Lenten Video Homilies

Video Homilies for Lent - 2020

Lenten Preaching Series: The Healing Power of Confession 

This Lent, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish is presenting a Lenten Preaching Series. Each week, the homily will focus on the Healing Power of Confession. In addition, one homily each weekend will be videotaped, so if you miss Mass or just want to reflect on the homily a second time, you will be able to watch it again right here on the parish website

Finally, Formed.org is offering a wonderful online program called The Forgiven Series.  You can find instructions to sign up for Formed.org on the parish website (www.olguadalupe.org/formed). This a wonderful supplement to our Lenten Preaching Series.

We hope you take the time to prepare for the ressurection of Jesus by fully participating in our series.

LENTEN Preaching Series: 

The Healing Power of Confession

  • 1st Sunday of Lent: The Healing Power of God's Mercy

  • 2nd Sunday of Lent: The Healing Power of Contrition

  • 3rd Sunday of Lent: The Healing Power of Confession

  • 4th Sunday of Lent: The Healing Power of Penance

  • 5th Sunday of Lent: The Healing Power of Absolution

  • Palm Sunday: The Healing Power of a Relationship with Christ

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1st Sunday of LENT
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1st Sunday of LENT: The Healing Power of God's Mercy

This week’s reading from Genesis on Original Sin reveals to us the identity and meaning of our brokenness, and in this light provides the essential context for understanding the real meaning of divine mercy. The first part of the reading from Genesis (2:7-9) portrays us as beings made in and for communion, and then shows that original sin is most fundamentally a rupture or severing of that communion. This is first a rupture of our communion with God, then of our own internal and personal unity, then of the relationship between man and woman, and finally a rupture of communion with the rest of created reality.

Mercy is precisely the overabundant restoration of the relationships we have willfully sundered: “For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so, through the obedience of the one, the many will be made righteous” (Rom 5:19). The serpent originally tested the extent of our faith and obedience to God’s promises in the Garden of Eden, a test that we failed spectacularly. Christ’s obedient faith in the face of the temptations in the desert gratuitously reverses the rupture of our relationships. Mercy is most basically the restoration of relationship: “For if by the transgression of the one, the many died, how much more did the grace of God and the gracious gift of the one man Jesus Christ overflow for the many” (Rom 5:15).

2ND Sunday of LENT
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2nd Sunday of Lent: The Healing Power of Contrition

This week’s reading from Genesis, which speaks of the election of Abram, offers us another clue about the nature of divine mercy. No reasons are given for God’s “decision” to call Abram out of the land of his forefathers; all we hear is that God promises Abram these wonderful blessings – a great name, a great nation, a great blessing – if Abram heeds this call.

Saint Paul, in our second reading from the Letter to the Romans, reiterates the structure we saw last Sunday and we see again repeated this week: “He saved us and called us to a holy life, , God does not call us based on our own ability or merits. Looking at the Transfiguration, we see again that the first motion of mercy is a process of separation – just as Adam and Eve were brought forth from the earth, higher than the rest of creation, just as Abram is called out of the land of his forefathers, so too the disciples and Jesus are separated: they go up on a high mountain by themselves. In and through this separation – it is only to a select few that this is revealed – God’s shocking, surprising, luminous glory is shown.

The  (1450-1454) tells us that Contrition itself is an act of love for God, but crucially, it is first a gift . God even gives to us, unmeritedly, perhaps unasked for, the ability to see, recognize, and feel sorrow for what we have done to harm ourselves and our communion with God and the Church. Contrition itself, in other words, is also a mercy from God.

3RD Sunday of LENT

3rd Sunday of Lent: The Healing Power of Confession


Exodus 17: 3 – 7

Water from the rock. 

Dying of thirst in the desert the people grumble about Moses and, at a deeper level, at God himself. God, who pursues his plan of salvation despite all human resistance, listens to the grumbling of his people and makes water flow from the hardest, driest rock.

Romans 5:1-2, 5-8

“While we were still sinners.” 

In the second reading the episode at the rock serves to support St. Paul’s teaching that we are blessed by God’s grace apart from any merit of our own. Christ did not die for us because we were “good” and “righteous.” Who would ever think of dying for an enemy? Only God.

John 4: 5-42

Conversation of Jesus with the Samaritan Woman.

Jesus draws a confession out of the woman through his own knowledge. She doesn’t tell Jesus anything that he doesn’t already know as God. Here the water of grace has penetrated to the core of the sinful soul, cleansed it, and inspired it to the activity of discipleship. The woman’s penance––admitting readily the guilt that is really hers––is almost meaningless in light of the superabundant 
mercy that defines everything from the beginning. This finds great confirmation in the Church that the true believer already considers his penance before God to be an effect of God’s overflowing grace and mercy.

