Readings: Homily: Judgement day. (The real thing. Not to be confused with movie Terminator 2.) Jesus tells us clearly, frequently, assiduously even, that at the end of all things there will be judgement, sorting, and then either joy or burning. Today specifically, we heard about this in our Gospel and first reading. Jesus gives us […]Read more "16th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2017"
Readings: Homily: Today’s Gospel reading about the sower, the seed, and the differing types of soil and plants ranks among the most difficult for me to hear. It’s not because it’s of the message, per se, but that I literally have trouble listening to it all the way through because I’ve heard it so many […]Read more "15th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2017"
Readings: Homily: Have you ever wondered how we get the readings for Mass each Sunday? There is a method to the madness. In fact, the readings we have each week are systematically organized so that over a three year period, we’ll cover about 70-80% of the Bible. But wait, there’s more: There’s actually a rhyme […]Read more "13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2017"
Readings: Homily: Be not afraid! Jesus tells us these words over and over again throughout the Gospels, and our first reading today reinforces the same message. Jeremiah has been persecuted and maltreated by an impressive force of friends and foes alike. Yet he’s not afraid either. Why? Because he knows that God is with him. […]Read more "12th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2017"
Readings: Homily: One of the more challenging questions to put to ourselves is: “If I lived in the time of Jesus and the apostles, if I had been one of the people in the crowds in Galilee or Jerusalem, would I have recognized Jesus as God?” In our more pious moments, we’re often tempted to […]Read more "Solemnity of Corpus Christi, 2017"
Readings: Homily: One of the most frustrating parts about Christianity is that our central belief about God, that He is one God in three Persons, is so hard to explain to our non-Christian friends and neighbors. Explaining the Trinity is a lot like trying to grab a wet bar of soap. Every time we think […]Read more "Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, 2017"
Readings: Homily: One of the weird parts of being Catholic is the fact that we don’t really talk about Heaven. We should! It’s supposed to be our real homeland, the life-to-come which is the whole point of life here and now. But if someone were to ask us: “So what is heaven like?”, we usually […]Read more "Ascension Sunday, 2017"