4th Sunday in Lent, 2017

Readings: Homily: We just heard a 41-verse saga all about how Jesus healed this poor blind man and restored his sight, and how pretty much everyone in the town gave him a hard time about it as a result.  I chose the long version because in this story, nothing is left to chance and each […]

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3rd Sunday in Lent, 2017

Readings: Homily: One of the most important requests in Christian life is “Help me see your plan”, a question that requires faith.  It’s at the heart of both our Gospel and our First Reading today, which frame that topic around the situation of thirst.  In the first reading, the Hebrew people are parched after a […]

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2nd Sunday in Lent, 2017

Readings: Homily: Today’s readings remind me of an old poem, which goes like this: When God wants to drill a man, And thrill a man, And skill a man, When God wants to mold a man To play the noblest part; When He yearns with all His heart To create so great and bold a […]

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1st Sunday in Lent, 2017

Readings: Homily: I’ve always found the readings for the first Sunday of Lent comforting. They remind us that Jesus fasted too.  Strictly speaking, Jesus didn’t need to fast to come closer to God.  He is God.  But his fasting is both educational and effective.  He does it for us: to teach us, to purify us, […]

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8th Sunday in Ordinary, 2017

Readings: Homily: If I were a betting man, I’d think it a good wager that worry plays a role in the lives of each and every person in this Church today.  That fact alone makes today’s Gospel hard to swallow: Jesus tells us not to worry and invites us to trust in God.  To which […]

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