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4th Sunday of Lent, Year A – Homily

4th Sunday of Lent, Year A 1 Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a Psalm 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6 Ephesians 5:8-14 John 9:1-41 March 26, 2017 Saul has turned out to be a bad king so God sends Samuel to anoint his successor.  Kings were government leaders but they were also leaders in battle.  So, when looking for […]

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 […]

3rd Sunday of Lent, Year A – Homily

3rd Sunday of Lent, Year A Exodus 17:3-7 Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9 Romans 5:1-2, 5-8 John 4:5-42 March 19, 2017 The Israelites have just left slavery in Egypt.  You might think they would be very thankful for being set free yet they are grumbling. Now, they do have a real concern.  They don’t have water […]

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 […]

Judging the Circumstances

Today’s gospel begins, “Jesus said to his disciples: “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. “Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned.” The line “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful” was the source of the motto for the Jubilee Year of Mercy that we […]

2nd Sunday of Lent, Year A – Homily

2nd Sunday of Lent, Year A Genesis 12:1-4a Psalm 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22 2 Timothy 1:8b-10 Matthew 17:1-9 March 12, 2017 In our responsorial psalm verse today we sang, “as we place our trust in you.”  We come here to place our trust in God is “upright” and “trustworthy” but sometimes we are not sure.  […]

1st Sunday of Lent, Year A – Homily

1st Sunday of Lent, Year A Genesis 2:7-9, 3:1-7 Psalm 51:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 17 Romans 5:12-19 Matthew 4:1-11 March 5, 2017 Today we hear the story of the “original sin.”  Adam and Eve were in the Garden and God had given them just one rule.  They were told not to eat of the fruit of […]

Video of “Lenten Customs”

On Monday night I led a session on our Lenten customs.  I say “session” as opposed to having used “presentation” because the format of this one was something new.  I used PowerPoint slides to present the information but it also had more audience participation.  You can hear all of the audience participation but I hope […]