Readings: Homily: It’s a great tragedy that our Gospel today is called the parable of the talents. The greek unit of measure for weight and currency, a “talenton”, is unfortunately always translated to “talent” in english, which sounds just like our english word for a particular skill or aptitude. Sadly, there’s really no better translation, […]Read more "33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2017"
Readings: Homily: Jesus puts our faith to the test in today’s Gospel and raises a challenging question: Can our faith handle religious hypocrisy? He tells the people gathered before him that they should listen to and follow the moral teachings of the scribes and Pharisees, because they teach with the authority of Moses. Yet then […]Read more "31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2017"
Readings: Homily: Jesus does not fit comfortably into most of our boxes. God makes all things new, and always defies expectations. Thus, it’s often slightly amusing to watch people in the gospel try to push Jesus into a corner or force a simple answer to a complicated question. He never falls for it. Last week, […]Read more "30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2017"
Readings: Homily: Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, and unto God what is God’s. Given our Gospel today, you may be expecting me to give a talk about being Catholic in our complicated political landscape, or summarize a book on it, like Archbishop Chaput’s excellent one by the same title: “Render unto Caesar”. You may […]Read more "29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2017"
Readings: Homily: Vineyards are some of the most beautiful places on earth; very picturesque with sprawling vine-covered hills, little farm houses, and typically a cellar and tasting room. There’s something soothing and pleasing to the eye about miles and miles of green, straight lines, waving gently in the breeze. Order in nature is beautiful. Even […]Read more "27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2017"
Readings: Homily: I hate going to the gym. In order to coax myself into it, I constructed a whole system of gym buddies and other folks just to guilt me into going. Even then, every time when gym-time rolls around, I still try to escape doing it. I’ve even rehearsed all the excuses why […]Read more "26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2017"
Readings: Homily: What is the most powerful example of forgiveness that you’ve ever witnessed? The easy answer is Jesus forgiving us on the Cross, but think more recently or perhaps personally: Have you witnessed an instance of true forgiveness? I’ve seen a couple that have moved me to tears, but the top two which had […]Read more "24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2017"