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

Homily for 2nd Sunday of Advent, December 3, 2011

2nd Advent “B” / 5 I’ve always been fascinated by the character of John the Baptist. In the Gospels he’s depicted as a sort of primitive: coming out of the desert, wearing camel hair and leather, eating what he can scavenge. These are all the marks of a prophet, and John is very much cut from the mold of the ancient Hebrews, like the author … Continue reading Homily for 2nd Sunday of Advent, December 3, 2011

Homily for October 23, 2011 St. Philip Neri Parish, Portland OR

A quick show of hands: How many of you work for a company or organization that has a Mission Statement? OK, now, how many of you could tell me what it says? Not many! The Mission Statement is the greatest invention of the management consulting industry of the 1980’s. Great fortunes were made by consultants who hired themselves out to help organizations generate Mission Statements, … Continue reading Homily for October 23, 2011 St. Philip Neri Parish, Portland OR

Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul

Every year on January 25th, the Church commemorates the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. This is a particularly important day for us Paulists, and we generally treat it as our primary feast day of the year. We see ourselves as successors of St. Paul, bringing the Gospel to those outside the Church, and using the best contemporary tools of communication to do that. … Continue reading Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul

Homily for November 21, 2010: Christ the King

If, like me, you attended a Catholic elementary school in the 1960’s (or earlier), your memories of the feast of Christ the King probably include lots of marching.  We’d line up– boys on one side, girls on the other, and led by our battalion commander, Sister Mary Alma, we would march from the school yard into the Church, singing some sort of martial hymn proclaiming … Continue reading Homily for November 21, 2010: Christ the King

Homily for August 8, 2010 (19th Sunday C)

This just in—Jesus is coming back. So look busy. You’ve seen those t-shirts. And the bumper stickers: In case of the rapture, this car will be unmanned. I’d take away that person’s license right now! Just kidding. But you know what I mean. Jesus is coming back. That’s the promise he made. And today’s Gospel asks us to be ready for his return. “Let your … Continue reading Homily for August 8, 2010 (19th Sunday C)