Posted on May 28, 2020 in Church News, Homilies

31 May 2020 A prayer for this Pentecost. Come Holy Spirit, Guide my days and deeds. Give me healing in my soul,             Love in my life,             and strength always for my task on earth. When I am discouraged.             Grant me hope; When I am sad,             Show me the way ahead’ And when I want to leave the way of Jesus,...

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Posted on May 21, 2020 in Church News, Homilies

24 MAY 2020 They all came back, save Judas. They were all there, save Judas. Even though just about everyone of them deserted him, betrayed him, fled his passion and        cross, they were there. I’m always been just a little amazed there weren’t any retributions. Of course Jesus wouldn’t be this forgiving savior that we like to think of if there had. But on other occasions he could cast people out–let’s remember that temple scene, and his admonishments about giving scandal. He was capable of separating the goats from the sheep, warned it would happen,...

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Posted on May 14, 2020 in Church News, Homilies

17 May 2020 “If you love me…..” Aren’t those some of the clearest words which put all of us on our guard? We know we’re either about to disappoint someone we care about, or we’re going to feel manipulated into doing something we don’t want to do, or we’re going to agree to do something we have no intention of doing but in the face of “love” just can’t say  “No,” –right now. These words are a combination: threat and fact of impending disappointment. The exact words aren’t always used, but they are implied. They come from our spouses: “If you love me, you would……” From...

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Posted on May 7, 2020 in Church News, Homilies

10 May 2020 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 me. As I’ve said in many...

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Posted on Apr 30, 2020 in Church News, Homilies

3 May 2020 I have a friend who moved into a “gentrified” neighborhood in St. Paul. The neighborhood had fallen apart and the government came in and claimed the properties either for back taxes, or bought them up. Then the government sold these houses and apartments to people offering low interest loans for their repair. There was a catch though–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...

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Posted on Apr 23, 2020 in Church News, Homilies

26 APRIL 2020 The story of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus has always intrigued me. Two things about this story. First these two disciples had given up on two things—Jesus and the community. They decided to leave. Second, once the disciples leave it is very hard for them to come back—to recognize Jesus again. The problem for so many of us is that it is easy to leave—the church, our relationships, families, And it is very hard often times to come back. When I was the pastor at Newman is received a letter one day from someone I never knew. This person had given up on the Lord and the...

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Posted on Apr 16, 2020 in Church News, Homilies

19 April 2020 I’ve always been struck by the physicalness of this Gospel.             Jesus enters a locked room, shows the disciples his wounds, breathes on them.             He returns again and Thomas puts his hand in his wounds—Touches him. We are bodily people. We know there is more to us than our bodies. Ironically, we know that because of our bodies. This is a hard gospel to hear as we are practicing social distancing. We cannot touch each other. We cannot even come...

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Posted on Apr 12, 2020 in Church News, Homilies

12 April 2020 Like many of you I have been taken by all the news reports about the Corona Virus. Each day I listen to Andrew Cuomo—the governor of New York. He provides a daily briefing.  A Catholic, Cuomo tends to end each briefing with a sermon. He knows that this virus doesn’t just affect our bodies.  It affects our souls. Governor Cuomo said in one of his briefings that this virus was transformative—             That it is not just changing us, it is transforming us....

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