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My Soul Looks Back and Wonders How I Got Over – A Homily for the 12th Sunday of the Year

June 20, 2015 1 Comment
My Soul Looks Back and Wonders How I Got Over – A Homily for the 12th Sunday of the Year

The gospel today is something of a storm journal, a kind of picture of the Christian life as we journey through a stormy world against winds contrary to the gospel. There are distinctive stages, beginning with the call of Jesus to cross to the other shore. But as we cross there are surely storms and difficulties […]

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1 and 1 and 1 is One – A Homily for Trinity Sunday

May 30, 2015 17 Comments
1 and 1 and 1 is One – A Homily for Trinity Sunday

There is an old spiritual that says, “My God is so high, you can’t get over him, he’s so low you can’t get under him, he’s so wide you can’t get ’round him, you must come in, by and through the Lamb.” That’s not a bad way of saying that God is other; He is […]

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The Fire Next Time – A Homily for Pentecost

May 23, 2015 13 Comments
The Fire Next Time – A Homily for Pentecost

What a wondrous and challenging feast we celebrate at Pentecost! A feast like this challenges us because it puts to the lie a lazy, sleepy, hidden, and tepid Christian life. The Lord Jesus said to the Apostles and still says to us, “I have come to cast a fire on the earth!” (Luke 12:49) This […]

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Love Lifted Me – A Homily for Ascension

May 16, 2015 2 Comments
Love Lifted Me – A Homily for Ascension

In more dioceses than not, the Feast of the Ascension is celebrated this weekend. The liturgist in me regrets the move, but here we are any way. So let’s ascend with the Lord, three days late! This marvelous feast is not merely about something that took place two thousand years ago. For though Christ our […]

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Focused on a Functional Family: A Homily for the Feast of the Holy Family

December 27, 2014 20 Comments
Focused on a Functional Family: A Homily for the Feast of the Holy Family

Here in the middle of the Christmas Octave, the Church bids us to celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family. On the old calendar, the Feast of the Holy Family falls on the Sunday after Epiphany, which makes a little more sense since the gospels appointed for the feast often take us far forward in time […]

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I Hear Music in the Air! – A Homily for Christmas

December 24, 2014 13 Comments
I Hear Music in the Air! – A Homily for Christmas

The mysteries of Christmas are many. Among them is the mystery of the music heard that night. The angels shouted the great declaration, “Glory to God in the Highest,” and creation takes it up as a song. But why this music? Is it merely window dressing, or does it disclose a mystery to us? Is it merely […]

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See What the End Shall Be – A Homily for the 4th Sunday of Advent

December 20, 2014 4 Comments
See What the End Shall Be – A Homily for the 4th Sunday of Advent

In today’s Gospel we step back nine months to March 25th, the feast of the Annunciation, an event all but hidden, but which changed the world. God, whose focal presence had departed the Temple just prior to the Babylonian invasion (cf Ez 10:18) and the loss of the Ark of the Covenant, now returns to […]

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Sweet, Beautiful, Soul-Saving Joy – A Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Advent

December 13, 2014 4 Comments
Sweet, Beautiful, Soul-Saving Joy – A Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Advent

This Sunday is traditionally called Gaudete Sunday based on the Introit for the day: Gaudete in Domino semper, iterum dico, Gaudete (from Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say, Rejoice). This theme is developed most fully in today’s readings in 1 Thessalonians 5:16ff. It, too, begins with the salutation and imperative, “rejoice […]

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