Monthly Archives: November 2014

First Sunday in Advent, Cycle B

Readings of the Day Does anybody here like waiting? Take your time answering. I can be patient. Waiting is one of my least favorite things to do. I want things to happen now; I want to be doing something now and to know what I’m going to do next. I like the events of a […]

Extreme Machete Order with a Twist

“What order do I watch the Star Wars movies in?” This is the eternal question since 2005, and there are many ideas of how to do this out there, especially for those who haven’t seen them before. Those of us who are old enough watched them in the Release Order, and I daresay the concensus […]

Privileged Sins

In Nathaniel Hawthorn’s classic novel The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne is publicly censured for the sin of adultery, and sentenced to a perpetual penance of wearing a huge red letter A as a mark of her transgression. She lives the next few years on a peninsula raising her daughter Pearl, and although she is socially […]

The Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, 2014

Readings of the Day The treatment of kings had a lot to do in shaping the ways we think about Jesus and about how we worship.  In fact, one reason that the organ was the first instrument used in Christian worship is related to the kingship of Christ: in antiquity the organ was a royal […]

Installing Gates and Digging Moats

Gated communities are all around us. Most of them are for protection, to keep vulnerable people safe, although prisons are gated communities for quite another reason. When I was a kid, we had a gate at the end of the driveway of our farm, to keep our animals in and discourage larger wild animals. They […]

Homily: Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

Readings of the Day How many folks here remember the first time they drove a car?  This is going to leave some of you kids out, I hope, but remember that time?  Have you ever been so excited?  At my folks farm, the driveway was a quarter mile long, so I when I got to […]


“…avoid clichés like the plague.” William Safire, How to Talk Good. Communication is always a tricky business. There are two challenges: get the message across, and do it in an interesting and memorable way. Proclaiming the Gospel is one of the greatest challenges in communication. It’s an overpowering message we can have trouble putting into […]