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  • Bishop's Homily for the Solemnity of the Baptism of the Lord

    Bishop Larry Silva
    January 10, 2021

    [Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace] You will become God.  You will become divine. You might think of what I just said as blasphemy or as some kind of New-Age thinking.  But in the last days of Advent and the days of the Christmas season as I read the Office of Readings, the official Liturgy of the Hours of our Church, I was amazed at how many of the revered Church Fathers put forth this notion.  It is even affirmed in th...

  • Bishop's Homily for Christmas

    Bishop Larry Silva
    December 25, 2020

    [Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa (Mass during the Night); Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace (Mass during the Day)] Defund the police!  This was a slogan we heard quite a bit this year, partly in reaction to a few police officers who abused their power, but partly by anarchists who would just like to let everything fall apart.  Of course, we appreciate our police and all they do to protect us.  But isn’t it actually a dr...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Advent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    December 20, 2020

    [St. Michael the Archangel Church, Kailua-Kona] One thousand years!  Ten centuries!  That is the amount of time that elapsed between the scene described in our first reading from the second book of Samuel and the scene described in our Gospel from St. Luke.  Most of us can hardly remember what we had for dinner last night, but somehow God expected his people to remember the promise he had made to David so many eons before. ...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Third Sunday of Advent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    December 13, 2020

    [Sacred Heart Church, Punahou; Holy Trinity Church, Kuliouou] “Rejoice always!” St. Paul tells us. Even when there is a pandemic that is so radically changing our lives?  Even when there are such deep political divisions within our country and in our Church? “Pray without ceasing.  In all circumstances give thanks,” he goes on. Even when so many people are getting sick?  Even when people are losing th...

  • Bishop's Homily for the Second Sunday of Advent

    Bishop Larry Silva
    December 06, 2020

    [Our Lady Queen of Angels Church, Kula (80th anniversary of the parish)] The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ the Son of God. How does one begin a Gospel?  When Mark wrote those words, he wrote them for those who had not yet heard of Jesus Christ so that they could come to know this person he had come to know and love.  Of course, we hear them now, even though we have heard those words for ages.  But are there not many ...

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