Homilies

Fourth Sunday of Lent Homily

Posted on Mar 28, 2017 in Homilies

Fourth Sunday of Lent Homily

FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT 26 March 2017 I have been very fortunate in my life. Other than the usual childhood ailments I’ve come this far pretty well intact. I say all this because by and large I’ve known very little personally, of what can be called “structural evil”–that is evil where choices are not made. Things or situations that from the very root are “wrong.” In other words, I don’t know what it is like to be born blind. to watch the death of my child, to be caught in a vicious circle of poverty, to lose someone I love in an earthquake or...

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Third Sunday of Lent Homily

Posted on Mar 22, 2017 in Homilies

Third Sunday of Lent Homily

THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT 19 March 2017 Homily It’s a short but curious line which has remained the same in this story of the Samaritan Woman across several translations, and which has always stuck in my mind: “Come and see a man who told me everything I have done.” Now another story. Once there was a very pious husband and wife. When they gave birth to their first, and only child, they hoped more than anything this child would grow up to be a lover of God. When he reached the age of reason, and just able to read and write, they gave him a blank book and told him, every time you sin, write your...

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First Sunday of Lent Homily

Posted on Mar 7, 2017 in Homilies

First Sunday of Lent Homily

FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT 5 March 2017 Homily We don’t know really what really happened there in the desert when Jesus was tempted. Matthew and Luke expand the story. In Mark’s it only takes two verses. The tricky thing about temptation–it’s very personal, it strikes in the deepest recesses, the secret thoughts and desires we all have. Temptation is the great leveler–none of us are better than anyone else. Even Jesus–just like us–had the secret recesses which could be tempted. Temptation is not the same as sin. Temptation is part of being human. But doing what is right and just and good in the...

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Eighth Sunday of the Year Homily

Posted on Mar 1, 2017 in Homilies

Eighth Sunday of the Year Homily

EIGHTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR 26 February 2017 Homily In many ways I think Jesus has already given the homily for today. This is not some story about him where we can analyze the data, or a story told by him from which we can glean some point, it is a homily and to tell you the truth I have never liked this little homily of Jesus’– this lilies of the field and birds of the air homily.  Why? On a nice day, this is a nice homily. When Jupiter connects with Mars and the sun is shining, when you can enjoy the flowers and the birds and laugh about tomorrow, it’s a nice homily. When...

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Sixth Sunday of the Year Homily

Posted on Mar 1, 2017 in Homilies

SIXTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR 12 February 2017 Homily One of my classmates in Catholic Elementary School stuck a cigarette into the hands of the life-size statue of Mary that stood in the school hallway. When the sisters finally figured out who had done this abomination, They reprimanded him in front of the whole school. When she was through the principal asked him if he had anything to say. Of course she expected an apology. What he said was:  “Sister, if God can see everything, and we know God can see everything, why do we do the bad things we do?” Sister was quick on her feet.  She...

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Third Sunday of Advent Homily

Posted on Dec 13, 2016 in Homilies

Third Sunday of Advent Homily

THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT 11 December 2016 Homily My teacher in first grade at St. Florian’s School was Sr. Primosa–a wonderful woman. About this time of year Sr. Primosa told us the story of St. Nicholas. And, how to this day good little boys and girls were rewarded by Saint Nicholas on 6 December. As a child it sounded like another Christmas to me.  Wow! The morning of 6 December I woke up and my mother could not figure out why in the heck I was racing all over the house looking. I found nothing.  No promised stocking full of goodies.  I began to cry. I was too embarrassed to tell my...

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Second Sunday of Advent Homily

Posted on Dec 6, 2016 in Homilies

Second Sunday of Advent Homily

THE SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT 4 December 2016 Homily People try to sell me a lot of things. Several years ago a man called to sell me a new kind of snow melt. “It’s cheaper,” he said, “and it won’t make a mess in your buildings and ruin your carpets.” I’ve always been a little leery of those kinds of phone calls, but the man somehow knew how to pronounce my name, that got him a hearing. In the end I agreed to buy a couple of pails of the stuff. He said, “Ordinarily, I can only sell these in four pail lots, but for you I’ll make a special deal since you’re a new customer wanting to be careful...

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First Sunday of Advent Homily

Posted on Dec 2, 2016 in Homilies

First Sunday of Advent Homily

ADVENT I 27 November 2016 Homily What was the best Christmas present you ever received? I’m always tempted to go back to my childhood when I think of the best Christmas present. Christmas was so magical then. Christmas meant that your wishes were fulfilled–you actually got presents you wanted–                         besides the underwear and socks you need. And Christmas meant that there were wonderful surprises. I received presents I never expected, didn’t even know existed. One such Christmas I received a set of army trucks. As I began to open the multiple boxes I didn’t quite understand...

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