Homilies

Patience and Pentecost

Homily for the Solemnity of Pentecost, Year B. Since the day I was ordained, I’ve probably heard a couple thousand confessions. And one of the most common sins I’ve heard confessed is impatience: Impatience with my spouse, my kids, my siblings, my coworkers, other drivers on the road, the person in front of me WHO …

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Take a Risk!

Homily for the Solemnity of the Ascension, Year B. I don’t know about you, but for the past week or so, there’s been one team and one man on my mind. This team has sometimes had 12 men on the field, sometimes 11. The man who leads them has been with them for several years. …

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5 Reasons for 5 Scars

Homily for the Third Sunday of Easter, Year B. Every scar has a story. Every scar says something about our past. Some scars we’re proud of; some we’re embarrassed or ashamed of; others have become such a part of who we are that we don’t really think about them anymore. Of this third kind of …

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The Cross Stands Still

Homily for Good Friday, Year B. Two days after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, a twenty-foot steel cross was discovered amidst the twisted, melted, and charred remains of the World Trade Center. Two days after the catastrophic fire at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris on April 15, 2019, a large, golden …

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Three Gardens

Homily for Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion, Year B. The Garden of Eden, the Garden of Gethsemane, and the Garden of the Empty Tomb.  After Adam disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden, He asked Adam this question: “Where are you?” Naked and afraid, Adam had run away and hid from God. In the …

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