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  • Homily for the 28th Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    October 15, 2017

    Twenty-eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A[St. Augustine Church, Oakland, California] If you knew ahead of time that a wedding would be either boring or overwrought with drunkenness and drama, would you respond positively to the invitation to attend?  If you had a million things to do just to keep your own life together and you knew the wedding would cost you valuable time and money, would you still go?  I think we could safely a...

  • Homily for the 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    October 08, 2017

    Twenty-seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A[Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Papaikou; St. Anthony Church, Papaaloa] A new lease on life! That is a phrase we use to describe a change for the better in our lives, usually after we have been through some crisis or recovered from some accident or illness.  It indicates that we finally realize that life does not ultimately belong to us, that it belongs to God, and that this newfound disco...

  • Homily for the 24th Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    September 17, 2017

    Twenty-fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A – September 16/17, 2017[Sts. Peter & Paul Church, Honolulu] I was angry, and I was right! That was the reality in my relationship with a particular person. Because of this, I found fault with almost everything he did. I took whatever opportunity I could to let others know that I was angry and I was right. I even decided to confront the person who had committed this offense against me, an...

  • Homily for the 23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    September 10, 2017

    Twenty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A – September 9/10, 2017[St. Joseph Church, Makawao (Confirmation); Our Lady, Queen of Angels Church, Kula (Dedication of new altar)] When I asked some young people recently what are the biggest challenges they have to deal with, one of the things they mentioned was bullying.  Sometimes this is face-to-face, sometimes behind one’s back, and sometimes on the internet.  The q...

  • Homily for the 21st Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry SIlva
    August 27, 2017

    Twenty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A[St. Michael Church, Waialua; SS. Peter & Paul Mission, Waimea] Who do you say that Jesus is?  Some say an ancient prophet.  And since there are many ancient prophets, some who genuinely spoke the word of God and some who were false prophets, those who see him only as an ancient prophet can decide for themselves what they want to believe about him and what they do not. Some say Jesus ...

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