Homily for June 24, 2012: Nativity of John the Baptist — UPDATED WITH AUDIO

[Click here for readings] For audio of this homily, click the green arrow below. Last week, we had a parish council meeting, and Msgr. Funaro made an announcement that truly shocked people.  Some people actually gasped. “Time is really slipping away,” Msgr. Funaro said.  “Fr. Anthony reminded me the other night: It’s only six months [Read More...]

Reboot: new homily for June 17, 2012, 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time — UPDATED WITH AUDIO

At 2 o’clock on Saturday afternoon, while riding the subway, it hit me: the words of Paul’s letter — “we walk by faith, not by sight” — could apply to the story of Nik Wallenda. The more I thought about it, the more I realized I wanted to preach about this.  I got home, clicked [Read More...]

Homily for June 17, 2012: 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for the readings] This year, as we celebrate our parish centennial, we’ve been marking key dates – the day of the groundbreaking, the day of the first census and so on.  We’ve been big on anniversaries, commemorating our beginnings. Well, here’s another anniversary, coming up later this summer. It goes back further than [Read More...]

Homily for June 10, 2012: Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ — UPDATED WITH AUDIO

[Click here for readings] For audio of this homily, from the 11:30 am Mass, click the green arrow below. Last week, we marked the anniversary of D-Day, the invasion that began the end of World War II.  If you go on the Internet, you can find some remarkable stories of Catholic priests who ministered to [Read More...]

Mary’s journey: a homily for The Visitation

For the Feast of the Visitation, here’s a portion of my homily from 2007 from the Solemnity of the Assumption, which used the same gospel reading. +++ The gospel today begins with a journey. “Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste…” This time of year, I think, a lot of us [Read More...]

My Pentecost: tongues of flame, and the heat of a minor crucible

So, how was your Pentecost?  Here’s a window into the world of a deacon — or at least, this particular deacon. Last Sunday, my pastor and I agreed that he would preach the “high” Mass on Pentecost, since at that Mass he was going to be doing the confirmations for about a dozen adults.  (My [Read More...]

Homily for May 27, 2012: Pentecost Sunday

[Click here for the readings] If you had to name one of the most quoted speeches of the 20th century, one near the top of any list would be the inaugural address of John F. Kennedy in 1961, with his call: “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do [Read More...]

Homily for May 20, 2012: 7th Sunday of Easter — UPDATED WITH AUDIO

[Click here for readings.] For audio of this homily from the 10 am Mass, click the green arrow below Do you notice something unusual in the gospel we just heard? One word recurs again and again and again: “world.”  Jesus utters it no less than nine times, in one brief passage.  I think this is [Read More...]

Homily for May 13, 2012: 6th Sunday of Easter

[Click here for readings.] Last Saturday, the New York Times introduced the world to a couple named Michael and Ruth French – and introduced the world, as well, to a remarkable story of enduring love, a love that reflects in many ways the message of this Sunday’s gospel. Their story began about a decade ago. [Read More...]

Homily for May 6, 2012: 5th Sunday of Easter

[Click here for readings.] To hear audio of this homily, click the green arrow below. This past week, I had a chance to preside at a wedding here at the parish.  As many couples do, the bride and groom selected for one of their readings the famous letter from St. Paul to the Corinthians on [Read More...]


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