Homily for May 17, 2012: Ascension Thursday

[Click here for readings] It’s tempting to see the Ascension, the conclusion of Christ’s earthly ministry, as an ending. But to think of it that way is to see it backwards. What we celebrate today is really a beginning. As we heard in Matthew’s gospel, moments before his Ascension, Jesus told his followers very simply: [Read More...]

Homily for May 13, 2012: 6th Sunday of Easter

[Click here for readings.] Last Saturday, the New York Times introduced the world to a couple named Michael and Ruth French – and introduced the world, as well, to a remarkable story of enduring love, a love that reflects in many ways the message of this Sunday’s gospel. Their story began about a decade ago. [Read More...]

Homily for May 6, 2012: 5th Sunday of Easter

[Click here for readings.] To hear audio of this homily, click the green arrow below. This past week, I had a chance to preside at a wedding here at the parish.  As many couples do, the bride and groom selected for one of their readings the famous letter from St. Paul to the Corinthians on [Read More...]

Building God’s kingdom: a homily for the 4th Sunday of Easter

‘The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.’ Peter – “The Rock” – knows what he is talking about. The fact is, Christianity wasn’t just something in the air, passed on like a microbe. No, the belief in Christ Jesus was something that was built. Stone by stone. Person by person. And it [Read More...]

What if you hired Batman for your kid’s birthday, and The Dark Knight showed up?

It would be the birthday party we deserve, not the one we need. And it might end up something like this. [Read more...]

Homily for April 22, 2012: 3rd Sunday of Easter — UPDATED with audio

[Click here for readings.] For audio of this homily as it was delivered, click the green arrow below. Three years ago, on the 3rd of July 2009, 33-year-old Scott Fedor was vacationing with his wife at Coldwater Lake in Michigan.   It was a place they’d visited often, and loved.  But the weather had been dry [Read More...]

Reboot: A revised homily for April 15, 2012, 2nd Sunday of Easter

You never know how the Holy Spirit will work.  After posting this weekend’s homily, I got a number of comments from people who said that the man I’d used as a springboard for a reflection on conversion and mercy had, in fact, renounced his conversion.  (I couldn’t find any evidence of this from Googling, but [Read More...]

Homily for April 15, 2012: 2nd Sunday of Easter/Divine Mercy

[Click here for readings.] Every year on the Sunday after Easter, the greatest celebration of faith, we encounter the gospel’s most famous story of doubt:  the story of Thomas, who demands proof before he will believe. We live in an age when we are surrounded by Thomases – not only doubters, but disbelievers. Atheists, agnostics, [Read More...]

Homily for April 7, 2012: Easter Vigil

[Click here for readings.] Last year, I had the good fortune to interview a spirited nun from Armenia named Sister Arousiag.  She is a Sister of the Immaculate Conception, and the mother superior of a convent in one of Armenia’s largest cities.  There is almost nothing she doesn’t do.  She’s a fierce, determined little woman [Read More...]

Homily for Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord’s Supper

[Click here for readings.] Below is something from the vault:  my homily from 2008. When I was growing up, like a lot of families, mine had one of those small, cheap Kodak Instamatic cameras. You used those flash bulbs that looked like ice cubes…and got these little square pictures back from the drug store when [Read More...]


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