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Homily: Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time “No Reservations Required”

When we go to a wedding banquet, we take it for granted that there are certain rules of order. When we arrive, there will usually be a table with little cards on it. Our name will be on a card along with the number of the table we are to sit at. The guests who have the closest relationships to the bride and groom will sit closest.…

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

     The number of COVID cases has dramatically increased in our country.  Just today I went to anoint two people, a man and his wife who have COVID.  At least one of them were vaccinated.  Both were in the hospital.  Both were on oxygen and were very uncomfortable.  I think they will live if all goes well.  It was another reminder to me that the COVID pandemic is still…

Homily: Feast of St. Gregory the Great “Hesitant Leader”

Feast of St. Gregory the Great “Hesitant Leader”

Sometimes the greatest leaders are those who take on the mantel of leadership reluctantly. I once heard of a priest who did not want to be pastor of the largest parish in his diocese. He pointed out that he felt unqualified, and he pointed to others who he thought would be far better for the job. His bishop said, “I want you to take the parish…

Homily: Twenty-second Thursday of Ordinary Time (Luke 5:1-11)

Twenty-second Thursday of Ordinary Time (Luke 5:1-11) “A Great Fish Story”

We can imagine what was running through Peter’s mind when Jesus asked him to drop his nets in the water to catch fish in the middle of the day. Peter was the fisherman; Jesus was a carpenter. Who was the expert on fishing?

I can think similar thoughts when someone is trying to tell me about how to say Mass…

Homily Twenty-second Wednesday of Ordinary Time (Colossians 1:1-8)

Twenty-second Wednesday of Ordinary Time (Colossians 1:1-8) “I Know Your Name”

I get a letter every year at Christmas time from a missionary I met only once. He came to the Western Illinois Newman Center in Macomb when I was chaplain there. He made a mission appeal. He was not so much asking for money as for the students to consider volunteering in the missions. When this missionary writes…

Homily: Twenty-second Tuesday of Ordinary Time (1 Thessalonians 5:1-6, 9-11)

 Twenty-second Tuesday of Ordinary Time (1 Thessalonians 5:1-6, 9-11) “Get Ready”

We are coming to the end of the readings we will have from 1st Thessalonians at daily Mass during this liturgical cycle. At the end of a lot of Biblical books the writers often take time to sum things up. Inevitably, there is a reference to the end of the world.

In the Old Testament this…

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

    We have been trying to reinvigorate our parish life.  It has been a challenge after the last two years.  Now with the new wave of COVID it has proven to be even more difficult.  It is hard to know whether to push people to attend parish events. With the new wave of COVID it has proven to be even more difficult. Nursing facilities are once again strengthening their…

Homily: Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 “Was Jesus Religious or Not?”

          A story is told of a liturgy committee in a parish that had a lot of debates over how the liturgical ministers should act at church. Some seemed to spend their time at Mass critiquing the behaviors of ministers. For example, they wondered if the altar servers should hold missalettes at Mass. If they did, it would show they…

Homily: Feast of St. Monica

Feast of St. Monica

Many women suffer through difficult relationships with the men they are dating or married to. Women of the church have also tried to encourage their children to maintain their sacramental life. If we wanted to name a patron saint for women in such situations it would probably be St. Monica.

Monica had a difficult marriage. Her husband lived a dissolute life. Patricius…

Homily: Twenty-first Thursday of Ordinary Time

Twenty-first Thursday of Ordinary Time (Mt. 24:42-51) “Stay Awake”

Jesus preached a lot about masters and servants in the Gospels. The audience he was talking to was very familiar with slavery. It is estimated that up to 40% of the population of the Roman Empire were slaves. Slavery was not determined by race but came about for other reasons.

The predominant way that someone became…