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Homily: 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

I’ve never been a gymnast. Given my size and agility, it’s no surprise that I had trouble doing forward rolls correctly in P.E. class, and forget anything like cartwheels. I know I’m awkward, so anything that involved my feet going over my head is something I’m not interested in doing, at least not on purpose. […]

Homily: Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, 2020

Readings of the Day: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/061420.cfm Walks are wonderful. Getting in touch with nature, exercise, and socializing are good reasons for getting out, as well as seeing God at work around us. Who we walk with is also important: we share journeys with all kinds of people, and the more different people we can walk with, […]

Homily: Ascension, Cycle A 2020

Readings of the Day: http://cms.usccb.org/bible/readings/052420-ascension.cfm This time of year young people finish their education and move on to the next adventure of their lives. For many, it’s the first time they’ll be making the main choices about their fate: where to live, what job to accept, how to live life without the supervision of a […]

Homily: Fifth Sunday of Easter, Cycle A, 2020

Readings of the Day: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/051020.cfm I grew up in the days before GPS, and I’m reluctant to use it today. Call me old fashioned: I want to know where the final destination is on the map before I set out as well as the roads I’m going to take, and I don’t like being micromanaged […]

Palm Sunday, Cycle A, 2020

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 […]

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, […]