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Reflection for Baccalaureate

Tonight I have the honor of offering a reflection during the Newark High School Baccalaureate. It is addressed to this year’s graduating class. Here is my reflection for them: To our graduating seniors, you are about to celebrate a milestone in your lives, graduation. At graduation, you will receive a diploma that signifies you have […]

Column for the May 24, 2018 Sun & Record/Wayne County Mail

In addition to what you find posted here on my blog, I write a column about once a month for the Sun & Record/Wayne County Mail? His column this month is found on page 8 of the May 24, 2018 edition. (Their phone number is 315-589-4421).  This column is on why we do things like […]

5th Sunday of Easter, Year B – Homily

5th Sunday of Easter, Year B Acts 9:26-31 Psalm 22:26-27, 28, 30, 31-32 (26a) 1 John 3:18-24 John 15:1-8 April 29, 2018 The Acts of the Apostles is the story of the building up of the early church.  One of the challenges the early church faced was persecution from both the Romans and the Jews […]

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – Homily

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B Job 7:1-4, 6-7 Psalm 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6 (3a) 1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23 Mark 1:29-39 February 4, 2018 Jesus helped many people.  He healed Simon’s mother-in-law of her fever.  “He cured many who were sick with various diseases and he drove out many demons,” but is this the purpose […]

Living as Disciples

Today’s first reading (11/22/17, 33rd Wednesday in Ordinary Time, Year One) continues on the same struggle as yesterday’s first reading.  Yesterday, Eleazar, a 90 year old man who remained faithful to the Jewish customs was being forced to choose between being executed for failing to follow the king’s (Gentile) ways or to eat the pork forbidden […]

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – Homily

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31 Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6 Matthew 25:14-30 November 19, 2017 Just as the man in the parable “entrusted his possessions” to three of his servants, God has entrusted us with much.  God has given us dominion over the whole world (Genesis 1:28) […]

The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Today, September 14th, we celebrate the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.  It is a feast, like every saint memorial or feast, that we celebrate every year but yet it is different.  Logistically, because of the importance of what this feast is about and unlike most other feasts, if it falls on a […]

Who is Your God?

Today’s first reading continues the story of Moses’ encounter with God in the burning bush.  God told Moses that he would send him to rescue the Israelites from Egypt.  Moses asked whom should he tell them sent him.  For us the answer might seem obvious, God, but we must remember that it was polytheistic culture, […]

A Year to Bear Fruit

As I began reflecting upon today’s gospel and the idea of “bearing good fruit” I thought about how it takes time to bear fruit.  If we plant a seed we know it will take time for the seed to grow before it ever bears fruit.  On the other hand, if we walk into an orchard […]

NASCAR Driver Johnny Sauter and Faith

Last night I was watching the NASCAR truck race.  Johnny Sauter won the race and in victory lane on national TV said it was great to win in the month of June, the month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and he thanked the Virgin Mary.  There was no grandstanding.  I searched his name on […]