Homilies

Homilies

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.

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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.

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The Emptiness of Easter

The Emptiness of Easter

Easter is a joyful feast. But the beginning of Easter is emptiness. Every gospel writer begins the story of Easter with the empty tomb.

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Doing the Work of Christ

Doing the Work of Christ

If our faith does not make some impact on the ordinary things we do day in and day out it is doubtful whether that faith is real.

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Re-Imaginig Sheep

Re-Imaginig Sheep

Sheep are dumb animals. Yet if Jesus is the shepherd, we are the sheep. Are they really the best image to describe our role as followers of Jesus?

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A Body to Touch

A Body to Touch

What is the meaning of the curious invitation by Jesus to Thomas to take his finger and place it into the gash on Jesus’ side? Why would Thomas want to do this?

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Life in the Presence of Death

Life in the Presence of Death

The life that Jesus offers us today is not life instead of evil, but life in the midst of evil. He promises us that we can have life, even in the presence of death.

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The Hungry Heart

The Hungry Heart

As we reach out for the things that we want, we are not being selfish. We are following a way to God. Nothing will ultimately satisfy us other than God alone.

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Waiting for the Angels to Come

Waiting for the Angels to Come

The devil comes three times to tempt Jesus. If it takes Jesus three times to send the devil packing, how much more difficult will it be for us? That is why it is essential for us to stand our ground.

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A Loophole in the Kingdom

A Loophole in the Kingdom

The Beatitudes contain a loophole, an escape clause, by which number of us might gain access to the Kingdom of God.