2019.09.29 Homily

Readings and Gospel from USCCB ‘Then I beg you, father, send him to my father’s house, for I have five brothers, so that he may warn them, lest they too come to this place of torment.’ But Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the prophets. Let them listen to them.’ Let them listen. //// To […]

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2019.09.22 Homily

Readings and Gospel at USCCB We cannot serve two masters.  Jesus is stating a fact about human nature. We are only capable of having one priority at any given time. //// There is a way to determine our fundamental priority.  Ask yourself this question, and answer it truthfully: Why do you get out of bed […]

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2019.09.08 Homily

Readings and Gospel at USCCB Think back to the last time you bought something substantial. Not necessarily a house or a car, but more like a new phone, or a dishwasher, or a mattress. Something with a decent price tag. Remember shopping, narrowing down your options to exactly what you need, in the price range […]

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2019.09.01 Homily

Gospel and Readings from USCCB We’re going to do a little bit of Catholic vocab today. The word is asceticism.  It comes from the Greek word askesis, meaning athletic practice or training. Our Christian tradition took the word and applied it to the spiritual realm: a word to indicate spiritual exercise, training in sanctity. / […]

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2019.08.25 Homily

Readings and Gospel from USCCB My third year of seminary, we took a trip to Kansas City to help out at a soup kitchen. It was an interesting one, because it was a soup kitchen in the back of a van, and it went to where the homeless were. It was educational to see where […]

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2019.08.18 Homily

Readings and Gospel at USCCB The Kingdom of God, is a place of peace. To those who hate peace, it is disgusting. / The followers of Jesus will seek only the truth. Those who love lies, will find the Body of Christ grotesque. //// When Jesus says he comes to establish division, it is the […]

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2019.08.11 Homily

Readings and Gospel at USCCB As a preacher, I must speak the difficult things Jesus asks of us. Because he never asks us to live and ordinary life, just like everyone else. He never asks us to be normal. / Instead, he tells us to sell our belongings and give alms. //// Our lives as […]

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2019.08.04 Homily

Readings and Gospel at USCCB There is a concept, that I originally came across in video gaming, and it’s called min-max. It’s a common sense rule: minimize weaknesses and maximize strengths.  In gaming its used as the number one rule to be applied to every decision: do whatever will minimize your weaknesses or will maximize […]

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2019.07.25 Homily

Readings and Gospel at USCCB There is a quote by the architect Daniel Burnham, that applies perfectly to this week’s Gospel. He was part of the “Chicago School” of architects, a group active at the turn of the 20th century, inventors of the skyscrapers, and the developers of steel-frame construction. His quote goes like this: […]

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2019.07.21 Homily

Readings and Gospel at the USCCB “You are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing.” To listen to the Lord. //// It was my mom who taught me how to listen. Even when I was a little boy, she would listen whenever I had something to tell her. Looking […]

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