Monday, April 17, 2017

People Don't Die For What They Made Up

If you have followed this blog previously, you've heard this homily. It is my standard homily for the first Easter in a parish. But it never really gets old because Christians constantly lets the rest of the world "tell our story", and in this case we've let people tell us that the only reason to follow Jesus and the Church He founded is blind, servile faith. So here it is again, in a new church, with a few new crying babies. (Luckily you can still hear the Bible leave the hand of the exasperated pastor and whoosh by the microphone at 5:16, and hit the ground a second later.) So far the best compliment I've received was from a  mother and daughter who said , "That was fourteen minutes? That didn't feel like fourteen minutes." I'll take it!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Two Women of Lent

Two Lenten homilies about two important women: the woman at the well and Martha the sister of Lazarus. These are late getting posted thanks to tech issues, but may be good going into Holy Week.

3rd: Woman at the Well
5th: Martha and Lazarus' Raising

Monday, March 13, 2017

What Do You Want For Lent?

First homily back at the parish. Kept it short (6 min.) so nobody thinks I'm overdoing it. And people are doing enough penance too.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

A Tale of Two Homilies

The first homily (Jan. 22) was super fun to give. The second one (Jan. 29) was quite hard to give but just as important.

1) Sure, good homilies are good for the mind and heart, but to keep your faith strong you need the occasional bad homily to maintain focus on the thing that really matters: Jesus.

2) It's hard to pay for a parish. It's harder to pay for a parish with Catholic schools. But if we take seriously the duties we have at each stage of our families' lives we can do this as an entire parish community.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Epiphany and the Gentiles

Why should Germans and Czechs and Irishmen leave their Christmas trees up till Epiphany? Among other reasons, because Christmas Day really isn't your holiday, you silly goy.

Insulted? Intrigued? Confused? Good! Click here to listen and learn more.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Keeping Mass in ChristMass

This was the homily for all the Christmas Masses. I took an idea I had used before in Doniphan/Kenesaw about connecting the Nativity and the Eucharist and launched into it via two things on the Internet lately 1) a meme about keeping Christ in Christmas and 2) a tweet about Christmas services stealing pastors' kids' Christmases. Both of those are included below.

(Note: I know a meme is more than a picture, and I went into the distinction more in later Masses, but the 4:00 had the best recording, so don't @ me.)

The image:

And the tweet: 
Shoutout to churches cancelling services this Sunday. We pastor's kids often leave faith because the church stole our Christmas every year.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

What to know about "O"

Homily for the 4th Sunday of Advent, the "octave" before Christmas, and the "O" Antiphons.