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The Homilies of Father Merkley

The Homilies of Father Merkley

By Rev. Fr. Gregory Merkley
These are the homilies posted online by Fr. Gregory Merkley, priest of the Diocese of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

You can learn more about Father Gregory Merkley at: www.frmerkley.com

The views expressed on this podcast are those of Father Gregory Merkley, and are not necessarily those of the Diocese of Hamilton.
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True Humility (Gospel and Homily) - 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C
True Humility - What is true humility? - What is false humility? - What are the extremes we might be tempted to move in as regards this virtue? - Is God calling you to grow deeper in humility? This is a recorded homily from Fr. Gregory Merkley, delivered on August the 28th, 2022, 22nd Sunday of Ordinary time, Year C.
11:25
September 05, 2022
What's it Like for the Priest to Hear Confessions? (2nd Sunday of Lent, Year C)
- What makes for a successful Lent? - Why is Confession not so scary? - Is Confession in the Bible, and why is it a thing? - What is it like for a priest to hear confessions? This is a recorded homily from Fr. Gregory Merkley, delivered on March 13th, the 2nd Sunday of Ordinary time, Year C.
14:13
March 13, 2022
What's Love (and Marriage) Got to Do With It? - 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C
- Who would you say is the most perfect married couple you've ever seen? Why? - Why does the Church give us 'ordinary time' in the Church's liturgical year? - Does God wants to be closer to you than even the closest spouses? - How can my relationship with God get better? This is a recorded homily from Fr. Gregory Merkley, delivered on January 16th, 2022, the 2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year C.
08:20
January 16, 2022
St. Cecilia and the Beauty of Virginity
- What is often considered the most venerable and traditional of the Eucharistic prayers? - What did St. Cecilia do that made her special? - Why does the Church praise virginity so much? - Where is God calling you to live your vocation more generously? This is a recorded homily from Fr. Gregory Merkley, delivered on November 22nd, Memorial of St. Cecilia.
04:27
November 22, 2021
Does Jesus Christ the King Have Your Car Keys? - Last Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B (Solemnity of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe)
- What did you become at your baptism? - What is the solemnity of Christ the King really about? - When did you give Jesus your car keys? Does He still have them? - Where is God calling you to live as more surrendered to Him? This is a recorded homily from Fr. Gregory Merkley, delivered on November 21st, Solemnity of Christ the King (Year B)
09:44
November 21, 2021
Standing Up Against Evil and Remaining Faithful
- What is the context for the recent liturgical cycle of 1st readings? - How do certain Jews respond heroically to being persecuted for their faith? - How do you respond when your faith is under attack? - How can you be more like Sts. Peter and Paul? This is a recorded homily from Fr. Gregory Merkley, delivered on November 18th, Memorial of the Dedication of the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, Apostles.
06:05
November 18, 2021
The Radical Christianity to Which You Are Called
- What does a 'radical Christian' look like? - What did St. Elizabeth of Hungary do that was great and radical? - How are you called to be radical in following Jesus? - Do you always let Jesus 'reign over you' as today's parable shows He wants to? This is a recorded homily from Fr. Gregory Merkley, delivered on November 17th, 2021, Memorial of St. Elizabeth of Hungary.
06:49
November 17, 2021
The Examples of Eleazar and Zacchaeus
- What do you call a group of people gathered in prayer like Zacchaeus? - What do Eleazar and Zacchaeus teach us today? - How are you called to please God more in your life? - How is God inviting you to imitate Eleazar or Zacchaeus? This is a recorded homily from Fr. Gregory Merkley, delivered on November 16th, Tuesday in the 33rd Week of Ordinary Time (B1)
04:46
November 16, 2021
Living in the Present Moment - 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B
- What do the readings invite us to ponder today? - How does God want us to use our time? - Do others know you as a person whose time is generously available for others? - What is the Holy Spirit inviting you to see about how you use the time you have? This is a recorded homily from Fr. Gregory Merkley, delivered on November 14th, 2021, 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B.
