Happy 50th Anniversary, Star Trek!

Like many people, today I’m celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the premier of Star Trek.  I’ve been reflecting lately on why this particular cultural phenomenon has had such a grip on me for so long.  I started watching when I was about 11 years old— only two years after Star Trek ended its three-year run on NBC, and long before its many movies and subsequent … Continue reading Happy 50th Anniversary, Star Trek!

Why You Should Come & See

Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one about whom Moses wrote in the law, and also the prophets, Jesus, son of Joseph, from Nazareth.” But Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” John 1:45-46 There’s something about seeing– experiencing– a thing first-hand that is more compelling than having someone tell you … Continue reading Why You Should Come & See

It’s a Miracle! Homily for June 9th, 2013

Homily 10th Sunday C – Miracles!   Our readings today are about healing, but not just the regular, run-of-the-mill, standard-course-of-antibiotics healing.  We’re talking about miracles.  Dead-one-minute, walking-around-the next miracles. Even the epistle is about miracles, as St. Paul explains that his deep understanding of the faith came directly from God by a miraculous revelation. It’s as if he’s standing there saying, “I didn’t need to … Continue reading It’s a Miracle! Homily for June 9th, 2013

Magic to do!

So last night I went to see the revival of Pippin at the. Music Box theater. A reworking of the 1970s classic, this version is directed by Diane Paulus (Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess). I’ve always been a huge fan of Pippin, coming as it did at a time in my life when the character Pippin’s search for an “extraordinary” life appealed very strongly to my … Continue reading Magic to do!

Homily for Oct. 21, 2012

Our language is full of expressions that reward individual initiative, and see that as a model of leadership.  The early bird catches the worm.  Take the bull by the horns. The squeaky wheel gets the grease.  God helps those who help themselves.  (That last one isn’t in the Bible, by the way.  It’s from Benjamin Franklin.)  Our culture values the go-getter, the entrepreneur, and the … Continue reading Homily for Oct. 21, 2012

How Long is Lent?

I had a discussion recently with a group of people, after a Sunday mass, and they were trying to decide how long the season of Lent is.  The obvious, traditional answer is 40 days.  But is that exactly right?  Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, and concludes with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday.  So Good Friday and Holy Saturday are not part … Continue reading How Long is Lent?