Thursday, July 14, 2016

More of The Good Samaritan

In light of all that has been happening these past few weeks in Orlando and Dallas and the ensuing protests across the country and the growing political debates, it would seem that the timing of this past Sunday’s Gospel – the story of the Good Samaritan - hit home for many preachers and listeners.  Echoes of various homilies are still being replayed as many look to make sense of the violence and discerning the same question asked by the lawyer in the Gospel: “Who is my neighbor.”

So as you spend time in prayer this week, you may want to hear what others were preaching this past Sunday.  Since homilies are meant to be heard, the following links (just click on the person’s name) will take you to the audio of each message.  None are more than 11 minutes…each person having a different slant on the topic.  Some may be somewhat shocking…but then again, so is the true Gospel.

Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM
(link includes the reading of the Gospel, homily begins at the 3:00 mark)

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Homily: 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

This weekend we hear the familiar story of the Good Samaritan.  But if you followed the news this past week it would seem the question asked by the lawyer in this week’s Gospel regarding “Who is my neighbor” takes on many meanings. But did you ever notice that Jesus really never answers that question and what he does do is often missed.

So perhaps a recent true story of a plane full of people and their flight crew can open your eyes to a deeper meaning of this Gospel…and point you in the direction of the face of God. 

For the podcast of the homily, click here

For the text of the homily, click here

For the readings of the day, click here

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Homily: Pentecost 2016

What next?!  That is the question as we bring our Easter season to a close.  For as we gather on this Feast of Pentecost our Scripture focuses on the “what next” in our call to discipleship. So what does that “what’s next?” look like for you?  More importantly what doesn’t it look like? 

Perhaps a bit of wisdom from a monkey, a fish, and a doorkeeper will shine new light on how to respond to the call to go forth and to be sent as the Father sent his Son…and it just may be easier than you think….

For the readings of the day, click here

For the text of the homily, click here

For the podcast of the homily, click here

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.

For the readings of the day, click here

For the text of the homily, click here

For the podcast of the homily, click here

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.  

Click here for the Sunday readings

Click here for the podcast

Click here for the text