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...]

Homily for April 29, 2012: On Vocations

My parish is hosting its annual vocations fair this weekend, to coincide with the 49th annual World Day of Prayer for Vocations, so my homily focuses on that. +++ For audio of this homily as it was delivered, click the green arrow below. “We are all God’s children…what we shall be has not yet been [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...]

Homily for April 1, 2012: Palm Sunday

[Click here for readings.] When I was a kid, this was always a busy week. There was planning for the big meal next Sunday. Would it be ham or lamb? Some years, I’d have a new suit – usually a couple sizes too big, so I could grow into it. My mother would be cleaning [Read More...]

Homily for March 25, 2012: 5th Sunday of Lent

[Click here for the readings.] Click the green arrow below to hear this homily as it was delivered at the Saturday 5 p.m. vigil Mass. The gospel today places us at a turning point in the scriptures – as Jesus confronts the looming reality of his own death. If you have ever been close to someone [Read More...]


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