Sunday, March 1, 2020

Homily: 1st Sunday of Lent


It is every year during the first Sunday of Lent that we hear the familiar Gospel story of angels leading Jesus into desert to be tempted by Satan. What is interesting, is that the line immediately preceding this passage speaks of God’s love for his Son. It doesn’t seem like the way you would treat your son or daughter.  So there must be a reason why the Gospel writer crafted this story of the three quintessential temptations of pride, privilege and power, to immediately follow the initiation of Jesus to his ministry. What point was Matthew trying to make and how does it relate to our Lenten journey?
Perhaps a true story of a dying college grad and his former college professor will shed light on all of this for us.  Click and see what I mean…

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Homily: Ash Wednesday

"Ash Wednesday Cross"
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Most, if not all, of us have likely been spending some time choosing some form of prayer, fasting and almsgiving that we will exercise this Lent. But maybe – just maybe – this might be the year we stretch ourselves so to choose to live, to see and to act differently in such a way that these 40 days of Lent may move us in a different direction than years past.  A direction that has us living the marrow of the Gospel. But to do so, just may require us to revisit our image of God – the true image that we are created in.  To really open our eyes as to who is this God that we so much believe in? So what does that all look like?  Check it out…

 
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Friday, January 3, 2020

Homily: Funeral of Peter Poloney




On December 23, 2019, just after turning 93 years old, my father-in-law Peter Poloney died…joining with the Communion of Saints, with his beloved wife, Patricia, who died just months ago.  It is not uncommon for a couple who spent so many years together to die within months of one another…as it was with Peter.  So yesterday we laid Peter to rest – back at “home” with Patricia…together again to spend an eternity fishing, laughing and loving.
Their favorite past time of fishing reminded me of the passage from John, where Peter and his friends spend a day and evening fishing and catching nothing. With that, they received ‘fishing advice’ from the risen Jesus, who was on shore - advice which is actually key to all of us who continue to mourn the death of this beloved couple. See what I mean…


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Sunday, December 22, 2019

Homily: 4th Sunday of Advent



As we light our fourth Advent candle, this season of waiting and hoping and preparation comes quickly to close with Christmas just a few days away.  All Advent we have sung Maranatha – which is Aramaic for – Our Lord has come. So how does living a life woven in the fabric of this season allow us to be aware of the Christ who in our lives right now?  Perhaps John the Baptist, Joseph of Nazareth and Greta Thunberg can shed light on that answer.  See what I mean…
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Saturday, November 23, 2019

Homily: Christ the King




This evening we bring our Liturgical Year to a close as we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King.  But this feast day is really more about kinship than it is about kingship. Just look at the Gospels we have been given this past year. For Jesus was always eating with wrong people, at the wrong time, on the wrong day with non-Jews, and sinners, and ignoring all the purity codes that his religion required at that time. So if we are to follow Christ the King how do we practice kinship over kingship?  Perhaps actor Mandy Patinkin sharing his favorite line from his 1987 classic movie, The Princess Bride, can shed some light on how we can best be like Christ the King.  Check it out….

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