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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 […]

Prodigals

“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 […]

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

Readings of the Day I have a one guilty pleasure: watching poker on television. It’s only watching poker since I’ve rarely played in person. Losing money is against my religion. But I’m interested in the strategy of the game, the different possibilities of card combinations, and the psychology of one player trying to outplay the […]

Homily: All Saints Day

Readings of the Day Have you known any saints? Anyone who has lived a life that you consider saintly? When I visited schools, I‘ve been asking the school kids what does takes to be a saint, and of course I got a lot of answers. What’s easier is to talk about saints in real life […]

Palm Sunday 2016

Readings of the Day Taking a walk with a friend can be more than exercise. Walking together is a way of sharing spirits. Whatever you see, you see together. Whatever you hear, you hear together. Whatever you encounter, you encounter together. Walking together is an opportunity to talk that is unhurried; there can be great […]

Reformation Lunch, around 1535

Last weekend was the 50th Anniversary of the British Sci-Fi series, Doctor Who. Just as I’d be happy if someone beamed me up to the Enterprise, I’d accept an invitation to ride the TARDIS. The recent anniversary of the Reformation and the approach Thanksgiving gave me cause to speculate whether I’d seek a lunch date […]

Homily: Christ the King, 2013

Readings of the Day When things are bad, it’s tough to figure out what to do. You can find yourself in ugly situations, embarrassing situations, places you can’t stay. You want to run away, find somewhere new. There’s two words that can present you with a philosophy of life when you can’t face the present, […]