Preached at Holy Sepulcher Parish on January 25 and 26, 2013 for the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A at the 4:00PM (Vigil), 8:00AM, 10:30AM, and 5:30PM Masses
Hello! Or I should probably say, “Hello?” because today’s gospel is about answering a call and that is how you used to answer a call. You said “hello” in the form of a question because before cellphones and caller ID, you had no idea who was calling. Answering the phone used to be a gamble. It could be anyone: friends or relatives, telemarketers, Publishers Clearinghouse, Father John, the Pope, a prankster pretending to be the Pope. How different that is from how it is for us today.
Preached at Holy Sepulcher Parish on December 28 and 29, 2013 for the Feast of the Holy Family in Ordinary Time Cycle A at the 4:00PM (Vigil), 8:00AM and 10:30AM Masses
I hope that everyone had a blessed Christmas. My Facebook friends had special Christmases as well. I saw pictures of happy and smiling families, some even in matching outfits; delicious meals and refreshing drinks; homes that were all clean and festively decorated, with beautiful Christmas trees with lovely packages under them. But Facebook is probably not an accurate portrayal of our family Christmas, because we post only the pictures we want others to see, not all the times when “real life” is happening, when things aren’t going according to our expectations.
Preached at Holy Sepulcher Parish on November 23 and 24, 2013 for the Feast of Christ the King in Ordinary Time Cycle C at the 6:00PM (Vigil), 8:00AM and 10:30AM Masses
Today is a big day in the Church. First, it is the feast of Christ the King, when the Church proclaims Jesus as the King of the Universe, with dominion and authority over all peoples and nations. Second, the feast of Christ the King marks the last day of the Year of Faith that Pope Benedict XVI, now Pope Emeritus Benedict, instituted so that we could grow in our faith and deepen our relationship with Christ. Lastly, the feast of Christ the King marks the end of the current Church year as next week we will celebrate the First Sunday of Advent, the start of a new Church year, as we begin our preparations for the coming of the Lord.
Preached at Holy Sepulcher Parish on October 26 and 27, 2013 for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C at the 6:00PM (Vigil), 8:00AM and 5:30PM Masses
I bought a pressure washer recently. I wanted one so that I could clean my deck and siding. It works great, but I haven’t really used it yet except to clean a bird bath and some garden gnomes, despite having it for a month or so. Who knew there were some many makes and models to choose from: gas or electric; cold or hot water; residential, commercial, or industrial. Luckily I found a website that compared the prices and the pluses and minuses of all the available features of hundreds of different pressure washers so that I could buy the right one. Continue reading
Preached at Holy Sepulcher Parish on August 17 and 18, 2013 for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C at the 6:00PM (Vigil), 8:00AM and 10:30AM Masses
Christ in Majesty at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC
When you visit the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C. you cannot help but notice the mosaic behind the altar. It is made up of about 3 million tiles, covers 3,600 square feet, and the top of it is 15 stories above you. It is called Christ in Majesty and at one time it was the largest mosaic of Jesus in the world. But the size is not what gets your attention, what gets your attention is that Jesus is portrayed differently than how we normally see him. Christ sits on the Throne of Judgment draped in a red garment that exposes the bulging muscles in his arm and chest, a flaming halo surrounds his blond hair, and his blues eyes seem to pierce right through you, into your very soul, as he sternly gazes at you. Continue reading
Preached at Holy Sepulcher Parish on July 6 and 7, 2013 for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C at the 6:00PM (Vigil), 8:00AM and 10:30AM Masses, my first Masses at Holy Sepulcher Parish
Holy Sepulcher Parish sanctuary
Often when you get a deacon, you also get a deacon’s wife. It’s kind of like one of those buy one get one free deals at the grocery store. When you have a vocation to be a deacon, your calling comes through your wife and your marriage, but my vocation would not have even possible without my wife Karen. She helped me study, edited my papers, coordinated my schedule, did whatever was needed to make sure I was ready…everything. She is still helping me. You get to hear the homily once, but she has heard it so many times this week she knows it better than I do. Continue reading
Preached at St. Catherine of Sweden Parish on June 30, 2013 for the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C at the 11:00AM and 6:00PM Masses, my last Masses before my new assignment at Holy Sepulcher Parish
With my wife Karen after Mass at St. Catherine of Sweden
How many of you know who Nik Wallenda is? Nik was the star of the most watched show on cable last week, the Discovery Channel special Skywire Live. For those of you that did not see it, a quick synopsis: Nik journeyed from one side of the Grand Canyon to the other on live TV, not by the traditional two days and twenty miles of down and back up, but by crossing the 1,500 feet gorge by walking a quarter mile across a two-and-a-half inch cable, without any safety equipment, no tether, no nets, nothing! It was just him in a shirt, a pair of jeans (an odd choice if you ask me), some wire-walking shoes (his mother made), a very large pole for balance, and a camera on his head that recorded his footsteps on the wire and the river below. I was so nervous I could not even sit down: my heart was pounding, I was sweating, and my legs were shaking. But I must admit that I was completely fascinated by the show and Nik’s journey across the Grand Canyon. Continue reading
Preached at St. Catherine of Sweden Parish on June 16, 2013 for the 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C at the 11:00AM Mass, the Celebration Mass of my ordination to the diaconate.
After the Celebration Mass at St. Catherine of Sweden in front of the Life of Jesus stained glass window.
I recently went shopping for a new car, in small part because I wanted to get myself a special gift for ordination, but mostly because my old car was falling apart. After all what parish wants to have a deacon whose car is going to break down all of the time, unless of course you can walk from your home to the parish. I am not that close to Holy Sepulcher parish. Continue reading