Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Homily: Funeral for Patricia Poloney




I think one of hardest lessons we learn is that life and death always coexist. As was witnessed this past Friday when my mother-in-law’s 6th great-grandchild was born and by the end of the day her life in this world ended. Today, family and friends came together as mourned her death and celebrated her life in the Mass of the Resurrection. Privileged to preach at her funeral, listen to how in her final weeks she was able to open our eyes to what the Irish call the ‘thin places’ in life and the spiritual wisdom she left us to live by... 

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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Homily: 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time



This weekend we are cautioned to, “Be prepared for at an hour you do not expect the Son of Man will come.”  But if our only concern in life is all about just focusing on what we need to do in order to get into heaven, we are missing the whole point of the entire Gospel.

For the Divine Knock on the door just doesn’t happen before we take our last breath, rather it happens all the time – in unexpected ways with unexpected people. So if we cannot recognize the face of God here and now…how we will recognize that Presence when we die?

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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Homily: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time



This week we hear that all-too-familiar gospel of Martha and Mary.  The one with Martha running around and doing all the work while Mary remains seated at the foot of our Lord…and is told that Mary has chosen the better way. But this gospel is not one that was written necessarily to show that a contemplative life is superior to one that is filled with action….or that Jesus necessarily prefers prayer over the preparation of a meal.  So what is the deeper meaning of this story?  Check it out…


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Saturday, June 22, 2019

Homily: Corpus Christi 2019



This weekend we celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi and the Gospel provides us one of the six accounts of the multiplication of loaves and fishes – the only miracle recorded by all four Gospel writers. Maybe you have noticed a particular line in the Gospel, which I have missed all these years.  What is that line and why is it so important in yielding the key to unlock the meaning of this well told story – and thus of this Feast Day?

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Homily: Fifth Sunday of Easter

(c) Ivan Guaderrama

This weekend’s Gospel from John drops us in at the end of the Last Supper as Jesus gives his disciples a new commandment on how to live and love. The old directive was to ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’  Jesus takes this up a few notches and says we are to love another as Christ loved us. So, what does that kind of love – depth of love – Christ centered love - look like? 


Perhaps the easiest way to understand this is through stories by Parker Palmer, Jean Vanier and Greg Boyle. Take a listen to the invitation that is before us each and every day – of how we are called to “ventilate the world” with love, tenderness, compassion, forgiveness and mercy. 

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