Posts by George.Szews

Second Sunday of Advent Homily

Posted on Dec 12, 2017 in Homilies

Second Sunday of Advent Homily

SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT 10 December 2017 Homily Robertson and Muriel McQuilkin were married for 55 years. They had a wonderful life together. He was a minister and president of a seminary, She an artist, counselor and teacher. In 1979. Alzheimer’s disease began taking hold of Muriel. As the disease progressed, Robertson resigned his position to take care of Muriel. For 25 years he stood by his beloved Muriel as her condition deteriorated. He wrote three articles in Christianity Today about this last chapter of their lives. To all those people who wondered how he could walk away from his...

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First Sunday of Advent Homily

Posted on Dec 6, 2017 in Homilies

First Sunday of Advent Homily

  FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT 3 December 2017 When I was first ordained I used to regularly visit an elderly woman who had had a hard life. Her husband had been an alcoholic who ran off and left her w/ 5 children to raise. Which she did, working a factory job and doing laundry on the side. Her oldest son was killed in World War II. In her old age this woman developed colon cancer. One day I saw her in the hospital. She was in a great deal of pain and a long recovery period was forecast. When I came in she managed a bit of a smile and raised her hand to touch mine. We talked a bit.  She asked...

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Christ the King Homily

Posted on Nov 28, 2017 in Homilies

Christ the King Homily

  FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING 26 November 2017 Several years ago I spent a few days in Waashington, DC.   It is one of my favorite cites. One of the things I did was go to the Vietnam Memorial–the Black Wall with the name of every soldier who died in Vietnam on it. I arrived at about 10:00 pm and was amazed by the number of people who were there. I was moved as well by the number of people who were openly grieving at the site– after all these years, still grieving. Maybe because it was dark, maybe because I too had lived through that era, and maybe because you can’t go to...

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Thirty-Third Sunday of the Year Homily

Posted on Nov 22, 2017 in Homilies

Thirty-Third Sunday of the Year Homily

  THIRTY THIRD SUNDAY OF THE YEAR 19 NOVEMBER 2017   HOMILY Several years ago I drove to my parent’s home in Hatley to take them out to dinner.   Now, my parents were at that age, where they liked to go for the early bird specials. We left for the restaurant plenty early; as a matter of fact too early.  It wasn’t even open yet. Right next door to the restaurant, however,  was a casino. My parents eagerly suggested we go in to pass the time. I had never been in one of these northern Wisconsin casinos. Amazing places. It was packed. I turned to my father and said: “Why would all...

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Thirty Second Sunday of the Year Homily

Posted on Nov 14, 2017 in Homilies

Thirty Second Sunday of the Year Homily

THIRTY SECOND SUNDAY OF THE YEAR 12 November 2017 Homily I have a lot of empathy for the foolish virgins/bridesmaids in the story Jesus tells today. I’ve discovered that some people are just too gentle for this world, too easily broken. They always seem to be in the wrong place at the right time, or in the right place at the wrong time. Several years ago I went to visit a boarding school to visit the son of a parishioner. When we met he said, “No one likes me.” He was new to the school, coming in half way through the year. With all of my earthly wisdom, I said, “It’s hard to change schools...

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Thirty First Sunday of the Year Homily

Posted on Nov 7, 2017 in Homilies

Thirty First Sunday of the Year Homily

THIRTY FIRST SUNDAY OF THE YEAR 5 November 2017 Homily I would like to think that today’s gospel is not about me. I would like to think that today’s gospel is pointed directly at someone else. But of course it is about me. And that makes me uncomfortable and it makes me mad.   It makes me uncomfortable because I am sure that I have been guilty of some of the deficiencies the Matthean author has Jesus point out. It makes me mad because I never really wanted this job in the first place. It’s really Jesus’ fault for getting me into this. I have a friend who persists in telling me the...

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Thirtieth Sunday of the Year Homily

Posted on Oct 31, 2017 in Church News

Thirtieth Sunday of the Year Homily

THIRTIETH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR 29 OCTOBER 2017     Homily “Thus says the Lord: ‘You shall not molest or oppress an alien, for you were once aliens yourselves in the land of Egypt.” This is one of my favorite Old Testament passages. Why?  It reminds me my ancestors came to this country with little or nothing. It reminds me they were treated badly as all immigrants have been treated. Many years ago in early fall I was driving by Memorial High School in Eau Claire., It must have been near 3 pm and school was just getting out. As I looked down a side street, I saw an old Hmong...

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Twenty-Ninth Sunday of the Year Homily

Posted on Oct 24, 2017 in Church News

Twenty-Ninth Sunday of the Year Homily

TWENTY-NINTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR 22 OCTOBER 2017 AProving your faith, laboring in love, showing constancy in hope,@ These things, say Paul are the identifiable marks of the Christian. Several years ago a former Newman student sent me an article from the Washington Times. The piece was written by a Jewish man who in middle age was attempting to recover his faith. He said, in part: When I made my bar mitsvah I read from the Torah words I did not understand because my parents didn=t think it was important for me to know Hebrew. I spoke about hunger in the world. And then the best part of course...

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