Monthly Archives: November 2017

Homily: The Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, 2017

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 […]

God’s Partiality

Today’s First Reading hit me like a ton of bricks for some reason: “Hear, O kings, and understand; learn, you magistrates of the earth’s expanse! Hearken, you who are in power over the multitude and lord it over throngs of peoples! Because authority was given you by the Lord and sovereignty by the Most High, […]


Why are the flags at Half-Mast again? It was just last week, last month, last year, yesterday, they were lowered. Was it Sutherland Springs, New York, Las Vegas, Orlando, Charleston, Sandy Hook, Columbine, The World Trade Center? It is there often enough it’s hard to remember when they were at full staff. Do we insist […]

Homily: 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

Readings of the Day I’ve always been impressed how ready mothers usually are. When I was growing up, I thought my Mom was ready for about anything, from a paper cut to an almost broken bone, and it seemed to be true for everybody else’s moms as well. Even more impressive was my grandmother’s generation: […]

Homily: 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

Readings of the Day In the early days of my community, we lived in Mission Houses, groups of 5 priests and brothers, which were scattered across central Italy. They were places of not only community life which sent preachers into the neighboring towns for two week long missions, but outreach, where people could come for […]