Respect Life: Homily for October 7, 2012, 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for readings] This Sunday is Respect Life Sunday, beginning Respect Life month. If you want to know what that really means, meet the Hudson family of Wauconda, Illinois, just outside Chicago. The Hudsons are a huge Catholic family – and I do mean huge. Lena and Tom Hudson have eight children, with a [Read More...]

Homily for September 30, 2012: 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for readings] In the gospel we just heard, we encounter a word and a subject that many people these days don’t want to hear, and don’t want to talk about.  It’s a word that rarely leaves our lips, because it makes people uncomfortable. The word is “Sin.” As much as we don’t like [Read More...]

Homily for September 23, 2012: 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for readings] Long before he became the cardinal archbishop of New York, Timothy Dolan was the rector of the North American College in Rome. He used to give regular talks to the seminarians, which were collected in a very good book called “Priests for the Third Millennium.” In one of the talks, Cardinal [Read More...]

Homily for September 16, 2012: 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

[This weekend, we mark the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, which serves as the feast day for my parish, Our Lady Queen of Martyrs. We are in the middle of a centennial celebration for the parish, so we're marking that feast in a special way at all the weekend Masses. Below is my homily [Read More...]

Homily for September 9, 2012: 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for readings] Reading this miracle story in Mark’s gospel this week, the first person I thought of was Sarah Churman.  Sarah Churman was born 30 years ago completely deaf.  All she could hear was something that sounded like a chain saw. Hearing aids didn’t help, but she was sensitive to vibrations. If someone [Read More...]

“This does not seem right to me”: when a priest uses someone else’s homily

I received the following e-mail this morning: Dear Deacon Greg: Today during Mass our pastor read your homily for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, with hardly a word changed and without acknowledging that someone else had written it. This is at least the third time this has happened, and it appears to me that [Read More...]

Homily for September 2, 2012: 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for readings] “From within people, from their hearts, come evil thoughts…” In the gospel we just heard, Jesus speaks of the roots of sin – and even goes on to list some examples.  He accuses the Pharisees of hypocrisy for worrying more about how they cleanse their hands, but not how they cleanse [Read More...]

Homily for August 26, 2012: 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for readings] Last month, the Wall Street Journal took note of something most people may not be aware of.  It reminded the world of the story of Christian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani. Nadarkhani was born in Iran 35 years ago.  His family was Muslim but, at a young age, he converted to Christianity.  He [Read More...]

Homily for August 15, 2012: Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

[Click here for readings] Last weekend, I was talking with someone in the sacristy and said that that, in my opinion, this is the best time of year to be in New York. The last two weeks of August may be hot, humid, mobbed with tourists. But: during rush hour, you can always get a [Read More...]

From the archives: a 50th wedding anniversary homily

My wife’s parents, Gerry and Brenda Meyer, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in August of 2008. They renewed their vows at a special Mass. This is my homily for that occasion. Last week, Maureen Dowd, the columnist for the New York Times, wrote about all the celebrity divorces going on. People like Christie Brinkley and [Read More...]


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