Homily for January 29, 2012: 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for readings.] Two years ago, a study at Columbia University found some alarming information that people should hear – if, in fact, they can hear.  It’s about noise. The study found that just walking the streets of New York, or even working in some offices in this city, can put you at risk [Read More...]

A sound idea: a recording of this week’s homily — UPDATED

A few people have asked me about this, so I finally decided to give it a shot. Below is this Sunday’s homily, recorded as it was delivered at the 11:30 am Mass at my parish in Queens. The yawns, screams, cell phones and crying babies are all real. So is the sound of hurled vegetables [Read More...]

Homily for January 22, 2012: 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for readings.] I have office hours the first Saturday of every month, to meet with families and schedule baptisms. It’s fairly routine, mostly collecting paperwork and filling out forms.  But a few years ago, there was one meeting that I will never forget. It was anything but routine. A young mother arrived at [Read More...]

Homily for January 15, 2012: 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for readings.] “What are you looking for?” That question at the heart of the gospel is one that some of us need a lifetime to answer.  And the answer can change.  Some of us are looking for a good job, a spouse, a family, a fulfilling career.  Some of us may be looking [Read More...]

Homily for January 8, 2012: the Epiphany of the Lord

[Click here for readings] If there is any image that captures this time of year perfectly, it’s the sad sight of a Christmas tree dumped by the curb. You see them all over the city.  I walked by a bunch of them Friday while on the way to work in Manhattan: piles of them, some [Read More...]

Homily for January 1, 2012: Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God

[Click here for readings] A lot of us had our travel interrupted over the holidays – flight delays, cancellations, weather problems.  But none, I think, can compare with the story of Msgr. Steve Rossetti. Msgr. Rossetti is a priest from the Diocese of Syracuse.  He teaches at Catholic University but every couple years, he goes [Read More...]

“Thanks for listening”: a Christmas homily

A few years ago, I caught an episode of the cable TV show “Inside The Actor’s Studio,” with James Lipton. If you’ve seen it, you know the basic idea: Lipton invites celebrities – famous actors, writers and directors – to talk about their careers and how they do what they do. And he always ends [Read More...]

Homily for December 18, 2011: 4th Sunday of Advent

[Click here for readings] Someone once told me that this event we have just heard in the gospel has been depicted in art more than any other in scripture, with the possible exception of the crucifixion. I’m not surprised.  The Annunciation stirs the imagination in powerful ways – the human intersecting with the Divine in [Read More...]

Homily for December 11, 2011: 3rd Sunday of Advent

[Click here for the readings] This weekend in Sacramento, they inducted several people into the California Hall of Fame – including, the Beach Boys, Magic Johnson and now, for the first time, a Catholic priest.  His name is Fr. Gregory Boyle. Fr. Greg grew up in Los Angeles.  In 1984, he was ordained a Jesuit [Read More...]

Extreme Makeover: homily edition

[After cobbling together this week's homily -- which is much shorter than usual, because the Mass will include the 15-minute-long Rite of Welcome in my parish -- I realized that I also need to preach at another Mass Sunday morning.  D'oh.  I decided to revisit my original homily, revising and expanding it.  The results are [Read More...]


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