2019.03.17 Homily

Gospel and readings at USCCB I’ve mentioned it in a few homilies, but in my sixth year of seminary my whole class went to the Holy Land for nine weeks. It was a wonderful learning experience, getting to see the places where the Bible happened. But the best part of any journey, is coming home […]

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2019.03.10 Homily

Gospel and readings at USCCB The mountain where the devil tempted Jesus, is called the Mount of Temptation. Near the top, there’s a monastery with a chapel dedicated to Christ’s triumph over the devil. To reach it you take a cable car halfway up the mountain, then walk the rest of the way up on […]

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2019.03.03 Homily

Gospel and readings at USCCB When I was in high school we learned the scientific method. We had to know the steps backwards and forwards: observation, question, hypothesize, test, analyze. Five simple steps to knowing more than you knew before. It wasn’t until college that we learned about the historic origins of the methodology. In […]

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2019.02.24 Homily

Gospel and Readings at USCCB Listen again to the words of Jesus: Love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you. Bless those that curse you. Pray for those who mistreat you. Give to everyone who asks of you. From the one who takes what is yours, do not demand it back. Do to […]

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2019.02.17 Homily

Gospel and Readings at USCCB The prophets in the Old Testament, often made their way to Jerusalem. And often, that is where they died, or at the very least were persecuted for delivering God’s message. / There is a tomb at the top of the mount of Olives, it looks over the city of Jerusalem, […]

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2019.02.10 Homily

Readings and Gospel at USCCB I grew up in Chicago, and there was a beach along Lake Michigan we’d go to every summer. If you went out into the water about ten feet, it would be up to your knees. Another ten feet, up to your waist. Another ten feet, up to your neck. And […]

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2019.01.03 Homily

Readings and Gospel at USCCB Jesus goes home, tells his people who he really is, and they try to kill him. It is difficult to change, around people who watched you grow up. //// Where are we supposed to go? To sing of God’s love in a foreign land. Because we are bound by expectation […]

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2019.01.27 Homily

Gospel and readings at USCCB A group of hundreds, or more probably thousands, stood for hours, listening to scripture. And by the time it was finished, they wept for the sins God’s word had exposed in their lives. This is what we heard in the first reading, and then Jesus does something similar in our […]

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2019.01.20 Homily

Gospel and readings from USCCB Pope Benedict XVI had a famous saying: “The world offers you comfort, but you were not made for comfort, you were made for greatness.” Saints don’t necessarily die young or anything like that. But they live exhilarating lives, approaching a level of intensity that can only exist, because it is […]

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2019.01.13 Baptism of the Lord

Gospel and readings from USCCB The action of ritually cleansing something with water, the very action performed in Baptism, is an ancient practice. We see it in many traditions and religions, in various forms. In ancient Judaism, there was a ritual bath that was required at certain points in a person’s life. It took place […]

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