd Sunday of Advent: "As we prepare during this season of Advent we are reminded of how God makes our paths straight through his love."
  76. Living Within the Presence of our Lord2016/07/31
    1st Sunday of Advent: "Being prepared for Jesus coming into our world and lives and how we can reflect that in our Advent practices."
  77. Fullness of Life is the Answer2016/07/31
    33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time: "The Christian answer to terrorism: a life grounded in the Gospel reality"
  78. The Widow as a Model of Giving2016/07/31
    32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time: "The widow shows us that we can take a three prong approach to giving: 1. All is gift form God. 2. Be thankful and generous. 3. Trust that God will take care of us."
  79. A Share in Ministry2016/07/31
    30th Sunday in Ordinary Time: "Jesus asks Bartimaeus, "What do you want me to do for you." Why? Didn't Jesus know what he wanted? Sure, but he was inviting Bartimaeus into a relational partnership and he does the same with us."
  80. The Ideal of Marriage2016/07/31
    27th Sunday in Ordinary Time: "The ideal of marriage speaks to all of us. How do we seek after the Gospel ideals in our own lives to better glorify our God and serve his people?"
  81. The Two 'dads and Prophecy2016/07/31
    26th Sunday in Ordinary Time: "How the lesson of Eldad and Medad and the person working in Jesus' name tells us that we all have a role in God's work."
  82. The Bread of Life and the Eucharist2016/07/31
    20th Sunday in Ordinary Time: "How the Bread of Life finds it's focal point and expression in the Eucharist."
  83. Bread of Life and LIFE2016/07/31
    19th Sunday in Ordinary Time: "How the Bread of Life brings LIFE to those who seek it in Jesus."
  84. Taking Thanking to the Next Level2016/07/31
    18th Sunday in Ordinary Time: "Going from being a whiner to being thankful in a uniquely Christian manner."
  85. Overflowing Loaves and Fishes2016/07/31
    17th Sunday in Ordinary Time: "The miracle of the feeding of the Loaves and Fishes is an invitation into the overflowing miraculous life in the Kingdom that Jesus invites us into. Do you want in?"
  86. The Point of No Return2016/07/31
    15th Sunday in Ordinary Time: "Jesus moves his disciples to be apostles. What can we learn from his instructions to help us to be disciples and apostles?"
  87. What is a Prophet?2016/07/31
    14th Sunday in Ordinary Time: "What is a prophet, really? How do we hear God's voice and how do we become prophets by receiving and proclaiming God's truth?"
  88. The Fullness of the Kingdom2016/07/31
    11th Sunday in Ordinary Time: "What is the fuller meaning of the Parable of the Mustard Seed and why does God's Kingdom have to include Heaven and Earth? How do we have a share in it?"
  89. God and the Trinity2016/07/31
    Feast of the Holy Trinity: "Who God is and why it matters?"
  90. Spirit and Life in Pentecost2016/07/31
    Feast of Pentecost: "How does the Holy Spirit give us the gift of life? What does this life look like? How does it affect us now and forever?"
  91. The Shepherding Jesus and Us2016/07/31
    Fifth Sunday of Easter: "Who is Jesus really and what does the Good Shepherd image do? How can we learn and do what Jesus does?"
  92. Commandments and Resurrection2016/07/31
    Third Sunday of Easter: "The connection between the commandments, the resurrection, and a life in Christ within the risen world."
  93. Easter in Belief, Practice, and Experience2016/07/31
    Easter Sunday: "A reflection on why I believe in the resurrection and how I believe in the resurrection."
  94. The Life of Faith2016/07/31
    Fifth Sunday in Lent: "Now that we know that faith is the instrument of our salvation, how do we live it out? Today we discuss seven elements of an active and lived out faith."
  95. Faith and Conversion2016/07/31
    Fourth Sunday in Lent: "Salvation is what God offers us, but how do we enter into it? What is real faith and conversion according to Jesus' terms?"
  96. Sin and the Bad News2016/07/31
    Second Sunday in Lent: "If God loves us unconditionally, why isn't the world perfect and why don't we live by it?"
  97. What is God's Love?2016/07/31
    First Sunday in Lent: "What is God's love and what does it mean for us?"
  98. Jesus Restores All2016/07/31
    Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time: "Why does Jesus do what he does? What's the greater message and what does it mean for us?"
  99. The Voice2016/07/31
    Second Sunday in Ordinary Time: "What Jesus invites us into and how we can say like Samuel, 'Here I am, Lord'."
  100. The Real Holy Family and Ours2016/07/31
    Feast of the Holy Family: "How the Holy Family relates to our families."
Father Mike's Podcast
Sunday homilies by Fr. Mike Walker from St. James Catholic Church in McMinnville, Oregon.

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