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 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...]

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...]

Homily for February 10, 2013: 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for readings.] For the last 24 hours or so, besides being buried in snow, we were buried in news about the snow. Weathermen were breathlessly tracking the storm. Among the things they liked to talk about were OTHER storms—blizzards that had blitzed New York in the last century. One of them was the [Read More...]

Homily for February 3, 2013: 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

F. Scott Fitzgerald famously said there are no second acts in American life.  But he never met Abby Johnson. Some of you may have heard of her. Abby Johnson worked for eight years for Planned Parenthood in Bryan, Texas.  She started out as an escort, helping women into the clinic, walking them past protestors—sometimes encountering [Read More...]

Homily for January 27, 2013: 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

 [Click here for readings.] So, how are those New Year’s Resolutions going? Back on January 1, Forbes posted an article on their website saying that about 40% of Americans make resolutions for the new year —but only 8% of those people end up keeping them. And usually after about a month – meaning any day [Read More...]