Sunday, October 15, 2017

Homily: 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time A


“Many are invited, but few are chosen” may be one of the most misinterpreted and misused scripture passages ever written. Used by many to divide and exclude, actually when you understand the context of this parable you will see that it is all about how to include and be open to an invitation that is always present for all people.

Sounds confusing?  It’s not.  See what I mean…
 

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Homily: 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time A



Same pay for those who work a full day versus those who work only an hour?  What was Jesus thinking?  This is “Good News”?

Like many other parables, on the surface this one seems to make no sense.  But dig down a bit, and try to think more like my grandsons and you will begin to see and feel the point that Jesus was making…as he describes God’s generous love for all of us.

Check it out…

 
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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Homily: The funeral of Fr. Don Pantle, SJ



Yesterday, we gathered at the same church where our friend and mentor, Fr. Don Pantle was baptized, received first communion, was confirmed, said his first mass as a newly ordained priest and this weekend was laid to rest.
He touched the lives of thousands of students at the University of Scranton over some 30 years through his unique ministry of food, cards and Eucharist which was brilliant, was Jesuit, and was incarnational.

A few years ago Don asked that I would preach the homily at his funeral and was honored and humbled to have fulfilled my commitment to him.  So take a few minutes and listen to why I feel Don made such a difference – and still does – in so many lives.

 
Click here to listen to the reading of the Gospel – the story of the Road to Emmaus

Click here to listen to the homily for Fr. Don Pantle

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Click here to download Fr. Don’s recipe for spƤtzle and doughnuts!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Homily: 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time



This week we hear that Jesus took his disciples on a 25 mile hike to ask them one question: Who do you say that I am?  His reason for the hike was to bring them to a geo-political sight to make his point.
 
My guess is if Jesus was here today he may have brought us all to Charlottesville to ask us the same question.  What would he have said to us and what do we need to be doing? 

Check it out:

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Homily: 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time



This weekend our Sunday readings may have provided some confusion. For Jesus tells us to carry his yoke in order to find rest and Paul talks about not loving our flesh and yet it really has nothing to do with our bodies. This is the challenge when we put 21st century connotations on first century scripture.
 
So what is the real meaning behind these readings? And what impact does it have on the way you live your life? Check it out!
 
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