Category Homilies

Homily: 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

Readings of the Day I love baseball. The beginning of football season doesn’t impress me much, but baseball is so much more interesting. It doesn’t have a clock, so there’s always a chance things will turn around, even in the bottom of the 9th. It’s a sport I wish I had talent for: even though […]

Homily: Independence Day

Scripture Readings: for Peace and Justice, Lectionary 887-890 Lately I’ve had a chance to spend more time with my great-nephew, who’ll be 8 next month. We’ve played a lot of games, and sometimes if I’m not careful, the rules tend to change in the middle of the game. It’s not quite like Calvinball from Calvin […]


“Listen my children and you shall hear/of the midnight ride of Paul Revere…” The classic poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow appeared in January 1861, when the nation whose beginning it described was unravelling. It is a stirring, dramatic poem, however it is not good history. Revere never shouted “The British are coming” since everyone (including […]

Homily: 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

Readings of the Day We all have loyalties, many loyalties. Growing up, there is a hometown loyalty, loyalties to organizations we belong to, loyalties to sports teams. I have been a Royals fan since 1969, and if you’re a true fan you are loyal whether the team is winning or losing. It would be nice […]

Ascension, 2018

Readings of the Day We go through a the graduation season every year: Kindergarten, 8th Grace, High School, College and University. Commencements are always suspicious…I mean, auspicious occasions, where many come together to celebrate accomplishments and to embrace hope for the future. I’ve graduated five times, although I only walked in commencement three times, and […]

Homily: Fifth Sunday of Easter, Cycle B

Readings of the Day Can someone who was a committed enemy become a trusted friend? That was a question facing the crew of Star Trek: Voyager once they took Seven of Nine on board. Seven was a Borg, a part human, part machine race, committed to taking over the galaxy. The Borg did not grow, […]

Homily: Palm Sunday, Cycle B

Readings of the Day (This is a composite of two short homilies, one at the beginning with the palms and the other at the regular time.) In 1965, three sisters of St. Joseph, Carondelet made the journey to Selma, Alabama to participate in the Freedom March organized by Dr. Martin Luther King and others to […]