Sunday, April 17, 2016

Homily: 4th Sunday of Easter


It seems the Pharisees keep asking Christ, “Who are you?!”  But they are unwilling to even listen because of their focus on the Temple and the laws of Leviticus. Instead, the followers of Christ know his voice and follow him.

Whose voice do you listen to?  What stops us from listening?  When do we even pause long enough to hear what is being said?  It takes wisdom from a Park Ranger from New Mexico in order to open up the message of today’s Gospel.

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Saturday, March 12, 2016

Homily: 5th Sunday in Lent


This Sunday we hear the familiar Gospel of the woman who was caught in adultery and about to be stoned.  Meanwhile the Scribes and the Pharisees, keepers of the Jewish Law, are not very happy with all the attention Jesus is getting, so they a lay trap for him.  What does Christ do?  Does he focus on the sin or the shame?  

See how a Jesuit who works with gangs in LA sheds light into the deepest meaning of this Gospel story.  

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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Homily: 2nd Sunday of Lent


Instead of focusing on the meaning of this Sunday’s Gospel of the Transfiguration, what happens when you take the time to just focus on the God encounter which occurs at the end of the story? Have you ever noticed how many of the God encounters in the Bible involves a cloud that overshadows and obscures the light?

So take a few minutes to listen to stories of a newborn baby, a blind hiker and wise Franciscan visiting the 9/11 memorial.  Three vignettes which may just help you to have the courage to step into the darkness in your life and allow an encounter with the mercy and grace of God.

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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Homily: The Baptism of the Lord


Original Sin versus Original Blessing? On this Feast of the Baptism of our Lord we come to the end of the Christmas liturgical Season as we celebrate Jesus revealed to us in the Trinity. But do not miss the key part of the baptism story – for they are words that should echo in your hearts each day.  What are those words?  And what does your baptism call you to do? And how does the wisdom of Pope Francis and the concept of a 'mirror neuron network' help explain that?  Check it out!

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Sunday, January 3, 2016

Homily: The Epiphany of the Lord


Today we celebrate the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles in the presence of the Magi.  But where is Christ for you?  God cannot be found 'out there' until God is found 'in here', within yourself. So are you in a place where change is needed?  Is what was once working, not feeling comfortable any longer?  Perhaps you are ready to start your New Year in a different fashion?  

This week’s Gospel may break open more questions than answers….but questions that just may make a difference in your 2016.

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