Published: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:12:53 +0000
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Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:12:53 +0000
Jesus calls us out of our self-imposed dwellings of worry.
Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:07:58 +0000
"Be perfect." This command is very easily misunderstood. We need to consider a distinction between "perfect performance" and being a complete, well-rounded person.
Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:05:30 +0000
Is law something imposed upon us, which we have to work around? No, law is based on principles we find deep within ourselves.
Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:02:22 +0000
Hear the homilist sigh as he ponders the current counterexample of "believing in oneself," the person who will make everything "great." Ponder the real meaning of being salt for the earth and light for the world.
Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:57:19 +0000
We consider why there was such controversy in 1517, and what Christians are called to do to attain unity.
Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:53:49 +0000
Christians may seem to be a tiny "remnant" in our world. Surely the Beatitudes, which open Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, do not quickly reveal the joy to be had by living them.
Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:50:32 +0000
Saint Paul speaks of factions within Christianity as we read of the call of Jesus' first disciples.
Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:44:25 +0000
Baptism is not something you can do to yourself. Even Jesus had to be in a passive state as his baptism was done to him. Surrender is necessary for living the Christian life.
Sun, 08 Jan 2017 19:00:46 +0000
Two challenges today: "safe environment" and "racism."
Sun, 08 Jan 2017 18:59:25 +0000
Mary reflected upon many things in her heart. We must follow her example of reflection upon the mysteries which we are living.
Sun, 08 Jan 2017 18:57:45 +0000
This Christmas reflection focuses on the now-famous "Lady with the Duck."
Sun, 08 Jan 2017 18:49:18 +0000
We are challenged today to adopt a nuanced understanding of the meaning of "prophecy."
Sun, 08 Jan 2017 18:46:58 +0000
The reality of John the Baptist challenges the glib contemporary adage that "perception is reality."
Sun, 08 Jan 2017 18:42:59 +0000
"The Peaceable Kingdom" always inspires us to imagine the reconciling of "natural" enemies.
Sun, 08 Jan 2017 18:38:28 +0000
We must give ourselves room to dream.
Thu, 24 Nov 2016 21:59:25 +0000
One of the strangest conversations imaginable comes from three men crucified together. Christ the King rules from the instrument of his execution.
Thu, 24 Nov 2016 21:56:56 +0000
We are mortal. We have no control over our dissolution. We cast our lot with the Savior who reached out to us by taking mortality upon himself.
Thu, 24 Nov 2016 21:49:31 +0000
Does the promise of eternal life encourage us to suppose that the here and now does not matter? No; for eternity is found in every passing moment.
Thu, 24 Nov 2016 21:40:12 +0000
The charming story of Zacchaeus assures us that conversion can come to our household as well.
Thu, 24 Nov 2016 21:31:03 +0000
The homilist was away on October 9 and 16. -- If we can offer the prayer "Be merciful to me, a sinner," and if we steel ourselves for the long haul of faithfulness, we will be properly oriented toward our God.
Thu, 24 Nov 2016 21:17:35 +0000
The homilist was not supposed to be here today: explanation is on audio. We must struggle to see that an honest day's work contributes to the entire vision.
Thu, 24 Nov 2016 21:09:26 +0000
The rich man with Lazarus at his door: was he unaware of him? The rich man convicts himself, demonstrating his acquaintance with this poor man. We likewise know that Lazarus and his fellows are at our door.
Thu, 24 Nov 2016 21:01:04 +0000
Initiative: it is applied for evil and for good. If we are dedicated to the Kingdom of God, we will exercise initiative on its behalf.
Thu, 24 Nov 2016 18:28:30 +0000
Toward the end of the Year of Mercy, we consider the golden calf, the fatted calf, butter calves, and Paul's self-description as not knowing what he was doing in his unbelief.
Thu, 24 Nov 2016 18:05:10 +0000
The homilist did not preach on August 28. -- What does the Kingdom of God demand of us? Great flexibility. We think of the slave Onesimus and the sacred character of human labor. We remember the inner struggle of St. Teresa of Kolkata.
Thu, 24 Nov 2016 17:45:43 +0000
"Enter through the narrow gate." Jesus has gone through the narrowest gate of all: the death we all must face. We therefore enter into the love which led him there.
