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  • Homily for the 20th Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    August 20, 2017

    Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A – August 19/20, 2017 [St. John the Apostle & Evangelist Church, Mililani (with Marriage Convalidations)St. Roch Church, Kahuku (Parish Centennial)St. John the Baptist Church, Kalihi (Spanish Mass)] Sometimes when we approach the God who has willfully made himself our servant, we are tempted to approach him as his masters.  If God wants to work miracles for us, then we may be tempted to...

  • Homily for the 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    August 13, 2017

    Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A[Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu; St. Philomena Church, Kalaupapa] If someone asks for the ability to step out of a boat in the middle of a storm and to walk on the water, and then actually does so, I am not sure I would call him a man of little faith!  That was a bold thing Peter did, trusting that it was indeed the Lord who was there outside the boat and not a ghost, as the ot...

  • Homily for the 16th Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    July 23, 2017

    Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A - July 23, 2017[St. Michael the Archangel Church, Kailua-Kona (Deacon Summer Gathering)] Sometimes weeds can be pretty – and maybe even nourishing!  Any gardener or farmer knows that they are very common and that you don’t need an enemy to sow them.  They have a way of taking root on their own and then doing their destructive work, perhaps without one knowing that they are underm...

  • Homily for the 15th Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    July 16, 2017

    Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A – July 16, 2017[Christ the King Church, Kahului (Confirmation Mass)] We are people who like to see results – and now!  Microwave ovens often seem to take too long.  We think a five or six hour flight is an ordeal, when our ancestors would have taken weeks to travel the same distance.  We look at our watches when the high-speed internet is not downloading a video fast enough....

  • Homily for the 14th Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    July 09, 2017

    Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A – July 9, 2014[Feast of Our Lady of Peace and 190th Anniversary of the Arrival of the First Catholic Missionaries in Hawaii – Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu] Imagine this place 190 years ago.  There were few buildings in Honolulu, and certainly nothing as magnificent as this cathedral.  Missionaries of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Ma...

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