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  • Bishop's Homily for the Fourth Sunday Advent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    December 22, 2019

    [St. John the Apostle & Evangelist Church, Mililani; St. Joseph Church, Waipahu (with Adult Confirmations)] As you may know, only two of the four gospels say anything about the infancy and childhood of Jesus -- Matthew and Luke.  Luke is by far the more romantic, speaking of dialogues with angels, angel choirs, and the scene that we have certainly romanticized of the baby Jesus lying in the manger.  While Luke is also a realist,...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Third Sunday of Advent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    December 15, 2019

    [Mary, Star of the Sea Church, Honolulu (with Adult Confirmations); Base Chapel at Schofield Barracks] In a few minutes on line I ordered gifts for several friends in different parts of the country.  Simple.  I can go to the store and buy a delicious meal that is already cooked and only needs to be warmed in the microwave.  Easy.  I can dial a number and have a conversation – even with visual contact, if I choose &nd...

  • Bishop's Homily for the First Sunday of Advent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    December 01, 2019

    [Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Ewa Beach] Same old, same old!  We are so accustomed to our routines that we can forget what they mean in the first place.  We come here to Mass every weekend, we sing songs, we meet some wonderful people, we hopefully hear some inspiring words in the Scriptures and the homily, and we go home.  Some may find this routine boring, and some even decide that they have better things to do.  E...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Solemnity of Christ the King

    Bishop Larry Silva
    November 24, 2019

    [Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Pearl City; Vietnamese Holy Martyrs Community, Honolulu] This week saw impeachment inquiries against the President of the United States.  Two of our Supreme Court Justices were investigated for sexual harassment issues before they were finally seated on the bench.  The former Police Chief and the Deputy Prosecuting Attorney of the City and County were convicted on fraud charges.  Bishops are be...

  • Bishop's Homily for the 31st Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Bishop Larry Silva
    November 03, 2019

    [Blessed Sacrament Church, Pauoa] I must confess that one of the very popular phrases that makes me cringe a bit is “What would Jesus do?”  While it is certainly a noble thing to want to understand Jesus and to follow his ways, this particular phrase bothers me not so much for what it says as for what it implies.  It asks us to think about what Jesus WOULD do IF he were still here.  It can easily express what I thin...

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