Thu, 24 Nov 2016 17:36:59 +0000
Looking for comfort today? The Scriptures are more about struggle and perseverance.
Fri, 12 Aug 2016 17:43:10 +0000
We are called to trust that our God is eager for us to enter into his Kingdom. Faith bids us perceive that every moment of our existence is an opening into eternal joy.
Fri, 12 Aug 2016 17:37:59 +0000
We must reconsider the fantasies our minds have woven. We must affirm that God holds our life in his hands.
Fri, 12 Aug 2016 17:28:50 +0000
Is it possible to bargain with God? Abraham thought so. Our pleading in prayer leads us to purify our intentions. God is eager to give us the help we really need.
Fri, 12 Aug 2016 17:23:46 +0000
The homilist was away the past two Sundays. -- Hospitality need not lead us to anxiety. Paying attention to our guests in fact leads us to the peace of contemplating the goodness of God. Our sufferings are united with those of Jesus.
Fri, 12 Aug 2016 17:17:07 +0000
Elisha eliminated obstacles to his answer of the call of Elijah. We must turn from the half-hearted responses of would-be disciples of Jesus. Renunciation leads to the deepest freedom.
Fri, 12 Aug 2016 17:04:29 +0000
Our classifying, labeling, and dismissing of people leads to such things as the Orlando mass shooting last Sunday. Saint Paul calls for no such classifying.
Fri, 12 Aug 2016 16:59:55 +0000
Every Catholic Christian must become intimately familiar with the Scriptures. David and Bathsheba are linked today with Jesus' proclamation of forgiveness for the woman who approaches him.
Fri, 12 Aug 2016 16:54:43 +0000
Saint Paul, in Galatians, calls us to an appreciation of the ways in which God is changing and converting us. Elijah and Jesus proclaim resurrection as they act in favor of the sons of widows.
Fri, 12 Aug 2016 16:48:17 +0000
It is well for us to appreciate Melchizedek as a "type" of Jesus: both offer bread and wine.
Sun, 22 May 2016 22:35:19 +0000
I think this is the first time I ever got an "Awww..." over something I said in a homily. And on Trinity Sunday?!?
Sun, 22 May 2016 22:33:25 +0000
Our existence in the flesh is good. Spirit supplies what we need when flesh can go no further.
Sun, 22 May 2016 22:24:53 +0000
Let us be especially aware of the description, from Hebrews, of Jesus entering the heavenly sanctuary, and know that his gift of self is utterly personal.
Sun, 22 May 2016 22:21:58 +0000
Borrowing from the Seventh Sunday of Easter, we read Jesus' aspiration "that all may be one" and consider, in light of the first reading, that unity is achieved and maintained painstakingly.
Sun, 22 May 2016 22:16:29 +0000
On love as feeling and as virtue.
Sun, 22 May 2016 22:13:40 +0000
From day to day, as in the case of the Apostles, it may seem that few are being gathered in. We hold before us the image of the "multitude" of the Book of Revelation.
Sun, 22 May 2016 22:11:44 +0000
Love itself can be uncomfortable. Just ask Peter.
Mon, 11 Apr 2016 01:09:18 +0000
I may have recorded Easter, but it may have been part of a recording which did not get shut off for hours. -- Doing right by Thomas, and the perils of having chewing gum in school.
Mon, 11 Apr 2016 01:07:12 +0000
A consideration of a strange and wonderful conversation: "This day you will be with me in paradise."
Mon, 11 Apr 2016 01:04:57 +0000
We tend to be our own judge, jury, and executioner. God does a new thing: setting us free from our self-imposed prisons.
Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:57:19 +0000
The annoying parable of the Prodigal Son. (I can't remember why I don't have a recording for Feb. 28.)
Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:53:24 +0000
"Isn't life awful -- and wonderful?" The Transfiguration prepares for the fullness of the mystery of death and resurrection.
Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:47:56 +0000
More calls. Our vocation is founded upon Jesus' resurrection; Paul hands on to us the testimony of the earliest witnesses to Jesus' rising.
Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:43:22 +0000
An exercise in avoiding perfectionism: So what if the blog page is a little bit out of chronology? -- The importance of feelings in human life.
Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:38:36 +0000
On saving the good wine for later.
Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:32:33 +0000
Temptation as a disordered appeal to our ego.
Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:18:09 +0000
The call of Jeremiah and Jesus' rejection at the beginning of his ministry, as well as the reflection on love as the greatest gift, cause us to consider our giftedness.
Sun, 10 Apr 2016 23:56:51 +0000
Going deeper into baptism than the concept of "your ticket to heaven."
Sat, 09 Apr 2016 19:58:26 +0000
Epiphany is always a good time to look at xenophobia. Have you any idea why we might want to look at xenophobia?
Sat, 09 Jan 2016 00:29:04 +0000
Presenting Scriptural proof that Mary and Joseph drove a Dodge.
Sat, 09 Jan 2016 00:27:37 +0000
Imagine the meeting of Mary and Elizabeth, and consider the awareness of God's favor which these women enjoyed.
Sat, 09 Jan 2016 00:24:50 +0000
Joy is made of stern stuff.
Sat, 09 Jan 2016 00:20:51 +0000
In the midst of further horror (San Bernardino), we join with the ancients who longed so deeply for a straight path to God.
Sat, 09 Jan 2016 00:15:27 +0000
Embrace Advent -- the alternative to Black Friday.
Sat, 09 Jan 2016 00:11:55 +0000
What is truth? We refrain from the cynicism of Pontius Pilate and embrace the fullness of truth to be found in our suffering servant.
Sat, 09 Jan 2016 00:07:22 +0000
The end of the world? In light of the griefs of the past week (Paris massacres), perhaps God is giving us a chance to begin the world!
Fri, 08 Jan 2016 22:16:16 +0000
"The widow's mite" and our concerns about being good "stewards" of the temporal affairs God has entrusted to us.
Fri, 08 Jan 2016 21:55:21 +0000
The homilist was away from the ambo throughout October. -- We consider our call to holiness as we remember Pope Francis and his evocation of Dorothy Day.
Fri, 08 Jan 2016 21:31:01 +0000
"Whoever is not against us is for us." As we reflect on the visit of Pope Francis to the United States, we are to find every strength and advantage in a principle of inclusion.
Sun, 20 Sep 2015 21:56:36 +0000
Unsettled, dispiriting things are swirling around within us. We must seek divine healing for our various resentments and accept the peace which allows us to be gifts to one another.
Sun, 20 Sep 2015 21:54:27 +0000
Peter professes his faith in Jesus, but also reveals that the concept of "suffering servant" eludes him
Sun, 20 Sep 2015 21:51:00 +0000
The refugee situation in Europe is another proof that we can never escape the xenophobic tendencies pointed out today in the Letter of James.
Sun, 20 Sep 2015 21:48:10 +0000
If you think that what passes through and comes out of you is repulsive, apply your feeling of disgust instead to the evil attitudes which you harbor in your hearts.
Sun, 20 Sep 2015 21:45:22 +0000
Decision and commitment move us to stand with a spouse and with the God who promises his intimate presence.
Sun, 20 Sep 2015 21:41:29 +0000
Ephesians touches upon singing as a fundamental Christian activity, while Proverbs gives us the image of the banquet as the preferred way to describe how God loves us.
Sun, 20 Sep 2015 21:37:38 +0000
A man named Donald Trump was in the news; this led to my comments about respect, as alluded to in the Ephesians passage.
Sun, 20 Sep 2015 21:24:28 +0000
It is the most reasonable thing in the world to ask "What is it?" when presented with unfamiliar food. "Manna" means "What is it?" We are still asking "What is it?" when we are given the Bread of Life.
Sun, 26 Jul 2015 23:30:38 +0000
The homilist was away last week. We consider what we hunger for, and what will satisfy our hunger.
Sun, 26 Jul 2015 23:27:56 +0000
How do we evaluate the reliability of a prophet? Consider whether or not he is enriching himself.
Sun, 26 Jul 2015 23:24:01 +0000
"He can't be any good, because he's from here!" We have to consider this very common and very strange way of thinking.
Sun, 26 Jul 2015 23:20:38 +0000
The heartwarming account of Jesus piling healing upon healing.
