Sunday, August 16, 2015

Homily: 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time


In reviewing the readings for the weekend I wondered why, beginning three weeks ago, that our Sunday lectionary interrupted the Gospel of Mark in order to insert the 6th chapter of John – a sermon often called the “Bread of Life Discourse.”  Instead of following the earlier Gospel writers and recollecting the Last Supper, John talks about Eucharist in a different way.

Why did John make this substitution of stories?  After all, what could be more important than Eucharist?  It would seem that John’s Gospel goes to great lengths to remind us there is more to Eucharist that just coming to the table to receive the real presence of Christ.

So how can the insight of three Jesuits, a game of pinochle and potato pancakes shed light on this Gospel?

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Homily: 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time


This past Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that it is legal for all Americans, no matter their gender or sexual orientation, to marry the people they love. The controversial decision is a historic victory for the LGBT Community who have fought for years in the lower courts. Thirty-seven states and the District of Columbia already recognize marriage equality. The remaining 13 states ban these unions, even as public support has reached record levels nationwide.

This Sunday we hear a story a well-to-do synagogue official, Jairus, who begs Jesus to spare the life of his daughter.  And sandwiched in that story is another story of a poor, outcast woman who has been hemorrhaging for years and who seeks to be healed.  Both show incredible levels of faith….both shed some light on how we as Christians should respond to this recent Court decision.

You may be surprised at the answer.  Check it out.

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Homily: 7th Sunday of Easter


For six weeks we have listened to post resurrection Gospel stories, which when woven together give us great insight into Christ’s explanation of what it is like to be in relationship with him - to be fed by him, to be in communion with him.

Two thousand years later, our problem is that I think we make it more complicated, more ego-centered, and more difficult than it really is.

So what do you have to do?  Perhaps a baby can give you the answer.  Check it out….

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Homily: Third Sunday of Easter

So we moved from Lent into Easter, singing our alleluias, with the church bells pealing, rejoicing that Jesus Christ is risen indeed – but what do we do now?  How does this Easter Season change us?  How do we live differently than we did before?  
In this week’s readings we hear a word repeated twice which leading linguistics experts say is a, “linguistic and theological tragedy and the worst translation in the New Testament.”  What is the word? And once you understand what it really means – how can it answer the questions raised?
How can it change your life?

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Holy Week - The Holiness of Your LIfe


One of the many blessings of being married clergy...is having a wife who is so centered, grounded and supportive. Enjoy this blog post she wrote to be posted here!

As we held our Palms today and heard Mark’s gospel proclaimed I was most struck by the line where temple veil was torn in two. At this moment of Jesus’ death, there was no longer separation of sacred to profane. Thus it is a time to remember that our bodies, our lives…doing dishes, weeding a garden, making food for our families, caring for elderly parents or small children…all of our daily activities are holy.

There is never a moment when Christ is not present in our lives—even when they seem mundane.

The Ancestral Pueblo people of the Southwestern United States constructed kivas like the one in this photo which I took at Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico. These Ancient Pueblo people were aware of the sacredness and sanctity of the earth and of all their daily activities. That brilliant ray of sunlight streaming into this sacred and quiet place in the earth reminds me of the need to always be in communion with this holiness.

In the Catholic tradition, the joy of Holy Week is that we take very ordinary materials, palms, oil, water, and incense in order to not to MAKE us holy but to remind us about and to re-connect us to our own inherent holiness.

Carrie Newcomer reminds us of this sacredness of the ordinary in her song Holy As the Day is Spent. My favorite line is “folding sheets as folding hands.” Maybe you could start this Holy Week by listening to this song and being aware of how very holy your own life really is…it really is...really.