Sunday, October 12, 2014

Homily: 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

This Sunday’s Gospel ends on a wrenching note. “Many are invited, but few are chosen” That doesn’t sound too Christ-like to me.  And unfortunately it is one of those lines in the Bible that is often misread, misunderstood and misused. 

So how is this Good News? 

Is it true that only a few are “chosen?”

And what is deeper meaning of this parable that calls you and I to make a choice in our daily lives?

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Homily: 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Catechetical Sunday...Parable of the Vineyard Workers...Alicia Keys and Richard Rohr.  How do they all come together in order to shed light on your salvation and possibly a new found focus on your life?

Well, check it out!

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sacred Conversations

In the past, I have proudly shared articles on this blog that have been written by my daughter-in-law, Joelle.  This morning, her latest piece on “Sacred Conversations” was just released. 

Her insight on communications, particularly within the context of marriage is really insightful and filled with compassion, understanding and love.  But then again isn't that how God speaks to us?

As she writes, “We are perpetually in a co-creative act of bringing a new, ever evolving thing—a marriage, a church family—into being through our conversations.”  This begs the question: what do your conversations sound like – with your friend, your spouse and with God?

Enjoy the read:

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Homily: 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

After the disciples have spent so much time with Jesus watching him heal and teach and forgive it seems that Jesus feels it is time to give his disciples a ‘midterm test.’ He wants to see what they have learned after spending so much time watching Jesus minister to others.  But before he asks them the one and only question he has them hike 25 miles to the region of Caesarea Philippi.

Why the long hike?  What is the one question he asks them….and asks us?  And how would you answer?

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Feast of the Assumption

Normally the Feast of the Assumption is a ‘work day’ for me in my parish.  But being in Cape May afforded me the opportunity to attend liturgy with my wife (a rarity) and to partake in the annual celebration of the “Wedding of the Sea.”

According to legend, in 1445 the Bishop of Cervia, Paul Barbo, who later became Pope Paul II, was returning to Venice on the Feast of the Assumption, when the ship got caught in a storm.  After the bishop prayed, he threw his pastoral ring into the sea from the ship — and the waters were calmed.

So this morning, right after the Mass for the Feast Day, the celebration in Cape May continued as a procession took place three blocks to the ocean and the pastor, Fr. Frank Danella, OSFS, led the crowd in prayer and song as the local lifeguards rowed out into the ocean to throw a wreath of flowers and a ring from a boat into the water, symbolizing the union of the city and the sea.

Here is the prayer that Fr. Frank offered:

Greetings, Mother Ocean, I come to bless You in the name of the triune God.  I pray that you be restored to your original health, beauty and protected from all damaging hazardous chemical: oil, gas, spills, dangerous wastes, plastics and all that harm and retard your well-being.

I pray for protection, health and growth for all marine and plant life that you birth and sustain – mammal, fish, plants, tress, mountain, rock and all marine creatures in your loving care.

I pray for all who depend on the oceans for their livelihood.  Bless all boats and ships that travel on this ocean, take care of then and protect them.

I pray for all who care for and protect this beach and those who come to these waters.  Watch over all who enjoy the beauties and the refreshment of the cool waters.  Keep them safe and unharmed.

May we grow in gratitude, love and respect for these primordial seas.  And may almighty God continue to bless these waters: in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. - Amen

It was a beautiful way to celebrate our Lady on her Feast Day and as we listened to everyone singing  Thus it was a blessed way to remember that we are all community…all connected to creation….all connected to Mother Ocean…all connected the God who dwells within.