Saturday, July 17, 2021

Homily: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time


 

This weekend’s Gospel brings to a close a 3-part story that we have been listening to these past weeks focused on discipleship, evangelization...and rest. But when Jesus takes his disciples off to a deserted place, he finds that many of the followers have taken a short cut on land and have arrived at his destination before him.  So, what to do? How to respond? And what does this Gospel show us about the importance of downtime?  Maybe some wisdom from Ron Rolheiser, John of the Cross and my dad may bring some light to all of this!  Check it out…

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Sunday, July 11, 2021

Homily: 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time



The Gospel this weekend has the 12 disciples being sent out to spread the Good News. So, imagine how these disciples were feeling – for they just witnessed Christ being rejected by those who knew him best. So, other than witnessing the words and actions of Christ, they had no real ministerial religious training – and it was certainly long before any dogma and doctrines were ever thought of.  For the most part they were simple fishermen – but all called by Christ to be his chosen ones to spread the Good News – and do this by having encounters with others. For true encounters allow us to go directly to the heart of humanity. But the question remains, “How can we better reach this “heart” today?”  Check it out…

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Saturday, June 19, 2021

Homily: 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time


We all have some degree of fear – so what does yours look like?  A recent poll shows that our top current fears are rooted in COVID, gun violence, health and politics. This weekend’s Gospel of Jesus calming the waters is all about Jesus confronting his disciples about their fear. Why? Because fear has a way of controlling our emotions and leading us to actions that are unloving. For the opposite of fear is not bravery. The opposite of fear is love.  Check it out and see what I mean…

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Sunday, June 13, 2021

Homily: 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time


This weekend we heard from Mark’s Gospel two parables of what the Kingdom of God is like. The challenge many Christians have is that we mistakenly think that the Kingdom of God is “eternal life”, or it is where we go when we die. But actually, the Kingdom of God is here and at hand…and it must continue through us, with us, in us and frankly despite us. How?  By planting Gospel-based seeds.  What does that mean?  Check it out…

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Sunday, May 16, 2021

Homily: Ascension of the Lord

The Feast of the Ascension brings to mind all the historic art that shows Jesus ascending upward on a cloud, with the disciples looking towards heaven. It makes for great art and reflects the cosmology of those times, but if we stop there, we totally miss the whole concept of what the Ascension means to you and me today.  So what is that?  Check it all out…

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