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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 […]

Why it is Important That We Reached Our CMA Goal

This weekend I had the pleasure of announcing at Mass that, for the first time in long as anyone remembers, our parish reached our Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA) goal.  You can read the letter Bishop Matano wrote to our parish upon reaching our goal on our parish website. It was my pleasure to announce this […]

Accomplishment vs. Meaning: What Drives You?

I have been reflecting on what fulfills me.  What is it that motivates me in what I do?  Ultimately, I am trying to fulfill God’s will for me.  Initially one might think it should be easy to do God’s will.  Yet, it can be challenge.  The first thing to work on is discerning what it […]

Video of “Navigating the Bible” Session

On Monday night I led a session called “Navigating the Bible.”  I say “session” as opposed to having used “presentation” because the format of this one, like my last session, “Lenten Customs,” was of a different format in the past.  This time, the camera was zoomed in a little closer so you might be able to read […]

Hope

For those of you who don’t know, I serve at St. Michael Church in Newark in Wayne County, New York, which is bordered on the north by Lake Ontario.  That means today (Wednesday, March 15, 2017) we have about 18 inches of the snow on the ground with 5-8 more inches forecasted for today and […]