Homilies

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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Twenty-First Sunday of the Year Homily

Posted on Aug 29, 2017 in Homilies

Twenty-First Sunday of the Year Homily

TWENTY FIRST SUNDAY OF THE YEAR 27 August 2017 Homily Harold Kushner, a rabbi, tells this story in his book, Overcoming Life’s Disappointments.   Every day for years a man visited his wife in a nursing home. She suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. Every day he would come and feed her. He would sit with her and show her pictures of their children and grandchildren. She would forget as soon as he showed her the pictures who they were. He would remind her, patiently. He would explain each day who he was, that they had been married for 52 years. Before leaving each day he would kiss her and...

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Seventeenth Sunday of the Year Homily

Posted on Aug 1, 2017 in Homilies

Seventeenth Sunday of the Year Homily

  SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR 30 July 2017 Homily As most of you know the first parish to which I was assigned after ordination was St. Pat’s in Eau Claire. It was a great parish, those were my Camelot years. The people were good to me.  I learned a lot. Early on one parishioner said to me: “George you need more balance in your homilies. You seem to be saying it’s all or nothing.  God or nothing. What about people with families   , responsibilities. We can’t all be priests.” His comments stuck with me for a long time. How could I square the ordinary lives of people with a gospel...

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Fifteenth Sunday of the Year Homily

Posted on Jul 20, 2017 in Homilies

Fifteenth Sunday of the Year Homily

  FIFTEENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR   16 July 2017 Homily She rises each day at 5 am in her tiny prison cell. She spends the first hour of her day in prayer, and then begins her rounds of the prison cells. She brings clothing, soap, blankets to prisoners. She is not the warden, She is not one of the guards, she is a nun, who lives in the prison spending 10 hours a day visiting prisoners. Her life didn’t start out pointed in this direction. She grew up in Beverly Hills–Dinah Shore and Cary Grant were her neighbors. She has raised 7 children and lived through two marriages, the second...

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Fourteenth Sunday of the Year Homily

Posted on Jul 11, 2017 in Homilies

Fourteenth Sunday of the Year Homily

  FOURTEENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR 9 July 2017 Homily We went to elementary   school together. I don’t get to see him much but our meetings set up comparisons–mile markers in my life. If I had chosen a different life, this is what it could look like. The last time we met, it was over dinner. He spoke about walking in on his wife and another man –in his own bedroom. I can only imagine how hard that must have been. Hard because of course this was his second marriage. After the first he swore he’d never let anyone get that close again. He did, and then for this to happen again. Well, it...

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Twelfth Sunday of the Year Homily

Posted on Jun 28, 2017 in Homilies

Twelfth Sunday of the Year Homily

  TWELFTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR 25 June 2017 HOMILY Almost 20 years ago now a former student offered to take a group of us on a boat trip up and down the St. Croix. My good friend Mike came along. Several other former students also took the trip. It was a good reunion and also a sad one. The students who used to be very active in the church no longer went to church. We were on the river for about an hour when the former student who had organized the trip blanched white. I was sitting next to him and asked, “What’s wrong?” And then, the engine stopped. “Well,” I said, try restarting it.”...

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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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