Posts Tagged ‘Homily’

Summarizing the Law and Love, Standing on One Foot – The Gospel of the 31st Sunday of the Year

There was an expression common among the Rabbis of Jesus’ time, and perhaps even now, wherein one Rabbi would ask another a question, but request the answer be given, “Standing on one foot.” Which is a Jewish way of saying, “Be brief in your answer.” And that sort of expression may be behind the question […] Read the rest of this entry »

Are You a Man or A Mouse? A Reflection on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi

This Sunday in many places features the (moved) Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Our Lord. While you may puzzle over my title, allow me to explain it later. On a Solemn feast like this many things occur that might be preached and taught. Allow three areas for reflection: The Reality […] Read the rest of this entry »

Only What You Do For Christ Will Last – A Meditation on the Gospel of the Rich and Poor

In fourth chapter of Mark’s Gospel which we are reading at daily Mass this week we find the following saying of the Lord: To the one who has, more will be given; from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. (Mk 4:25 ) The Rich get Richer? Now to […] Read the rest of this entry »

Touched By God at Christmas

There is an old saying that the Lord didn’t just come to get us out of trouble, he came to get into trouble with us. More of that, in a moment. A uniquely human glory and gift – This Christmas we celebrate that God is not content for us to experience his love for us […] Read the rest of this entry »

You Gotta Serve Before You Sit – A Meditation of the Gospel for the 22nd Week of the Year

In the  Gospel for this weekend’s Mass the Lord Jesus summons us to a deeper appreciation for what brings true honor, for makes a person truly great. As you may imagine, what the world thinks of as great and honorable is rather different that what God thinks and sees. Let’s look at this Gospel in three […] Read the rest of this entry »

The Feast of the Assumption Is Our Feast Too

This year we are privileged to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of Mary into heaven on a Sunday. Let’s ponder this feast in three stages: 1. Explained – To be “assumed” means to be taken up by God bodily into heaven. As far back as the Church can remember we have celebrated the fact that […] Read the rest of this entry »

The Mass in Slow Motion – The Homily

The Homily – So now comes the part of the Mass that is often the most loved and the most hated moment. Preaching consistently well can prove to be a challenge for priests (and deacons) who often live very busy lives and are called to preach all week long at weekday masses, funerals and weddings, […] Read the rest of this entry »