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"
Readings: Homily: Hans Zimmer is one of the most well-known and well-to-do composers of our time. You might recognize his work in the soundtracks of the Lion King, Pirates of the Caribbean, Gladiator, and more recently flicks like Interstellar and Dunkirk. His collection of Grammy, Golden Globe and Academy awards points to a single fact: […]Read more "22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2017"
Readings: Homily: Growing up, today’s Gospel verse was one of my family’s absolute favorites. We celebrated it every three years when it would come around: “Who-do-you-say-that-I-am? Sunday”. A high feast day of celebration in the Miserendino household. You might think it was for some pious and holy reason like our devotion to Christ’s divinity, as […]Read more "21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2017"
Readings: Homily: Wait. Did Jesus just call that woman (and all the Canaanites with her) dogs? Yes. Wasn’t that mean? Eh. Kind of. But it’s also kind of playful, and it’s definitely meant to drive home a point, both to her and to us. We’re supposed to be struck by it too, like a slap […]Read more "20th Sunday in Ordinary Time"
Readings: Homily: If you were going to make a live-action movie of today’s Gospel, how would you do it? How would you capture Jesus walking on water amidst the storm? Does he float above it all and kinda moon-walk on one level? Ride the waves as the original surfer? Scale the crests and valleys step […]Read more "19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2017"
Readings: Homily: Without a doubt, the most bizarre interpretation of the Transfiguration, the feast we celebrate today and the event we just heard about in our Gospel reading, came from my friend who was an assistant campus minister at the Newman Center when I was in college. He explained the Transfiguration as follows (and was […]Read more "The Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord, 2017"
Readings: Homily: The topic of Wisdom is at the heart of all our readings today. That’s especially obvious in our first reading, where King Solomon gets to ask God for anything, one wish to end all wishes, and he elects to receive Wisdom. Thus Solomon goes down in history as being the “wise” king. […]Read more "17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2017"