Homily for May 12, 2013, 7th Sunday of Easter: The Gift

[Click here for readings.] Last December, just before Christmas, Esquire magazine as public service published an important piece of journalism: “What To Give the Man Who Has Everything.” It turns out if you want to give something to the man who has everything, you have to have everything yourself. It’s not cheap. On their list: [Read More...]

Homily for May 5, 2013: 6th Sunday of Easter

[Click here for readings.]  In July of 1967, a 24-year-old Navy pilot named Larry Duthie found himself in the last place a Navy pilot wanted to be: on the ground, injured, in the middle of a jungle about 20 miles from Hanoi, waiting to be captured. He had been part of a squad sent to [Read More...]

Homily for April 28, 2013: 5th Sunday of Easter

[Click here for readings.] “As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.” Those words may be among the most familiar, most comforting, in all of scripture. It can be tempting to sentimentalize this passage.  We shouldn’t.  The fact is:  it should make all of us lose sleep at night. Because, in [Read More...]

Homily for March 29, 2013: Good Friday

This is probably one of the most difficult, most challenging, most brutal passages in all of scripture. Here we have details that make the passion tangible and immediate and raw.  Here, in St. John’s gospel, we have weapons and torches.  We have the thorns.  There is the purple cloak. The bitter wine. The poignant moment [Read More...]

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

From the vault: my homily from Holy Thursday 2010:  +++ Not long ago, The History Channel showed a documentary in which scientists attempted to create what may be the most realistic 3-D image of the face of Christ. They spent many months on the project, using sophisticated computer technology to craft the image from the [Read More...]

Homily for 5th Sunday of Lent: March 17, 2013

Back in 1978, when Karol Wojtyla became Pope John Paul II, a French journalist sent a message back to his office in Paris. “They haven’t elected a pope from Poland,” he wrote.  “They have elected a pope from Galilee.” Thirty-five years later, I can’t help but think that history is repeating itself. At this moment, [Read More...]

The first homily of Pope Francis

Complete text, via the Vatican News site: In these three readings I see that there is something in common: it is movement. In the first reading, movement is the journey [itself]; in the second reading, movement is in the up-building of the Church. In the third, in the Gospel, the movement is in [the act [Read More...]

Homily for February 17, 2013: 1st Sunday of Lent

[Click here for readings.] This was the kind of news all of us carnivores love – but it couldn’t have come at a worse time. On Ash Wednesday, a hamburger chain called Jake’s Wayback Burgers announced the introduction of a new hamburger called the Triple Triplenine-patty burger. Nine hamburger patties, nine slices of cheese, lettuce [Read More...]

Homily for February 13, 2013: Ash Wednesday

Monday afternoon, somebody sent me a message on Facebook that put the last 48 hours into perspective. This year, he wrote, the winner of the “What-are-you-giving-up-for-Lent?” prize goes to the pope. I don’t think anyone would disagree. As I’ve watched this story unfold for the last two days, and read commentaries and analysis, it becomes [Read More...]

Ash Wednesday: look at the ashes, but think of the fire

As we prepare for Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent, here’s something from the vault: my homily from Ash Wednesday 2009.  GK +++ A true story: a few years ago, I was serving as a Eucharistic Minister on Ash Wednesday, and I stood over there during communion, holding the chalice filled with the Precious [Read More...]


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