Posted on Sep 4, 2021 in Church News, Homilies

5 SEPTEMBER 2021 One of our former student employees now lives in the Twin Cities. I used to go over there often when I was in the Cities. When I went I usually brought the children cookies. They’ve come to expect them from me. Toward the end of one summer I had brought cookies over and as I was preparing to leave, I said to Max, the oldest who is going into First Grade “Max, I don’t know when I’m going to see you again?” Max looked up at me with sparkling eyes and thought he’d impress me with something he’d learned at summer camp. “Oh George,” he said, “You can come back in 30 days.” “30...

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Posted on Aug 28, 2021 in Church News, Homilies

29 August 2021 Several years ago I went bicycle shopping with a former student, and his three year old daughter. The family had just moved into a real house after living in an apartment since the child was born. Now that they had a yard, a bike seemed to be just the perfect thing for summer. We went to a large store.  I’m sure it had hundreds and hundreds of bikes. Now, clearly the father had in mind what kind of bike he was going to buy his daughter. In fact, it was not a bicycle, but a tri-cycle. Well, his daughter, as head strong as he ever was when he I knew him, didn’t want a thing...

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Posted on Jul 19, 2021 in Church News, Homilies

18 July 2021 That’s the key line, I think in this little section of the Marcan gospel. Why? Because it’s really a teaching about miracles. It points to the question that we should ask every time we think we witness or hear about a miracle. What does this line reveal? If you were one of the apostles who’d come back what would you be reporting? It’s how powerful you’d become right? Think about it, if you could cure the sick, drive out demons. Isn’t that incredible? What does it say about you? And that is why this is an important passage. They report not just what they did–but what they taught....

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Posted on Jul 10, 2021 in Church News, Homilies

11 July 2021 Last weekend you may remember the gospel ended with: “And he was amazed at their lack of faith.” Actually a better translation might be “pained, hurt.”  Hurt.  He was hurt. Part of what we missed there last weekend was the fact not just that they didn’t have faith in him. That’s a mild interpretation on what went on there. What went on there was they ridiculed him. They called him names.  “Son of Mary.” In that culture to be referred to by your mother’s name was a grave insult. He was pained, hurt, and that is how we left him last weekend. He’s hurt and he’s...

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Posted on Jul 3, 2021 in Church News, Homilies

4 July 2021 I’ve had a pretty good life. I’m betting most people here can say that. Oh, we’ve all had broken legs and broken hearts. We’ve been sick, or buried people we’ve loved. We’ve not understood why something bad happened to us or someone we loved. We’ve all had those downers. But few of us have lived with constant pain–Some have, but few of us. Most of us have had pretty good lives. And, at least according to dour old Paul in the second reading today, a pretty good life is dangerous to the soul. In fact Paul says that he was given an affliction, “A thorn in the flesh,” to keep him...

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Posted on May 8, 2021 in Church News, Homilies

9 May 2021 Several years ago I drove to the Cities to meet a former student and his wife to go house-hunting. They had flown in from out East with their two children. We had made plans for this several months earlier. We would house hunt during the day, and that evening go out to dinner. When I got to the hotel to meet them and the realtor, I first of all wanted to spend a little time with their two children–aged 1 and nearly 3. That’s when their father said: “Ah, George, there’s been a slight change of plans.” “Really?”  I said.  I panicked internally.  I thought, “ I am...

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Posted on May 1, 2021 in Church News, Homilies

2 MAY 2021 Today we have a rather straight-forward announcement of the Good News: Because of Jesus, all of us are bound together. More than a collection of people who just happen to be in the same room doing the same thing, we are each a part of each other. Now, the announcement of that news may seem neither true, nor necessarily good to us. It may not seem true because there may be people here that we don’t even know, much less feel a part of. It may not seem good because there might be people here that we want no part of. Like the early Christian community looking at Paul–they...

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Posted on Apr 24, 2021 in Church News, Homilies

25 April 2021 A story. Leonardo da Vinci, when he prepared to paint “The Lord’s Supper” had to find thirteen models who would portray the apostles and one to represent Jesus. It was hard to find just the right people. He went for years in between finding the right model for some particular apostle. One Sunday da Vinci was at a Cathedral Mass, he saw a particular man in the choir he thought had just the right qualities to be Jesus. His face spoke of compassion, insight, an inner light of guidance, tenderness, strength. The man sat for the painting and he was exactly right. Years went by...

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