Posts by George.Szews

Twenty-Fourth Sunday of the Year Homily

Posted on Sep 18, 2018 in Homilies

Twenty-Fourth Sunday of the Year Homily

  TWENTY FOURTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR 16 September 2018 Homily I’m not a big fan of horror flicks, or Si-Fi movies. I don’t go in for spooky stuff, never have. I’m also not a big believer in alien abduction, or watch “In Search Of.” So you can imagine my discomfort then onr summer when in the middle of the night, in the middle of nowhere, I was driving down a dirt road to see the, “mystery light.” It’s just outside Watersmeet, MI, 4 miles from the casino, down an old railroad right of way that’s been taken over by the power company for a high line. They call the place “Dog Meadow.” I was with...

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Twenthy-Third Sunday of the year Homily

Posted on Sep 11, 2018 in Homilies

Twenthy-Third Sunday of the year Homily

  TWENTY  THIRD SUNDAY OF THE YEAR 9 SEPTEMBER 2018 Homily One of the former student employees at Newman had a house not far from my friend Mike’s house. I ‘d go over there often when I was in the Cities, usually just for a few minutes to visit his children–which were a hoot. When I’d go, I usually brought the children cookies. Toward the end of one summer I had brought cookies over and as I was preparing to leave, I said to Max, the oldest who is going into Second Grade “Max, I don’t know when I’m going to see you again?” Max thought for a moment and said, “Oh George, you can come back in...

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Twenty-First Sunday of the Year Homily

Posted on Aug 28, 2018 in Homilies

Twenty-First Sunday of the Year Homily

  TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY OF THE YEAR 26 August 2018 Homily This weekend we complete a six week series of readings from John, slipped into the Marcan cycle because Mark’s gospel is shorter than Matthew or Luke. Throughout the past six weeks we have watched the rise and fall of Jesus in popular opinion. The crunch comes today after the large crowds have already given up on him, will the disciples, his intimates also break away from him? Can you imagine how heart-breaking it must have been for Jesus to ask the question of Peter and the Twelve:  Do you want to leave me as well? Have I so...

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Twentieth Sunday of the Year Homily

Posted on Aug 21, 2018 in Homilies

Twentieth Sunday of the Year Homily

  TWENTIETH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR 19 August 2018 Homily It was the first words of the gospel which struck me last weekend. Does anyone remember what those words were? The crowds began to complain about Jesus–“murmuring” was what we got in our translation. They began to talk under their breaths. “This guy is a nut.” Mostly, at this point in John’s Gospel the crowds become very disappointed in him. They had such great hopes for him, and he tells them goofy things. He tells them they are to “feed on him,” in today’s gospel. This really bothered the crowds. They couldn’t figure out how his flesh...

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Fifteenth Sunday of the Year Homily

Posted on Jul 17, 2018 in Homilies

Fifteenth Sunday of the Year Homily

    FIFTEENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR 15 July 2018 Homily In the film, Jakob the Liar (based on the novel by Jurek Becker), Robin Williams portrays Jakob Heym, a café owner in Nazi occupied Poland in 1944. Jakob and his Jewish neighbors have been herded into a rat infested ghetto to await transport to the death camps. One night, taken into custody for breaking curfew Jakob accidently overhears a radio transmission at German headquarters that Russian troops will soon be liberating Poland. When Jakob is released he shares the news with his two closest friends swearing them to secrecy. It did no...

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Fourteenth Sunday of the Year Homily

Posted on Jul 10, 2018 in Church News

Fourteenth Sunday of the Year Homily

  FOURTEENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR 8 July 2018 Homily I’ve had a pretty good life. Even though I spent much of my college years being mad at God–I really didn’t want to be a priest. And I’ve spent the last few years being mad at the Church– I think we’ve taken some wrong turns, I can still say, I’ve had a pretty good life. Most people here can say that. Oh, we’ve all had broken legs and broken hearts. We’ve been sick, or buried people we’ve loved. We’ve not understood why something bad happened to us or someone we loved. But few of us have lived with constant pain–Some have, but few of us. Most...

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Thirteenth Sunday of the Year Homily

Posted on Jul 5, 2018 in Church News

Thirteenth Sunday of the Year Homily

  THIRTEENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR 1 July 2018 On Memorial Day many years ago I spent a few hours at my parents’ home. Part of that time I went on a long walk that took me out of the small town where I grew up. It was a very quiet day in Hatley. Eventually, I passed a seventeen year old who apparently had just gotten a new vehicle –one of those little pick-ups. He had the hood up and was just leaning on his elbows, looking at the engine. I yelled out “Hi!” and asked him what he was doing. “Nothing,” he said, “Just looking.” It was a very quiet day...

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Tenth Sunday of the Year Homily

Posted on Jun 12, 2018 in Homilies

Tenth Sunday of the Year Homily

  TENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR 10 JUNE 2018 One of the great things about the gospels is that they tell the truth even when it is unflattering. Today’s pericope, found only in Mark, and rarely read out at Mass is one of those instances. We are still early on in the gospel and the Marcan author is preparing the ground work for the end of his narrative. The question he keeps raising is, “Who is Jesus?” Today, there are two answers to the question– given first by his family–those closest to him, and then by those who would eventually join in having him killed. The first...

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