Homily: Easter Sunday – Mass with Children – 4.20.14

Posted by on Apr 21, 2014 in Homilies

Happy Easter, everyone.  We don’t have our regular children’s Liturgy of the Word this morning, so I’m going to try to preach in a way that speaks to children of all ages, ages 8 to 80.  We’ll see how I do… So we’ve just listened to a wonderful story about the first Easter morning, and what it was like for three of Jesus’ closest friends.  Peter was probably the oldest of Jesus’ 12 apostles; he might have been as old as 35!  He was the one...

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Homily: Easter Vigil – 4.19.14

Posted by on Apr 21, 2014 in Homilies

Light piercing the darkness.  Living water, trickling, sprinkling.  Bells pealing, filling the night air.  White garments of baptismal priesthood.  Perfumed oil of gladness.  Sung cries of “Alleluia,” praising the Lord in song.  There was a time, sisters and brothers – a time before the internet, a time before television and radio, a time before DVDs and MP3 files and CDs and cassette tapes, and even before vinyl – when tonight’s liturgy must...

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Homily: Palm Sunday – 4.13.14

Posted by on Apr 21, 2014 in Homilies

In a way, today – Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion – is like the preview of coming attractions for the week ahead.  On this inaugural Sunday of Holy Week we taste the whole arc of the Paschal Mystery – as Howard Cosell used to say on Wide World of Sports, “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.” We began on a note of triumph.  As is often true in Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus orchestrated his entry into Jerusalem as a fulfillment of prophecy...

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Homily: 5th Sunday in Lent – 4.6.14

Posted by on Apr 21, 2014 in Homilies

Jesus’ friends, Martha and Mary, send a message to Jesus that their brother Lazarus, whom Jesus loves, is ill; and Jesus responds in the weirdest way.  Instead of telling his disciples, “Hurry, we have to get on the road now to be sure we make it there in time!” he makes a puzzling speech about the Son of God being glorified through Lazarus’ illness.  And then, mysteriously, he waits two more days before setting out to visit his dying friend. ...

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Homily: Solemnity of St. Joseph – 3.19.14

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in Homilies

The Sisters of Loretto once ran a school in Santa Fe, NM. Twenty years after its founding in 1853 they decided to add to the campus a chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Light. It would be patterned after the Sainte Chapelle in Paris, with a vaulted ceiling, buttresses, and spires instead of the simple lines of the adobe churches of Santa Fe. Antoine Mouly and his son, architects from France who were already in Santa Fe building the Saint Francis...

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Homily: 2nd Sunday in Lent – 3.16.14

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in Homilies

  If you’ve ever watched an episode of Sesame Street, you will remember the regular feature of “a word from the sponsors”; it went like this.  “Sesame Street has been brought to you today by the letters A and S, and the number 7…”  I thought of that as I pondered today’s Scriptures; because it seemed appropriate to me to announce: “Today’s Lenten scripture readings have been brought to by the temptations confusion, doubt, and fear, and by...

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