Sunday, November 22, 2015

Homily: Feast of Christ the King 2015

This morning we come to the end of our Liturgical Year with the celebration of the Feast of Christ the King as the Church reminds us that Christ is King of all things.  But we cannot forget that we, too, are baptized into Christ’s kingship. 

But with all this talk about ‘kings,’ when Pilate asked Jesus if he was the 'King of the Jews,' Jesus sidesteps that question and says that he came to testify to the ‘truth.’ But what does that ‘truth’ look like? (Funny, Pilate asked the same thing!)

Looking for clarity on all this?  Perhaps Pope Francis, as well as the parable of the Old Turtle can shed light on the “Truth” and better explain what we are called to do with this Feast of Christ the King?

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Homily: 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today is the 33rd and final Sunday in Ordinary Time. We call these Sunday’s “ordinary,” because they are simply numbered – or, ordinal.  But by calling them ordinary, I think we may have tendency to sweep them aside in deference to the other liturgical seasons and thus forget that each of these numbered Sunday’s provide us a critical piece of the road map for our spiritual journey.

So how does one sum up the entire year of Ordinary Time and extract exactly what is the 'Good News' that Christ has to share?  Check it out…

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Homily: 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

In October 1974 I was a freshman at Oratory Prep in Summit, NJ and my Dad accompanied me to my first Father and Son Breakfast mass.  Fast forward 41 years later and today I was honored to have preached at the same annual breakfast!

Today’s Gospel story gives us Jesus trying, once again to initiate his disciples so that they gain insight about the paradox of life.  What is that paradox?  Why is initiation even needed?  And how can Pope Francis and Carl Jung shed light on all of this?

Check it out what I had to say today to 200 sons with their fathers…

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Homily: 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Over the past few weeks our Sunday Gospels have given us this ongoing dialogue of Christ with his disciples and his patient efforts in trying to teach them what it means to be fully alive.  This past week, as he travelled through our country, Pope Francis was actually doing the same thing.  So what does it look like when the Gospels and Francis come together to teach us how to live?

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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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