Homilies

Corpus Christi Homily

Posted on Jun 20, 2017 in Homilies

Corpus Christi Homily

FEAST OF THE BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST 18 June 2017 Homily My good friend Mike spent four years getting his doctorate in Rome at San Anselmo. While he was there I was able to go over twice and do some touring. I have to admit that while I was there I did conclude the best thing about Rome is the food. I know it’s supposed to be the church or the art or something like that, but it’s the food. While Mike was ther e, since he was studying liturgy, he made it a point to experience the great liturgies of the different rites. In some cases he didn’t know much about what he was experiencing and...

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Sixth Sunday of Easter Homily

Posted on May 23, 2017 in Homilies

Sixth Sunday of Easter Homily

SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER 21 May 2017 Homily “If you love me…..” Those words from Jesus in the gospel are haunting They are words which put all of us on our guard? They come from our spouses: “If you love me, you would……” From our parents–no matter how old we are: “If you don’t want to disappoint us you would…..” From our friends, again more often implied but still there: “If you were really my friend you would…..” “If you love me……” In most cases, we do love the people who make such statements to us. And yet we all experience this need to be reminded...

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Fifth Sunday of Easter Homily

Posted on May 17, 2017 in Homilies

Fifth Sunday of Easter Homily

FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER 14 May 2017 Homily I didn’t intend to wake up to watch John Paul II’s funeral in the middle of the night. I did though.  Accidently. Like many people I was moved by the simplicity of his casket sitting there on the ground in front of St. Peter’s Basilica. This man used to be the most powerful person in the church. There he was, in a simple wooden box, on the ground. His funeral in the end, even though it was attended by the great and powerful, was really not much different than the funeral that anyone of us might have. There is a lesson there. It’s a hard lesson for...

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Fourth Sunday of Easter Homily

Posted on May 12, 2017 in Homilies

Fourth Sunday of Easter Homily

FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER 7 May 2017 Homily I have a friend who moved into a “gentrified” neighborhood in St. Paul. It was one of those areas of the city which had basically fallen apart, the government came in and claimed the houses for back taxes and then sold them cheaply. One catch.  You had to live in them. My friend who is a college professor bought one of these homes. It was still a “bad” neighborhood when she moved in and started fixing up her home. It was an attractive place when she got through with it. And it was the perfect place for her to display the art she had collected all her...

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Third Sunday of Easter Homily

Posted on May 4, 2017 in Homilies

Third Sunday of Easter Homily

THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER 30 April 2017 First Eucharist I am always struck by how the scriptures can come alive– How something that happens in my life, the life of those around me, can suddenly make sense. Several years ago I got a letter which made me see the gospel today in a way I’d never seen it before. Two things to notice about this familiar story: First, these two disciples had really given up on two things–Jesus and the community of believers. They were running away from both. Second, once the two disciples had decided to leave the community it was very hard for them to recognize...

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Second Sunday of Easter Homily

Posted on Apr 25, 2017 in Homilies

Second Sunday of Easter Homily

SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER 23 April 2017 Homily Thirty Five years ago this spring I buried by great Aunt. She was the last of her generation. All of us who gathered for her funeral were very much aware that with her death we lost our last living link with the “Old Country.” My grandfather, his brothers and one sister all came here from Poland. They were the ones who kept alive for us our connection with Poland. As a young child I remember sitting through family gatherings hearing stories of the Old Country. Stories about fruit trees that lined the way into town, about the faith of...

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Palm Sunday Homily

Posted on Apr 11, 2017 in Homilies

Palm Sunday Homily

PALM SUNDAY 9 April 2017 Homily Several years ago, weeks before Christmas, a friend brought over two packages for me. She said, “These two go together. Be careful with them.” Dutifully I put them aside until Christmas. Christmas Day evening, I sat by myself and suddenly remembered the two packages. I went and found them and opened them up. The first was a crude antique wooden sculpture of Jesus. I studied it and decided, I didn’t like it. Jesus was ugly at the worst, at the best, he was so plain-faced– without character, or whatever it is we look for in great people. I want my Jesus to look...

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Fifth Sunday of Lent Homily

Posted on Apr 5, 2017 in Homilies

Fifth Sunday of Lent Homily

FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT 2 April 2017 Homily In the gospel we hear Jesus say a very curious thing. “Jesus said clearly, Lazarus has died. And I am glad for you that I was not there, that you may believe.” It sounds so cold-hearted. We should live through something painful, saddening, hard, just to come to belief? Is this the picture of a God we could love? I think the deeper truth here is this: That everyone of us here will live through difficult days and long nights. Everyone of us here will have some trauma, some tragedy, some despair which we will face, and the question will always be: “Will...

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