Homilies

Homilies

The Power to Touch the Moon

The Power to Touch the Moon

In Jesus’ vision, true authority is not the authority of importance. It is the ability to ground and enhance the lives of others.

Homilies

The Non-Violent Farmer

The Non-Violent Farmer

The parable of the weeds and the wheat tells us that refusing to use violence is not a lesser way or a cowardly way but Christ’s way. When we refuse to use our authority and power to coerce others, we are not settling for second best.

Homilies

Windstorms and Violins

Windstorms and Violins

Life is difficult. Each one of us has a cross to bear. But the good news is that our cross is not a punishment but an opportunity.

Homilies

Discipleship and Irony

Discipleship and Irony

The lives of St. Peter and St. Paul are a model of both discipleship and irony.

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Doubt as a Friend

Doubt as a Friend

Normally we see doubt as the opposite of faith. But there are times doubt can be the companion of faith. Doubt can call faith to deepen and to mature.

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You Are What You Eat

You Are What You Eat

If you receive the Eucharist well, you are what you eat. Be what you see. Receive what you already are.

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Listen to the Women

Listen to the Women

Wisdom calls out the generosity and welcome of God, and Liberty calls out the generosity and welcome of this nation.

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A Parable of Triumph or Tragedy?

A Parable of Triumph or Tragedy?

Is the Parable of the Sower a comedy or a tragedy? It all depends on how you read it. The same is true of our lives.

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Shame and Glory of the Cross

Shame and Glory of the Cross

If you or I were starting our own religion, if we were outlining a new path to lead people to God, we would never choose the cross as our symbol.

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What Labels Convey

What Labels Convey

As followers of Jesus, we are asked to deal with people, not through the labels they bear, but as the people that they are.

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Avoiding Idolatry

Avoiding Idolatry

Every time we try to shrink the idea of God down to a size that we can understand or control, we create a false god and engage in idolatry.

Homilies

God Is With Us Forever

God Is With Us Forever

God is closer to us than we are to ourselves. The enormity of that truth has tremendous power to shape the way that we live.