Last night, I was in church for the Living Stations. The junior high kids were leading it and they did an awesome job. They even got me to shed a few tears along the way. I’m half Italian: we just do that! But what was it that got to me and caused those tears: 1.… Continue reading Men’s Ministry Lenten Breakfast Talk: How Do Men Observe Lent?
Readings: Proverbs 9:1-6, 11, 10; Romans 11:33-36; Mark 6:1-6 A lecture presented to the CREEDS Scripture Study group, kicking off their study of Wisdom Literature and the Chronicler. I. What is Wisdom Literature? You’ll be treated this year in CREEDS to an introduction to Hebrew Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament. Wisdom literature is a… Continue reading Wisdom Has Built Her House
http://www.usccb.org/nab/110605.htm 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
http://www.usccb.org/nab/092505.htm 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
http://www.usccb.org/nab/091805.htm “Going out about five oclock, 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
http://www.usccb.org/nab/082805.htm O God, you are my God whom I seek; for you my flesh pines and my soul thirsts like the earth, parched, lifeless and without water. Thus have I gazed toward you in the sanctuary to see your power and your glory, for your kindness is a greater good than life; my lips shall… Continue reading 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
http://www.usccb.org/nab/082105.htm Who do people say that the Son of Man is? This is probably every bit as pertinent a question in our time as it was when Jesus walked the earth. Who do people say that the Son of Man is? For many, the question seems surprising. Of course he is Christ, the Son of… Continue reading 21st Sunday of Ordinary Time
http://www.usccb.org/nab/081505.htm Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy! Our life, our sweetness, and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve, to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley, of tears. Turn, then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us; and after this our… Continue reading The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary