Third Sunday of Advent

Yes, it’s been a while since I’ve blogged. End of the quarter, and a whole bunch of things got in the way. But here we are, in a new liturgical year, on the Third Sunday of Advent. Instead of just some reflections, I’m posting the text of the homily I preached today. There’s a little… Continue reading Third Sunday of Advent

Thirty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time I should begin with at least an acknowledgement that this reflection is late. That had something to do with getting ordained to the diaconate on Friday, preaching on Saturday, and baptizing my niece on Sunday. More on all of that later. But when I preached on Saturday, I preached on this very text. So… Continue reading Thirty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Thirty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time The greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted. The idea of servant leadership is a hot topic for me these days. As I and my friends prepare to be ordained as transitional deacons, the whole meaning of the word is encompassed… Continue reading Thirty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time

Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The… Continue reading Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

29th Sunday of Ordinary Time At that he said to them, “Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” I think this statement begs the question, “What doesn’t belong to God?” I think I’ve often missed this irony on Jesus’ part. After all, Jesus certainly wasn’t preaching that we should compartmentalize our… Continue reading 29th Sunday of Ordinary Time

28th Sunday of Ordinary Time “But when the king came in to meet the guests, he saw a man there not dressed in a wedding garment. The king said to him, ‘My friend, how is it that you came in here without a wedding garment?’ But he was reduced to silence. Then the king said to his attendants, ‘Bind… Continue reading 28th Sunday of Ordinary Time

27th Sunday of Ordinary Time Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. – Philippians 4:8-9 One of my favorite passages of Scripture today. It always makes me… Continue reading 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Blessed are your eyes Turning to the disciples in private he said, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. For I say to you, many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.” During my CPE experience, this was… Continue reading Blessed are your eyes

26th Sunday of Ordinary Time Jesus said to the chief priests and elders of the people: It’s easy, I think, to distance ourselves from the point of the Gospel. We often think, well, I’m not one of the chief priests and elders, I’m a Christian, so I’m saved and I’m above reproach. But to do that does violence to… Continue reading 26th Sunday of Ordinary Time

25th Sunday of Ordinary Time “Going out about five o’clock, the landowner found others standing around, and said to them, ‘Why do you stand here idle all day?’ They answered, ‘Because no one has hired us.’” Often when I’m reading a familiar passage of scripture, some part of it will jump out at me which has never really struck… Continue reading 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time