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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 […]

I Do Belief, Help My Unbelief

In today’s Gospel (February 20, 2017) we hear the story of Jesus driving out another evil spirit.  He has does this before but this time there is a difference. Before coming to Jesus directly, the boy’s father had asked Jesus to drive out the evil spirit but they were unable to do.  Why?  Jesus replies, “This […]

Making Hope Visible

The first reading for today’s (February 15, 2017) Mass comes from the story of Noah and the Great Flood.  The reading picks up at the point where it has just stopped raining for forty days and forty nights.  There is water everywhere. When God first spoke to Noah to tell him about the coming flood […]

We Live in a Busy World

In mid-October, I went on retreat for a week.  I was at a place in Pennsylvania on a quiet road surrounded by woods.  It was very peaceful and I was able to do a lot of spiritual reading and fruitful reflection. Then, I came back to St. Michael’s in Newark, NY and have been the […]

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – Homily

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C Exodus 17:8-13 Psalm 121:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 2 Timothy 3:14-4:2 Luke 18:1-8 October 16, 2016 The Israelites had to defend themselves from an attack by Amalek.  Joshua leads the battle but Moses is instrumental in the success of the battle. Moses does not physically engage in the battle.  […]

My Last Video Presentation

Last week I did my first presentation at St. Michael’s Church in Newark.  It is called “What Comes After the Jubilee Year of Mercy?”  It largely contains pieces of what I did in my three presentations at Immaculate Conception Church on the Jubilee Year of Mercy but it does contain some new insights. You can […]

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – Homily

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10 Psalm 40:2, 3, 4, 18 (14b) Hebrews 12:1-4 Luke 12:49-53 Jesus tells us that he comes to bring division, to set father against son and mother against daughter, and in-laws fighting.  The thing is, we don’t need Jesus help with this.  We can find enough to fight […]

The Need for Martyrs

Today we celebrate the Feast of St. Lawrence.  He was a deacon under Pope St. Sixtus II and was martyred in 258 A.D.  Yesterday we celebrated the optional memorial of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (aka Edith Stein) who was martyred during World War II.  Our Catholic Church has a long history of martyrs […]

Potter or the Clay?

If you look at today’s gospel, you will see it begin with Jesus saying “The Kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea, which collects fish of every kind.”  I think that is all some people hear today and they think everyone gets into Heaven.  God WANTS everyone to get into Heaven but if […]