08:11
November 14, 2021
St. Josephat, True Ecumenism
- St. Josephat came into union with the Catholic Church as an adult. Do you know anyone else who has done that? - What is 'ecumenism' aimed at? (Hint: John 17:21) - How should our relations be with other types of Christians? - How does this teaching help us 'be ready' for Christ's return? This is a recorded homily from Fr. Gregory Merkley, delivered on November 12th, 2021, Friday in the 32nd Week of Ordinary Time (Year B1) You may read more information on this topic here: Vatican II: https://www.vatican.va/archive/hist_councils/ii_vatican_council/documents/vat-ii_decree_19641121_unitatis-redintegratio_en.html Directory for Applying Ecumenism: https://www.ewtn.com/catholicism/library/directory-on-ecumenism-2345
05:35
November 12, 2021
St. Martin of Tours and Remembrance Day
- What resource did Father Merkley recommend to use for listening each day? - Who is St. Martin of Tours? - How does his story connect with what we remember today? - What is the true war that alone can end all other wars? This is a recorded homily from Fr. Gregory Merkley, delivered on November 11th, 2021, the memorial of St. Martin of Tours and Remembrance Day
05:25
November 11, 2021
The Feast of the Dedication of St. John Lateran
- What is today's feast all about? - Who gave the land for this beautiful basilica? - What does Jesus call us to be in today's Gospel? - Who is the most perfect example of what the Church is called to be, both individually and corporately? This is a recorded homily from Fr. Gregory Merkley, delivered on November 9th, 2021, the feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of St. John Lateran.
04:33
November 09, 2021
God's Cheque and Your Cheque - 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B
- If God made out a cheque to you, what would He write down (what did He write down)? - If God gave you a blank cheque to give back to Him,  what would you write on it? - What does God want most of all from each one of us? - What do the readings today say to us about being generous with God? This is a recorded homily from Fr. Gregory Merkley, delivered on November 7th, 2021, 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B.
15:28
November 07, 2021
Being More Shrewd than the Worldly, for More Noble Ends
- What does the parable of the unrighteous steward teach us? - What does it mean to be "shrewd"? - How is God calling you to be smart, clever, and work intelligently to live and proclaim the Gospel? - What does St. Gaudentius say about this parable? This is a recorded homily from Fr. Gregory Merkley, delivered on November 5th, 2021, Friday in the 31st Week of Ordinary Time (B1).
05:52
November 05, 2021
The Lost Cat Story - God's Crazy Love
- What does the story about Fr. Merkley's lost cat tell us about God's love? (PS - Father found that cat later on and it was all good!) - What have you lost that was dear to you, and how did it make you feel? - How can God's love for you excite your love for Him? - How does this connect with who we pray for this month? This is a recorded homily from Fr. Gregory Merkley, delivered on November 4th, 2021, the memorial of St. Charles Borromeo.
05:29
November 04, 2021
How and Why to Become a Saint (All Saints Day)
- What is today's solemnity of 'All Saints' all about? - What does it mean that the Church calls all of us to be saints, and to be holy? - How do the beatitudes show us a path towards holiness? - How can you receive the graces you need to become a saint as well? This is a recorded homily from Fr. Gregory Merkley, delivered on November 1st, 2021, the solemnity of All Saints.
05:58
November 01, 2021
The Lord's 'Tools' for Helping Us Love - 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B
- What is the greatest commandment of all, according to Jesus? - What does it mean to love, according to St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Augustine? - What tools does God have in His 'toolkit' to help us to love better? - How does Fr. Greg's multitool help us understand how God works in our lives? This is a recorded homily from Fr. Gregory Merkley, delivered on October 31st, 2021, 31st Sunday of Ordinary Time Year B.
11:45
October 31, 2021
When the Holy Spirit Touches You - Sts Simon and Jude
- Have you ever 'happy cried' at someone's kindness to you? - How does our heart become transformed to be more and more like Jesus Christ's? - How did the Holy Spirit work in the lives of Sts. Simon and Jude? - How is God calling us to become instruments of God like them? This is a recorded homily from Fr. Gregory Merkley, delivered on October 28th, 2021, feast of Saints Simon and Jude, apostles and martyrs.
06:04
October 28, 2021
What's the Greatest Fight You've Ever Been In?
- What does Jesus mean when He says, 'Strive to enter by the narrow door' in today's Gospel? - Does anyone really 'coast' into Heaven? - Who wants us to get to Heaven the most? Is it ourselves? Other people? - What does it mean to be "In Christ"? This is a recorded homily from Fr. Gregory Merkley, delivered on October 27th, 2021, Wednesday of the 30th Week in Ordinary Time (B1).
06:18
October 27, 2021
The Spiritual Lessons of Sunglasses - 30th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B
- Why does Fr. Merkley use sunglasses as a prop for today? - How does God look on those who have special crosses? - How is God inviting us to have 'new vision', to see with Christ's eyes? - How does this new vision bring new joy to those around us? This is a recorded homily from Fr. Gregory Merkley, delivered on October 24th, 2021, 30th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B.
10:52
October 24, 2021
Why Would Jesus, the Prince of Peace, say He Came to "Bring Division"?
