Monday, May 22, 2017

Homily: 6th Sunday of Easter

Andrei Rublev - The Trinity

This Sunday we heard a continuation of John’s Last Supper Discourse where there is no mention of bread or wine – rather he speaks of being in relationship – about being part of the Trinity. To understand what this means I invite you to look at God – not as a noun – but as a verb.  If you do, you just may understand that going to mass each Sunday is not about “going to” communion – but rather “being in” communion.  This shift in your viewpoint may just allow you to see Christ everywhere and in everybody!

Check it out…

Click here for a podcast of the homily

Click here for the text of the homily

Click here for the reading of this Sunday

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Homily: Funeral for Judge Paul A. Kapalko

Yesterday I had the privilege of preaching at the funeral mass of a man I have known for 31 years, the Hon. Paul A. Kapalko.
Paul stayed in NJ throughout his life, earning his BA from Rutgers in '76 and his JD from Seton Hall School of Law in '79. After graduation he became a proud member of the Bar Assoc., joining the law firms of Lawson & Kapalko and Lawrence & Kapalko.

He entered local politics as an Asbury Park City Councilman in '85, serving until he was appointed to the NJ State Assembly in '89. He also served as the Manasquan Municipal Prosecutor; the Planning Board attorney for Neptune, Bradley Beach and Keyport; and the Commissioner of the Monmouth Co. Improvement Authority.

In '90 he became father to his eldest daughter, my niece, Casey, and in that same year ran for Congress. He lost the race, but two years later was appointed a Judge of the NJ Division of Worker's Compensation. He welcomed his second daughter, Christina, in '94, the same year he was promoted to Director and Chief Judge of Workers' Compensation. 

In '02 he was appointed by Gov. Donald DeFrancesco to the Family Division of the Superior Court of Monmouth County. He became the Presiding Judge in '04 and then transferred to the Civil Division in '07. He worked with a clear sense of justice and understanding, and was known for his ability to settle cases before ever needing to go to trial. Admired by his peers throughout his life, he dutifully served as a Superior Court Judge for 16 years.

He was a loving father, brother, and uncle. He was predeceased by his father and mother, Edward and Rose Kapalko of Asbury Park. He is survived by his daughter Casey and her wife Stephanie Vazquez, his daughter Christina, and their mother Mary Jo (nee Knipper) McKinley all of West Long Branch. Paul is also survived by his brother Gregory and his wife Cindy, as well as their children Jamie (Jeremy Glapion) and Eddie, all of Belmar. He will be missed dearly by not only his family, but also by all whose lives he touched. He will always be remembered as a fighter and as an inspiration to all.
Please click here for the text of the homily.


Saturday, March 11, 2017

Homily: 2nd Sunday of Lent

We hear the story of the Transfiguration every 2nd Sunday of Lent, which is filled with layers of meaning.  But what if we took the time to just focus on the God encounter which occurs at the end of the story? For God appears in the form of a cloud which casts a shadow. Have you ever noticed how many of the God encounters in the Bible involves a cloud that overshadows and obscures the light?

What about the God encounters in your life? Encounters that break you open and have a way of destroying all the certitudes you’ve built up in your life - in order to make room for new Divine encounters?

Listen to a different way for you to consider spending the balance of your Lenten time – it just may give you an encounter where you least expect God’s love and mercy…

Check it out…

Click here for a podcast of the homily

Click here for the text of the homily

Click here for the readings of this Sunday 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Homily: 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” Really?  We have to love those that we fear?  Those who are different from us? The ones who are strangers?

In the past few weeks there has been much written about the plight of the refugees.  Politics aside, as Christians, we are called to live the Gospel…which is much harder than reading or preaching about it.  So what does Jesus say in the Beatitudes?  And how can Pope Francis, Brian McLaren and Leonardo DaVinci add some light on this hotly debated subject?

Check it out…

Click here for a podcast of the homily

Click here for the text of the homily

Click here for the readings of this Sunday 

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Eulogy for Marjorie Gilbert Knipper

On December 25, 2016 our Step-mother, Margie Gilbert Knipper, at the age of 86, died after a short illness.  She joined both of my parents in the arms of the risen Lord.  Today, friends and family gathered together as we celebrated her life with a Mass of Resurrection at St. Paul Church in Princeton NJ.

Margie had an incredible life as a religious sister, author, playwright, artist, poet, minister, Religious Education Director, and wife.

In 1980 she jotted down her Philosophy of Life:

1.      Trust in God

2.      Be kind to everyone

3.      Do what you want to do

4.      For spirituality – say the Our Father and listen to the Spirit within you

5.      Be honest – no matter what

6.      Don’t take yourself too seriously

7.      Be grateful. Thank God

8.      Appreciate a blade of grass, how a rug is made, a song, a child, a book, sand, sea, flowers…see God’s face in every flower.

9.      Pray for a friend!

Her life was filled with many blessings and no surprise that she was called home to the Lord on Christmas night.  Why do I say that?  Listen to the words I shared with all those who came together today – and more about our dear Margie…

Click here for the text of the homily

Click here for the podcast of the homily