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Another Tragic Shooting

I woke this morning, November 8, 2018, to hear the news of another mass shooting, this time in a bar in southern California.  Twelve people are dead along with the shooter himself.  As I watch the news this evening, a motive is not known at this time but the police have had previous encounters with […]

God Our Help and Our Hope – Homily for October 2018 Holy Hour

Homily for October 2018 Holy Hour Ezekiel 34:1-6, 11-12a Psalm 51:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 17 1 John 1:5-2:2 Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 In the days of Ezekiel many shepherds were more concerned about their own wants than taking care of the flock that God had entrusted to them.  They were doing nothing to strengthen the weak or […]

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – Homily

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8 Psalm 15:2-3, 3-4, 4-5 (1a) James 1:17-18, 21b-22, 27 Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 September 2, 2018 Beginning today and for the next few weeks our second reading comes from the Letter of James.  Often scripture talks in terms of faith, faith that is a gift […]

The Parkland Shooting and the 1st Sunday of Lent, Year B – Homily

1st Sunday of Lent, Year B Genesis 9:8-15 Psalm 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9 (10) 1 Peter 3:18-22 Mark 1:12-15 February 18, 2018 Our readings today begin by taking us back to the time of Noah.  The world had given into sin.  Noah and his family were the last of the faithful.  Because of so much sin, […]

Another School Shooting

Today’s first reading begins “Moses said to the people: “Today I have set before you life and prosperity, death and doom.”  We each have a choice.  We can choose “life and prosperity” or “death and gloom“.  We would think everyone would want to choose life, life with God, but we see people make bad choices. Yesterday, (February […]

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – Homily

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A Isaiah 5:1-7 Psalm 80:9, 12, 13-14, 15-16, 19-20 Philippians 4:6-9 Matthew 21:33-43 For the Israelites, the use of the image of the vineyard in relation to God was a familiar one.  Isaiah speaks of the vineyard owner who planted his vines “on a fertile hillside; he spaded it, […]

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – Homily

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A Isaiah 56:1, 6-7 Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8 Romans 11:13-15, 29-32 Matthew 15:21-28 Jesus moved on to the region of Tyre and Sidon.  This might have seemed surprising to the Jews.  Tyre and Sidon was considered pagan territory and thus unclean by the Jews.  It is there that […]

A Voice Crying Out in the Desert

Last week it was the situation in North Korea that was the headlines on the news.  Then came the white nationalist activity in Charlottesville, VA.  Yesterday brought a car driving through a crowd of people in Barcelona Spain.  Today (August 18th) there has been a stabbing in Turku Finland with two dad and six wounded. […]

Korea & the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – Homily

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A 1 Kings 19:9a, 11-13a Psalm 85:9, 10, 11-12, 13-14 Romans 9:1-5 Matthew 14:22-33 Jesus’ disciples found themselves a few miles offshore “being tossed about by the waves, for the wind was against it.”  They faced a great storm.  I know that I might feel fear in such a […]

Conflict and the “Joy of the Gospel”

I have been reading Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) for the last couple of weeks (I read slowly as I reflect over the text).  I just read paragraph 227 and was deeply struck by it.  I think it is very relevant today as we watch conflicts between individuals, political parties, nations, and religions.  […]