- Why would Jesus, the 'Prince of Peace', say in today's Gospel that He "came to bring division"? - What is the cause of that division? - What does that division look like? - How should we understand our response to it? This is a recorded homily from Fr. Gregory Merkley, delivered on October 21st, 2021, Thursday in the 29th week of Ordinary Time, B1.
04:34
October 21, 2021
Being 'Ready' for Christ through Meditating on Christ's Passion
- Have you noticed much division lately? - What is the real cause of all the division in the world? - Why does St. Paul of the Cross think we should meditate on Christ's Cross? - How and why will this help us be alert, and bring peace and healing to a troubled world? This is a recorded homily from Fr. Gregory Merkley, delivered on October 19th, 2021, memorial of St. Paul of the Cross (Readings from Tuesday in the 29th week of Ordinary Time, B1)
04:41
October 19, 2021
A Kerygmatic Prop - 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B
- What is the prop Fr. Merkley used in this homily, and why? - What does it mean that Jesus gave Himself to be a 'ransom for many'? - What is a fantastic summary of the Catholic faith? - What are the main elements of the Gospel? This is a recorded homily from Fr. Gregory Merkley, delivered on October 17h, 2021, 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B1)
08:11
October 17, 2021
Justification by Grace - Participating in the Divine Nature
- How does the Lord justify us? - What does it mean to be justified? - How does one get to share in the "divine nature"? - What does sharing in that divine nature really look like? This is a recorded homily from Fr. Gregory Merkley, delivered on October 14th, 2021, Thursday in the 28th week of Ordinary Time (B1)
04:32
October 14, 2021
Why and How Brokenness is Now Part of Humanity
- What does St. Thomas Aquinas say about why and how humans are 'broken' since the fall of Adam and Eve? - What is one of the symptoms of this brokenness, in relation to how we are tempted to put on a show for others without true faithfulness to God? - Is God capable of healing us in our brokenness? - What means does God use to heal us from this brokenness over time? This is a recorded homily from Fr. Gregory Merkley, delivered on October 12th, 2021, Tuesday in the 28th Week of Ordinary Time (B1)
04:53
October 12, 2021
Thanksgiving Day - Use Your Blessings the Way God Wants You To
- What blessings have you received from God? How many have you received? - How is God inviting you to be attentive to and use the blessings you've received? - What mistake does the Gospel's parable show the rich farmer made? - Is God always your number #1 priority, or do your blessings sometimes take priority? This is a recorded homily from Fr. Gregory Merkley, delivered on October 11th, 2021, which is Canadian Thanksgiving.
04:36
October 11, 2021
Thanksgiving Through the Christian Lens - 28th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B
- Should our thanksgiving be annual, or often? - How can we understand the essence of gratitude? - Are you aware that everything you have is a gift? - How does Jesus invite us to be made ready to receive eternal life? This is a recorded homily from Fr. Gregory Merkley, delivered on October 10th, 2021, 28th Sunday of Ordinary Time (Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend)
15:15
October 10, 2021
The Rosary, the Great Gift
- What does Fr. Gregory Merkley think about the rosary? - What is so special about the rosary? - What do the saints and the Church say about the rosary? - How should the promises of Mary to those who pray her rosary inspire us to pray it more faithfully? This is a recorded homily from Fr. Gregory Merkley, delivered on October 7th, 2021, Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary.
06:12
October 07, 2021
Looking at the Quantity and Quality of our Prayer
- What do today's readings invite us to look at? - What is 'Mary's part'? - Are you making enough time for the Lord every day? - How is the Lord calling you to a higher quality and/or quantity prayer life? This is a recorded homily from Fr. Gregory Merkley, delivered on October 5th, 2021, Tuesday of the 27th week of Ordinary Time (B1).
02:20
October 05, 2021
God's Beautiful and Incredible Gift of Marriage - 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B
- What does it really mean in the book of Genesis that the man and woman are 'partners'? What else does Genesis tell us about men and women? - What else are we reminded of by today's readings about Holy Matrimony? - What does Jesus say when He is asked about divorce? - What does the Church teach today about divorce, and what is a "declaration of nullity" or an "annulment"? Why might one be granted? This is a recorded homily from Fr. Gregory Merkley, delivered on October 3rd, 2021, 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time (B1).
14:39
October 03, 2021
St. Jerome - The Importance of Reading Scripture
- Have you ever found yourself touched when reading Sacred Scripture? - What is God's motivation in all He says and does? - Do you read the Sacred Scriptures every day, and let them nourish you? - Do you let Sacred Scripture transform you into a laborer in God's vineyard like St. Jerome so completely did? This is a recorded homily from Fr. Gregory Merkley, delivered on September 30th, 2021, memorial of St. Jerome.
