Homilies

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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Twenty-Eighth Sunday of the Year Homily

Posted on Oct 16, 2017 in Homilies

Twenty-Eighth Sunday of the Year Homily

TWENTY-EIGHTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR   15 October 2017 Homily My father drove semi-truck for almost all of his working life after WWII. He worked long hours. Because he worked and was gone all week, and because he sat so much in the truck, My father liked to get out in the woods and work on weekends, Saturdays mostly. He also thought it was the perfect bonding time to be with his sons. Saturday morning he=d yell up the stairs: “Day light in the swamp.@ If it were winter we’d be cutting cedar posts in the swamp. If it were spring or early summer, we=d be peeling popple. Truly two of the most...

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Twenty-Seventh Sunday of the Year Homily

Posted on Oct 10, 2017 in Homilies

Twenty-Seventh Sunday of the Year Homily

TWENTY-SEVENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR 8 OCTOBER 2017 Homily I have a list–an internal list–of the ways my life could be improved. I could have hair–on the top of my head. I could live where it was always summer and never winter. I could sing–really sing, beautifully. I could not ache after I exercise. I could….. Well, you get the idea. I bet you have such a list as well, a list of the way your life could be better. And yet the truth is for most of us here, our lives are pretty good, especially in this country. How could they be better? At this point, only greed makes us ask that question....

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Twenty-Sixth Sunday of the Year Homily

Posted on Oct 3, 2017 in Homilies

Twenty-Sixth Sunday of the Year Homily

TWENTY-SIXTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR 1 October 2017 Homily Hatley–the town where I grew up–was small. There were, I’m sure, many things which went on that most of us never knew about. I think there were some people in our small town who suffered great injuries,                        and none of us ever knew about them.             I think there were some people who endured great hardships,                        and none of us ever knew about them. I think there were some people who made great promises to God, and kept them,                         and none of us ever knew about them....

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Twenty-Fifth Sunday of the Year Homily

Posted on Sep 26, 2017 in Homilies

Twenty-Fifth Sunday of the Year Homily

TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR 24 September 2017 Do you remember what you wanted to be when you were in first grade? When I was in first grade I wanted to be a builder. I organized my red bricks and building blocks into elaborate structures. I traded with my uncle for the use of his erector set to combine with mine so I could make even grander structures. I still harbor thoughts of designing buildings and have made a pilgrimage to Taliesan West in Phoenix, And Taliesan Wisconsin to visit the school founded by Frank Lloyd Wright. Things didn=t work out as simply as I thought they would. When...

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Twenty-Fourth Sunday of the Year Homily

Posted on Sep 19, 2017 in Homilies

Twenty-Fourth Sunday of the Year Homily

TWENTY FOURTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR 17 September 2017 Homily This is such a tricky story and Jesus is at his best in telling it. There’s a king who is rich beyond our experience. In a kind of fickle move, he decides to settle up with all the people who owe him. So the debtors are brought in. One by one: pay up, or suffer the consequences.   A poor man who owes a lot— It could have been anyone of us who has a mortgage, Is hauled in and forced to pay up now. The guy has no way to pay. He begs for time, the time he thought he had anyway. The king relents and not only that, forgives him the...

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Twenty-Second Sunday of the Year Homily

Posted on Sep 5, 2017 in Homilies

Twenty-Second Sunday of the Year Homily

TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY OF THE YEAR   3 September 2017 Homily One of my favorite actors is Martin Sheen. The latest series I’m watching him in is Grace and Frankie.   It’s on NetFlicks and it’s a hoot. I suppose the first movie I really remember Martin Sheen in was Apocalypse Now. It brought home the real horror of a war that nobody wanted to win. He became a big star with that movie but his life was in crisis. He was drinking heavily. He suffered a near fatal heart attack. He was near despair. A friend of his gave him a book by Dostoevsky: The Brothers Karamazov. After reading it he...

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