Sun, 26 Jul 2015 23:17:45 +0000
The homilist was away last week. Today, in light of God's address to Job, we consider the encyclical of Pope Francis on the environment, and the murders in Charleston, S.C.
Sun, 26 Jul 2015 23:11:41 +0000
In this year's Scriptures, we focus on the meaning of the blood of sacrifice.
Sun, 26 Jul 2015 22:56:08 +0000
I believe that, in the last dozen or so posts, there may be a couple of inaccuracies as to labeling. At some point (but not right now) I will review them and make any corrections necessary.
Sun, 31 May 2015 18:43:27 +0000
God, in his dynamism, demonstrated in the relationships of the Trinity, enters into human affairs, definitively so in Jesus.
Sun, 31 May 2015 18:42:09 +0000
The fruits of the Holy Spirit are amazing and peaceful indications that conversion has occurred.
Sun, 31 May 2015 18:40:15 +0000
The homilist was away on May 10. Let's be careful when interpreting the snakes and poison of the conclusion of Mark's Gospel. The one who ascended did so because he had first descended to the depths of human misery.
Sun, 31 May 2015 18:38:05 +0000
A vine and branches are the same substance, just as Jesus is truly human and thus of the same substance as ourselves. We see, in the case of the converted Saul/ Paul, how important community is for certifying who has experienced conversion.
Sun, 31 May 2015 18:34:58 +0000
First John hints at our exalted dignity. Peter comments on the uproar over the healing of the beggar at the Temple gate.
Sun, 31 May 2015 18:31:48 +0000
Jesus resurrected our enfleshed humanity. We must take this seriously as we seek to appreciate how God affirms the goodness of the way he made us.
Sun, 31 May 2015 18:27:29 +0000
The earliest Christians "had everything in common." We who are invested in the notion of private property may find this practice challenging. If we are heirs to the resurrection, other possessions become less of a concern.
Sun, 31 May 2015 18:23:47 +0000
I accidentally left the recorder on after the homily. I don't think there's anything ugly or shameful in the forty-some minutes which were inadvertently recorded. You may enjoy this for its capturing some of my typical Sunday morning.
Sun, 31 May 2015 18:19:59 +0000
Jesus makes a statement about the death of the grain of wheat, applying it to himself. We seek properly to apply it to ourselves.
Sun, 31 May 2015 18:17:10 +0000
God has given us all things. We seek to express our thanks.
Sun, 31 May 2015 18:10:14 +0000
There's no recording for March 1, since I cancalled Sunday Masses due to heavy snow. Today we are introduced to the scandal which leads to Jesus' crucifixion: the scandal of his affirming that he is the Son of God.
Sun, 31 May 2015 17:57:33 +0000
We must be well aware that the sufferings of Jesus have meaning because he willingly took them upon himself
Sun, 31 May 2015 17:51:48 +0000
A consideration of the many ways in which we separate ourselves from each other.
Fri, 20 Feb 2015 18:50:33 +0000
Jesus demonstrates his own weariness, which is quite similar to what is described by Job. We need refreshment in the midst of activity.
Fri, 20 Feb 2015 18:42:45 +0000
"Predictions are always difficult, especially about the future." Prophecy is not necessarily about the future; God, speaking through prophets, has a lot to say to us about how things are right now, and how they must change.
Fri, 20 Feb 2015 18:37:09 +0000
Satire is in the news, and it's in the Bible. The Book of Jonah gives us the portrait of an unwilling prophet and as we laugh at Jonah, we learn to laugh at our own resistance to God.
Fri, 20 Feb 2015 18:28:20 +0000
Here I am. How do I hear and understand a call from the God who has given me life?
Fri, 20 Feb 2015 18:23:24 +0000
Baptism symbolizes many things, including a thirst for human existence to make sense.
Fri, 20 Feb 2015 18:14:15 +0000
Can "foreign" people really be as human as we are? Somehow we resist this obvious fact of life. The manifestation of Jesus to the nations helps us break through our self-imposed barriers so that we appreciate our kinship with all people.
Fri, 20 Feb 2015 18:06:42 +0000
The family of Abraham and Sarah, and the Holy Family, help us to see how God's promises are fulfilled in history and through crises.