Monthly Archives: June 2016

Homily: 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

Readings of the Day What would you say if I told you I needed to leave right now to go home and check some burgers I left on the grill? Or I needed to run to the gas station because I thought I was out of gas? You’d think I was crazy, that’s for certain. […]

Let the Rain Fall

The Senate’s refusal to pass meaningful legislation to ban assault weapons is the pinnacle of ineptitude. Polls consistently show the vast majority of Americans approve some restrictions on these weapons, however the Senate is obstinate in refusing to listen. The House is no better, as proven by Paul Ryan’s reluctance to become Speaker of the House […]

Homily: 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

Readings of the Day The American painter Benjamin West was speaking with King George III. The monarch asked the painter what George Washington would do after independence. West said: “They say he will return to his farm.” George III replied: “If he does that, he will be the greatest man in the world.” George Washington […]

Don’t Have to Care?

The story of David and Bathsheba has been on my mind the past few days in light of the recent news of the Stanford rape case. A few years ago one of my friends was saying that the affair was her fault: she was bathing naked in clear view, and it wasn’t David’s fault he […]

Stacking the Deck

I’m going to court trouble again, but things are too crazy. The next mass murderer is probably cruising gun shows or surfing the Dark Side of the Internet (where no background checks happen) to gear up for the next outburst. There’s something about one of the arguments for wide gun distribution that doesn’t make sense […]

Homily: 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

Readings of the Day About 20 years ago there was a movie called Leap of Faith, starring Steve Martin and Debra Winger. Martin played Jonas Nightengale, a fraudulent preacher that went around doing revivals with the help of technology, a performer who could play an audience like a master and outwit a sheriff who knew […]

The Keys to Your Conscience

Over the past few days, I’ve seen a quote from Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Letters and Papers from Prison. The essay “On Stupidity” tries to make sense of how the German people could follow the Nazis into pure evil. The use of the quotation in several graphics now refers to one political candidate in particular, however I […]

Homily: 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

Readings of the Day One day when I was a kid, we were going to Grandma’s house for Sunday dinner, and rocket came up the road the other direction.  It was exciting: this was the Mercury and Gemini days, when everything would stop to watch a space launch. Now we’d have a rocket in our […]