05:53
September 30, 2021
Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael - Who are these Archangels?
- What is perhaps Satan's greatest deception? - Who are the (arch)angels in general? - What are the particular missions of these three Archangels? - Do you invoke Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael regularly? This is a recorded homily from Fr. Gregory Merkley, delivered on September 29th, 2021, Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, Archangels.
06:54
September 29, 2021
God Really Is With You
- Are you sure deep down that God is with you, and looking after you? - Did the apostles have it all figured out? Did that change God being with them? - Will God helps us, even though we don't have it all figured out yet? - How can this reality comfort us in our day-to-day life? This is a recorded homily from Fr. Gregory Merkley, delivered on September 28th, 2021, Tuesday in the 26th Week in Ordinary Time (B1).
03:44
September 28, 2021
What is Authentic Christian Inclusivity? - 26th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B
- Why does it hurt so much for us to be excluded? - What is the "principle of charitable interpretation"? - What does it mean to have an authentic 'Christian inclusivity'? - What do this Sunday's readings have to say about all this? This is a recorded homily from Fr. Gregory Merkley, delivered on September 26th, 2021, 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B1).
16:36
September 26, 2021
God Delights in You
- Why might you not believe God delights in you? - What does God do for those He loves? - Who was St. Padre Pio, and how did he follow the Lord? - Are you willing to unite your crosses to Christ to please God even more? This is a recorded homily from Fr. Gregory Merkley, delivered on September 23rd, Memorial of St. Pius of Pietrelcina (St. Padre Pio).
05:36
September 23, 2021
You Live In Exile, Just So You Know
- How does the Israelite's exile connect with your life? - What does Jesus mean when he talks about his 'Exodus' at the Transfiguration? - What dangers do you need to watch out for while journeying in this 'our exile'? - Where is your true home? This is a recorded homily from Fr. Gregory Merkley, delivered on September 23rd, Wednesday of the 25th Week of Ordinary Time (B1).
06:60
September 22, 2021
I Desire Mercy, Not Sacrifice - Feast of St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist
- What does "I desire mercy, not sacrifice" mean? - What happened at the call of St. Matthew? - How much does Jesus want to heal and forgive us? - What is the greatest sacrifice God asks of us? This is a recorded homily from Fr. Gregory Merkley, delivered on September 21st, 2021, Feast of St. Matthew.
04:25
September 21, 2021
Shining - In the Light of Our Judgement
- What does the Church teach about the judgment? - How should we react to this? - Why is a state of grace so important? - Are you called to be a light? This is a recorded homily from Fr. Gregory Merkley, delivered on September 20th, 2021, Monday of the Week Sunday of Ordinary Time (B1).
04:46
September 20, 2021
The Importance of a Servant's Heart - 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B
- What major lesson does Jesus teach His disciples in this Sunday's readings? - What does it mean to serve? - Why should we live out a call to service? - How can we live out our call to service? This is a recorded homily from Fr. Gregory Merkley, delivered on September 19th, 2021, 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time (B).
14:27
September 19, 2021
More Mercy, More Love
- What consolation does today's Gospel offer us? - What should animate all our faith life? - How well do we know we are sinners who have been loved and forgiven? - Did the saints we celebrate today experience this dynamic as well? This is a recorded homily from Fr. Gregory Merkley, delivered on September 16th, 2021, Memorial of Saints Cornelius and Cyprian, Martyrs.
06:38
September 16, 2021
What "Our Lady of Sorrows" Can Teach Us
- What is this memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows all about? - Why is Mary called 'Our Lady of Sorrows'? - Why should we frequently meditate on Christ's passion? - How much did Mary suffer compared to the greatest martyrs of our faith? This is a recorded homily from Fr. Gregory Merkley, delivered on September 15th, 2021, on the memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows.
04:21
September 16, 2021
Why Does the Cross Exist?
- On this feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, we can ask, why would God allow the cross?      Here is the song I referenced: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VR6NTA_4ktI - What way do our crosses bear good fruit? - Can we offer up our sufferings as a form of prayer for others? - What is the historical background of this feast?      See more at https://www.catholiccompany.com/getfed/why-do-we-exalt-the-cross/ This is a recorded homily from Fr. Gregory Merkley, delivered on September 14th, 2021, on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. 
