Homilies

Christmas: A New Hope

Which Christmas movie is the greatest? Some say a classic like It’s a Wonderful Life or Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Some say a more recent movie like Elf or The Polar Express. Some say, quite controversially, that Die Hard is the greatest Christmas movie. But in my opinion, unsurprisingly, the greatest Christmas movie of all time is Star Wars: A New Hope.  The events of Star Wars: A …

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Responding in Haste

Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year C. One of the things you’re often asked to do in seminary, is to tell your vocation story—your story of how God called you to be a priest. And because you’re asked to do this so often and in so many different contexts, you have different versions …

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The Path to Spiritual Joy

Homily for the Third Sunday of Advent, Year C. “What gives you joy as a priest?” This is a question which people often ask me. Besides “Chick-fil-A,” people are often expecting me to say “baptisms” or “weddings” or perhaps “celebrating Mass.” And that’s true, all of these things bring me joy. But what people are …

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Too Good to Be True?

Homily for the First Sunday of Advent, Year C. If I was to tell you this morning—and not just tell you but promise you—that the new church we are building will be done by Christmas, I’m sure none of you would believe me. And rightly so because it isn’t true; it’s not going to be …

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The Lord of History

Homily for the Solemnity of Christ the King, Year B. When we’re reading a book or watching a movie for the first time, we don’t always understand the significance of an event or character at the beginning of the story until we get to the very end. That’s one of the reasons for reading a …

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