"Everyone who belongs to the Truth hears my voice…" (John 18:37)

2015 – Fr. Nathan’s Homily Archives

UnknownFr. Nathan’s Homilies of the Liturgical Year

Homily for 1st Sunday of Advent (Mk 13: 33-37) “This Is The End, Beautiful Friend”   PDF Version

2nd Sunday of Advent (Mk 1:1-7) “John Was A Dangerous Man!”  PDF Version

3rd Sunday of Advent (Is 61:1-2a, 10-11; Lk 1; Jn 1:6-8, 19-26) “One You Do Not Know” PDF Version

4th Sunday of Advent (Lk 1:26-38) “Praying the Hail Mary” PDF Version
Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord (Lk 1:1-14) “Was Jesus Really Born on December 25th?” PDF Version

Solemnity of Mary, The Holy Mother of God (Lk 2:16-21) “I am a Son or Daughter of God (and Mary)” PDF Notes
Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord (Mt 2:1-12) “Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi” PDF Version

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord (Mk 1:7-11) “Do You Reject Satan?” PDF Version


2nd Sunday of OT (1 Sam 3:3-10,19; 1 Cor 6:13-15,17-20; Jn 1:35-42) “Come, See and Follow Me” PDF Version



Upon reflection, I failed to mention another important vocation in the Church: those who are called to the single life. They are not called to marriage, priesthood or religious life, but as single person called to dedicate their work and apostolate to Christ, the Church and the world. For those called to this too often overlooked vocation, do not be afraid to say yes to following Jesus. Peace, Fr Nathan

6th Sunday of OT (Lev 13:1-2, 45-46; Mk 1:40-45) “Touching Lepers” PDF Version 


St. Damian of Molokai after he contracted leprosy. Image curtousy of Getty Images.

1st Sunday of Lent (Gen 9:8-15; Mk 1:12-15) “A Roar From The Desert” PDF Version


The Mount of Temptation


The Judean Desert

3rd Sunday of Lent (Ex 20:1-17; 1 Cor 1:22-25; Jn 2:13-25) “We Proclaim Christ Crucified” PDF Version


The Martyrdom of St. Paul from the Basilica of St. Paul-Outside-The-Walls, Roma

4th Sunday of Lent (2 Chr 36:14-16, 19-23; Eph 2:4-10; Jn 3: 14-21) “The Nicodemus Hour” PDF Version


Nicodemus Visits Jesus by Henry Ossawa Tanner

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord (Mk 11:1-10; Is 50:4-7; Phil 2:6-11; Mk 14:1-15:47) “His Final Pilgrimage” PDF Version


A View of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives

Holy Thursday- Mass of the Lord’s Supper (Ex 12:1-8; 11-14; 1 Cor 11:23-26; Jn 13:1-15) “The Unblemished Lamb of Nagasaki” PDF Version

The Easter Vigil of the Resurrection of the Lord “So Glorious a Redeemer” PDF Version


A painting inside the Church of the Holy Sepluchre

Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord (Acts 10:34a, 37-43; Col 3:1-4; Jn 20:1-18) “Witnesses of the Resurrection” PDF Version


Inside of the Lord’s Tomb in the Church of the Holy Sepluchre

2nd Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday) (Acts 4:32-35; 1 Jn 5:1-6; Jn 20:19-31) “The Great Sacrament of Mercy” PDF Version


The Confessional of St. Padre Pio

3rd Sunday of Easter (Acts 3:13-15; 17-19; 1 Jn 2:1-5; Lk 24:35-48) “Dwelling Within The Wounds of Christ” PDF Version


This is the family crucifix that I grew up with. It continues to be a source of inspiration in my spiritual life.


The thorns and leafy branch on the top of the crucifix were taken from one of the many Spina Christi trees on the Mount of Olives. It is believed that the Crown of Thorns was made from the thorns of a Spina Christi tree.

5th Sunday of Easter (Acts 9:26-31; Jn 15:1-8) “Grafted to the True Vine” PDF Version


6th Sunday of Easter (Jn 15:9-17) “Holy Mary, Mother of Divine Love” PDF Version


Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord “My Ascension at Notre Dame” PDF Version

Rose Window, Norte Dame

Rose Window, Norte Dame

Stain Glass and Sanctuary of Norte Dame

Stain Glass, Vaulting Ceiling and Sanctuary of Norte Dame

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity “From the Beautiful Mind of Fr. Joseph Ratzinger” PDF Version


Solemnity of Corpus Christi “Standing, Walking and Kneeling Before The Lord” PDF Version

Carriage for Corpus Christi Procession, Astroga Catedral

This carriage is used to carry the Monstrance for the Corpus Christi Procession at Astroga Catedral, Spain

11th Sunday of OT (Ez 17:22-24; 2 Cor 5:6-10; Mk 4:26-34) “Scattering The Seeds Of Good Books” PDF Version


Here are some of the books I am currently reading.