04:24
September 14, 2021
The Importance of Really Listening to God and Others - 24th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B
- Are the people around you good listeners? Are you? - How do you listen to God? How does He listen to you? - Does listening well characterize you? - How do we sometimes misunderstand what the cross is? This is a recorded homily from Fr. Gregory Merkley, delivered on September 12th, 2021, the 24th Sunday of Ordinary Time (B1)
14:10
September 12, 2021
Don't Be a Hypocrite
- What is a hypocrite? - Why is it not helpful to be one? - Who is hypocritical? - Where are we acting like hypocrites? This is a recorded homily from Fr. Gregory Merkley, delivered on September 10th, 2021, Friday in the 23rd Week of Ordinary Time (B1).
04:50
September 10, 2021
Happy Birthday, Blessed Mother
- Who is the greatest creature ever created? - Could God have made a better woman than Mary? - Why should we honor Mary especially today? - Let's resolve to love Mary better than before. This is a recorded homily from Fr. Gregory Merkley, delivered on September 8th, 2021, the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
03:01
September 08, 2021
Labor Day - All About W.O.R.K.
- Is work a good thing? - Why do we work? - What is work all about? - How can the acronym 'W.O.R.K' help us work better? This is a recorded homily from Fr. Gregory Merkley, delivered on September 6th, 2021, Monday in the 23rd Week of Ordinary Time (B1).
05:45
September 06, 2021
Being Open to the Lord - 23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B
- How do you feel about the news today?  - How does Fr. Merkley feel about the news today? - How open are you to the Lord? - How does the Lord want to touch you today? This is a recorded homily from Fr. Gregory Merkley, delivered on September 5th, 2021, Sunday of the 23rd Week of Ordinary Time (B).
13:07
September 05, 2021
Life Lessons From the Boat of St. Peter
- What is the bark of St. Peter? - How does St. Peter show his humility? - What is Christ revealing to us through St. Peter? - Why does God ask us to go along with Him in things we don't understand? This is a recorded homily from Fr. Gregory Merkley, delivered on September 2nd, 2021, Thursday in the 22nd Week of Ordinary Time (B1).
05:26
September 02, 2021
Jesus Has Authority - and That's a Good Thing
- What kind of authority does Jesus have? - Why is that a good thing for you and I? - Does God want to help us, and can He, because He is in the real one in authority? - How can I submit to God's authority in my life, and find strength thereby? This is a recorded homily from Fr. Gregory Merkley, delivered on August 31st, 2021, Tuesday in the 22nd Week of Ordinary Time (B1).
05:35
August 31, 2021
Are You a Faithful Christian? Having a "Clean Hands" and a "Pure Heart" - 22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B
This homily is for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B. It was delivered on August 29th, 2021.
11:07
August 30, 2021
Are you Awake and Ready for the Lord's Coming?
This is a recording of a homily preached by Fr. Gregory Merkley on August 26th, 2021 (Friday in 21st Week of Ordinary Time, Year I).
05:43
August 26, 2021
God knows us and loves us unconditionally. How are we loving Him back?
God loves and knows us unconditionally. How are we loving Him back? Why did Jesus accuse the Pharisees of being like 'white-washed tombs'? This is a recorded homily from Fr. Gregory Merkley, preached on August 25th, 2021 (Thursday in 22nd Week of OT)
05:14
August 25, 2021
Does Jesus Want to Give Some People "Tough Love"?
- Why does Jesus sometimes challenge some people in the Gospel more strongly than others? - Why do we need to use the penitential rite to soften our hearts? This is a recorded homily from Fr. Gregory Merkley, delivered on August 23rd, 2021, Monday in the 21st Week of Ordinary Time (B1).
06:28
August 23, 2021
Trusting in the Lord When I Don't Understand) - 21st Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B
- Are the Scriptures sometimes hard to understand? - How do we understand some hard passages in the Bible? - What does it mean that wives are 'submissive to their husbands' as the second reading from St. Paul says? - Why should I trust in the Lord and follow Him? This is a recorded homily from Fr. Gregory Merkley, delivered on August 22nd, 2021, the 22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time (B).
12:12
August 22, 2021
How to Really, Really Give God our Best
- What does God really, really want from us? - What does the 'wedding banquet' mean in the parable for today's reading? - How can we find true, lasting happiness and satisfaction in life? - How can we avoid coasting? This is a recorded homily from Fr. Gregory Merkley, delivered on August 19th, 2021, Thursday in the 20th Week of Ordinary Time (B1).
08:03
August 19, 2021
What Can We "Assume" About Mary and Her "Assumption"? - 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B
- What is the Assumption of Mary? - Why is Mary important? - Where do we know about Mary from the Bible? - How can we get closer to our sweet Blessed Mother, Mary? This is a recorded homily from Fr. Gregory Merkley, delivered on August 15th, the 20th Sunday B.
15:41
August 15, 2021