Homily for January 5, 2014: Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord

[Click here for readings.] For those who may be keeping track, this marks the 12th day of Christmas – so there is still time to go out and get those 12 drummers drumming. This is Epiphany Sunday, and the star of the gospel is – literally – the star. It is the original GPS device, [Read More...]

“Cherpumple”: Homily for 1st Sunday of Advent

Here’s one from the vault: my homily for this Sunday from 2010.  +++ Anyone looking for interesting holiday recipes may have stumbled on a new word that has entered the American lexicon: “Cherpumple.” It’s a desert, created by Los Angeles writer Charles Phoenix – a diet-destroying, gut-busting feat of cooking that seems guaranteed to induce [Read More...]

Homily for October 13, 2013: 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for the readings] Centuries from now, when people are studying our civilization, one of the most fascinating examples of our culture will be something that just a few years ago seemed like a foolish conceit. But it has touched lives in ways even its creator couldn’t have imagined—reaching over one billion people. It’s [Read More...]

Homily for the Vigil of the Assumption

[From the vault: here's my 2010 homily for the vigil of tomorrow's feast.] Years ago, a friend gave me a holy card with an unusual depiction of the Blessed Mother. She is visibly pregnant, and reading from a book – praying from scripture. As my friend explained to me: it’s a great image for a [Read More...]

Homily for August 11, 2013: 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for readings.] Years ago, a song asked the romantic question: “What are you doing the rest of your life?” Last week, an item in the New York Times put that into sharp focus.  It was a story about a website called “DeathClock.com.”  At the site, you enter your birth date, your general personality [Read More...]

Homily for July 28, 2013: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for readings.] When I was four or five years old, my mother took me Wheaton Plaza Shopping Center, in Wheaton, Maryland, to see Santa Claus. Any four-year old will tell you: this is a very big deal. And it was even more so for me, because I wanted a new two-wheel bike, with [Read More...]

Homily for June 16, 2013: 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for readings.] In the 1950s, one of the most popular shows on television every Sunday asked the question: “What’s My Line?”  A panel of celebrities would have to guess what someone did for a living by asking a series of simple yes-or-no questions. The show was a sensation.  It ran from 1950 to [Read More...]

Homily for June 9, 2013: 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for readings] A few years ago I got an unexpected e-mail from a guy in Virginia who was studying to become a deacon in the Diocese of Richmond. His name was Joe Marotta.  Joe had discovered my blog and wanted to ask me some advice about his formation.  One e-mail led to another, [Read More...]

Homily for June 2, 2013: Corpus Christi, the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

[Click here for readings] Last week, my wife and I traveled to California. One of the places we visited for Mass was the cathedral in Los Angeles: Our Lady of the Angels, now marking its ten-year anniversary.  It’s truly an amazing place: a fortress, really, designed to withstand the strongest California earthquake. As such, it [Read More...]

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...]