4th Sunday of LENT
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4th Sunday of Lent: The Healing Power of Penance

John 9: 1-41

“To make the blind see and the seeing blind.”

The Gospel’s long and dramatically told story of the healing of a man born blind culminates in the following alternatives: whoever recognizes that he owes his sight (his faith) to Christ, ultimately enters the light through the pure grace of the Lord; whoever thinks he sees and believes of his own account, without owing it to grace, is already blind and will ultimately be blind. From hopeless darkness he grows into the purest light of faith, entirely through the power of a gift of grace he never asked for; a faith whose logic he follows obediently, a faith that, like a mustard seed, grows in him until it becomes a huge tree.


One learns from the modesty and slightness of the penances so regularly given––a handful of prayers–––from its disproportion to the seriousness of the sin, that the God who bears all sin, the Redeemer, gives us this kind of penance. It is like a sudden insight into all that God himself so disproportionately took upon himself for my sake and is something much more startling, indeed shaming, than the mere fact that I receive a punishment. As penitents, we have not been left alone but, quite the contrary, have been invited anew and reunited. This activity of ours can be called penance only in an analogous sense; it could just as well be called thanksgiving. It is called penance because the Lord did penance for us, and we thereby receive the spirit of penance as a gift through the Cross.

FORMED video program for LENT - 2020

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    5th Sunday of LENT

5th Sunday of Lent: The Healing Power of Absolution

Ezekiel 37:12-14

“I will open your graves.” As it comes closer to the Passion of Jesus, Lent raises the penitent sinner’s hope to unmeasurable levels. Even if one is spiritually dead because of his guilt, the living God is greater than death and his power is mightier than any earthly decay. Nowhere in the Old Covenant – the outline we’ve been following in Lent from Adam and Eve, to Abram, to Moses, to David – is this expressed more clearly than in the first reading, Ezekiel’s vision of dry bones scattered in a field that are clothed with flesh and rise again to form a powerful army. Wisdom says that God “does not rejoice in the destruction of the living, for he fashioned all things that they might have being” (Wis 1:13b-14a). By turning away from the living God, Israel has hurled itself into death, but God’s vitality is stronger and can give life and strength back to dead bones.


By receiving Absolution, the sinner is absolved from his sins. They are gone, are no longer there. Hence from now on any further consideration of them is eclipsed; they have been extinguished, have disappeared, and have been submerged totally in the Passion of the Lord. They are now like a memory for which we no longer have room because all our interior space is needed to accept the fullness of grace, a grace of totality, of the invisible God, a grace that not only fills us and restores us to where we once were, but expands us as well. It penetrates us, lays claim to the space already there, and creates a new space. The content is larger than the vessel. Mercy is overabundant, and so receiving mercy always expands us from within.

Palm Sunday: The Healing Power of a Relationship with Christ

Palm Sunday: The Healing Power of a Relationship with Christ

Jesus does not shrink away, he stands firm against all the insults men hurl at him. That is his self-emptying within history and makes him Lord of all history. What once happened in history––for the Passion is no myth, since it took place “under Pontius Pilate” on the firm ground of history––nonetheless makes visible what has been happening in the entire human tragedy, from beginning to end: God is “struck” and contemptuously “spat upon” as he humbles himself to the uttermost for us, as he takes our rubbish upon himself.


Matthew 27: 51-54. Only Matthew depicts the event of the Cross in eschatological hues: darkness, earthquake, open 
graves (although only after Jesus’ Resurrection do the dead leave the tombs.) The curtain in the temple is ripped open as 
a sign that Israel’s sacrificial worship is a thing of the past. 


The Cross, which stands in the center of world history is simultaneously the end of world history: all history courses toward the Cross (Mt 24:30; Rev 1:7). It is here that the world’s judgment takes place (“Now is the time of judgment come [Jn 12:31]). Matthew’s apocalyptic scene is not intended merely as colorful imagery, for in that death the world of death and the netherworld (Rev 1:18) are really unlocked, so that in the wake of Jesus’ Resurrection mankind might be freed, to be “raised up with him”

(Eph 2:6).

FORMED video program for LENT - 2020

Please continue learning more about the Sacrament of Reconciliation through the FORMED Lenten video Series.

Forgiven: The Transforming Power of Confession, is the latest addition to the Augustine Institute's library of sacramental preparation programs. As a FORMED subscriber, you have access to all 9 sessions of the Parish Edition in English.

Forgiven explores the grace and healing offered in Confession and shows how this sacrament of mercy reveals the depth and bounty of God's love. By looking at God's revelation of his mercy in Scripture and making a step-by-step examination of the Rite itself, Forgiven communicates God's invitation to each one of us to come experience his indescribable love in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

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