Preached at Holy Sepulcher Parish on October 6, 2018 at the 4:00pm Mass and October 7, 2018 at the 8:00AM and 10:30AM Masses
Recently there was a renewal of vows Mass for married couples at St. Catherine of Sweden Parish and they asked me to be the guest speaker at the dinner that followed Mass to talk about marriage. Because most of the couples in attendance have been married longer than I have been and are also probably better at marriage than I am, I was hesitant to do it. But I agreed to do it as my initial contact with the people of at my new parish assignment, which of course we now know I am staying here at Holy Sepulcher. I was supposed to talk for 15 minutes, but I was very busy at work that week and I didn’t have 15 minutes of material ready. So, to fill time I began by having all the married couples stand and then I said, “Couples married less than five years be seated.” Then I said, “Couples married less than 10 years be seated.” This is done sometimes at wedding receptions and it is a great time filler, so I continued up through all the five-year increments, 15, 20, 25, etc. until there was one couple remaining who had been married 65 years. Obviously, this couple should have been giving marriage advice to me and not the other way around, so I went over to them and asked them to share with those in attendance their secret for how they have stayed happily married for 65 years. The husband took the microphone, looked at the crowd, and said, “I keep my mouth shut.”
Preached at Holy Sepulcher Parish on May 5, 2018 at 6:00pm Mass and March 6, 2018 at the 8:00am and 10:30am Masses
My vanity plate
I wasn’t here last week. Did I miss anything? Were there any important announcements or anything? Just kidding, I realize we had the important On Mission for the Church Alive announcements. I would have been here for this important day, but I had plans for a long time to race my car last week. Unfortunately, they only hold race events on weekends, but I thought I was doing it with God’s blessing. I have a cross on the car, a cross on my helmet, Speed Deacon in large letters across my visor, Team Jesus printed on my shirt, and I have a bible verse as my vanity plate. Surely God wanted me to do well. But I finished next to last. Out of almost 200 cars participating, I only beat one of them. The car was another Ford Focus like mine, but it was black instead of yellow and it’s number was 666! God wanted me to realize my calling is the Church and not racing and he made it clear, although he didn’t want me to lose to the a friend of Satan!
Categories: Homilies, Word
Tags: 1 John 4:7, 6th Sunday of Easter Cycle B, Christianity, faith, homily, infinite love, Jesus, love, love one another, religion, unconditional love
Preached at Holy Sepulcher Parish on September 9, 2017 at 6:00PM and September 10, 2017 at 8:00AM and 10:30AM Masses
There is a commercial that has been running on TV recently. A woman is looking carefully at a wall covered with dozens of different paint chip samples. She is trying to figure out what color would look best in her family room. As she is trying to make her decision her husband walks in the room and notices what she is doing, his face falls, and he quickly and quietly sneaks out of the room before she notices he is there. Obviously, he wants nothing to do with choosing a paint color.
Categories: Homilies, Word
Tags: 24th sunday in ordinary time cycle a, agreeing about anything, Christianity, coming together, faith, homily, Jesus, love, love one another, love your neighbor, walking on water