Following is an interview with Fr. Jason Mitchell LC,
who is presenting his daily Mass homilies as a resource
in a new blog.
Why are you doing the
I started doing this blog to understand
the Word of God more deeply and to help others
grow in their understanding of this Word as presented in
the Liturgy of the Word.
Who is the intended audience for
The intended audience is twofold: 1) those who go
to daily mass and want to understand the readings and
the connections between them; 2) priests and deacons looking for
daily homily assistance. There are a lot of websites that
help with the Sunday liturgy, so I am trying to
fill the gap for the daily liturgy. The "Catholic Commentary
on Sacred Scripture" published by Baker Academic is also a
What is the focus of your blog?
During my time
in Jerusalem (summer of 2013) I was able to preach
a homily every day, something that is hard to do,
in a seminary where there are over 40 priests. Preparing
the homily each day helped me spiritually, and I saw
that it was helping those who came to daily mass.
I started to see the connections between the Old Testament
and the New, between the Gospel and the other New
Testament writings, and between the physical locations in the Holy
Land and the written Word. I started to post the
homilies on a blog towards the end of the summer
and continued with it throughout the school year.
|Catholic Homilies Blog by Fr. Jason Mitchell LC.|
The focus of
the blog is to offer a simple, straight-forward explanation of
the Liturgy of the Word. These can be used for
spiritual reading or for meditation. Priests and deacons can use
them to get ideas for their own homilies. Each homily
tries to draw out some connection between the first reading
and the Gospel. When no connection is evident, I try
to transition as smoothly as possible from one reading to
Is this effort different than what is available from
I think my homilies compliment the daily reflections found
on www.epriest.com. My homilies are more geared to understanding
the Word of God and allowing the Word to engage
me and my life. The daily reflections, modeled on Ignatian
meditation, deal more with the person´s life and decisions, through
questions, petitions, prayers and even a proposed resolution.
You said you
may publish these homilies into a book. What is your
goal for this book?
It is my hope at some
time to publish them in a book or two. I
am especially interested in the daily homilies and its two-year
cycle. I look forward to seeing what themes repeat throughout
the year and get a sense of what God is
telling his people over the course of the two years.
do you say it helps your own spiritual life to
write this blog?
I am at a point in my spiritual
life where I am unsatisfied by generic exhortations to virtue.
I find nourishment in the Word of God. I don’t
like spiritual talks that concentrate solely on our efforts to
be holy or perfect. Holiness is a primarily a gift
from God, and not a human conquest. It is not
so much about what I do, but about what God
does in me and with me. In our spiritual life,
we are responding to God´s grace and inspirations. This is
a constant message in the Gospel, in Paul´s writings and
even in the Old Testament.
Your homilies are now on Zenit?
A couple months ago, Zenit offered to publish my
homilies. It was a providential move. I get several messages
a week from priests and religious and lay people who
are using them for their own spiritual growth and to
prepare their own homilies.
Any interesting blog topics you have discussed
that you can share? Your favorites?
I try to emphasize the
history of salvation, the New Testament fulfillment of Old Testament
promises, the Church´s doctrine on the relationship between grace and
freedom, the role of the Sacraments in our lives, the
fundamental truth of the Trinity, etc... I try to avoid
reducing the readings to one virtue or to a general
theme. I do speak more to the intellect than to
the heart, trusting that the Holy Spirit will find fertile
ground in those who hear the Word of God.