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  • Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Easter

    Bishop Larry Silva
    April 22, 2018

    [Holy Rosary Church, Paia (Confirmation)] The gospel we just heard is obviously biased against wolves.  Wolves are clearly the villains in this story of the Good Shepherd.  But aren’t wolves God’s creatures?  Didn’t God make them as carnivores and give them the instinct of hunting for their food?  So why are we so down on them when they lick their chops at the sight of a tasty lamb?  Why does the goo...

  • Homily for the Third Sunday of Easter

    Bishop Larry Silva
    April 15, 2018

    [St. Anthony Church, Wailuku (Confirmation)] Sometimes I wonder if we really want Jesus to be risen from the dead.  Yes, it’s nice to get together and sing these beautiful songs of Easter, to belt out our “Alleluias,” to see the beautiful decorations in the church, and to celebrate the joy of Easter in other ways; but once we leave this place, do we actually, in effect, lock Jesus back in the tomb and roll the stone ac...

  • Homily for Easter Vigil / Easter Sunday

    Bishop Larry Silva
    April 01, 2018

    [Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa; Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace] It is no secret that our world is filled with bad news.  While our recent ballistic missile threat was a false alarm (Thanks be to God!), the tense situation in the world made such a threat entirely plausible.  With all our hype about happiness, people are finding life so difficult that they are anesthetizing themselves at an alarming rate with opiods and so-call...

  • Homily for Good Friday Liturgy of the Lord's Passion

    Bishop Larry Silva
    March 30, 2018

    [Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu] Sometimes the loudest voices win!  Pilate, the one who could decide on the guilt or innocence of Jesus, questioned him thoroughly and then came out and said, "I find no guilt in him."  But to appease the cries of the crowd, he offered the deal of a holiday prisoner release, thinking the crowd would be reasonable.  When that did not work, Pilate had Jesus scourged, p...

  • Homily for Holy Thursday Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

    Bishop Larry Silva
    March 29, 2018

    [Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, Honolulu] Do what in memory of me? We gather tonight to commemorate and celebrate the great gift of the Holy Eucharist that Jesus left us, and we most often think that his words “Do this in memory of me” refer only to the miracle that takes place before our very eyes.  Here we take the bread and wine; and by the words of the priest calling down the Holy Spirit, these are changed in substanc...

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