12th Sunday of OT (Job 38: 1-4, 8-11; 2 Cor 5:14-17; Mk 4:35-41) “When Fear Replaces The Lord” PDF Version


Here is the hill top cemetery overlooking the city of Kyoto, Japan that I spoke of in this homily.

13th Sunday of OT (Wis 1:13-15; 2:23-24; 2 Cor 8:7, 9, 13- 15; Mk 5:21-43) “And They Laughed At Him” PDF Version


The Raising of Jairus’ Daughter by Gabriel Cornelius Ritter von Max (1878)

14th Sunday of OT (2 Cor 12:7-10; Mk 6:1-6) “The Thorns We Bear” PDF Version


The Spina Christi Tree. It is believed the Crown of Thorns was made from the branches of this tree.

Homily for 15th Sunday in OT (Mk 6:7-13) “How Discipleship Differs” PDF Version


From my priestly ordination

16th Sunday of OT (Mk 6:30-34) “Resting with Jesus in Ordinary Time” PDF Version


This painting is from the museum attached to Oura Church, the oldest surviving Catholic Church in Japan. It was here that european missionaries discovered the Hidden Christians of Japan who had lived secretly as Christians for nearly 350 years, enduring centuries of brutal persecution for their belief in Jesus Christ and His Church.

18th Sunday of OT (Ex 16:2-4, 12-15, 31a; Jn 6:24-35) “The Hidden Christ” PDF Version

Ecce Homo

This was the image I used of my priestly ordination prayer card. It was taken in the Cathedral of Burgos in Spain by my brother Justin Siray.

19th Sunday of OT (Jn 6:41-51) “Doubt, Ingratitude and Indifference for the Eucharist” PDF Version


This is a photo of the Requiem Mass offered in the ruins of Urakami Cathedral for the victims of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki.

21st Sunday of OT (Joshua 24:1-2a, 15-17, 18b; Eph 4:32-5:1-2, 21-32; Jn 6: 53, 60-69) “The Tragic Case of Judas Iscariot” PDF Version


This mosaic of the betrayal of Christ by Judas is found in the Church of All Nations in the Garden of Gethsemane

22nd Sunday of OT (Deut 4:1-2,6-8; Mk 7:1-8,14-15,21-23) “Good Job” PDF Version


  23rd Sunday of OT (James 2:1-5) “To Love The Poor” PDF Version 

Pius XII arms outstretched

Pope Pius XII greeting the citizens of the San Lorenzo district of Rome after the 1943 bombing.

24th Sunday of OT (Mk 8:27-35) “You Are The Christ” PDF Version


This fresco of the Crucifixion of St. Peter is found in the Church of San Stefano Rotondo, Roma.

25th Sunday of OT (Wis 2:12,17-20; James 3:16-4:3; Mk 9:30-37) “A Wolf’s Last Bite” PDF Version


From the movie Princess Mononoke. Image copyright property of Studio Ghibli, All Rights Reserved.

27th Sunday of OT (Mk 10:2-16) “United, Together, Forever” PDF Version 


Arwen mourning the death of Aragorn from the movie “Return of the King”. Image copyright property of New Line Cinema.

28th Sunday of OT (Mk 10:17-30) “Do The Rich Go To Heaven?” PDF Version

LUIS TRISTAN-XX-St louis king of france distributing alms

St. Louis IX of France distributing alms to the poor by Luis Tristan

30th Sunday of OT (Psalm 126) “A Homily on the Psalms” PDF Version


A modern day view of the city of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives. The walled area on the bottom left of the photo is the Western Wall of the Jerusalem Temple.

Solemnity of All Saints “The Saints of the Roman Canon” PDF Version


St. Cecilia is one of the saints mentioned in the Roman Canon. She is the patron saint of musicians. This stain glass window of St. Cecilia is found in The Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Boston.


  32nd Sunday of OT (Mk 12:38-44) “What Jesus Saw In The Temple” PDF Version 


  Solemnity of Christ the King (Dan 7:13-14; Rev 1:5-8; Jn 18:33b-37) “Our Eucharistic King”  PDF Version


This is the fresco I mentioned in my homily.

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