Homilies

First Sunday of Advewnt Homily

Posted on Dec 4, 2018 in Homilies

First Sunday of Advewnt Homily

  FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT 2 December 20 18 Homily In 1916 Sir Edward Shackleton and 27 men set out from England with the goal of sailing across the Antarctic continent. Shortly into their trip, their wooden ship, aptly named “Endurance,” was caught in pack ice and crushed. The crew was stranded with no way to get home. Shackleton came up with a daring plan. He would lead several of his men across hundreds of miles of pack ice, stormy Polar seas in a small boat and over the mountainous peaks of South Georgia to what he hoped would be civilization where he would pick up supplies and help and...

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Feast of Christ the King Homily

Posted on Nov 27, 2018 in Homilies

Feast of Christ the King Homily

FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING 25 November 2018 Homily Over the years while I was at Newman, I would take groups of students on short tours of the Twin Cities. One time I took a student who was always a bit cocky. He hadn’t seen much of the world, but had a kind of attitude. He also wasn’t really sure he wanted to be a Catholic or a Christian. He said, “I don’t think Jesus is someone for the modern world. He may have been okay for Palestine, but not for the complicated world we live in.” One of the stops we made was at the Cathedral in Saint Paul. I pointed out at as we walked in that Archbishop...

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Thirty Second Sunday of the Year Homily

Posted on Nov 13, 2018 in Homilies

Thirty Second Sunday of the Year Homily

      THIRTY-SECOND SUNDAY OF THE YEAR 11 November 2018 Homily This story of the widow’s mite is troubling to me. It’s troubling because if that widow were here, and if the collection basket were going around, and if it truly were her last two cents– I’d say, “Keep it for God’s sake.” Don’t you have the same reaction? And, I find it hard to believe that Jesus wouldn’t have stopped her. Certainly the person who fed the hungry, urged us to take care of the needy, would have wanted her to keep that two cents. I thought about this for a long time, wondering why I had such a negative reaction to...

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Thirty-First Sunday of the Year Homily

Posted on Nov 6, 2018 in Homilies

Thirty-First Sunday of the Year Homily

  THIRTY-FIRST SUNDAY OF THE YEAR 4 November 2018 Homily About fifteen years ago, I spent a couple of weeks in Door County. One morning I got up early and sat on a dock to watch the sun rise. It was a prayerful, reflective time. As I sat there I focused on the horizon–somewhere way out there where Lake Michigan met the sky. I had a nearly irresistible urge to go out to that point. There were a few problems of course. The first being that I didn’t have a boat. So I didn’t go, but I did spend some time thinking about it. I knew in my head that that point way off was someplace I would never be...

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Thirtieth Sunday of the Year Homily

Posted on Oct 30, 2018 in Homilies

Thirtieth Sunday of the Year Homily

  THIRTIETH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR 28 October 2018 Homily During my first week as a priest I was sitting in the front office of St. Pat’s watching the people go by. I had spent all this time preparing to be a priest but when I finally go to be one I didn’t know exactly what I was supposed to do every day. I watched a lady come up to the front door of the rectory, hesitate, and then around and walk away. Frankly I was relieved she walked away. I went across the hall to the secretary’s office and told her what I had just seen. I was speaking and the doorbell rang. It was the lady who I had watched...

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Twenty-Ninth Sunday of the Year Homily

Posted on Oct 23, 2018 in Homilies

Twenty-Ninth Sunday of the Year Homily

  TWENTY-NINTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR 21 October 2018 Homily There are days that I think if I had been Jesus, I would have just given up. It seems so fruitless, so futile, even his friends, the ones he expected to carry on don’t understand. You see this is the second time the disciples go daydreaming about being on top of the heap. James and John, the ones who were so excited to join Jesus that they left their father sitting in his boat. James and John who jump in with both feet before they know what they’re getting themselves into. By this time in Mark’s story however, they are beginning to...

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Twenty-Sixth Sunday of the Year Homily

Posted on Oct 3, 2018 in Homilies

Twenty-Sixth Sunday of the Year Homily

  TWENTY-SIXTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR 30 September 2018 Homily The summer after my first year in college I lived in St. Paul I was fortunate to find a really good paying job working for United Van Lines. Well, the truth is that I didn’t find this job. An extended family adopted me.    They found me the job, found me a place to live, and gave me a 55 Ford to drive. I’d fallen into the butter tub. I’d done nothing to deserve their care for me and their kindness to me. At the end of the summer, I returned the furniture they’d lent me and on the last day, returned the car to Grandpa and Grandma’s...

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Twenty-Fifth Sunday of the Year Homily

Posted on Sep 25, 2018 in Homilies

Twenty-Fifth Sunday of the Year Homily

              TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR 23 September 2018   Homily As you all know my friend Mike was hospitalized with Guillian Barre for three months. Especially at the beginning, things did not look good. My friend Vicki and I who were caring for him began buying lottery tickets. Our logic: It looked like Mike would need a lot of expensive care forever. We calculated how much we would actually g et if we won, how we would apportion it, what we would be able to do for him with it. These were noble things. As Mike got better, and there was that point during the summer when the jackpot...

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