Category Homilies

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 […]

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 […]

Homily: 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

Readings of the Day Could you walk a straight line blindfolded? I’ve never tried it myself, and I’m not willing to experiment when I could fall and hurt myself, so I was glad the Mythbusters were willing to find out. Adam and Jamie tried to do it three different ways: walking, swimming, and driving without […]

Homily: 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

Readings of the Day When I was an undergraduate music major, I took Orchestration, which was about how different instruments worked and how they could be used together. The tests he gave had an unusual feature: there would be an extra credit question that had nothing to do with music. Sometimes he asked something like, […]

Homily: 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

Readings of the Day Etiquette is something that used to be a big deal. It’s still around today, but when I was growing up it was more important. On an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000, there as a short from 1950 about having a date with your family, which set out a strict etiquette […]

Homily: 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

Readings of the Day One of things I don’t miss from my student days is taking tests. Yes, they’re a necessary evil, your professors do need to know who well you’re assimilating the material. So every few weeks, or every few days, or if you’re really unlucky, every day there’s a test or quiz of […]