Readings: Homily: Our first reading from the book of Acts today gives us a window into the origins of the Sacrament of Confirmation, when Peter and John are sent to some baptized folks to lay hands on them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit. The other readings we just heard also fill out that […]Read more "6th Sunday of Easter, 2017"
Readings: Homily: The word “justice” seems to be everywhere recently. It hangs in the atmosphere. Shouted at protests, printed in newspapers, seen on the TV screen, everyone wants it, and now. In our first reading we hear the same sort of report. The greek Christians are upset with the jewish Christians because they feel like […]Read more "5th Sunday of Easter, 2017"
Readings: Homily: One of the things I’ve always remembered from my time as a Boy Scout was the Scout Law: A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean and Reverent. As far as a list goes of qualities to emulate, that’s a pretty darn good one. But then came […]Read more "4th Sunday of Easter, (Scout Sunday,) 2017"
Readings: Homily: Back in my college days, it was always fashionable for the non-denominational Christians to try to do things “just like the early Christians did”. They’d say “we want to pray like the first Christians” or “we’re building a biblical community that loves like the early Christians” or other such things. And in a […]Read more "3rd Sunday of Easter, 2017"
Readings: Homily: When I was a young college student studying Physics, there was always one law that kept bothering me: The Second Law of Thermodynamics: Entropy. The law that says everything slows down, wears down and breaks down, ultimately to a bland monotone of energy equality where nothing can or will do anything. Period. And […]Read more "Easter Sunday, 2017"
Readings: Homily: Good Friday makes us take a long, hard look at some of the worst realities of life on earth, and then leads us to put a tough question directly to God. We see torture, bribery, betrayal, theft, political intrigue, religious hypocrisy, pain, suffering, and finally death. All happens in quick succession. The […]Read more "Good Friday Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion, 2017"
Readings: Homily: Each Palm Sunday, the Church serves up two Gospels instead of one for our reflection. We got the triumphant entry to Jerusalem at the beginning of Mass, and then just now we heard the entire huge narrative of the Passion: from the Last Supper to Jesus’ execution on the Cross. Then we’ll spend […]Read more "Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion, 2017"